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Planning to enjoy a happy hour or a meal and want to know which appetizers in Wichita that locals crave the most? Here are 15 excellent options to get you started:

Fried Pickles at the Anchor

Fried Pickles

The Anchor

Tangy, well-seasoned pickle chips served with tasty housemade ranch

Beer Cheese Dip at Dempsey's Burger

Beer Cheese Dip

Dempsey’s Burger Pub

This creamy combination of pepper jack cheese and Odell Brewing 90 Shilling beer is served with pretzel sticks and house cut fries

Calamari at Georges French Bistro

Calamari

Georges French Bistro

Thick breaded strips with the perfect blend of olive oil, lemon juice and oregano, served with cocktail sauce and basil aioli

Disco Fries at The Kitchen

Disco Fries

The Kitchen

A play on poutine: crispy fries topped with skinless fried chicken breast, light gravy and fresh mozzarella

Baba Ghanoush from Meddys

Baba Ghanoush

Meddys (Northeast, Southeast, Old Town, West)

The hummus is award winning at this fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant that uses the owner’s family recipes, but don’t overlook the baba ghanoush: a smoky puree of fire-roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon, garlic and salt garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds served with pita or fresh veggies

Loaded Sweet Potato Tots at Monarch

Loaded Sweet Potato Tots

Monarch

They take one of their most popular sides and load them up with melted cheddar, diced bacon, green onions and, of course, a side of ranch

Scotch Eggs from Pourhouse

Scotch Eggs

PourHouse by Walnut River Brewing Company

These hard-boiled eggs are wrapped in sausage, hand-breaded and then deep-fried before being sliced and served with a delicious mustard aioli

Rock Shrimp Cigars at Newport Grill

Rock Shrimp Cigars

Newport Grill

Spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, melted leeks, Fresno chili and daikon radish, served with pineapple mostarda

Bacon Crack Appetizer at Nortons Brewing Co

Bacon Crack

Nortons Brewing Co

Bite-sized hunks of thick hand-cut candied bacon cooked with a maple syrup, brown sugar and honey glaze then seasoned with cracked black pepper and cayenne; served with a brown sugar honey cream cheese for dipping

Flammkuchen Appetizer from Prost

Flammkuchen

Prost

If you’re looking for authentic German flavor in Wichita, try this German style pizza (pronounced flam-KOOK-en): crispy thin flatbread topped with sour cream, bacon and caramelized onions, though they’ll make it vegetarian if you ask

Cheese Curds from Public at the Brickyard

Alma Fried Cheese Curds

Public at the Brickyard

Featuring Kansas’ Alma Creamery cheddar, these curds have a buttermilk batter and spicy ranch dipping sauce

Spinach & Artichoke Dip from River City Brewing

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

River City Brewing Co.

Wichita’s original brewpub serves up this comforting dish of spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic and creamy melted cheese with homestyle tortilla chips, baguette slices and cucumbers

Creamy Corn Queso from Sabor

Creamy Corn Queso

Sabor Latin Bar and Grille

The unique dishes at Wichita’s South American inspired restaurant begin but don’t end on the appetizer menu and you won’t want to miss this creamy blend of white cheese and fresh sweet corn served with tri-color tortilla chips and warm flatbread

Jalapeno Bites at Wichita Brewing Co

Wood-fired Jalapeño Bites

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria (West and East)

Fresh halved and seeded jalapeños filled with cream cheese, Italian sausage and sweet pepper bacon, then topped with more delicious sweet pepper bacon pieces and served with tasty, homemade ranch

Flash Fried Oysters from Wine Dive

Flash Fried Oysters

Wine Dive

You won’t find this dish on many Wichita menus: flash fried oysters served on a crispy wonton with habanero aioli and a balsamic drizzle

This is just a small selection of the amazing menus you’ll find at the more than 1,000 Wichita restaurants. Make sure you check out our extensive list the next time you’re dining out in Wichita!