Friday, September 27, 2013

The Monarch

So once again I was overtaken by hunger and forgot to snap pictures... but yesterday I tried out 
It is in Delano, at Douglas & Sycamore, and is a little gastropub with an impressive display of whiskeys including flavors like garlic and watermelon. Hmm...  No worries, they also have the usual Crown and Jack.

I did not have an alcoholic drink, but I did have the Beer Brat and it was delicious. It was cooked too perfection and served on a buttered baguette with sautéed onions, garlic, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard. I know that is not everyone's cup of tea, but "YUM!" ((That is my German roots speaking I guess.))

Isaac had something completely different: the chicken caprese! (Talk about diversity in pub food) That little panini was so chock full of flavor I helped him finished it a little too easily. The smoked chicken was awesome and I love anything with pesto.

We both ordered the sweet potato tots ($1 extra...all the sandwiches just come with chips) and it was well worth it. We left with happy hearts and full tummies.

So overall, The Monarch was surprisingly impressive. Check it out! Because I was a slacker and did not get too many details, this is a short post! ;)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

YaYa's EuroBistro Brunch

I don't know what your plans are for next Sunday, but they should include YaYa's EuroBistro's brunch. Oh my heavenly stars! What an array of culinary goodies all put together to form a harmonious masterpiece! Surely there is something there to appease even the pickiest of eaters! Is my excitement taking over a little too quickly? Oh well, I can't help it! It is so good. YaYa's brunch exceeded my expectations; I have never enjoyed my favorite meal of the week so much!

 Visit YaYa's on Sunday, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, and there you will be greeted by so many different fresh cheeses, breads, and fruit I did not even try to count! Two waitstaff man a "Euro Crêpe," Belgian Waffle, and omelet bar all made to order with toppings galore! Better yet, the brunch includes several seafood/fish options such as "In-house" smoked salmon, grilled salmon, shrimp cocktail, and mussels! And they are all super tasty! Of course they have your traditional breakfast with eggs, bacon and smoked sausage(since its Kansas, they serve that good Yoder meat! Mmm!) as well as many pasta and salad options. Prime rib cooked to perfection is on the menu along with Egg's Benedict. (I told you this brunch was culinary heaven!) ;)

However, the greatest part, in my opinion, is what they call their "Endless Variety of Fresh Pastries." It is endless. YaYa's also boasts platters of petite desserts, including chocolate mousse shots, bite size cheesecake, and bite size key lime pies! Yum.

The deal gets even sweeter. If you arrive between 10am and 11am you get all this for only $16! And it is worth every penny of that $16 my friends. ;)

 P.S. - The brunch drink specials include Mimosas and Bloody Marys for $4.00 each and apparently every cup of coffee is brewed to order.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Ziggy's Pizza

So last month a sign posted off Douglas & Clifton advertising $6.00 Lime-A-Rita Pitcher's caught my eye. I immediately notified my husband and off on a date we went to that little restaurant, Ziggy's Pizza. Ziggys's is located in the Clifton Square Shopping Center in College Hill.

The Restaurant:
Ziggy's greets you with its outdoor patio surrounded by a white picket fence. Off to the left side of the patio are picnic tables for larger parties and an outdoor patio game. The wait staff greeted us when we walked in and offered us a seat on the patio, which we gladly accepted. However, inside the restaurant, there was open bar seating with overhead TVs, a back room with several tables and more TVs, and a fourth seating area that was set up for a private parties of 5-8 with direct access to the patio.

The Food:
I'm not going to lie, on our first venture to Ziggy's we solely sampled the drink specials and snacked on the "Cheesy Garlic Bread" appetizer, which my husband liked more than I did. ;) Yet, we made note of the menu that boasts wings, all types of sandwiches, and 10 different pizzas, and ice cream floats. Pleased with our post dinner drinks and snack, we returned the following week with a large group of friends and sampled the pizza menu.

Verdict: all of the pizzas we tried were tasty. They come in a contemporary rectangle shape which is kind of cool. But whatever the shape it was in the crust was great: golden; not too thick, not too thin; not doughy, but perfectly risen; and soft and crispy all at the same time. Yum.

We tried 4 pizzas:

The Meat Me pizza is toppings galore! As its title suggests, is like a Pizza Hut Meat Lovers pizza. Pilled with pepperoni, Italian sausage, smoked bacon, beef, Canadian bacon and just enough marinara, we were satisfied and gorged. Of course, I ordered extra marinara and a side of ranch, but the pizza would have been just as good without the extra sauces.

The White Delight was pretty yummy. It was topped with grilled chicken, smoked bacon, green peppers and red onions, with a cream cheese sauce versus marinara, but you get marinara on the side. 

The Kickin' Chicken is similar to Wichita Brewing Co'.'s Mother McClucker (but not as spicy.) It comes with grilled chicken, onions, jalapeños, buffalo sauce, topped with ranch dressing. Needless to say, it was hot, but still very good. The ranch cooled off the heat and the jalapeños were not too hot.

The Classic Ziggy was good but not my favorite. It came with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onion, fresh mushrooms, black olives and a marinara sauces. As you can see, there were just too many veggies on the pizza for my taste. Nonetheless, it was tasty.

The Drinks:
Ziggy's boasts a pretty good variety of draft and bottled beers for the size of the place. Last months special was $6 Lime-A-Rita and Strawber-Rita pitcher. They have there own summer brew (its super delicious) as well as $7.50 Shock-Top pitchers on Shocker Game Days. 

It safe to say that after these tqo visits, we can add Ziggy's to the list of restaurants were they might call us regulars. 

Mon - Wed 11 am - 9 pm
Thurs - Sat 11 am - 11 pm

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Last Saturday, this newly wed couple was searching for a nice romantic dinner to complement our stay at the Ambassador Hotel in Wichita (btw, AMAZING place to stay!) Seeing as we enjoyed a perfectly composed breakfast at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse, on the main floor of the Ambassador Hotel, we were itching for more good food.

After hearing good things from hearsay & Urbanspoon, Larkspur Bistro & Bar it was! 

Greeted by a friendly face, we were quickly sat. The atmosphere felt as if we stepped into a family vineyard in California. A little dated, but quaint. Apparently on the weekends they boast live jazz, which was enjoyable and not too loud. Our waitress was friendly, but short and maybe a little slow; her wine knowledge was not too extensive either. Though, we were pleased to see the menu was not in "a la cart" fashion. So we were content.

Upon surveying the menu, Larkspur offers a fusion of Mediterranean, French, Italian & American cuisine.  Luckily, I asked for the Soup of the Day. I eagerly began my dinner with the Clam Chowder. OMG. I would recommend this soup to all! It was creamy, luscious, balanced, and definitely not too salty, like a clam chowder can be. It tasted fresh and pair with the hot and fresh Homemade Sourdough! DELICIOUS! Crusty, moist, flaky, fresh, & warm. YES! I thought I struck gold with the glimmer of this first course. 

But, my excitement was quickly shot down. When I received my main entree, the Caesar Salad topped with Salmon, I was crestfallen. My fish was dry, lacked flavor, and proper seasoning. The "Stuffed Idaho Trout" my husband ordered was a disappointment as well. The same dry, old, frozen taste.  Though they advertise fresh seafood, I swear it came out of the freezer, or simply prepared in every wrong way possible. The latter half of the meal was not what I expected from a downtown restaurant, especially one who holds the slogan: "Wichita's favorite Old Town restaurant."

To be honest though, I think our downfall was in ordering all fish entrees; not something you can do at just any Midwest restaurant.  In the end, I might try Larkspur again for lunch and indulge in their delicious Clam Chowder.  But, if I go again for dinner, I will order steak...and it better be a damn good steak!

"Larkspur is located at 904 E. Douglas in the heart of Wichita’s Old Town District"

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