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May 7, 2010 04:59 PM

Wichita Kansas?

hi Everyone...

Heading to a work conference first week of June. Looking for local places for lunch and dinner that aren't chains and don't cost an arm and leg as i'm on a per diem amount. Am staying in Old Town area and have a car, but i'm dirrectionally challeged and don't know Wichita all that well.

I don't like sushi but probably anything else I'm game.

Thanks in advance for answering...

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  1. My favorite local places include B&C BBQ, Bomber Burger, and the original NUWay Cafe.

    These and others are reviewed at

    Bomber Burger
    4860 S Clifton Ave, Wichita, KS 67216

    1. Old Town restaurants that are enjoyable and are not chains include EggCetera--open for lunch, Larkspur, Old Mill Tasty Shop (also open for lunch), Cafe Moderne (great gelato)and Uptown Bistro.

      Uptown Bistro
      301 N Mead St, Wichita, KS 67202

      Old Mill Tasty Shop
      604 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202

      1. Wichita isn't all that hard to get around if you stick to Kellogg (one of the main streets/highways). There's literally the west side of town - old town- then the east side of town. If you head east from your location, you'll run into Rock Road. It's a large thoroughfare with tons of dining options - yes, some are chains but there are also some good places tucked in among the shops. It also has the biggest shopping variety in town. I had some great hummus at Bella Luna last time I was in town and my mother really likes Yia Yia's in the same shopping center. Link attached:

        Bella Luna Cafe
        2132 N Rock Rd Ste 107, Wichita, KS 67206

        1. N & J Cafe on Lincoln is a favorite for Lebanese and it's casual and relaxing. The Anchor is a bar with the biggest selection of beers and an excellent sandwich menu. I had a GREAT rib-eye and homemade potato chips at the Anchor the other day. Thai Tradition and the Pho Hot Bistro are my favorite Asian places. I'm going to Passage to India tonight!

          Thai Tradition
          620 N Carriage Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67208

          1. Great donuts and coffee to be had at the Donut Whole at 1720 E. Douglas, just east of Hydraulic. You can even get "doggie donuts" for your four-legged buddy. I've also heard great things from my local friends about Bubba's Nekked BBQ, 2428 W. 13th (at Meridian). There's live music at both places several nights a week, too!