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Apr 4, 2009 01:16 AM

Wichita - Dinner Recs for Chatty Customers

I'll be meeting up with a group of other women and having dinner in Wichita. Some of us will be flying in and staying in Old Town, while others will be driving in from other nearby cities, so we don't know each other well. I'm looking for dinner recs that woud give us the opportunity to sit for a couple of hours, unrushed, on a Saturday night in a place where we can hear each other, so we can hang out and learn more about each other. To accommodate the entire group, I'm guessing that an "American" restaurant will be better. I also don't want a very expensive restaurant either, something around $10-$12/entree at the most.

Ideas? Thanks!

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  1. There are a number of nice places in Old Town, but to tie up a restaurant on Saturday for hours? Here's my Larkspur at (316) 262-5275 as they have a private dining room...the only one that comes to mind in Old Town. They might do a set price dinner for your group, but that's a pretty low price point.

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    1. re: wmkwhite

      Thanks. Well, I don't know when prime dinner time is, but I suspect we will either be eating 5:00 - 7:00 or 8:00 - 10. In any case, we could also move our chatting to the hotel as well. Let me change this a little... how about just non-ethnic restaurant in Old Town that has great food and not so expensive?

      1. re: boltnut55

        OK, there are a few restaurants that I'd recommend and I'll provide the links so you can look at the menus and pricing.
        First is Uptown Bistro which is on the Southwest end of Old Town Square and features continental food, Mediterranean, but approachable for most appetites. Food is very good as is the service.
        Second is again Larkspur, nice established place with good reputation. I personally haven't eaten there in a while but I hear no complaints from friends who do frequent it.
        My personal favorite is Sabor, which is a Latin restaurant but has a nice offering of more "American" dishes. Dynamite food which is quite affordable in my opinion, and owned by the same owner as the Uptown Bistro, so you know he's doing something right.
        This last pick has an unknown quality to it, a new British chef who I hear is very good but I have never been there since he was hired, the Caffe Moderne. It's been known for sandwiches, soups and salads, but with the new chef you might at least want to give them a call and see what the specials are that evening.
        Good luck in Wichita, hope you and your friends have a wonderful time.