At The Mumba Rai lndian Bistro, you’ll find a creative take on Indian street food classics, using authentic recipes and fresh spices and ingredients. All food at The Mumba Rail is made from scratch, prepared in traditional tandoori ovens for a truly authentic Indian dining experience. You’ll find traditional dishes like chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, thali plates, and crispy samosas, along with traditional Indian drinks like mango lassis and chai tea. End on a sweet note with ice cream imported directly from India, or order the rasmali, which is a delicious soft cheese served in sweet cream.
Situated in a beautiful historic location, The Mumba Rail Indian Bistro was built in the historic Rock Island Depot adjacent to Union Station in downtown Wichita, creating a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy your meal. Visit the website to learn more about this hotspot and to check out the full mouth-watering menu
The Mumba Rail Indian Bistro
711 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202
For a taste of gourmet Vietnamese cuisine, look no further than Lemongrass, right here in Wichita. Made with high-quality meats, seafood, and ingredients, Lemongrass’ dishes are fresh and always from scratch, in honor of Vietnamese culinary traditions.
Every aspect of Lemongrass’ dishes are carefully crafted, from the selection of ingredients and spices to the stunning final plating presentations. Enjoy local favorites like the scallops, claypot salmon, shaken tofu, Viet wings, Vietnamese seabass, pho tai bac, and mussels in a rich buttery sauce. Pair your meal with a refreshing hand-crafted cocktail or beer from their rotating draft list.
This upscale restaurant offers a luxurious dining room providing a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy your memorable meal for your next special date night or dinner with friends.
300 N Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
Red Rock Canyon Grill in Wichita is the perfect mix between a local restaurant and a chain. One of five locations throughout Oklahoma and Kansas, Red Rock serves Southwestern American food in a casual atmosphere. Large windows allow natural light into the modern dining room. The open kitchen makes for a level of entertainment in itself, as guests can see chefs prepare their meals and smell the aromas migrating from the kitchen into the dining room. An outdoor fireplace makes for a cozy seat while guest wait for tables.
The restaurant serves dinner every night, and the menu includes classic American dishes with a Southern twist, like the John “B” Good chicken encchiladas and the Bunkhouse St. Louis barbecue ribs. Brunch is also available on the weekends. For those looking to grab a drink, the bar is open on weekdays starting at 4 p.m.
Red Rock Canyon Grill
1844 N. Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206
Sometimes you just want to go to a sleek and charming steakhouse and enjoy a quality meal. If that’s the case, check out Chester’s Chophouse and Wine Bar in Wichita. Chester’s is one of those places you go with your friends and family to celebrate an occasion or a place to take a first date.
Inside, Chester’s is warm and inviting with classic chandelier lighting and leather booths. Entrees include classic steakhouse dishes like filet mignon and New York strip, along with fish dishes and a raw bar featuring fresh oysters. All sides come family style, so don’t expect small portions. For dessert, the crème brulee pie is famous among diners, and the cocktail menu allows the bartenders to show off their mixology skills. There’s also an extensive wine list so you can find the perfect wine to pair with your meal.
Make sure to make a reservation, especially on weekends, as tables go quickly!
Chester’s Chophouse and Wine Bar
1550 N Webb Road
Wichita, KS 67278
A brew pub is always a nice change of pace for a leisurely afternoon, and River City Brewery in Old Town Wichita brings just that to local residents. The brewery opened in 1993 and was the first brewpub in the city of Wichita.
The brewery always has a rotation of 16 beers on draught as well as a selection of six different microbrews. And unlike many other brewery menus, the food served at River City Brewery is not strictly bar food. Guests can enjoy salads, hand-crafted macaroni and cheese, hearty entrees like baby back ribs and ribeye steak, and a large selection of pizzas and burgers.
Inside, the bar is cozy and warm with exposed brick walls and high-top bar seating. Go upstairs to the loft space to enjoy a drink in the remodeled bar or grab a seat on the deck if the weather is nice. On weekends there is live music and a dance floor.
River City Brewery
150 N Mosley Street
Wichita, KS 67202
GangNam Korean Grill & Bar is the first Korean barbecue eatery in Wichita, and while the façade can be misleading, many consider it a solid go-to choice for a night out.
As with all traditional Korean Barbecue restaurants, diners are given the option to cook their chosen meat (pork belly, spicy chicken, seafood, brisket) at a grill in the center of their table. Be sure to pair your meal with an order of crab rangoon or the fish cakes! GangNam has become known for its large portions. Happy hour runs every day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and afternoon lunch specials like bulgogi and chicken teriyaki bowls are offered for as little as $5.
The popular spot doesn’t take reservations, so if you plan to show up with a group on a weekend, make sure to arrive early to ensure getting a table.
GangNam Korean Grill & Bar
210 N Washington St
Le Monde Cafe and Deli has a French name, but that doesn’t mean all it serves is French cuisine. “Le monde” is actually French for “the world” — which is fitting, given the diverse offerings here. There are Mediterranean dishes as well as French and Italian fare. Regular diners just call it all “delicious.”
The Jacqueline has been described as part salad, part panini — it’s a sandwich that includes sliced turkey, cheese, and walnuts on grilled bread, and Yelpers call it interesting and surprisingly good. Other standouts are the gyro wrap with potato wedges, the Philly cheesesteak, and the pasta with Alfredo sauce. One favorite that diners can agree upon is the melt-in-your-mouth honey biscuits, which are complimentary.
Le Monde Cafe and Deli
602 N. West St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Offering a full breakfast and lunch menu, Doo-Dah Diner has often been deemed one of the best eateries Wichita has to offer. The diner opened in 2012 and has quickly become a favorite of Wichita locals.
The menu features made-from-scratch comfort food, like biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles, as well as a decent selection of burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Sunday brunch is an all-you-can-eat-style menu, with plenty of the diner’s famous bacon and raved-about French toast, among other menu items.Hometown pride is evident in Doo-Dah’s decor, with Wichita memorabilia covering the walls.
The diner is open Wednesdays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays to Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The low-key restaurant tends to be crowded, especially on weekend mornings, and large groups should be prepared to wait for a table.
206 E Kellogg St
Wichita, KS 67202
If you've never tried a Salvadoran pupusa before, it's time to pay a visit to Usuluteco Restaurant in Wichita. The traditional pupusa headlines the menu, a handcrafted corn tortilla filled with the fixings of your choice. Order at least three to start, perhaps the ground pork and cheese pupusa (the revueltas), the fried beans pupusa, and the pupusa stuffed with smoked ghost pepper.
You can also feast on other Salvadoran and Mexican dishes, like the fried garlic shrimp, the deep-fried tilapia, or the chicken fajitas. Usuluteco dishes out soups, too, distinguished by exotic ingredients like cow feet, as well as more conventional foods such as beef or chicken. The eatery even reinvents American eats like pot roast and sirloin steak with a Salvadoran twist. Wash down your meal with a horchata (rice-flavored water), chan (strawberry punch) or Kolachampan (Salvadoran soda).
1714 E. Northern Street
Wichita, KS 67216
The menu at Krispy's Fried Chicken and Seafood may be basically—you guessed it—chicken and seafood, but local patrons don't seem to mind. That succinct menu has everything they need to put together a greasy-good feast of classic Southern cuisine. And since the kitchen team here makes everything fresh and to-order, it's hard to go wrong.
The fried chicken, however, is the main event. Order dark or white meat, or a mix of both, in platters ranging from 2 to 24 pieces. Or enjoy your golden brown chicken piled atop fresh waffles. You can also opt for fried catfish or shrimp, if you prefer, which come with fries, salad, and a fluffy roll. Po'boys stuffed with chicken, pork, fish, or shrimp round out the menu at Krispy's—not to mention chicken-fried steak, fried pork chops, and chicken gizzards.
Krispy's Fried Chicken and Seafood
3009 S. Hillside Street
Wichita, KS 67216
Wichita has a significant legacy when it comes to hamburgers. In 1921, the first burger chain, White Castle, opened its doors. But as of 1938, there are no White Castles in Kansas. What happened? The corporation relocated its headquarters to Columbus, OH in the early 1930s, losing Kansas as its focus as well as its foothold in the growing burger industry.
Given its history, Wichita is still considered a burger town. An ongoing debate among Wichitans is over which restaurant serves the best burger, and to most, it comes down to two: Bomber Burger and TJ’s Burger House. Bomber Burger is located in a modest, low-slung building, and it accepts cash only. Yelpers call the burgers thick (they’re ¾ lb.) and well-seasoned and the staffers “colorful” — they’ve been known to give some good-natured ribbing to diners who can’t finish their burgers. On the other hand, TJ’s is known as an upbeat spot with a 1950s diner vibe, fresh and juicy burgers, and friendly staffers. Why not try both and see which one you like best?
4860 S. Clifton Ave.
Wichita, KS 67216
TJ’s Burger House
1003 W. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
The menu at The Hungry Heart might seem like an odd mix of options at first, but most customers find that they actually appreciate the eclectic nature of the grub once they actually experience it. So don't be afraid to dabble in different cuisines during your meal at The Hungry Heart. Who says Mexican cuisine, Asian fare, and soul food can't commingle peacefully?
Start off your feast with a plate of the Ahi wonton nachos, which swap out typical tortilla chips for fried wonton skins and showcase cured tuna, worcestshire teriyaki glaze, and garlic aioli. Or dig into JD's Asian wings, which are deep-fried and smothered with a glaze of soy, honey, and white pepper. Save some room for a main dish such as the pulled pork sandwich, the smoked tri-tip, or the Nater's fried chicken—the latter accompanied by a Korean-style salad. You can also opt for fish tacos or Korean short ribs, so no meal at The Hungry Heart looks exactly the same.
The Hungry Heart
222 S. Commerce Street
Wichita, KS 67202
Complimentary monkey bread comes on the side of every brunch dish at Doo-Dah Diner, and even if you're health-conscious, the sweet, sticky treat is worth a splurge. According to customers, it's the best part of the meal. And that's really saying something given that the entire list of breakfast and lunch entrees is top notch.
The crispy corned beef hash is a real hit among regular patrons, perhaps because it showcases juicy chunks of corned beef instead of meager strips. Mixed with onions and bell peppers, potatoes and cheese, and then accompanied by two eggs and toast—plus green chil sauce—it's no wonder the hash is so popular. So is the crab cake Benedict, which comes with the classic poached eggs and Hollandaise, as well as hash browns, grilled asparagus, and jalapeno-bacon crumbles.
206 E. Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67202
If you’re looking for good, old-fashioned pub food with a modern twist, you’ll find it at The Anchor. This popular casual eatery has a sports bar atmosphere, but its menu is much hipper than that. While you’ll certainly find the usual burger and fries, you’ll also notice that The Anchor offers spicy fried jalapeno appetizers, fish tacos, wedge salads, and even a number of vegetarian options.
There is a hearty brunch menu served all day on weekends, as well as a full bar stocked with popular domestic and import drafts. Handcrafted cocktails, like the strawberry margarita, are perfect for dinner, and The Anchor serves mimosas and Bloody Marys at brunchtime. There are frequent food and drink specials throughout the week, as well as the occasional festival and one of the most popular happy hours in town.
1109 E Douglas Street
Wichita, KS 67211
While technically Mead’s Corner is a charming, cozy cafe, it offers much more than just your typical salads and sandwiches. This popular lunch option also serves high quality, handmade gelato, a bevy of coffee and espresso drinks, and even serves as a live music venue for local music performances.
Stop into Mead's Corner and admire its rustic decor first thing in the morning, then try out one of the fresh-baked muffins, smoothies, or egg burritos for your breakfast. Pair your meal with a local honey latte or an iced frappe, or if you’re not much of a coffee drinker, try out the large selection of teas or the creamy hot chocolate. For lunch, the menu switches over to creative sandwiches and colorful, healthy salads, which you can balance out with a sweet gelato for dessert.
There are small cafe tables and handsome leather chairs throughout, as well as free Wi-Fi if you want to catch up on work while you eat.
430 E Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67202
With hearty portions and affordable prices, Molino’s is a great option for a casual lunch or a lively dinner out with friends. This popular eatery offers a unique fusion of Mexican and Latin American cuisines, from flavorful street tacos to cauliflower ceviche and fresh shrimp fajitas. Order hearty burritos, piratas, and tacos from the expansive menu, then add a refreshing cerveza or a glass of wine to go with your meal. (Many Wichita residents agree that Molino’s has one of the best margaritas in town, but you’ll have to taste one for yourself to see if you agree!)
Inside, the ambiance is bright and laid-back, with colorful local artwork lining the walls and unique details like arched windows and a corrugated ceiling. Spacious tables are large enough for any size party, and the restaurant’s delicious dishes are just as artistic as its decor.
1064 N Waco
Wichita, KS 67203
Located near a popular music venue in Wichita’s Old Town entertainment district, Public at the Brickyard isn’t just a place to enjoy a beer or signature cocktail before an outdoor concert; it’s also the place to share a slice of beef brisket pizza or smoked pork shoulder, all made from ingredients from local farmers and beer crafters. Recover from your weekend by stopping in for Sunday brunch or meet friends for an after-work drink during a happy hour that lasts from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Housed in a refurbished warehouse, the farm-to-table restaurant adds a rustic feel to its industrial charm with vintage bulbs inside clear mason jars and old window frames hung on exposed brick walls. During nicer weather, don’t forget to venture out to the restaurant’s courtyard for fresh air and greenery.
Public at the Brickyard
129 North Rock Island Road
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Among the more than 300 locally-owned businesses in Wichita’s Douglas Design District, The Donut Whole is the one-stop-shop for coffee, doughnuts, art, and music. Three house coffee blends come from beans roasted just down the street, pairing perfectly with more than 40 varieties of doughnuts, including vegan doughnuts. Made from Kansas buttermilk and fried in 100% soybean oil, the doughnuts come topped with everything from peanut butter and marshmallow to crispy bacon or crunchy cookies.
Not a fan of caffeine? Wash down a bite of moist doughnut with a natural soda, boba tea, or made-to-order smoothie. You can get a sweet treat inside the shop from 6 a.m. to midnight or pull through the 24-hour drive through anytime of the day. If you can make it inside, check out exhibitions by local artists inside the shop’s Brown Paper Bag Art Gallery. Stop in Friday or Saturday nights at 8 p.m. to catch live music inside The Donut Whole’s Bantam Lounge.
The Donut Whole
1720 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67207
Wichita locals aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy Pig in Pig Out Barbeque. Though it may be located in the city, the restaurant also travels the region competing in barbecue contests. One look at the restaurant walls, bedecked in framed awards and colorful ribbons, and you’ll know how the rest of the area feels about its food, too.
The restaurant keeps its focus is on the food and keeps the rest of it casual. It features a simple, Southern fare menu of pulled pork sandwiches, ham by the pound, and ribs. Each dinner includes two heaping sides parceled out on three-section cafeteria plates.
Add flavor to any party with catered meals picked from Pig in Pig Out’s extensive catering menu. The restaurant may not be open on Sundays and Mondays, but catering is available seven days a week. Custom orders and special requests are welcomed.
Pig in Pig Out Barbeque
1003 East 13th Street
Wichita, KS 67214
Il Vicino has been bringing a little piece of Italy to Wichita since 1992 through artisanal wood-fired pizzas, Italian sodas, and handmade paninis on focaccia bread. The brainchild of Greg Arkin, Rick Post, and Tom White, the first Il Vicino opened in Albuquerque and has since grown to 10 locations, two of which are found in Wichita.
Fifteen different pizzas come with such toppings as roasted red peppers, goat cheese, or fiery shrimp. A selection of fine wines or a glass of hand-crafted root beer enhance each dish, and a selection of desserts, including a tiramisu or rich cannoli, complete the dining experience.
Both Wichita locations boast warm tones on walls stocked with beverage bottles and patio tables that offer al fresco dining. Both locations also feature large wood-burning ovens decorated with mosaic tiles or pieces of stacked wood.
Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza
4817 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67218
Newport grill offers some of the freshest, most elegant seafood and steak entrees in Wichita. Executive chef Aaron Whitcomb tops a filet mignon with lobster tail and a zinfandel demi-glace. He also pairs Norwegian salmon with house-made ricotta ravioli and pine nuts. His freshly caught, sustainable, and wild seafood is flown in six days a week. Each entree isn’t just a meal; it’s an opportunity for the chef to display a piece of art as each item of food is carefully and creatively plated.
Set along the water in the Bradley Fair shopping center, Newport Grill features a nautical-themed interior with sleek blue booths, porthole mirrors hung on the wall, and a rich brown interior. Beneath the rippled ceiling of the contemporary bar, mixologists craft signature cocktails with house-infused spirits. They also serve martinis, which are only $5 on Tuesdays. Outside, orange umbrellas shade a sophisticated patio that overlooks the water.
1900 North Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206