What used to be Dempsey’s Pub and then Crutch BBQ and then a combined version of Crutch and Dempsey’s Biscuit Pub is now Quinton’s Bar & Grill. It’s the same ownership, but a big change to the menu, reviving a once popular Lawrence restaurant. Not everything is entirely changed, though, as the Dempsey’s Biscuit Co. brunch is still served on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
550 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 672063
Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm
I stopped by over the past week to finally check out Quinton’s and I have to say, it’s hard for me to walk into that building and get The Grape or The Shadow nostalgia…sometimes even a little Ernie Biggs. So many memories of this building at 550 N. Rock Road.
During my visit, my brothers and I ordered three starters: chicken wings with (I believe) a brown honey sauce, the big pretzel and the artichoke spin dip.
The spin dip came out first and we really loved the chips. From the crunch, sturdiness to scoop the dip, and the saltiness, the chips really stuck out as one of the favorite parts of our meal. As for the spin dip, my brothers felt like it could have used a bit more cheese.
Our other appetizers felt a bit underwhelming. There wasn’t much flavor to the wings, despite having the brown honey sauce. For the most part, it tasted like bare wings with no flavor. And the pretzel just wasn’t that soft.
For the main entrée, I had a half pastrami reuben with a bowl of cream of broccoli soup. I typically wouldn’t have ordered the soup, but there were three soup options and with three of us at the table, we ordered one of each. I got the short stick because I’m not a huge broccoli soup fan, so I won’t touch upon that. As for the pastrami reuben, I loved the heavy use of 1000 Island kraut mix, as I’m a sucker for that stuff. The pastrami, I found to be quite chewy and fatty. All in all, I was a bit lukewarm on my meal.
My brothers had the C.A.B. (grilled chicken sandwich) and the Smoke Stack (smoked beef sandwich). They both really enjoyed their sandwiches. I was told the chicken was really tender and moist.
We all tried the chili and weren’t too impressed with it, as there wasn’t much substance to it; felt like mostly beans. But the cream of potato bacon soup was easily our favorite; very reminiscent of Cinnamon’s Deli.
We were pretty split on our opinions of Quinton’s. Some things we liked; other things we didn’t. I racked my brain all week trying to decide how I felt about this place, and I’m still back and forth on it. If you were to ask me for a dead set opinion, I’d say my opinion was probably below average, but my brothers felt differently. This is a place I’ll have to revisit, order something different and see how that goes.
Before I end this blog, I wanted to shout out our server. I believe his name was Rudy, or at least that’s what it said on our ticket. He did an outstanding job; a young gentleman who was really upbeat and made sure everyone was always taken care of.
Here’s the menu at Quinton’s Bar & Grill: