A world of wine at your fingertips

Danielle and Ken Harmon have been doing market research on vino for years, spending vacations lounging in wineries and tasting rooms. Now they’re opening Alzavino Wine Tavern, the first self-pour wine bar in Wichita.

Revisiting long-gone favorites: Wichita restaurant expert releases new book

Whatever happened to the Innes Tea Room, Dr. Redbird’s or The Looking Glass? In her new book, “Classic Restaurants of Wichita,” Denise Neil shares a smorgasbord of old stories and photos.

Kitchen fuels fun at Chicken N Pickle

The fun activities at this ICT favorite demand a lot of fuel — and the kitchen delivers. Specialties include sandwiches and burgers with a twist, street tacos, and of course their house-brined, hand-breaded pickles.

Birdie burgers: Walt’s East rewards fans at the Wichita Open’s famed hole No. 17

Pool tables, video games and 16 big-screen TVs are just the beginning at this “neighborhood watering hole” on the east side.

Napoli puts Italian food on the map in Wichita

Jeremy Wade is branching out — into regional Italy. Watch for deep dives into spaghetti Nero, sea bass over potato mash, and Sicilian beef ragu over house-made cappelletti pasta.

Scratch cooking and ‘insanely cool bar area’ on tap at Jax

This new east-side restaurant offers plenty of big-screen TVs and enticing menu items made from scratch, including Lobster Cargot, spicy calamari and John “B” Good Chicken Enchiladas.

OutSkirtz: A friendly neighborhood watering hole

Pool tables, video games and 16 big-screen TVs are just the beginning. This bar and grill also offers happy hour specials, karaoke, live bands and authentic Mexican food.

The Greens at Terradyne hits all the right marks

At this new restaurant the views are almost enough to distract you from the grilled bone-in pork chops, 14-ounce rib-eye or stacked brisket sandwich. Almost.

‘Quite the ride’

Looking for an oasis in the dead of winter? At Augusta’s destination restaurant you can enjoy Hawaiian Style Whitefish plus Midwestern favorites in a laid-back, tropical ambiance.

Wichitans stand up for sit-down dining

Tired of home cooking? The local restaurant scene is sizzling back to life with restaurants at 50 percent capacity. Some owners have even taken advantage of the six-week hiatus to revamp their spaces and menus.

Restaurants retool

They may be donning masks and gloves, but restaurant workers and owners are bringing even more dedication and innovation to feeding essential workers and the public, while safeguarding their health.

m-m-m-Margaritas give diners a new reason to love Spangles

These margaritas and screwdriver slushes are everything you expect from an adult beverage: robust and made fresh to order. And they pair perfectly with boneless wings or seasoned French fries.

Taking the helm at Hurricane

Service, quality and value are three things that restaurant veteran Luis Lopez brings to the Hurricane Sports Grill as new co-owner. And his personal connection to the west side makes the move even more meaningful.

Pho Special lives up to its name

Wichita’s Vietnamese community and foodies of all backgrounds gravitate to this restaurant, which is meticulously run by Don Nguyen. Classic pho plus Korean BBQ, freshly made smoothies and café sua await!

Sweet ’n Saucy kicks it up a notch in Delano

When Derek Sorrells was inspired by a hot sauce store in Austin and a candy shop in Las Vegas, he thought it made no sense to put the two together. Then, he thought again.

The Latour legacy

In the 1970s Lebanon native Antoine Toubia upended the city’s dining scene when he arrived in Wichita, introducing his signature Mediterranean cuisine. Today his family — not to mention the numerous restaurants he influenced — carries on the tradition.

Doo-Dah deux

There will soon be two ways for Wichitans to get their fix of gourmet comfort food. Doo-Dah Diner is opening a second location Jan. 9 on the east side, and the original downtown restaurant is getting a major remodel and expansion.

A cookbook 127 years in the making:
‘Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club’

A new cookbook presents delicacies and delights from the local cooking club that’s been meeting since 1891. The recipe for Wichita cake is 126 years old and still tasty as ever.

Specialty greens unite farmer, Wichita chefs

Eric Johnson’s love affair with seeds, soil and growing food has lead to a lush sprouting of microgreens on the plates of fine dining establishments all across town.

An al fresco Fourth

What’s better than chicken that’s been freshly fried, tossed into a basket and enjoyed outside? How about a watermelon salad made with lemon juice, feta cheese, Tobasco and mint leaves.

Tastes like a hug: Kolace Dough Co. & Eatery

Jaci Katz and Mike Watkins have reimagined the central European staple, the kolache, with their own sweet and savory fillings — from bacon, egg and cheese to peanut butter, banana and honey.

Bumper crop

Turns out whole, fresh ingredients grow not only healthy bodies, but healthy businesses as well. These four local food companies are flourishing — and even bursting out of the city limits.

Cinco de Margarita!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, with delicioso recipes for carnitas, pico de gallo, guacamole, tres leches cake and of course the numero uno libation: frozen margaritas!

Make friends with Los Compadres Mexican Grill

Los Compadres Mexican Grill recently moved into a larger building, giving your taste buds even more space to roam the authentic dishes, including Pambazo from Mexico City and red enchiladas from Durango.

Eat Fit Go: 'The right amount of good food'

From cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles to mango salsa and Greek yogurt, healthy touches and big flavor punches find their perfect match in smart-sized portions at Eat Fit Go.

Hurricane Sports Grill roars into Wichita

Seaside tropical flair just blew into Wichita at the corner of Tyler and 13th in the form of Hurricane Sports Grill. Get ready for wings, jumbo shrimp, fish and chips, Key Lime Pie and oh so much more!

Seasonal sips

Russell Stotts, head drink meister in the Wichita Marriott's Greatroom and Fireside Grille, mixes and mingles classic holiday flavors such as apple, cinnamon, pomegranate and mint into festive cocktails.

Pizza past inspires present

Celebrate National Pizza Month with a traditional recipe that came from the old country, an authentic New York pie or even a hamburger and sauerkraut number. All these distinctive pizzas can be found right here, in the town that gave rise to Pizza Hut.

Back by popular demand

A Wichita institution since the 1950s, Angelo's Italian Restaurant has reopened on East Central after being closed for a decade. Their famous pizza, manicotti and lasagna are on the menu again, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign by diehard fans.

Cold comfort

July is National Ice Cream Month celebrate by
making some tastebud tickling treats at home with
these classic and creative recipes.

Burger bash

We're celebrating National Burger Month by featuring recipes from four of Wichita's well-known foodies. Try their recipes on your backyard grill, or stop by their places for a taste.

A Siena spring

Seasonal ingredients and special brunches are on tap at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel this spring.

Fetch Bistro, a first in Kansas

Fetch Bistro is the only restarant in Kansas where people can sit down for a meal with their furry best friends. But Greg and Pamela Buss, along with chef Damien Scott, also want to impress human and canine patrons alike with their good food and great service.

Culinary arts program thrives

Butler Community College's 4-year-old program earns recognition as one of the state's top culinary schools. Now we're cooking!

Swanky speakeasy: Ambassador Hotel opens Dockum

Tucked in the basement of the Ambassador Hotel, Dockum Apothecary is a new swanky spot to meet friends and sip on trendy cocktails.

Preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

From brining to spices to rubs, Chef Tom Jackson of All Things Barbeque shares secrets for a perfectly moist, crowd pleasing, nap-inducing turkey.

Cozy up to Fireside Grille

Tucked behind the Greatroom Bar in the eastside Wichita Marriott is a cozy 50-seat restaurant that just might become your favorite hideaway. The restaurant features fine dining and expanded wine list in an elegant setting.

A pinch of salt

YaYa's new executive chef, Fernando Ferreira, unveils an
elevated menu that reflects his Italian heritage, South American roots and experiences cooking for premier restaurants throughout the country.

No Blarney: This food is good

Former athlete Eric Burns went back to culinary school and now serves up made-from-scratch gastropub food to WSU sports fans. With wings, paninis, pulled pork, pizza and more to choose from, nobody goes home hungry.

I scream, you scream

Endless, Kansas summer-day heat topping 100 degrees only can be eased by one thing: ice cream. Find out which cool, creamy ice cream tops our readers list of favorite frozen treat.

Best brunches for Mother's Day

Your mom loves you with all of her heart a heart that's right next to her stomach. Give both of them a treat with one of these luscious brunch ideas featuring everything from Moroccan grilled tilapia to chicken fried steak. Oh, and don't forget the mimosa.

A taste of Tuscany

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse brought executive chef Jeremy Wade on board this spring. He hit the ground running and is now tweaking things to bring even more authentic Italian dishes to the menu including the quintessential Tuscan dish.

Contemporary Mexican cuisine

Although Mario Quiroz and Mara Garza of Molino's have outgrown thier humble beginnings in a former Taco Tico building, their authentic south-of-the-border tacos, piratas, salsas and ceviche are as delicious as ever.

Kitchen confidence

A rare opportunity for a home cook: Heather Denker recieves hands-on instruction from executive chef Janet Bourbon, including step-by-step instructions for "reverse searing" a roast. Also on the menu: French scalloped potatoes and more.

World food championship winner brings BBQ secrets to Wichita

All Things BBQ boasts a visit this month from a Canadian who's taken the all-American sport of barbecue cookoffs by storm. Brian Misko will share recipes, techniques and mouth-watering meals.

The tao of Tanya

Writer Joe Stumpe reflects on the contributions of restaurant proprietor Tanya Tandoc to the Wichita community. Since her death, Live like Tanya has become the mantra for many.

Tacos with a twist

Michael Farha and partner Marc Humsi opened this upscale taco joint earlier this year, after a longer-than-expected wait that had people already familiar with Farha's food downright antsy for another taste.

Give stress the brush-off

Vino van Gogh classes pair painting instruction with wine for a relaxing and fun night out. As one instructor puts it: If you don't like your painting, drink more wine.

Savoring the journey

Bill Crites is the new executive chef at YaYa's. His approach to cooking has been flavored by time spent trapping wild boar in Texas and preparing tapas in a Spanish mountain town.

Doo-Dah Diner doubles down

The Doo-Dah Diner has expanded to create space for an in-store bakery, take-out counter and room for head chef extraordinaire Patrick Shibley to cure his own meats. Hoodies and more new merch are on the way, too.

Dining North

North Broadway is Wichita's original restaurant row. Take a gustatory journey through some historic gems, and enjoy some of the city's best ethnic food.

Dining South

Big tastes, little bills. Dining in South Wichita is fast, fun and affordable discover a new favorite.

Downtown dining from A to Z

There's never been a better time to hightail it to downtown Wichita's restaurant scene. Splurge! recommends you eat your way from
A to Z.

Caf 402: A fresh start

Caf 402 in the downtown Y is open and accessible to the general public. While specializing in healthy food, the menu isn't limited to just that. Bite into a slice of its decadent chocolate cake for proof.

Wine & Dine: A culinary experience

Spend an evening with chef Jason Jaso and wine speaker Todd Izzo during this special culinary experience on May 29. Which wines pair perfectly with grilled scallops, chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin or Shiraz Pear? Read on to find out.

Wine & Dine: A culinary experience

SPLURGE! and Metro Appliances & More are proud to announce a new cooking experience that will highlight the area's best chefs and wine experts in the brand new Metro Appliance showroom.

Downtown's new destination

Step inside the two newest "it" venues. Jettys is a beach-themed, family-friendly pizza place with huge specialty pies and a big loft. Walkers is a classic watering hole with lots of exposed brick and ceiling beams dating back to its construction in 1908.

Doo-Dah Diner dishes up deliciousness

The over-the-top menu at Doo-Dah Diner culminates in "The Brutus": A tower of hash browns, caramelized onions, chicken fried steak, sausage gravy and two eggs. Just one of the perks
of running a from-scratch kitchen.


Zorro's makes mark in Newton and Augusta

George Matta of Adrian's expands into Tex-Mex with swashbuckling flair. And customers in the mood for something different can choose hummus, gyros, schwarma, fatuoush salad, bierocks and baklava.

Mort's: a "hot spot" year round

Mort's Martini and Cigar Bar knows how to throw the perfect patio party. From unique shared seating, to one-of-a-kind cigars and great drink specials, even down to celebrity clientele Mort's
has it all!

Local brewers pour it on

These artisinal prairie beers are lovingly fashioned by brewmasters who don't always follow a recipe. Fall is the season to open the tap on ales, wheats and stouts.

Only one cure for Wichita Pizza Co. 'addiction'

Meet six enthusiasts of the east-side pizza joint known for its signature crust and voluminous, out-of-the- ordinary toppings.

Culinary shoot out

What chefs will be paired with which celebrities? What will the mystery ingredient be? So many surprises tossed together at the last minute make for an exciting and delectable fundraiser for the Orpheum Theatre fundraiser.

Wichita chef spiking

Jason-Paul Febres of Taste & See always imagined himself as a TV chef. And now he is. Febres dishes on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue," favorite Taste & See menu items and why he prefers to work with women.

Former Girl Scout knows just how the cookie crumbles

Kelly Peterson sold Girl Scout cookies for five years, and now runs Velvet Cream Bakery. The leadership and ingenuity learned as a Scout smell a lot like cookie truffle topped with limoncello curd.

Feeding frenzy

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off a feast of holiday business for Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers, and Tasha and Bill Schrant of Chino's Parrilla Catering.

Holiday cheer

Pumpkins with vodka and nutmeg with whipped cream, these
are a few of our favorite things. Raise a glass of spirits to
holiday-inspired libations from the mixologists at Larkspur and Oeno Wine Bar.

Luca chef shoots for the best we can do

Gianluca Sciagata makes foods from scratch that most other restaurants buy ready made. Combine that with his northern Italian background and you've got an authentic taste of Italy in this midwestern Kansas town.

Taste maker: The Fresh Market

Just as Dillons raised the supermarket bar a few years ago with the introduction of its super stores, TFM takes that bar up a few more notches.


Take it outside

Here's a look at some of the city's coolest patios. And please don't get upset if we fail to mention your own favorite al fresco spot there are way too many great ones to list them all.


Moveable feast

Jeff and Rob Schauf bring the taste of Venice, California to Wichita in the form of Flying Stove, a gourmet food truck.


Cooking with Chef H

Cooking enthusiast Harry Pape put together his own cooking segment "with foods and ingredients that are readily available and relatively healthy.


Pizza Paradiso

Fortunately for pizza lovers and who isn't one? a new wave of pizza joints has come along, and it looks like they'll be around for a while.


A double-dip anniversary

The Old Mill Tasty Shop celebrates 80 years of hand-crafted limeades, cherry cokes, banana splits and sundaes made the old-fashioned way, as well as 30 years of ownership by John and Mary Wright.


I like to refer to it as a country club without golf, swimming or tennis, said Wink Hartman, owner of a new private supper club. The club's food is being created by chef Jeremy Wade, who made his name at Uptown Bistro in Old Town Square.


12 Ways to Eat Healthy in 2012

A dozen strategies some commonsense and some unconventional for better eating in the new year.

Balsamic Berries with Ricotta Cream

Hungry for the holidays: These appetizer and dessert recipes make for some memorable treats.

Recipes for five memorable holiday treats have you covered for parties and potlucks.


Authentic, upscale Italian food on the rise in Wichita

Italian restaurants serve up veal ossobuco, lamb chops, gnocchi and beef carpaccio in addition to salads, pizzas and pastas

Jeff Conklin

Ribeye top choice for local steak lovers

Seven top steak houses in Wichita reveal their top-selling cuts of beef, and confide what makes the ribeyes and filets so succulent.


Wichita Pizza Co.: Taco pizza, other loaded pies lure diners to Harry and Webb

Unusual combinations work together to produce unexpectedly delicious results. So delicious, in fact, that the taco pizza was voted one of 50 Best in U.S. by Food Network Magazine.

Jeff Conklin

Gaslamp Grille chef prepares food forward" menu

Jeff Conklin grew up on his grandparents risotto and reruns of Julia Child. This fall the chef rolls out a new menu at the Gaslamp Grille.


Pumpkin roll in the Big Apple: Local cooking on Good Morning America

Local cooking enthusiast, Angi Allender, shares her experience appearing on Good Morning America alongside Emeril Lagasse, as well as her future aspirations with the Food Network.


Old Town at 20

The former warehouse district is now a mixed-use neighborhood bustling with nightlife, dining, residences and more. Downtown boosters hope its success can be repeated.


Sweet 'n cold: Frozen yogurt trend hits Wichita

Discover the local self-serve frozen yogurt craze that has Wichitans screaming for more.

Gaslamp Grille

Gaslamp Grille lights up dining

There's much more than steak to recommend the Gaslamp Grille, including a raw bar brimming with fresh crab legs, shrimp and oysters stacked on ice and a diverse selection of beverages in a casual setting.


Sushi showdown

With names like Baked Alaska, Volcano Roll, Shogun Roll and Ninja, six of Wichita's sushi chefs go head-to-head and prove, once again, that the best delicacies aren't on the menu.

Brad Beyer

Dive Into Mike's for a great time

It's a typically eclectic crowd at Mike's Wine Dive, but the customers can all count on experiencing some of the same things: inventive food, a laid-back ambiance and, most of all, great wine.

Couple toasting

Dinner for two, with a side of romance

Nine picks for your Valentine's Day date. Splurge is here to help with a list of old favorites and new options.

Cooking ingredients

5 ideas to bring your cooking to life in 2011

A couple cooking ideas and recipes to jump start your culinary adventure in 2011.

Beer Brewing Basics

Braised to perfection

The result of braising is nothing short of magic: the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender and transforms the liquid into a rich, delicious sauce. Jackie Smith shares techniques from a pro.

Beer Brewing Basics

Custom Cupcakes: "Designer cupcake craze finally hits Wichita. It's about time!

Over the past year, Wichita has bit into the nationwide cupcake craze fueled by food magazines and TV shows. A handful of local bakers are producing ever more creative versions of the treat.

Beer Brewing Basics

Beer brewing basics: Is home brewing for you?

Although the home beer-brewing process can seem daunting at first, many have mastered the steps. And the end result can be extremely rewarding.

Bossa Grill

Bossa Grill brings taste of Brazil to Wichita

Bossa offers seafood, pasta, chicken, salads and more in a style that would be at home in many European countries with a few distinctive South American touches.

Old Town Farmer's Market

Fresh and fun: farmer's markets and orchards offer locally-grown produce and more

Besides the simple consideration of flavor, factors like concern for the environment and a desire to buy locally seem to be driving the growth in farmer's markets.

Mulligan's Pizza

Off the Beaten Track: Best of the rest

We've been highlighting some of the best local restaurants you might never have heard of. But not all of our favorites fit into the designated categories. So for the final installment of Off the Beaten Path, here's the best of the rest.

Tom's Lotus Garden

Off the Beaten Track: Restaurants span the cuisine of asia

Look a little closer off the busiest commercial corridors, that is and you'll discover that the city holds a trove of delectable cuisines from all over Asia.

Brint's Diner

Off the Beaten Track: Diners don't have to hunt for diners

There are plenty of restaurants that dish up diner-style food, whether they call themselves diners, cafes or something else.


Off the Beaten Track: Barbecue boom

Two factors have fueled the barbecue boom. One is the decision of some home cooks who compete in barbecue cook-offs to open restaurants. The other is the entry of chain restaurants into what was once the purview of individual, often quirky, operators.

La Posada

Off the Beaten Track: Mexican restaurants

How to know when you're in a place serving real Mexican food; where to find the best piratas, ceviche, gorditas and of course tamales, burritos and tacos.

Hummus from Byblos

Off the Beaten Track: Authentic Lebanese and Middle Eastern food

Wichita cuisine boasts a strong influence from Middle Eastern restaurateurs, and two restaurants in particular serve it exclusively: N&J Cafe on the east side and Byblos on the west.

The Bomber Burger

Off the Beaten Track: Burger joints

Small burger joints survive and sometimes thrive in Wichita. In this first of a series of articles about some of Wichita's lesser known restaurants, Joe Stumpe investigates alternatives to homogenized chain restaurants.


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