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Krispy’s Fried Chicken and Seafood(It’s All About the Chicken and Waffles)

19 Sep

If there’s one thing that will keep me motivated on a 20 mile run it’s the thought of enjoying a plate of chicken and waffles afterwards. Until recently it was hard to find this opulent soul food combination in Wichita, but Krispy’s Fried Chicken and Seafood has changed that. This small restaurant is located on south Hillside just north of 31st St and specializes in a simple menu full of fried goodness.

Sadly many people are not familiar with or are turned off at the notion of feasting on fried chicken and waffles served together in a magical syrupy harmony. Let me tell you, it is a wondrous mix of sweet and savory that pleases the soul. The combination of a quality waffle, crispy fried bone-in chicken, and syrup is tough to beat when you are looking to splurge.

Syrupy Soul Food

Syrupy Soul Food

Krispy’s has a small interior with only a few tables and on our visit it seemed like they did more carryout business than dine-in. The main feature of the menu is of course the fried chicken that is available in 2 piece to 24 piece options. Chicken and waffle combos, tenders, fried steak, hot wings, and gizzards round out the poultry offerings. As the “Seafood” part in their name implies they serve fried shrimp and catfish as well as sides that include fries, O-rings, okra, mashed potatoes, and a salad that looks terribly out of place on this menu and probably isn’t a top seller. For dessert there is ice cream and brownie bites, both in fried form. The prices at Krispy’s are rock bottom with two pieces of chicken and a waffle costing about $4. You can buy the 24 piece meal for $27.

On our visit, we ordered two chicken and waffle meals, a side of sweet potato fries, and

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

a banana waffle for a our son. The sweet potato fries were average, while crisp they lacked any seasoning. The banana waffle on the other hand was quite delicious. It had a slightly crunchy exterior and great banana flavor. Of course the chicken and waffle meal was the highlight of our lunch. The fried chicken was tasty. The breading was not overly seasoned or greasy, while the meat remained moist. The waffle was delicious as well with a slightly cinnamon flavor. With a packet of syrup drizzled over both the chicken and the waffle it was the perfect combination of salty and sweet soul food.

Krispy’s fills a much needed void for a local fried chicken place. While their menu is nothing fancy they do a good job serving solid and affordable comfort food.

 

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AVI Seabar and Chophouse

23 Jul

Tucked away inside the newly remodeled Broadview Hotel at Douglas and Waco is AVI Seabar and Chophouse. Although this upscale eatery has only been open since late last year it has already undergone a menu revamp, received mixed reviews, and been subject to rumors of closure.

Refreshing Cocktails

The interior of AVI can be described as modern industrial perhaps? High ceilings and exposed duct work is fashionable these days. A large fireplace in the center adds a hominess feeling to the restaurant. Although there were plenty of tables available on the main level, Steph and I were taken to the more intimate second story for some private dining.

Since it was a special occasion we decided to kick off the meal with some $8 cocktails. Steph ordered the Orange Julius while I opted for the Mint Julep. Both drinks were quite refreshing and contained a decent amount of alcohol.

The menu covers all the typical bases with salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, as well as some poultry and pork dishes. Some of the highlights include a cheese and charcuterie platter(this may be the only restaurant in town that has sweet, delicious charcuterie on the menu), a croque monsieur sandwich, a smoked duck

The Extravagant Salmon Wrapped Scallops

breast, and salmon belly wrapped scallops. I was pleased to see that some actual French inspired dishes were on this menu. If there is one cuisine type that Wichita is really lacking in, it would be classic French. While most dishes will run you about $15-$30 there are several in the $8-$15 range. Since AVI is billed as a seafood and steak place, we figured we should at least try one on these proteins, so Steph went with the extravagantly named Salmon Belly Wrapped Diver Scallops. Once I saw that a smoked duck breast was on the menu that was the end of the decision making process for me. Duck breast is one of my favorite splurge dishes since it is a meat that is difficult to obtain fresh around here, unless I take up duck hunting.  The scallops were served with creamed spinach and “griddle potatoes”, while the duck came with roasted asparagus and a parsnip puree.

Duck Breast: Overcooked, But Still Delicious

While waiting for the meal, some homemade roasted garlic bread was brought to our table. Whole cloves of garlic baked into the loaf made it an impressive pre-dinner bread offering. Both of our main dishes received high marks for presentation, although I immediately noticed that my duck was overcooked. Due to the low fat content of duck it really shouldn’t be cooked past medium rare, but this breast looked to be on the high end of medium. Despite this error, it still tasted wonderful. The meat was tender, the skin delightfully fatty, and the smoky, sweet flavor was perfect. Bonus points to AVI for using apple wood to smoke the duck. The asparagus and puree parsnips were good as well, although a larger portion would have been nice. The parsnips tasted very similar to mashed potatoes. Luckily the scallops did not suffer the same fate as the duck, they were cooked perfectly. The tender salmon belly was a good accompaniment for the scallops. While we were not impressed with the griddle potatoes, the richness of the creamed spinach complimented the delicate scallops nicely.

Overall our experience at AVI was positive. We did not have any problems with the service like some have complained about in the past. Hopefully they have smoothed out the operation and will be able to remain in business. When looking for a special occasion restaurant keep AVI in mind.

http://www.360wichita.com/Restaurants/Steakhouses/AVI.html

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Newport Grill

4 May

For those that think good seafood cannot be had in Wichita, I give you Newport Grill. This high end eatery located along the serene banks of Lake Bradley Fair specializes in as fresh as you can get in Kansas seafood. As you can imagine you do pay a price for the luxury of high quality seafood, but they deliver with great dishes.

Newport’s cozy dining room was crowded on the Friday night that we visited making it rather loud inside. As soon as we were seated a team of severs descended upon us, procuring carafes of still and carbonated water for our hydration needs. The refreshingly concise menu offers a nice selection of seafood appetizers, salads, entrees, and a fresh catch section. If for some reason you are not in the mood for seafood they offer “land and air” options such as steaks, pork, and pasta.

Aye Laddie it’s the Scottish Salmon

Our group started off with appetizer orders of crab cakes and calamari. While the crab cakes weren’t impressive, the calamari, served with a tasty cajun aioli, was good. For our main course I went with the Ahi tuna and Steph ordered the Scottish salmon. Newport apparently takes pride in the location from which their fish is caught, as most menu items have a country of origin next to them. So if you have a problem supporting Scottish fishermen, then you better not order the salmon here.

The Ahi tuna came served on a bed of quinoa, cherries, and delicious

If You Love America You Have to Order This Fine Hawaiian Tuna

crispy Brussels sprouts. Yes I said delicious and Brussels sprouts in the same sentence. If I’m not mistaken I believe they were flash fried then drizzled with a tangy sauce.  The tuna was perfectly cooked and wonderfully tender. I was happy to see quinoa being served with my dish. It is a great, underused grain-like food that pairs well with seafood.  The salmon with ravioli was another enjoyable dish. While it wasn’t the best salmon we have ever had, it was certainly high quality. The homemade ricotta ravioli was very good with the salmon. A nice balsamic reduction sauce provided just the right amount of sweetness to the dish. Another person in our party tried the pork tenderloin and I was lucky enough to get a sample. I was very impressed with the preparation of the tenderloin, it was cooked to a perfect medium doneness and served with a sweet caramelized apple sauce.

For seafood in Wichita Newport Grill is definitely one of the top places in my opinion. They also win the award for “Proper Preparation and Cooking of a Pork Product”  for their wonderful pork tenderloin that I may have to order the next time I am there.  Although you do have to pay a premium for your meal, it’s fun to splurge now and again on some deserving food.

 

http://www.newportgrillwichita.com/

 

 

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Wichita Fish Company- Wichita KS

12 Apr

Another Friday in Lent and another restaurant with a self-explanatory name. On Friday my mom and I checked out the Wichita Fish Company, a venerable establishment located near Douglas and Seneca. A tip for those of you who actually go and try these places we review; the parking for the Fish Co. is located across the street on the north side of Douglas. From the outside this place looks as if several random buildings were thrown together to create the sprawling, multi-awning temple of seafoodery. Inside, you are met by a friendly cashier/matre ‘d/waitress/bouncer who takes you order and rings you up. The menu here is rather expansive and to make things more confusing there are 10-15 “specials” plastered over the wall and kitchen door. If you are a fan of seafood and especially fried seafood this is your place. The mission statement of the restaurant might be, “If it comes from a body of water, we fry it.” If you are in the mood for a little surf and turf they can humor you with an offering of fried chicken. Although ordering chicken at this place would make as much sense as going to a Justin Bieber concert.

My mom and I,  for the greater good of our BMIs decided to try some grilled fish. Although when queried by the cashier I broke down and chose fries over mixed veggies, but that is just a decision I will have to live with. I went with the Chilean sea bass and my mom went with the apple wood smoked tuna(which really sounds like some crap dish that would be served at TGI McSuckys). Anyway, after ordering we wandered past freezers of delicious sea creatures for sale and into the main dining area, which was surprisingly large. After waiting for a good 30 minutes our food finally arrived. We really couldn’t complain because on the menu is does state you must allow 20 minutes for grilled fish. And on a Friday in Lent at lunch time you should probably add 10-15 minutes more onto that.

Our lunch came served in styrofoam boxes that when opened unveiled what was a rather generous and delicious meal. Along with our fish fillets there was coleslaw, hushpuppies, and fries for me and mixed veggies and rice for my mom.  There were also two cups of dipping sauce, one consisted of melted butter and the other was a honey dijon based sauce. My fish was very good, probably some of the best fish I have had in Wichita, which I know isn’t saying a whole lot. The sea bass was not overcooked and had a nice seasoning with the right amount of searing on the outside. Dipping it into the melted butter resulted it a delightful experience. The slaw and fries were nothing to get excited about, but the hushpuppies were exceptional. Unfortunately my mom’s tuna came out overcooked, but was still decent enough with the sauce.  In the Fish Co.’s defense tuna is a tough creature to prepare. Ideally you would sear it on each side leaving the middle raw, but this should only be done with top quality tuna, which for $10 is not what you are getting here. None the less my mom took it all in stride and thoroughly enjoyed her grilled veggies and rice.

If you are someone who enjoys eating seafood, but can’t dignify spending $15-20 dollars for it, the Wichita Fish Co. is your place. You can’t get better fish for the price in town, not to mention the generous amounts of sides that come with your meal. I guarantee you will leave feeling full and satisfied, you just might not want to order the tuna.

http://wichitafishcompany.com/

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