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squirrel May 12, 2004 12:33 PM

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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    food snob in the Ta Jun 12, 2009 08:38 PM

    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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      sarapeater Jul 2, 2009 01:43 PM

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

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        KansasTravel Jul 3, 2009 06:06 AM

        5 years probably was a tad late.

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          kbh811 Jul 5, 2009 09:58 AM

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

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        swghawkeye May 15, 2004 07:35 AM

        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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          Beth May 20, 2004 11:49 AM

          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.

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            squirrel May 21, 2004 12:03 PM

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

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              Greg May 22, 2004 04:52 PM

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

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            squirrel May 21, 2004 12:07 PM

            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;-)

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