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The COOP Bakery & Coffee House

Posted on July 5, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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This is my extended post about the COOP, as promised. I wanted to write an extended post because it was my first visit and the place was super neat. I can’t believe I’d never been before. Credit to the Wicked Brew Tour because, had they not been one of the tour stops, I probably still would have never been.

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The COOP has two locations. The original location is in Derby — I’ve never been there — and the second location is on Douglas Avenue in Wichita. That’s the location that we visited.

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What’s most interesting about the COOP is that it’s not like any other coffee shop. The COOP is a cooperative that also happens to have a coffee shop. It’s a place where several local bakers and merchants can sell their goods. It’s a really neat concept. Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures while we were there. Here are a few of them…

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I might have to talk my coworker Chris Townley into going back for lunch one day so we can try their food. They have quite a selection.

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And don’t get me started on the drink menu. It’s almost overwhelming.

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Look at all these flavors!

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Besides that, they might also have the longest happy hour of any place in Wichita. Their “happy hour” starts at 12 PM and goes all the way to 7 PM every single weekday. We’ve gotta go back and take advantage of the half-priced drinks!

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The store is inside an old house so there’s plenty of seating. But you can also reserve rooms at no extra charge. They just ask that you buy something — food or beverage (hopefully both).

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They also have games that you can rent for a small fee. The place reminds me of Sente, the coffee shop downtown where you could play board games. Except this place is better because, instead of just an open area with tables, you can reserve rooms where you and your friends can have a bit of privacy.

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They also have free WiFi so if you’re able to work remotely, you could work there for a change of scenery. Jenni and I actually talked about meeting up there on days that we are both working from home but we haven’t done it yet.

Anyway, it’s a really neat place. I can’t wait to return and bring Brian, and try some more drinks. Until then, I hope you all are making progress on your Wicked Brew cards. I think they’re almost out of shirts!

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Weekend with Kumar

Posted on June 10, 2024 by under Food and Drink, Pickleball.    

Our friend Kumar Krishnan from Bartlesville came to stay with us the weekend of the Andover Rotary Club’s Picklemania tournament. I always love when Kumar visits because he brings surprise gifts.

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Kumar made me black pickleball-themed tumbler and he also made a white techie-themed one for Brian.

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Kumar arrived early on Friday and helped us get some signs up. And then he went to meet up with Kimberly Howe and the Friday night pickleball crew for some rec games. Later that evening a bunch of us gathered at Merle’s for dinner.

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We did learn a hard lesson that night. The kitchen closes at 9 pm. There was an issue with a couple of orders that didn’t get rectified before the kitchen closed so some of us got fed and some of us didn’t. Not really great because Brian is not a huge fan of Merle’s to begin with.

However, we made up for the lackluster dining experience by taking Kumar to one of our most favorite local spots (Local Flavor) the next day after the tournament.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

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Sriracha Beef Tips (Brian’s fave)

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Meat Loaf and Red Potatoes

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Pork Belly Mac and Cheese

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Chicken Bacon Wrap and Fries (another Brian’ fave)

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I needed a drink after the tournament so I ordered the first one on the list. I think it’s Local Flavor’s version of Long Island iced tea but I can’t remember what is called. Will share highlights from Picklemania in the next post. Check back soon!

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George’s French Bistro

Posted on June 3, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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We found out recently that George’s French Bistro is open for lunch again so Chris Townley and I went and had lunch there a couple of weeks ago.

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Our lunch was really good and I think Brian would like this place. I might take him there on a day some night.

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Brunch at the Belmont

Posted on May 31, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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If you are looking for a great place to have lunch, we highly recommend the Belmont. It’s the same strip, Happiness Plaza, as Larcher’s Market and it has been a favorite of ours since it opened. For a while there we were eating the Belmont every week, sometimes even twice a week. We’ve had numerous lunches and dinners there but, until recently, hadn’t really tried brunch there. And, boy, were we missing out!

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The best thing about brunch at the Belmont is I can get my favorite pork belly banh mi which I cannot get a dinner time. The guys both got breakfast and I, of course, got my pork belly banh mi. Chris and I shared a pitcher of mimosa. It was the best brunch ever. Definitely a must if you have time on the weekend!

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Larcher’s Market Revisted

Posted on May 31, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

When we learned that Larcher’s Market has lunch menu items, we decided we would go there for lunch one day and check it out.

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Both Chris Townley and Brian got the chicken sandwiches while I had a burger. As much as I love Larcher’s coffee and the whole idea of it all, I would not recommend going for lunch. I think the most disappointing part of the experience was the lack of ample seating. I think the seating itself would not be an issue if people weren’t just hanging out in there. When we were looking for a place to sit, there was literally this girl sitting by herself reading, sprawled across a couch in a seating area that could easily fit five people (maybe even six). There were several people, just hanging out talking. So, since there were all of these people just sitting there not having lunch, there was literally nowhere for people who were planning on having lunch there to sit and eat.

I think we probably would have been more forgiving about the food, if we weren’t so cranky about not finding anywhere to sit. Brian felt his chicken was mostly breading and very little chicken. My hamburger was just okay. Overall, we found the lunch options limited and a tad overpriced. I think we are spoiled because you can get great burgers and sandwiches at Local Flavor for a lot less and there’s never a shortage of tables.

Anyway, Chris and I still love their coffee. And, the breakfast options are better than anywhere else. Plus, they serve breakfast all day. This is probably one of the reasons they felt they could get by with limited lunch selections because people could easily order breakfast items for lunch instead. So you’ll probably see us still going back there time and again. However, I’m never going back for lunch though.

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