Chain Free Eating is dedicated to evangelizing about the great local restaurants of Wichita, Kansas. Through graphic images, dry sarcasm, and in-depth analysis we hope to encourage Wichitans to patronize local dining establishments.

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  2. Wichita Brewing Company is a locally owned
    Brewpub in Wichita that has been opened for 10 monthes. It should be listed

  3. We just took over Magoo’s on Oliver just north of Spirit and we would love to have you come by sometime. We have a large bar menu that features many non-frozen and fried items. For example our fries are hand cut from fresh potatoes and mashed potatoes are made from the last night’s baked potatoes. Our cook also makes at least one daily special every morning that is made from scratch and usually takes several hours to prepare. They are always delicious. For example today we have either pot roast or our prime rib. Both our very, very popular. it is surprisingly good food for a neighborhood bar and grill.

  4. My husband and I would love to invite you to our diner, now 4 months old…Doo-Dah Diner located on the NE corner of Kellogg and Market in downtown. We are open for breakfast and lunch Tues-Sundays. We are a from scratch kitchen using all the freshest (local when possible) ingredients. Banana Bread French Toast (Gluten Free), Timi’s Benny, Crispy Corned Beef Hash, Chicken & Noodles, Bat Out of Hell Meatloaf, hand battered to order Chicken Fried Steak and Outside In Burger are some of our biggest sellers. Check us out at http://www.doodahdiner.com

    Timirie & Patrick Shibley

  5. We found your blog this morning when we were looking for a mexican bakery. You led us to Juarez Bakery in Wichita!! love your blog! tried finding Chainfreeeating on Facebook with no luck! no facebook?!

  6. Hey guys,

    I know that you have set the parameters of this blog to the boundaries of Wichita, but I after reading and enjoying several of your reviews today, I had a few suggestions that might let people venture outside of Wichita. One is the Riverside Cafe in Derby. I know that it has multiple locations, but the food here is excellent (the biscuits and gravy…mmmm). It is supposedly better than the Wichita Riverside Cafe.

    Another suggestion is Sweetie’s Cafe and Bakery in Mulvane. I know that is more of a trek, but it is a locally owned bakery/cafe/doughnut shop/coffee shop/candy store that does not get enough praise for its unique menu. Its quaint, but it is tasty. Not that you would have to review these, but if you are in the area, you might want to check them out.

    Other than that, you guys have a great blog, and you have given me some excellent suggestions. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you for the suggestions. In the future we are going to try to expand our scope to surrounding areas, because you are not the first person to give us some good non-Wichita recommendations. Thanks for following the blog!

  7. I am ecstatic to have found your website! Do you have a facebook or twitter? I know it’s a lot to keep up with, but such an awesome idea. Thank you! I’ll be sharing your link on my facebook page. I’m all about keeping it local.

  8. Love ur posts . Very detailed and nice graphic. Free Pho is good Pho right? Check us out, we recently open our restaurant at 4857 e. Harry. Mention that u from chainfreeeating then Pho is on us 🙂

  9. Hi, I enjoyed reading your blog. it’s very helpful when you’re tired at eating at applebees and olive gardens. I am not trying to instigate anything, but I’m very curious as to what you feel your qualifications are to be a food blogger? Your reviews are very good which is why I ask. Have you lived in northern italy, japan, china, etc and experienced their true authentic culinary art? have you attended some super culinary school? Do you travel around the US eating at places like Alinea, Joel Robuchon, or Per Se? Or are you simply a foodie in wichita with a great palette and good writing skills? Thanks for indulging my curiosity.

    1. Hello, I’m glad that you enjoy our blog. To answer your question, I do not have a long list of impressive qualifications that some food writers do, but what I do have is a passion for food and cooking. I have taken a vacation to France and would love to eat my way around the rest of the world, but do not have the means for that at this point in my life. I have not attended any culinary schools, but I am a self taught cook who has dabbled in a few cooking competitions and catering jobs. I have not eaten at any of the elite restaurants in the US, but whenever I travel I manage to find great little places to eat at. I don’t have any journalism qualifications, other than I write some dining reviews for the Wichita Eagle. I just have the ability to throw a few semi-coherent sentences together. To sum it up, I feel that I am qualified enough to provide readers with accurate and entertaining reviews of local restaurants. Thanks for the question

  10. My husband & I love your suggestions. So far, our favorite has been Molino’s. We decided to try out a Moroccan restaurant here in Wichita yesterday, Marrakech Cafe, and thought it was fabulous. I wanted to spread the word, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet!

  11. Maybe it’s time to check out Luau’s International Grill on E. Central? Would love to hear your thoughts.

  12. So happy to have found this blog today! Always looking for something new and prefer to support the local places! Thank you for the time You put into find, try and blog about your experiences!

  13. Hello!
    Beautiful Day Cafe is a locally sourced, organic cafe opening in the heart of Kansas. The cafe will be supported by Kansas farmers and ranchers, and will also have a 500 sq. foot permaculture garden that will be used to grow food and as a teaching space for the community. We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign, and would be dearly indebted for any press assistance you could provide. Full press release below.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Matthew Clagg
    Beautiful Day Cafe / Echo Landscapes

    November 3, 2014
    New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Wichita Emphasizes Local Commerce and Sustainability
    Contact: Charolett Knapic (316) 993-9857
    Email: hi.charolett@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.beautifuldaycafe.com
    Facebook/Twitter: Beautiful Day Café

    Wichita, KS – When Charolett Knapic opens the doors on her farm-to-table restaurant Beautiful Day Café, in early 2015 (on the corner of Green and Central) the fruition of a dream that is tantamount to talking the neighborhood into building a clubhouse will be realized. Knapic has the near perfect combination of nature and nurture necessary to launch this concept eatery and has established herself as a respected business owner on the landscape of steely Wichita entrepreneurs.
    Beautiful Day Café will weave together her knowledge of sustainable gardening practices (she has successfully owned and Operated Echo Landscape since 2000) and her lifelong pursuit of turning good gardens into fine meals. Knapic was born in Waterloo, KS on a working wheat farm and cattle ranch while her grandparents owned and operated a restaurant in Kingman, KS (McQueen’s Café & Serviteria) where she began working as soon as she was tall enough to use an overturned milk crate (and before child labor laws were even a twinkle in somebody’s eye, yet.)
    Her ability to build community and incorporate neighbors into this dream is as noteworthy as the dream itself. Beautiful Day Café has proven to be a labor of love that a community of citizens has rallied behind. Her monthly volunteer days are quickly becoming the Saturday Hot Spot for dreamers willing to trade some elbow grease for the promise of a brighter epicurean future.
    She has secured the financing for the building and most of the construction but has recently launched a Kickstarter project to fund her dream kitchen. “Beautiful Day Café has been built on a foundation of community. “said Knapic, “A crowd-sourced funding option felt like the best way to reach our objectives while strengthening our relationships.”
    The Kickstarter can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2066563336/beautiful-day-cafes-kitchen #kickstartme #beautifulday

  14. There are a lot of other coffee shops you ought to try. Moxi in Maize (cool story), verita on w. Central, il Priom espresso cafe, espresso to go go, common grounds, savories, bean scene, boba zone and others.
    New ice cream is little lion ice cream.

  15. for Mexican, try Tacos El Tapitio on north Broadway, If you are really brave try the Leche De Tigre there – very spicy hot but doesn’t come back to haunt you later. Truly the elixir of Gods, and your taste buds will never be the same (and very addictive, I cant go a month without a bowl). Lots of other great choices on the menu also

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