At work, every Friday we go
on a Quest for new culinary experiences in
In 2007, we branched out into something new; finding people’s boundaries. Here is the email that framed the 2007 Quest:
Subject: The QUEST
The theme for The QUEST this year is testing the boundaries:
The questions we need to answer are 'is it too ………….?'
too expensive - is there a price boundary?
too gross - will Mark refuse to eat it?
too Foo-Foo - will it leave Sang hungry?
too hot - will it make Judy sweat?
We have these suggestions so far:
Pig In/Pig Out
Café le Monde
Every Day Gourmet
Samurai Steak House
In 2006, we celebrated Pi Day on March 14. We celebrated it by bringing pies to work and sharing the pies in the lab. We missed it in 2007. To make up for missing Pi Day, we celebrated Mole Day this year. Wink made chocolate cup cakes and we decorated them to look like moles. They had chocolate chip eyes, a cashew nose and a licorice whip tail. Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment:
Sang and Mary
We also celebrate the holidays as they come along. For the past two years we got pumpkin spice beer to celebrate Halloween. Last year we went to the Longhorn Steakhouse for Christmas. We ordered their premiere appetizer: Wings, Rings and Dangling Things. This year we are planning a pastafanarian lunch for Thanksgiving. We will probably reprise the Long Horn for Christmas.
In the quest for boundaries, my guess is that we were successful in finding a few boundaries. We had some unusual foods including alligator three times and tripe. We experimented with various seafoods and in the process went to quite a few interesting restaurants.
At one of the Thai restaurants, many folks encountered a boundary. The food there was quite spicy. It was also where we had the tripe. The spice was too much for me. At another Asian restaurant it seemed they never washed the floor and my feet stuck to the floor. Somehow for a restaurant, I prefer a cleaner image.
One of the interns wanted to reprise Bomber burger as his going away party. When we first went to Bomber Burger, the guy who arrived first was afraid to go in alone. It was slightly redneck. I think his trepidation was well justified. It had a lunch bar with the grill and fryer behind it. In the back, the storage room had 2 tables for adventurous groups such as ours. The menu was brief, burgers and fries. They had an interesting way of pricing their beers. They have 1 $2 12 ounce beer in a frosted mug and also have a $4 beer in a 32 ounce frosted mug. You figure out the math. Bomber Burger scored very high on food marks. Its’ downfall in the burger quest was that someone rated the ambiance as -11 on a 1 to 10 scale.
Judy challenged me to find a restaurant that was a step down from Bomber Burger. There were rumors that Jack’s still existed. We didn’t find it for the burger quest, but we did manage to go there for the boundary quest. It was Jack’s Coffee Shop. We had to call ahead to order the food and make sure they had enough hamburger on hand to feed our crowd. I made the mistake of asking if people wanted fries with that. There was a review of Jack’s shortly after we visited there. Here is Stacy with her deluxe burger. The burger is bigger than the bun.
We went to a Korean Restaurant early in the year. We sat next to some Air Force personnel who were having menu item K9. I asked Sang if canine had any physical significance. The Air Force people overheard me and said “We heard that!” They said the food was good in spite of the mental picture.
We just went to Yen Ching to order from their Korean menu. Sang looked at it and said to be sure to order the canine. He was having fun with us, but sure enough the Noodle Soup was item K9. About half the group ordered the noodle soup. In my opinion, it was pretty good:
Sang with canine and Johnny with Garlic Shrimp
Sang and Family and Junior
Judy feeling the heat
Another interesting moment was when we walked into Brint’s Diner. The waitress took one look at us and said ‘Mommmm!” Service was a little slow there, but the food was good but pretty basic.
Wink often joins us for the Quest. Meg likes to attend when she is home as well. Andrew came with us a couple of times this summer.
For those interested here is the existing 2007 Quest line up for your reading enjoyment:
Manna Wok Oriental Restaurant
Please submit suggestions for the 2007 Quest……………...
I'm assuming this is the right place. Basically it is should be a straight shot down 47th street to Broadway and it is on the south side of the road before crossing Broadway in a strip mall just East of Carlos O'Kelly's (I think).
We will reprise this venue as most people couldn't make it last week. The Mongolian Barbeque was good.
4545 S Hydraulic Street
The Quest will follow Mary's ME Seminar……..
We will go to Souper Bowl in support of hunger:
Magoo's will be rescheduled
Towns Seafood Restaurant (31 6 ) 682-8228
Restaurant, American (Traditional)
Fish and Chips
Bonefish is not open for lunch.
We will substitute RED LOBSTER!
Red Lobster Restaurant
S ARMOUR DR
21st and Webb
(Fish and Chips!)
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Change of Venue:
Wichita Fish and Shrimp Co. seems to have morphed to Towne Seafood at Harry and Rock. Michelle tried to check it out and it no longer exists. So we will go to :
It is West
of La Gallette on
Back by popular demand!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Towns Seafood Restaurant
Join us at our favorite hole-in-the wall (stress hole) Thai place, Thai-Lao Café, for lunch Friday.
It's conveniently located on
"I found this place well worthy of the quest, but we'll need a translator." AA
Last Friday we successfully encountered some boundaries in our eating experience.
This week we will go for Soul Food at Cheree's Café.
Crazy Horse Supper Club
May 11, 2007
Reprise Café Nouvelle at GH's request.
3101 N Rock Rd # 140
Wichita, KS 67226
Honk and Holler BBQ
Check out Cheddars
13th and 127th
837-B S. Oliver
I couldn't find much about this Café on the web. Al says it is a Russian Café.
TAKES YOUR TASTE BUDS TO RUSSIA
JOE STUMPE, The Wichita Eagle
Elena is the kind of place restaurant reviewers fret about. You want people to try it because it offers a different kind of dining experience for
Oh, well. Here
goes anyway. Elena was opened five months ago by Elena Chuksina.
It serves dishes from her native
300 N. Mead, Suite 108 - Wichita, KS 316-260-1199
By special request:
Very nice place to grab
breakfast... - Khalid
at whatever time of the day you want it, though they got a full lunch/dinner menu. Usually I would just get breakfast here which was wholesome and fresh... eggs, pancake, hash brown with some coffee. ...
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Take a trip back to the
50's.... - Carl J. -
This place is great for anything from breakfast, burgers, shakes, floats. This is a Kings-X family restaurant. The waiters/waitresses are dressed in 50's styled clothing and are ...
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great milkshakes, fun atmopshere -
Jennifer U. -
Jimmie’s Diner is a fun place for breakfast, lunch or a late night dinner. 50’s music, soda jerks, and waitresses with names like Peggy Sue and butter cup make for a fun experience ...
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Great Breakfast at busiest
time! - rokodoe
My wife, daughter and I were looking
to have a late good breakfast at one of many restaurants in
Too foo foo?
venue for today. Brint's
Diner is closed for the 4th of July
The new Old Chicago
Piztros Pizza Bar - at the Water Front
We'll try it again:
B & C BBQ
Behind B & C Creations
Monday - Saturday:
carry-out available until .
Change in Venue per Dave Burds request:
Dave Burd's final Friday request - $4.00 each to send him off (until capacity reached)
Change of Venue - Moe's Southwest Grill does not seem to exist: (the phone has been disconnected)
2806 S Hydraulic St
Judy challenged me to find a step down from Bomber Burger!
For those brave enough:
Benefit for Kansas Food Bank
Pumpkin Spice, so nice:
Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
Order Korean Noodel Soup from the Korean Menu - Sang says it is good!
Ah-So Oriental Restaurant
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This restaurant is a hidden gem - Diedre R. -
I have been a regular customer at this restaurant for well over 20 years, and they still have the best mandus (egg rolls) and fried rice in town. Located in a neighborhood that has ...
Mary likes it as well.
Taco J's Snack Factory
Phone: (316) 529-1734
(courtesy of Mike Kelly)
I think we will keep the Quest going. I have really enjoyed the Friday lunches.
We have a proposal for next
year. We plan to tour