I felt like taking a small drive outside of Wichita to visit a restaurant I’ve never been to. We were feeling Chinese food and looking through my directory, I settled upon China Cafe in Haysville, KS. They are a small locally owned Chinese restaurant with a simpler menu than many other similar quick-service places in Wichita.
125 Anita Dr.
Haysville, KS 67060
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
There were a few tables set up inside China Cafe but they were all closed off. The restaurant was carryout only.
Everything on the menu looked very affordable and reasonable. There were lunch specials for under $5, so I settled on the pepper steak meal which came with rice and an egg roll. I also ordered a combination lo mein which included beef, chicken and shrimp. For the kids, we ordered some chicken fried rice. Everything came up to $18…. cash only.
The meals came out quickly, and I was on my way.
Of all the meals we ordered, the best was the pepper steak. So many quick-service Chinese restaurants around town stuff their versions with loads of onions. There was a better balance of ingredients with China Cafe’s. I really loved the sauce that the peppers, onions and steak was swimming in; it just made the dish. It had a salty-sweet flavor that made me want to grab a soup spoon and drink it. I ended up grabbing some extra fried rice and dumping it in the sauce.
The fried rice wasn’t all that bad too. There was a grilled smokiness to it that stuck out with each bite.
Unfortunately, the lo mein was the worst of the three. It was an incredibly oily dish that didn’t have much flavor to it. The dish came off pretty bland. Luckily, my daughter didn’t mind and finished the rest of it off for us.
Most of what we had was pretty good. For the most part we liked what we had and didn’t feel as if it was a waste of a drive. The portion sizes weren’t all that crazy especially when compared to other similar restaurants. But for what it all was, China Cafe was a decent option; probably much better than the Great Wall just down the street.
Here’s their menu:
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