Archive | March, 2011

Imbiss Grille- Wichita KS(Authentic Food From das Vaterland) (CLOSED)

12 Mar

So how many people out there know that Wichita has a pretty authentic German restaurant hiding amidst the decadence and depravity of Old Town Square? I’m not just talking about some bierocks and bratwurst, but spaetzle, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. Imbiss Grille, located just a few doors down from Hanna Cafe, is the place bringing all that delicious food to Wichita. I had the pleasure of introducing my mother to Imbiss the other day. We basically had the place to ourselves, which is a little concerning since it was 1230 on a weekday. I hope everyday is not that slow or they may be in trouble. The inside of the place is clean with subtle German decor throughout. Just in case the decor isn’t enough for you to get your German on they had some tunes playing. The good news is there was no polka music, but the bad news was there was German pop music playing. Now I enjoy “99 Luftballons” just as much as anybody, but there is something frantic about German pop that scares the hell out of me. If only I knew what they were talking about.

The menu at Imbiss is rather comprehensive and ranges from salads to sandwiches, entrees, assorted sausages, and dessert. My mom was determined to order the Reuben sandwich so there was no stopping her. For her side dish she went with the potato pancakes. If you have never had a potato pancake you are missing out on some beautiful fried goodness. I was looking to try something new at Imbiss so I went with a slow roasted pork dish called Gefulltes Schwein Kottlet. Loosely translated it means “badass pork loin”. I typically have an uncontrollable fear of ordering pork loins and chops in restaurants due to the fact that they are always overcooked. Pork gets a bad rap as being dry because people typically cook the hell out of it. This makes me very sad:( Pork should be cooked to an internal temp between 150 and 160 and much to my surprise Imbiss understands this. My piece of pork loin was wonderfully moist and stuffed with dried raisins, apples, and pecans, then finished with a brown gravy. It was a dish that I would definitely order again. For my sides I went with the spaetzle and potato pancakes. The spaetzle was very good when coupled with brown gravy and the apple sauce they served us went very well with the potato pancakes.

My mom and I both left Imbiss with full tummys and internal happiness that such a place exists in Wichita. If you are looking for some good hearty food I suggest you try this place out. The expanse of their menu allows you to be as adventurous as you would like, yet you can always opt for a traditional sandwich or salad.  In my opinion Imbiss is probably one of Wichita’s best kept restaurant secrets and well deserving of the patronage of everyone who likes good food.

Imbiss Grille on Urbanspoon

Pig In! Pig Out! – Wichita, KS (Where the Ribs Aren’t Fall Off the Bone)

1 Mar

I realized the other day that Chainfree has not visited a barbeque ( BBQ or barbecue) joint and that made me very sad and slightly embarrassed. As a hardcore BBQ fan I don’t know how this could have happened. Perhaps it is because a lot of Wichita barbecue is not very exciting in my opinion. Now if you are thinking, “well what about Famous Daves”, just stop reading right now. If you think some chain place from Wisconsin is real BBQ I feel sorry for you.  Anyway, it is fitting that my favorite Wichita BBQ place is the first one we will opine about. That place is Pig In! Pig Out! located on 13th just west of I-135. I met my friend there the other day smack dab in the middle of the lunch rush. The nice thing about BBQ joints though, is that typically there is very little waiting because the meat and sides have already been prepared, it is just a matter of throwing that rack of ‘spares down on your plate.

As you walk into Pig In you are eyes are immediately drawn to the walls full of ribbons and awards that their team has won over the years. Unlike many of BBQ places you go into the awards weren’t won in the 80s before they opened a restaurant and decided to rest on their laurels. As far as I know Pig In is the only BBQ restaurant in town who has a team that routinely competes in KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) competitions. I would be surprised if they serve their competition recipes in the restaurant though, but at least they are out their keeping their skills sharp. On this particular visit I went with the brisket and rib dinner, which consisted of a generous serving of brisket, 3 or 4 spare ribs, two sides, and bread. Pig In serves BBQ the way it should be, with no sauce. Bottles of their sweet sauce are provided on the tables. Their thick cut brisket, the best in Wichita in my opinion, was great as usual. I had never tried their ribs before, but I found them to be very good. The rub had a perfect combination of spices and salt and the  meat was nice and tender, but still offered some resistance pulling off the bone. The term “fall of the bone” is a misnomer. You want the meat to have some resistance because if it is falling off the bone that typically means it is overdone and dry. My friend went with the hot links and smoked turkey. He enjoyed both of his choices and was impressed overall with the dining experience at Pig In.

There are several newer BBQ joints that I need to try in Wichita, but at this point I think Pig In Pig Out has the best in town. Although Wichita pales in comparison to KC BBQ joints, I believe there are some gems like Pig In lurking in Wichita and Chainfree is going to hunt them down one by one.

Pig In! Pig Out! on Urbanspoon


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