So, I just moved to Hutchinson, Kansas a little over two months ago. Locally, I'm rather impressed with Allie's Deli. Sandy (the owner) makes a mean quiche and even meaner raspberry white chocolate scones. The scones and muffins are always fabulous there. You can get a scone and small house coffee for $2.46. Seriously, the scones are decadent. They're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you can make it before 8:00 am, they're usually warm, too.
I've tried the Blue Duck Bistro for lunch and dinner. Lunch was good, but unremarkable. I had a french dip sandwich that was kind of bland. The homemade chips were delicious though. When I went for dinner, it was incredibly slow (Thursday after Christmas). My waiter was very attentive, but the rest of the waistaff/barstaff seemed a little clueless. My dinner (half roast duck with mushroom sauce, polenta, and broccoli) was very tasty. The polenta and the mushroom sauce were fabulous. The broccoli was very plain, but, well, I guess that's the nature of broccoli. I've heard rumours of the Blue Duck closing though. I think they've been open about a year. Lunch is fairly affordable, but dinner seems to be a bit pricy for a town the size of Hutch (most entrees are more than $20).
Also, the decor is very feminine while the menu tends to be on the hearty or masculine side. It just seems like the decor and the food are a bit at odds with eachother. It's just pink enough, that if I were a man I'd feel slightly uncomfortable eating there.
When I had a delayed flight out of ICT last Saturday, I headed to Old Town for breakfast. I stopped by Soleil on Douglas (formerly Java Nation, the owner said). I had a very tasty apple and brie crepe and turkish coffee. The food was filling with a little flair, and the staff was very friendly.
That's what I've discovered so far. So now I'm reaching out to the food community in South Central Kansas. What's good? What's not? What's worth the drive? What's the best dive? I like all types of food and I'm always looking for something new.
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