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[7 Jul 2010 | by Ashley Perkins | 188 Comments]
[eat] Where to Find Great French Fries

Like many other people around town, the rain put a damper on my 4th of July plans. When my friends and I found out the Saturday barbecue we were supposed to attend was cancelled, we headed to Oasis Lounge (4121 W. Maple) to indulge in burger and a beer. I had heard the French fries were worth checking out, so I got an order. They were homemade, thick cut, just the right amount of greasy, and hit the spot. Sampling the Oasis’ ¬†excellent offering got me to thinking about some …

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[25 Jun 2010 | by Ashley Perkins | 8 Comments]
[think] The Restaurant Experience

There’s something so nice about a great dining out experience. When the drinks are flowing, the food is hot and delicious and the atmosphere is special, everyone leaves the restaurant feeling good and anxious to return for a second visit.
But, as you and I know, it doesn’t always go like that. Sometimes your water glass stays unexplicably empty for half the meal. The food comes out, and you have a fries instead of the side salad you ordered (or worse, vice versa). You leave feeling frustrated and grumbling, “well, I’ll …

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[10 Jun 2010 | by Ashley Perkins | 1,415 Comments]
[drink] Where to Find a Great Dirty Martini

The dirty martini is a polarizing drink. I was hooked from my first sip, but many of my friends have asked to try mine, only to shake their heads in disgust and say, “How can you drink that??”
Some of you might be wondering, what is a dirty martini? I know it sounds strange, but it’s simply vodka or gin, shaken with green olive juice, and garnished with two or three green olives. Some people might include vermouth, but I’m not a fan, and I always prefer vodka to gin. I’ve …

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[25 May 2010 | by Ashley Perkins | 1,599 Comments]
[eat] Rediscovering Barn’rds

A while back, Dani wrote an article about unforgettable Wichita food. Well, is it possible to say that for a long time, I forgot about one of these unforgettable places? Well, I’m saying it, and the place I’m talking about is Barn’rds.
A good portion of my childhood and teenage dining out experiences, especially for lunch, took place at this unassuming little restaurant on North Woodlawn. I would look forward to ordering my usual, the regular roast beef sandwich with a side of delicious, crispy fries. I would grab a soda …

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[5 May 2010 | by Ashley Perkins | 3 Comments]
[eat] Wichita’s Best Japanese Grills

When I think of Japanese grills, my mind instantly goes to that scene from The Office where Andy takes Michael to Benihana to cheer him up. Michael complains that nothing the chef is doing is making him feel better and Andy says, “Wait for the onion.” Whether it’s the onion volcano, the shrimp-catching contest, or the banter between the chef and the table, there are plenty of things at these grills to make a person happy, even before the food comes. Here are a couple of my favorite traditional grill …