2007 Quest


At work, every Friday we go on a Quest for new culinary experiences in Wichita, Kansas.  During the 2006 Quest, we went in search of the best burger in Wichita which meant visiting a different burger joint each week.  We kept a spreadsheet of scores rating the burger joints on four categories: quality of burger, quality of fries, presentation and ambiance.  I don’t think we made it to all the burger joints in this area, but we did enjoy the Quest.  Apparently some people felt we were ever so slightly geeky, keeping a spreadsheet of burger quest scores!


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?

          too ……………?


We have these suggestions so far:


River City Brew Pub

Bankok Thai

Pha Hot

Lil Mexico

Julius Ribcage

Pig In/Pig Out

Café le Monde

Every Day Gourmet


Uptown Bistro

Bel Ami


Osaka Steak House

Kobe Steak House

Kyoto Steak House

Samurai Steak House

Sweet Basil



Chester's Chop 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:


Jan. 5, 2007

Manna Wok Oriental Restaurant

4865 E Harry St
Wichita, KS 67218



Please submit suggestions for the 2007 Quest……………...


Jan. 12, 2007

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).

New China Super Buffet

(316) 529-0888

4858 S Broadway St
Wichita, KS 67216


Jan, 19, 2007

We will reprise this venue as most people couldn't make it last week.  The Mongolian Barbeque was good.

New China Super Buffet

(316) 529-0888

4858 S Broadway St
Wichita, KS 67216


Jan. 26, 2007

Mary's Supper Club

4545 S Hydraulic Street
Wichita, KS 67216-2843
(316) 522-7112


Feb. 2, 2007

The Quest will follow Mary's ME Seminar……..

We will go to Souper Bowl in support of hunger:


Magoo's will be rescheduled


Feb. 9, 2007 

Cafe Asia

6546 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67206

(316) 685-8818


Feb. 16, 2007

Magoo's Bar & Grill

2304 S Oliver St
Wichita, KS 67218

(316) 612-9600


Feb. 23, 2007

Towns Seafood Restaurant (31 6 ) 682-8228

1648 S Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67207


March 2, 2007

River City Brewery

Restaurant, American (Traditional)

150 N Mosley St
Wichita, KS 67202

Fish and Chips


March 9, 2007

Bonefish is not open for lunch.

We will substitute RED LOBSTER!

Red Lobster Restaurant


(316) 687-9247


March 16, 2007

Granite City

21st and Webb

(Fish and Chips!)


March 23, 2007

Brownstone Grill

Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Seafood | Inexpensive
Mediterranean and other fare served in a cozy setting. 3105 E. Harry
(316) 687-1111
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


March 30, 2007

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 :

Wichita Fish Company

1601 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67213
Ph: 316.265.3474

It is West of La Gallette on Douglas.  Michelle has a menu from there.  The only non-seafood item is chicken strips.



April 6, 2007

Back by popular demand!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Towns Seafood Restaurant


April 13, 2007

Join us at our favorite hole-in-the wall (stress hole) Thai place, Thai-Lao Café, for lunch Friday.

 It's conveniently located on Hillside, just south of Pawnee.


"I found this place well worthy of the quest, but we'll need a translator." AA


April 20, 2007

Last Friday we successfully encountered some boundaries in our eating experience.

This  week we will go for Soul Food at Cheree's Café. 

Cherees Cafe

(316) 440-2847

2628 Southeast Dr
Wichita, KS 67216


April 27, 2007

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant

3141 S Hillside St
Wichita, KS 67216

(316) 652-8910



May 4, 2007

Crazy Horse Supper Club
2539 W Pawnee St
Wichita, KS 67213


May 11, 2007

Reprise Café Nouvelle at GH's request.

Nouvelle Cafe

3101 N Rock Rd # 140
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 636-9666


May 18, 2007

Honk and Holler BBQ



May 25, 2007

Check out Cheddars

13th and 127th


June 1, 2007

Café Elena

837-B S. Oliver
Wichita, Kansas
Phone: 316-558-8181

I couldn't find much about this Café on the web.  Al says it is a Russian Café.

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 Wichita. But you wonder, looking around at the empty seats, if it will be around much longer.

Oh, well. Here goes anyway. Elena was opened five months ago by Elena Chuksina. It serves dishes from her native Ural Mountains and other regions of Russia. It also offers a nice selection of teas, sausage, canned goods and other packaged and refrigerated...


June 8, 2007


Café Moderne

300 N. Mead, Suite 108 - Wichita, KS 316-260-1199


June 15, 2007

By special request:

Jimmie's Diner

3111 N Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67226

(316) 636-1818


Very nice place to grab breakfast...  - Khalid S. - Feb 20, 2007

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. ...


More from Yelp.com »

Take a trip back to the 50's....  - Carl J. - Mar 14, 2006

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. - Aug 17, 2005

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 - Jul 31, 2002

My wife, daughter and I were looking to have a late good breakfast at one of many restaurants in Wichita. IHOP had an incredibly large customers waiting list so we decided to try ...


June 22, 2007

Doc Green's Gourmet Salads

10096 E 13th St N # 102
Wichita, KS 67206

(316) 636-8997

Too foo foo?


June 29, 2007

Change of venue for today.  Brint's Diner is closed for the 4th of July Holiday.  We will reprise Crazy Horse and go to Brint's later.



July 6, 2007

The new Old Chicago



July 13, 2007

Piztros Pizza Bar - at the Water Front
1720 N. Webb Road.
Wichita, Kansas 67206
Phone: 316-634-2006
Fax: 316-634-2056


July 20, 2007

We'll try it again:


Brint's Diner

4834 E Lincoln St
Wichita, KS 67218

(316) 684-0290


July 27, 2007

Behind B & C Creations

355 N. Washington Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202

(316) 807-9119

Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 2 PM
carry-out available until 5 PM.




Aug. 3, 2007

Beijing Bistro


Aug. 17, 2007

Change in Venue per Dave Burds request:


This week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Burd's final Friday request - $4.00 each to send him off (until capacity reached)


Bomber Burger

4860 S Clifton Ave
Wichita, KS 67216

(316) 522-6291


Aug. 24, 2007

Promise Thai Cusine

(316) 440-4555

313 S Greenwich Rd
Wichita, KS 67207


Aug. 31, 2007

Change of Venue - Moe's Southwest Grill does not seem to exist:  (the phone has been disconnected)

Moe's Sub Shop - more info »

2815 S Hydraulic St, Wichita, KS    (316) 524-5511


Sept. 7, 2007

Fat Ernies Family Dining

2806 S Hydraulic St
Wichita, KS 67216
(316) 554-7371


Sept. 14, 2007

Jack's Coffee Shop

6154 S Hydraulic St
Wichita, KS 67216

(316) 529-4635
Judy challenged me to find a step down from Bomber Burger!


Sept. 21, 2007

Da Cajun Shak - more info »

6249 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS

(316) 260-1486


Sept. 28, 2007

For those brave enough:

Fried Rice

2419 S Glendale St
Wichita, KS 67210

(316) 684-9599



Oct. 5, 2007

Benefit for Kansas Food Bank


Flyer Attached:


Go KU?


Oct. 12, 2007

Passage To India

6140 E 21st St N # 140
Wichita, KS 67208

(316) 691-8300


Oct. 19, 2007

Pumpkin Spice, so nice:

Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

Old Chicago

- www.oldchicago.com
7700 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita - (316) 685-3111


Oct. 26, 2007

Order Korean Noodel Soup from the Korean Menu - Sang says it is good!


Yen Ching East Chinese Restaurant & Club

430 N Rock Rd, Wichita - (316) 686-9510


Nov. 2, 2007

Ah-So Oriental Restaurant

1 review - Write a review

855 S Oliver St
Wichita, KS 67218

(316) 685-2091

This restaurant is a hidden gem  - Diedre R. - Aug 10, 2005

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.


Nov. 9, 2007


Taco J's Snack Factory

1050 W 47th St S
, KS 67217

Phone: (316) 529-1734

 (courtesy of Mike Kelly)


Nov. 16, 2007


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 Wichita’s International Foods.