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Socialkim Jan 14, 2010 10:41 AM

I'll be in Wichita KS at the end of the month, for almost exactly 24 hours . I'm looking for recommendations for dinner and lunch for sure but if there's a don't miss for a weekday breakfast, I'll take that, too. I prefer locally-owned and I'm not scared off by dives. I'll do a chain if it's something really unusual for the midwest but usually like to support family-owned businesses. If you are recommending Mexican, my preference is Tex-Mex although I am partial to interior Mex when it comes to tacos. I like the little, two corn tortilla tacos, meat and onion and cilantro, with maybe some lime to squeeze and a great sauce. Love lengua, cabeza, tripas! I'm open to unusual foods and exotic cuisine. I'll have a car while I'm in town on business so I don't mind traveling. Hotel within 15 minutes of airport, just for point of reference. Hope there are some KS chowhounds who can give me the skinny!

  1. KansasTravel Jan 15, 2010 05:28 AM

    Bomber Burger has great handmade burgers and fresh cut fries. It is a tiny dive. Ty's Diner is another old joint with the same and a larger menu.

    The original Nuway cafe has been open since 1930 - everything is good, but be sure to try a loose meat burger and their own root beer.

    Stroud's Restaurant is in a 1930s barn and serve great family style meals. They are best known for their pan fried chicken, but the smoked pork chops and fired catfish are also very good.

    B & C Barbeque is only open for lunch but they have very good BBQ and sides on a buffet served in an old garage.

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      Socialkim Jan 15, 2010 01:21 PM

      KT, thank you! B&C is very close for lunch and Nuway Cafe and Bomber Burger look like great options for dinner.

      Any Indian or Vietnamese recommendations?

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        sumrtym Jan 15, 2010 04:18 PM

        I'd skip the Indian places. A college buddy of mine lives in Wichita who is Indian, and can testify of their not being any great Indian food there. There isn't a big Indian community in that town.

        That said, he does love, and is the one that put me onto, that Malaysia Cafe.

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          KansasTravel Jan 16, 2010 06:32 AM

          No Indian, but I was very pleased with Thai Tradition Restaurant.

          It has been a couple of years since I have been there. I was going to eat there today, but I-35 was closed by freezing fog and a huge wreck and I gave up the trip and turned around.

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            antymaster Jan 24, 2010 09:32 PM

            There is a huge Vietnamese population here. Here are a few restaurants to get you started:

            Kim Huong, Pho Hot, My Tho, Bida Saigon, My Canh, Saigon Bistro, Pho' 99, Tochau, and for more Americanized Vietnamese, try Saigon

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          sumrtym Jan 14, 2010 01:33 PM

          Malaysia Cafe at 7777 E 21st Street North. Lots of food at a VERY good price, and the food I've had there is wonderful when I'm in town.

          Menu found below:
          http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/menu/1335...

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            Socialkim Jan 15, 2010 01:20 PM

            Thanks, Sumrtym, for the link to Malaysia Cafe. It looks good!

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