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May 12, 2004 12:33 PM


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I haven't been to Wichita in 8 years so I'm looking for some help.

Saturday lunch in mid-June, 4-8 people, good place to linger, visit, ideally with wine service available. The more eclectic the menu, the better. Price is no object.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Oh, and there is a new-ish place near Old Town called 626 (E.Douglas) that has a NY-trained chef, but I don't know anything about it. Has anyone been there?

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  1. your message looked lonely, so I thought I'd give you my two cents. I moved away from Wichita a couple of years ago so there may be some new places I'm not aware of. Generally, you need to head to the east side to find what you describe.

    I'd recommend either Chelsea's at 29th & Rock (comfortable bistro food, solid wine list) or Yia Yia's at 21st & Rock (european bistro, more variety on menu than Chelsea's, excellent but pricey wine list).

    Downtown the only good option used to be Larkspur in Old Town. Not sure if it's still around or not.

    Good luck!

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    1. re: swghawkeye

      There is an awesome place in North Wichita called Savute's. It is an Italian steak house. Excellent steaks and Italian, bar and family restaurant. Person who started it collected airplane memoribilia. Tons of neat pictures. Highly recommended.

      1. re: Beth

        I had completely forgotten about Savutes! You're absolutely right, it's a treasure. Thanks for the reminder.

        1. re: squirrel

          When my wife (Wichita native) takes us back, I always ask to go to Tonya's Soup Kitchen. This is a Chowhound's dream.

      2. re: swghawkeye

        Lonely indeed. I had almost given up and stopped looking for responses.

        Chelsea sounds good, plus I read a review of a new place downtown/Old Town recently opened by a NY chef, 626 (E. Douglas). I'll file a report post-trip (since dining in DooDah is obviously of such great interest to the midwestern 'hounds;-)

      3. hello! i don't know if it's too late (sorry, just saw your post today), but my favorite place in Wichita is Chesters, on Rock Road). it's a steakhouse with an awesome winelist. the service is always great. it can be a little pricey for the steaks, but they have a pretty wide menu, and a lot of time, i just get apps and a salad. the menu ranges from the traditional steak to some pretty interesting specials. Chelseas is also pretty good, but i honestly find their menu kinda ho-hum. Sabor is also a great place (two locations- Rock Rd & Old Town) if you want a more eclectic menu. their wine list is not quite as extensive, but they do have a 'Perfect Margarita', that really is perfect. but as far as atmosphere and wine and service, i think Chesters is your best bet. Hope this helps!

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        1. re: food snob in the Ta

          lunch/snack in/around Wichita with kids? anything off 35 would be great

            1. re: KansasTravel

              Just in case anyone still checks this :) I've heard good things about the Eaton Steakhouse downtown.