Had guests for the past month so had many opportunities to try various Chowhound recommendations. Their favorites:
Scharffen Berger factory tour: informative, fun, tasty. Only thing Id changego during the week. We went on weekend so didnt get to see factory running. Do make reservation (www.scharffenberger.com) although they will take walk-ins if they have room. Was featured on Bay Area Back Road show last week so reservations are probably even more important now. Favorite purchases: natural cocoa powder (nothing addedmakes the richest, most complex, cleanest hot chocolate Ive ever tasted) and pure dark chocolate sauce (can be warmed as topping, sauce, frosting or hot chocolate or eaten semi solid like a truffle; for Weight Watchers1 Tbs is only 1 ½ pointsa very satisfying treat).
Siam Cuisine: after tour couldn't get in to Chez Panisse so went back to old favorite Siam Cuisine (1181 University). Used to eat there all the time in the early 80s when it was one of the only Thai restaurants around. I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Favorites: BBQ spareribs, roasted duck noodle soup and roast duck. Patricia Unterman has a favorable review in her SF Food Lovers Guide.
Hog Island Oyster Company @ Ferry Building: my friends were thrilled with the gorgeous view, delicious oysters, rich oyster stew and clam chowder. They declared they knew they werent in Kansas anymore after that lunch. Sure wish we had known about Friday happy hour $1 oysterswe paid $20/dozen. Next time
La Palmachicharrones were their favorite (they're on Atkins). My favorite: the pupusas. Jim was right. As I mentioned in previous post the only other person at the counter who was not fluent in Spanish (although hers was much better than mine) was a fellow Chowhound from Brooklyn.
My friends thank you all for your recommendations and wish they could take advantage of Chowhound when theyre home but there arent too many posts on Wichita, Kansas cuisine.