While the city of Wichita suffered a big blow with the loss of Next Level Cafe, there was a silver lining. The closing created an opportunity for one of my favorite restaurants, Sorrel’s Jamaican Food, to reopen.
The Jamaican restaurant closed at the end of 2020 due to all the restaurant complications because of COVID-19. But now, they will take over the space at 3802 E. Harry St. Sorrel’s plans to open in the former Next Level Cafe space on Friday, October 29. Once they do, their hours will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. New to Sorrel’s will be a drive-thru which will stay open all night while the dining room closes at 8 p.m.
They took no time in revamping the interior with a bright coat of Jamaica’s colors on the wall along with a tribute to some familiar faces.
The restaurant has also invited fans to bring pictures of themselves in Jamaica which they’ll post on the wall.
The same menu from Sorrel’s will return, but the owners have some new dishes up their sleeve. I was invited out to get a sneak peek of the new items and here’s what they have in store.
They had jerk fried chicken, seafood fries with crab, shrimp and lobster, jerk ribs and jerk chicken tacos. It was jerk everything and I was loving every second of it. Sorrel’s has the absolute best jerk sauce in town and for them to incorporate it into some of their new dishes spoke to my heart.
My favorite of the dishes was a tie between the jerk ribs and jerk chicken tacos. The ribs were meaty, smoky and incredibly flavorful. I’ve never had anything like it. Same could pretty much be said for the tacos.
And if that wasn’t enough, they had a slew of desserts on hand like Gizzada rum cake, coconut and peanut drops, sweet potato pudding, and Christmas cake. If you love trying new things, this would have been up your alley.
I’m excited to have Sorrel’s Jamaican Food back. It’s one of those restaurants I’ve been with them essentially from day one when they were a food truck parked outside of Central Standard. I’ve followed them from that truck to their east Central location to 13th street, to near Intrust Bank Arena and now to their east Harry space. They are a family, I’ll support wherever they are at.
I’ve been missing Sorrel’s and count down the days to October 29 when I can get my hands on more of their food.
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