Looking for a new place to get a meal or a drink in Wichita? Here’s a look at a few of our favorite places that are new to the Wichita restaurant scene.
This new Douglas Design District eatery is well-liked for its location – right next to the popular Hopping Gnome Brewing Company – as well as its uniqueness in Wichita. The couple that owns and operates Piatto studied the techniques for making authentic Neapolitan pizza in Naples, Italy, in order to bring the 300-year-old tradition to Wichita. Each crust sits through three days of fermentation that helps create a soft crust with an airy texture once its baked in the 900-degree brick oven specially built in Italy.
Pizzas are topped with organic ingredients shipped from California and natural cheeses cut fresh daily. The menu includes appetizers like Saltimbocca (breadsticks stuffed with salami and mozzarella), locally-made tiramisu for dessert and a variety of red and white pizzas. A popular red-sauce pizza is the Diavola with spicy borsellino salami, fresh mozzarella, garlic, smoked sea salt and olio. The Francesca is a popular white-sauce pizza made with crushed pistachios, rosemary, red onion, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano regiano and olio. They serve wine and beer, including craft beer from their neighbor.
How you like to drink your coffee is exactly how they like to make it at this west Wichita coffee lounge. Ecclesia uses Topeka, Kansas-based PT’s Coffee as its roaster and focus on ethically-purchased, direct trade coffees. They also offer tea from an organic, direct trade tea company out of Kansas City, Missouri.
Ecclesia wants to create community over a cup of quality coffee, so the owners have made a contemporary space that is comfortable and inviting. They often host live music or game nights, and they have a small sandwich and pastry menu to complement their large selection of beverages. Whether you order a Snickers cappuccino or a spiced brown sugar latte, it’ll be served beautifully.
The atmosphere at this Old Town restaurant is perfect for grabbing sushi for lunch, sampling a sake flight during happy hour or enjoying a romantic dinner. The menu showcases specialty, signature and classic sushi rolls but has something for everyone, including hot appetizers, soups, salads and Japanese entrees such as hibachi and tempura dishes. There are even kids items and, of course, desserts. Besides a large selection of sake, the full bar serves signature cocktails, wine and beer. You have two chances to catch happy hours: 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
One of west Wichita’s newest restaurants is Rib Crib, where they smoke their meats on-site twice daily so it’s always fresh. They have a large menu packed with homestyle food favorites but you won’t want to miss out on their championship ribs. Try their baby backs or the St. Louis style, or both, then pick one of their mouthwatering rub and sauce flavors. Every Tuesday they offer all-you-can-eat ribs and sides from 4 p.m. to close.
The Rail is part cocktail lounge, gallery, small event venue and catering service all in one cool, historic location. It’s a modern space in an old building once affiliated with Union Station in downtown Wichita. They also have one of the best patios in town.
The Rail specializes in made-from-scratch cocktails and also offers beer, classic cocktails and a wide selection of premium whiskeys. They serve small plates from an Indian-American fusion menu.
The Kitchen is also using an old building next to Union Station for a modern dining experience. Housed in the historic baggage claim building for the train station, this restaurant is locally owned and family run. They serve fresh, clean food made from scratch in a casual relaxed atmosphere.
The menu is inspired by the French-trained chef and includes shared plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a wide variety of entrees. Their meats are all-natural, nitrate-free with no soy fillers or starch modifiers. They also prepare hearty vegetarian meals and can work with your specific dietary needs. They can provide gourmet-to-go meals, too, and have a full bar serving specialty cocktails, wine and local craft beers.
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