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Posted on July 3, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
Brian and I finally got around to checking out the Hungry Heart by the arena. It’s in the space formerly occupied by Jettys Pizza, which didn’t last very long. You can kind of see the Jettys sign faintly coming through in the photo above. I’m hoping the Hungry Heart doesn’t share the same fate because they’re actually really good. I would hate to see them close specially since we just now discovered their amazing food.
Brian and I started with the award-winning Asian wings.
Our very nice server told us that the wing recipe won a prize at last year’s Wingapalooza. Naturally, we had to try it. We weren’t disappointed. I think, out of everything we tried that night, these wings were our favorite.
Brian had their pulled pork sandwich for his meal. He said it was amazing. The sandwich consists of 20-hour smoked pork shoulder with tangy coleslaw and house-made BBQ sauce on a pretzel bun. You can select from various side options. Brian opted for the house-cut fries. They are homemade and awesome. They rank up there with some of the best fries I’ve had in town.
I had the Korean short ribs, which had excellent flavor. It normally comes with regular rice but I subbed it with the cilantro rice. I think I should have stayed with the regular rice though because the cilantro flavor didn’t work as well with the sweetness of the ribs.
I wasn’t sure how I would like the spicy cucumber pickles so I ordered the Asian green beans at first. However, after getting a small sample of the cucumber, I decided they actually weren’t too spicy for me. I kind of liked their sweet, spicy flavor so I ended up getting them anyway.
The green beans were really good too, but the flavor of the cucumber went really well with the short ribs. It’s clear that they put a lot of thought into what kind of side dishes to serve with each entree. If and when you go, my suggestion would be to stick to exactly how it’s prepared and not make any substitutions or changes unless you have allergies or specific dietary restrictions.
I plan on going back and ordering the Korean short ribs again without messing with the dish. I want to try the food just as the chef intended and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. The seem to know their stuff.
Here are some pictures of the restaurant’s interior.
This is the host desk.
Brian and I like to eat early supper so we were the one of the first people in the restaurant for dinner that day. It picked up a lot as Brian and I were finishing our dinner.
There’s not much to their decor but the food is phenomenal.
Brian and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the Hungry Heart. Not only was the food great but the service as well. Everyone was super nice, not just our server. If there’s anything that I was disappointed about, it’s that we didn’t try this place sooner. We will definitely be back.
Posted on June 5, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
Brian and I got to try a new restaurant a couple of weeks ago. We were supposed to got to the Andover Rotary Club’s summer picnic but it was canceled due to weather. Plan B was to hit Central Standard Brewery, which is where the Flying Stove usually parks on Thursday nights. We texted them to see if they would be out but they hadn’t made the call yet. It was pretty clear on our side of town so we decided to go for drive and swing by CSB. We were so disappointed to find the truck absent. Apparently, though the weather was pretty clear downtown and on the East side, it had rained hard on the West side of town were the Flying Stove guys are from. They were worried that things would get worse so they made the call to turn around and cancel for the evening.
Brian and I were already out but didn’t really have an alternative plan in mind. We were driving East on Douglas, toward our house, when we came up Fork & Fennel. Neither of us had been there but I’d heard great things about the restaurant. A potentially stormy night seemed like the perfect time to try it. LOL.
The restaurant has a pretty cool interior, which is a huge departure from the old decor. The restaurant used to house a taco joint years ago.
It’s been completely transformed and looks great. I love the lighting and metal chairs. Note that the lack of people is not because the restaurant isn’t any good but because we were supposed to be in some kind of thunderstorm watch.
Here’s a glimpse of the menu which Brian carefully studied, as we should since we are first timers at the Fork & Fennel.
Brian and I had to try the waffle chips and dip. I’m glad we did because it was amazing. The waffle chips are like waffle fries but thinly sliced and crispy. The chips were great alone but phenomenal with the house dip, which had excellent flavor.
To keep ourselves from overeating, Brian and I decided to split the smokey bleu and bacon. I don’t particularly like onions so I would have them hold the red onion marmalade next time. Other than that, the burger was amazing.
The burger normally comes with a side of waffle chips but, since we had already stuffed our faces full of it, we opted for a side salad. For a nominal fee, they halved our burger for us and we each got our own salad.
The salad was amazing. I loved the pecans, blackberries, and cheese crumbles. We probably could have done with just one salad though, because Brian didn’t really eat his. I think it was too frou frou for him.
Anyway, if you’ve never been to Fork & Fennel you have to check it out. The food is delicious and the restaurant ambiance is unlike anywhere else in town.
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews, Things to Do.
Brian and I had the opportunity to watch Kathy Griffin’s stand up performance at Stiefel Theater in Salina a couple of weeks ago. Neither of us had been to the Stiefel Theater before. We actually thought the drive there would be longer. It’s really only a little over an hour. Anyway, we decided to make a night of it.
We decided to eat dinner at Tucson’s before the show because it’s pretty close to the theater. We also checked online and the restaurant had pretty good reviews.
Here are some pictures of our food.
I had the tilapia with rice and veggies.
Predictably, Brian got chicken tenders. He really should have ordered steak. It is a steakhouse after all. But neither of us that fond of beef. Why we picked a steakhouse to eat at for dinner, I have no idea. LOL.
I suppose we wanted to avoid fast food and there really weren’t that many options.
Here’s a picture of the sign in front of the theater.
This is where everyone congregated as we waited to be let in to the auditorium.
Here’s a picture of the theater auditorium.
It wasn’t too obvious from the previous picture but there’s also a balcony area.
We got really good floor seats. We were only seven rows from the stage.
Obligatory pre-show selfie.
And just in case some of you are not familiar with Kathy Griffin, I took a picture of the flyer. She’s semi-famous. LOL.
She’s also super hilarious. I really like her conversational, story-telling style. I don’t feel like I’m watching a stand-up comedian. It just seems like you’re listening to a friend tell you stories, except they’re juicy and funny and entertaining.
We drove home immediately after the show because we both had to work the next day. It was a long night but totally worth it. If you get a chance to see the “Like a Boss” tour – I think she’s hitting 80 cities on this tour – you should. Brian and I give it two thumbs up.
Posted on June 1, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
When we were at the Wichita Art Museum for the Summer Opening Party, Brian and I had dinner at the Muse Café. It was a real treat because they’re normally only open for lunch. Now that Brian no longer works downtown, we wouldn’t ever have the occasion to have lunch there unless we were both off in which case we probably wouldn’t be downtown. LOL.
I’d eaten there before but it had been a few years. Brian said he’d never been there until that night. I’m pretty sure he has, though. Anyway, if you’re looking for a nice, quiet place to have lunch that serves good food, this is the place.
The restaurant also boasts a fantastic view of the Paula and Barry Downing Amphitheater and the Arkansas River beyond.
I was trying to get the art garden in the background of this selfie but I failed miserably.
The art garden is awesome. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go check it out. Confluence did a fabulous job. One of the ways you can enjoy the beautiful, new grounds is by participating in “Yoga on the Lawn” held on the second Saturday of every month from May through October. There’s lots of other events that take advantage of the art garden but I digress… Back to the Muse.
We had light fare that night so I only have a couple of food pics. I had the shrimp tapa which had excellent flavor. Brian had the cheese and fruit tray.
I still like the cheese board that we got at the Ivy in Hell’s Kitchen. That’s in New York in case you were wondering.
Anyway, we really enjoyed our dining experience. I wish the cafe was open for dinner also. It would be a great place for a nice, romantic dinner. After dinner you could take a stroll through the art garden and maybe get proposed to.
Oh, yeah. We are already married. If I weren’t though, and I were to propose to someone, that’s definitely how I would do it. You have to time it just right though, because the Muse Café is only open for dinner on special occasions such as the Summer Opening Party. It’ll be worth all of the planning. You could even have the wedding there. I think it would be really cool to be married where the proposal happened. Do over!
Posted on May 29, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
My friend Misty told me about this place a couple of weeks ago when we were at CSB. She gave it a poor review, though. She told us it was super busy and not worth it because you just get overpriced ramen noodles. LOL.
I just happen to love ramen noodles and I prefer to form my own own opinion about a place so, naturally, I talked Brian into to checking it out with me. Although, I was a little bit worried at first. Brian isn’t really a ramen guy.
“I hope they have other stuff on the menu besides ramen,” I thought to myself as we walked to the restaurant.
The place is really tiny, as you’ll see from the photos that follow. That’s the main reason why they’re always busy and there’s lines out the door. There isn’t enough room inside for everyone. When we walked up, we noticed people standing outside, in front of the restaurant. We wondered what that was about and quickly realized that it’s the line to be seated. It’s so small inside that there’s not enough room for people to wait.
You have to stand outside while you wait for a table. When a table becomes available, they come out and tell you that you may come inside. It’s definitely an interesting setup. Lucky for us, there wasn’t much of a line when we went.
Here are a couple of pictures of the restaurant’s compact interior.
Here’s a picture of the menu. I was relieved to see they have lots of other things besides ramen. Although, I’m not sure why you would go to a ramen place if you don’t like ramen – unless, of course, you’re Brian and your wife forced you to go with her.
They also had a variety of dessert options. We skipped it this trip, though.
Brian and I started with pan-fried dumplings, our go-to starter at places such as these. If it’s offered on the menu, there’s a 99% chance that we’re going to order it as an appetizer.
Predictably, Brian got a bowl of chicken fried rice for his meal.
I can’t remember what I got because I asked the server for a recommendation and ordered what she said was good. I think it was the N2, shouyu ramen.
I love that they serve their ramen with an egg. That’s exactly how I eat my ramen. Except, I add a hardboiled egg rather than a soft-boiled one.
I enjoyed my meal. Not sure why Misty was disappointed. Then again, I am a ramen lover. I could eat ramen everyday of my life and not complain.
Brian thought the restaurant was just okay. I will definitely be back though. I want to try all of the different ramen bowls.
Above is a video sneak peek posted by the Wichita Eagle. I highly recommend checking it out and trying the delicious ramen for yourself. If you go, let me know. I may join you.