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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 http://www.kansastravel.org/kansasres...

    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: http://www.bradleyfair.com/wichita-di...

        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!

            1. Bumping this thread for suggestions. One dinner. In from K.C., so unless there's a mecca for bbq, I'm looking for something a little higher-end, a little more serious. Anything exciting in Wichita? Where should I eat?


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              1. re: ulterior epicure

                There is nothing really exciting in Wichita... I personally like Yia Yia's. I'm Italian and usually get bored with single course meals, Yia Yia's has a nice selection of starters and I often end up picking three for my supper. I'm not certain the waiters like it (more plates to serve), but I enjoy the variety more. Out of the main courses, I recently had and enjoyed a nice trout dish. The desserts are nice too. For lunch, I like Hana Cafe (sushi bar) in old town. It has a small menu, but with some nice bento boxes (I like the tempura option).
                I'll be in KC this weekend with my 4-month-baby... any place I shouldn't miss? I'm a "piscitarian", I don't eat meat but seafood. I was thinking of trying Taj Mahal, I miss Indian food so much...

                1. re: slowfoodverona

                  @slowfoodverona Thanks for the suggestions. We have Yia Yia's in Kansas City, so I'm familiar with their food. What's your budget for Kansas City?

                  Yia Yia's
                  15601 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

                  1. re: ulterior epicure

                    Yeah, sorry, I remembered that after my post. $35 (wine excluded), but I'm willing to spend more if it's really worth it. Otherwise I'm happy to keep the budget low, as long as the food is fresh. I'm really spoiled and had a really hard time adjusting to the lack of food choices in small town KS for the last 3 years. I checked your page, Italy seems to be a gastronomic universe that you have not explored yet. You'll love it. We went to a nice Mexican in Overland Pk, Torreon, really enjoyable but pretty straightforward. Oh, and had a berry lavander snowcone @ fresher than fresh today, loved that. Lunch @ Bo Lings, which is never disappointing but always the same. I'll be in KC until Tuesday, hopefully you get this in time.

                    Bo Lings
                    20 E 5th St Ste 100, Kansas City, MO 64106

                    1. re: slowfoodverona

                      @slowfoodverona: Yes, I have been to Italy perhaps more than any other country other than France (at least half a dozen times). But I've not done much high-end eating there.

                      You know what you should do with your $35? Go to bluestem lounge during happy hour 5pm-7pm. You could order for two and have enough money left over for a drink or two (n.b. bluestem is closed on Monday, so I'm not sure if you're staying through Tuesday, or leaving before Tuesday dinner). Failing bluestem, I'd recommend blanc burgers + bottles (three locations now), Lidia's in the freightouse row, or Room 39 (two locations). And, since it's so hot, drop by Chris Elbow's new glace ice creamery just south of the Plaza.

                      Room 39
                      1719 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

                      1. re: ulterior epicure

                        I'll keep the bluestem option for Sept when I should be back to KC as I'm leaving at lunch time on Tuesday. Glace was already on my list, as I'm a big fan of his chocolates too, and while there I'll also drop by the BetterCheddar&Penzeys (I always feel that they are for tourists, but the selection of products is great... remember, I live in rural KS). Thanks for the great advice, next time you go to Italy let me know, I might have a place or two to recommend.

              2. I guess I'll bump the thread too. Looking for anything unusual, or hole in the wall or just awesome while I'm in Cheney this week. I'm going to check out some of the suggestions here, but anything in 30 min of Wichita I'm interested in... the more off beat the better.

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                1. re: Firegoat

                  I'll second the Hana Cafe rec, I ate there the other day and had a terrific Kalbi bento box. I would add Lucianos located in Mulvane (216 W Main St, Mulvane, KS 67110, south of Wichita about 15 miles). An Italian restaurant owned by an actual Italian... will wonders ever cease? Good fresh food in a nice comfortable atmosphere. Service can be spotty... mostly high school aged kids from a small town... but all in all I like the place. I would also recommend Bel Ami (229 East William Street, Wichita, KS) which is downtown, and the great thing about this place is you can call a couple of days ahead and they'll make anything you want. I ordered grilled duck breast in a wine reduction for my birthday and it was perfectly prepared. Rare. Do a search in Chow under Thai Lao for one of the best dives in Wichita serving Laotian food. Seriously good and cheap. SW corner of Hillside and Pawnee behind the Super Del Centro grocery store.

                  Bel Ami
                  229 E William St Ste 101, Wichita, KS 67202

                2. We at at the Anchor in Old Town recently. The Eagle had a recommendation and said the chef was new (relatively). Better than normal bar food. I had the fish and chips. The fish was excellent and the broccoli salad accompanying it was a nice surpirse.