Today we tried the newly opened Bossa Grill located on north Rock near Northrock Lanes. It is supposed to be Brazilian inspired and quick but not fast food. The concept is very similar to the asian chain, Pei Wei . As you walk in there is a large, comprehensive, and affordable menu that greets you. Chicken, beef, and seafood dishes are all available, unfortunately there is no pork offered save for bacon. All entrees come with two side dishes, with many possible combinations. I decided to go with the Bossa Nova Chicken. The best way to describe this is an egg roll with chicken, lots of cheese, and herbs inside it. The meal was very filling and heavy-I could only eat half of the chicken. It was good, but I would be interested in trying something different next time. I ordered white rice and Rio salad. The salad has pineapple and a mustard vinaigrette. The white rice was nice because it had some flavor to it. The salad was delicious. Phil ordered the Lemme chicken with the parizzi potatoes and the Rio salad as well. Phil though his dish was good, but nothing remarkable. The parizzi potatoes were a good twist on papas fritas, with a white sauce and bacon on top. The chicken breast was served in a savory white sauce as well. The Rio salad was tasty and refreshing, although I would have liked to see a bit more in the salad besides pineapple chunks and iceberg lettuce.
For us, the food was good but I wouldn’t say that I am dying to go back. I like the concept of having a nice, cheap, sitdown meal, and will probably go back to sample some of the other offerings. It is nice to have something different in that area other than fast food and Hooters though.
the delicious wheel of gelato
We just returned to Wichita yesterday after 5 days in Las Vegas. As thanks to Phil’s sister for dog sitting, we took her out to lunch at Caffe Moderne, located in Old Town Square. The atmosphere reminded me of an old ice cream parlor. There was an old-fashioned bar and stained glass windows throughout. The restaurant also features artwork from local artists. The heart of the menu consists of various paninis, that are crafted with unique combinations of sandwich material. I ordered the Josephine sandwich and side salad. The sandwich contained a healthy amount of turkey, toasted walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and honey mayo. It was phenomenal! It was toasted perfectly and all of the various tastes and textures were wonderful! My husband enjoyed The Moderne, which was a delicious combination of prosciutto, pesto, mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette. We were already sold on coming back to this place when I went to the wheel of gelato. You read that correctly, there is a giant wheel of gelato as pictured to the left. Our server met us over there so we could sample before we picked our flavor. I had a very difficult time deciding between the peanut butter chocolate chip and the 21+ mudslide flavors. I ended up going with the peanut butter, which was splendid. I have to say though, I will try the mudslide the next time I go back because we both decided that a return visit is definitely warranted. This is a great place for lunch-we saw several people in business attire while there-or a date. Our server was wonderful and offered suggestions on what to order and as well as allowing us to sample several gelato flavors.
This blog is being started to help all those interested in discovering the rich diversity and deliciousness of local Wichita restaurants. It is our humble opinion that there are too many chain restaurants that serve the same old food in our fine city. It seems that these places are always packed with people on the weekends, while great local places go unnoticed by the general public. Chain restaurants do have their place, but we hope that through our blog we can encourage others to take a leap of faith and go to that local joint they pass everyday on their way to work. Chances are they will not be disappointed.
Based on a Wichita Eagle article from several months ago we have a list of small local restaurants that we are determined to eat our way through. Our goal is to try to make it to a new restaurant every couple of weeks. Once this list is completed we will search out additional places to sample. Suggestions are always welcome!