Dining during the summer months is a perfect excuse for indulging in seasonal fare, al fresco eats and delicious ice creams, and diners in Wichita, Kansas
are in luck. The city boasts plenty of ideal summer dining destinations from fresh seafood on a lakeside patio to farm-to-table fare to soda fountain-style ice creams. Read the following guide for our round-up of the best.
The Flying Stove
Food trucks are perfect for casual, summer eats, and Wichita diners are in luck – the city’s food truck scene is steadily growing. The Flying Stove, set up by brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf in 2011, is one of Wichita’s most popular food trucks and specializes in gourmet street cuisine with eclectic, global flavors. Find The Flying Stove truck parked at many locations across the city and try delicious eats like the caviar of the south burger, a seasoned chicken burger topped with arugula, apple and bacon in a brioche bun with pimento cheese. For a healthy, summery option choose the veggeroni salad – summer greens, basil, local cherry tomatoes, olives, smoked provolone, grilled croutons and vegan pepperoni dressing.
Various locations in Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 609 9016
Diner, Restaurant, American, Beer, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wine, $$$
For a true taste of summer, heading towards a restaurant offering seasonal, local fare is a diner’s best bet. Public, a classy-casual, farm-to-table eatery opened in 2012 in Wichita’s beautiful Old Town, has local diners covered. Public’s menu is brimming with plenty of locally inspired fare, such as brisket tacos with slow-cooked Creekstone Farms brisket, cheese, cilantro and chopped onions with a side of salsa, sour cream and black beans ‘n’ rice, or the Lamborghini pizza topped with Clark Farms ground lamb, caramelized onions, Kansas cheddar and mint. The restaurant also boasts a lovely patio area perfect for al fresco summer dining.
Public, 129 N. Rock Island Road, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 263 4044
Larkspur Bistro & Bar
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Mediterranean, American, Wine, Vegetarian, Vegan, Beer, $$$
Larkspur Bistro & Bar
When summertime rolls around, the cuisines of warmer climes are always appealing, and Wichita diners craving Mediterranean fare are well-advised to head to Larkspur Bistro & Bar. The Old Town eatery boasts a beautiful, tree-shaded garden patio where guests can enjoy its classic Mediterranean and American cuisine to the tinkling tunes of Larkspur’s baby grand piano. Try the veal piccata with lemon beurre blanc, capers, rice and fresh vegetables or the pepper-crusted Kansas City strip steak topped with gorgonzola cheese and herb butter. Wash it all down with a selection from Larkspur’s extensive wine list or a refreshing craft beer.
Larkspur Bistro & Bar, 904 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 262 5275
Funky Monkey Munchies
Another eatery putting Wichita’s food truck scene on the map, Funky Monkey Munchies – established in 2014 by husband and wife Eddi and Lisa Palacios – is one of the city’s newest additions, but is already gaining a firm following. Healthy fusion food crafted from organic, locally sourced produce is Funky Monkey Munchies trademark, and its new August menu features fare like crab rangoon tacos with green onion and cream cheese spread, wonton crisps and sweet ‘n’ sour drizzle or the kimchi masa-potato fries topped with sweet Asian pulled pork, cucumbers, cilantro, sweet soy and sriracha aioli. Funky Monkey Munchies’ retro-style truck can be found at various locations across the city, including Wichita WaterWalk’s Food Trucks at the Fountain events.
Various locations in Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 390 0492
Located at Wichita’s upscale Bradley Fair shopping plaza, Newport Grill boasts a picturesque lakeside patio ideal for a spot of summertime dining. Sophisticated yet fun, Newport Grill is described as ‘an ocean-side oasis’ and owner and executive chef Aaron Whitcomb’s seafood focus will whisk diners away to the seaside with dishes like the jumbo lump crab cake with quinoa, avocado, shaved fennel salad and orange or the Maine lobster with drawn butter. Brunch out on the patio is equally fun with dishes like house-cured Scottish salmon and homemade biscuits and gravy teamed with Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 636 9555
Fork & Fennel
Bistro, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan
Fork & Fennel
Down in the heart of Wichita’s historic College Hill neighborhood, there is a fantastic restaurant specializing in seasonally inspired fare crafted from local, sustainable food. Fork & Fennel has been delighting locals with its mix of American and French bistro eats since opening its doors less than a year ago. Alongside dishes like thick-cut pork chop with smoked apple butter, seasoned vegetables and butter-roasted potatoes, diners will also find new, summery dishes like its roasted beets salad with fresh nettle sheep’s milk cheese.
Fork & Fennel, 3425 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 440 0948
Let’m Eat Bräts
If you’re exploring Wichita this summer and hunger hits you, keep an eye open for Let’m Eat Bräts, a food truck specializing in bratwurst and other authentic German eats. Established in the summer of 2013 by German-born and raised Manu and her husband, Austin, Let’m Eat Bräts’ menu is based on recipes passed down from generation to generation, and is an ideal casual street food option when exploring the city. Choose from simple but tasty eats like schnitzel sandwich, bierock (a beef and cabbage stuffed bread roll) and a range of bratwursts – beer brat, currywurst and weisswurst included.
Various locations in Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 617 2675
Bar, Gastropub, American, Swiss, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Serving American gastropub fare in a trendy space in Wichita’s historic Delano District, The Monarch is an ideal destination for a casual get-together with friends this summer. The gastropub’s menu features plenty of appetizers, flat-breads and salads, but The Monarch’s real specialty is its sandwiches crafted from meats smoked in-house daily. Options include the Running Doves reuben with hickory-smoked corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing or the Brisket Royale with warm smoked brisket, cheddar and creamy horseradish. Grab a seat on The Monarch’s street-side patio and pair your meal with a summery signature cocktail while taking in views of the Delano District’s beautiful clock tower.
The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 201 6626
Beautiful Day Café
Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Beautiful Day Café
Opened in May 2015, Beautiful Day Café joined the Wichita dining scene just in time for summer, and owner Charolett Knapic’s focus on healthy, local and organic fare makes it the perfect option for seasonal dining. Open for breakfast and lunch six days a week, Beautiful Day Café’s menu includes dishes like banana buckwheat pancakes, kale salad with sourdough bread and grass-fed beef burger topped with bacon and blue cheese. Charolett also has plans to develop a neighboring permaculture garden to grow produce for Beautiful Day Café’s dishes, ensuring even more local, healthy flavors in the future.
Beautiful Day Café, 2516 E. Central Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 977 9333
Old Mill Tasty Shop
A local dining landmark for over 80 years, the Old Mill Tasty Shop first opened its doors in 1932 and maintains its old-school style today. Plenty of soups, salads and sandwiches feature on the Old Mill Tasty Shop’s menu alongside a few Mexican dishes and daily blue-plate specials, like homemade lasagna and chicken-fried chicken. However, if you’re heading there in summer, its ice cream specialties are the real attraction. Choose from sundaes, ice cream floats, malts and shakes made the old-fashioned way or opt for the Old Mill special – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream topped with whipped cream, cherries, a marshmallow, chocolate and strawberry syrup.
Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 264 6500