The ICT 100: Wichita’s Best Restaurants (2022 List)

It’s time to start a new tradition and one that highlights The best restaurants in Wichita. Whether it was a hole in the wall tucked away in the darkest part of town, long-time classics, or new additions to our dining scene, I wanted to create something that would give diners, owners of restaurants and everyone who works in the industry a reason to celebrate.

welcome to ICT 100. This is a project I’ve been working on with a collection of other food bloggers in town. The goal was to celebrate the culinary work being done in Wichita.

Creation of the ICT 100: List of the best restaurants in Wichita

At first I was going to make the list based on my own experiences as I have eaten at all the restaurants at the time the list was compiled. At the same time, I wanted to involve the contribution of many other food bloggers who support our local food scene; many of whom I have met once or never before. After some consideration, I chose the latter because I felt the need to make sure the list included multiple opinions, and who doesn’t love a good local collaboration?

I put together a panel that included Try it, Significantly spicy, Fert the greedy, Girls broke by ICT, No silverware needed, Local ICT live, Jen with the coffee, JustBeingJulzand Bottomless pit TIC. A big thank you to MarkArts for organizing our meeting!

  • The panel was tasked with deciding 75% of the list. They were presented with a list of all the restaurants in Wichita; channels and local ownership. Their job was to whittle down that big list to 75 restaurants on food alone.
  • The remaining 25% was decided by me. My reasoning was that I knew most of the panel hadn’t been to every restaurant on the list, so I thought that was a good compromise to make sure every restaurant had a chance of being on the list. listing.
  • To be considered for The ICT 100, only restaurants in Wichita with a physical location were considered. Food trucks and pop-ups were not included, as well as any restaurants outside the Wichita city limits.

In no particular order…


MANNA WOK

4865 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218


N & J COFFEE AND BAKERY

N&J Cafe

5600 E Lincoln St, Wichita, KS 67218


SIR. Tacos

711 W 25th St N, Wichita, KS 67204


WHEN PIGS FLY BAR-B-QUE

7011 W Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67212


SAPPORO

8065 E Peachtree Ln, Wichita, KS 67207


WHISKEY DICK’S BAR & GRILL

801 S Seneca St., Wichita, KS 67213


ANGELO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

5900 East Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208


BILL’S CHARCOAL GRILL

2957 N Arkansas Ave, Wichita, KS 67204


JAPAN EXPRESS

2250 N Rock Road Ct, Wichita, KS 67226


KNOLLA’S PIZZA

7343 W Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67212 (location shown)


PHO KC

4875 E Pawnee, Wichita, KS 67218


THE DURANGO OF GORDITA

527 W 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67203


GRACE MARKET

1030 Oliver, Wichita, KS 67218


DOO-DAH DINNER

206 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS 67202


FRENCH BISTRO GEORGES

Georges French Bistro

4618 E Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208


POLLO EXPRESS

2501 W Pawnee St, Wichita, KS 67213


NEWPORT GRILL

1900 N Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67206


JUAREZ BAKERY

2209 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213 (location shown)


THAI HOUSE

969 N West St, Wichita, KS 67203


FIRST MILE KITCHEN

First Mile Kitchen

2141 N Bradley Fair Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67206


PHO CUONG

6605 E 37th St N, Wichita, KS 67220


BURGER BOMBER

4860 S Clifton Ave, Wichita, KS 67216


BBQ B&C

355 N Washington St, Wichita, KS 67202


MALAYSIAN COFFEE

7777 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206


MEDITERRANEAN GRILL

Mediterranean grills

335 S Towne East Mall Dr, Wichita, KS 67207


PIATTO NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

Piatto

1706 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214


MI NO BAKERY

2528 Oliver, Wichita, KS 67210


SPORTS BURGER

134 N Hillside St, Wichita, KS 67214


BARBECUE STATION 8

Station 8 BBQ

1100 E 3rd St N, Wichita, KS 67214


MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN PUERTO VALLARTA

Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant

602 N Tyler Rd, Wichita, KS 67212


DA CAJUN SHAK

6249 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67208


TACOS TJ 664

1014 N West St, Wichita, KS 67203


ZIGGY’S PIZZA

3700 E Douglas Ave STE 100, Wichita, KS 67208 (location shown)


THE FRENCH BAKERY CAKE

1017 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213


KIMLAN SANDWICHES

1035 N Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214


SAKURA JAPANESE CUISINE

605 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67207


USULUTECO RESTAURANT

2265 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213


NAPOLI ITALIAN RESTORATION

7718 E 37th St N #500, Wichita, KS 67226


SABOR LATIN BAR & GRID

Sabor

309 N Mead, Wichita, KS 67202


FREDDY’S FROZEN FLAME

3450 S Meridian Ave, Wichita, KS 67217 (location shown)


THE BIRRIERIA OF CHUYITO

1415 W Pawnee St, Wichita, KS 67217


FRIED CHICKEN AND SEAFOOD KRISPY’S

3009 S Hillside Avenue, Wichita, KS 67216


TANYA’S COOKED SOUP

1725 E Douglas Ave #105, Wichita, KS 67211


THE COFFEE & CHARCUTERIE WORLD

The world

602 N West St, Wichita, KS 67203


PROST

Prost

2721 E Central Ave #101, Wichita, KS 67214


WICHITA BREWING CO.

535 N Woodlawn Blvd, Wichita, KS 67208 (location shown)


COLLEGE HILL DELI

3407 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218


RICE & ROLL BY XING XING

1920 E Pawnee St, Wichita, KS 67211


FREEZE

3429 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218


ALBERO COFFEE

4811 E Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208


NORTON BREWING COMPANY

Norton Brewery

125 St. Francis Street, Wichita, KS 67202


MIF DELI

5618 E Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208


CEO of the SPO

9203 W Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67212


TIANLUO BISTRO

11309 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207


PUBLIC AT THE BRIQUETERIE

Audience at the brickyard

129 N Rock Island, Wichita, KS 67202


MY HOUSE

2835 N Maize Rd, Wichita, KS 67205 (location shown)


JAPANESE KOBE STEAKHOUSE

8760 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67205


WICHITA SUBMARINES AND MORE

2251 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67214


VORA EUROPEAN RESTAURANT

3252 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214


TAQUERIA EL FOGON

1555 S Bluffview Dr, Wichita, KS 67218 (location shown)


THE MONARCH

579 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213


AT MAMA THUY

8728 W Maple St, Wichita, KS 67209


OAK & PIE

2244 N Greenwich Rd #900, Wichita, KS 67226


TY’S DINNER

Ty's dinner

928 West 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203


CHIANG MAI THAI

3141 S Hillside St, Wichita, KS 67216


JUMBO BEEF AND BREW

3750 N Woodlawn Blvd #102, Wichita, KS 67220


BISTRO BELLA VITA

120 N West St #2, Wichita, KS 67203


COFFEE R

Cafe R

1144 Bitting Street, Wichita, KS 67203


SIENA TUSCANY STEAKHOUSE

Siena Steakhouse

104 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202


GABBY’S PERUVIAN RESTAURANT

1002 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213


MI LINDO MICHOACAN RESTAURANT

2120 N Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214


BELLA LUNA COFFEE

Bella Luna Cafe

2132 N Rock Rd #107, Wichita, KS 67206 (location shown)


THAI TRADITION

650 N Carriage Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67208


BUSTER’S BURGER JOINT

Burger Busters Restaurant

1202 E MacArthur Rd, Wichita, KS 67216


KELLY’S FAMILY DINNER

2131 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211


DESIGNED

Made

9730 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206


NINZA SUSHI

306 N Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67206


GRILLS AND TAPWORKS WITH LOCAL FLAVORS

5400 E Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208


NEW PARADISE BIRYANI TIP

1648 S Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67207


ORIENTAL RESTAURANT SAIGON

Oriental restaurant in Saigon

1103 North Broadway Avenue, Wichita, KS 67214


PM SESSIONS AT THE CANVAS (GAGA’S GRUB)

PM sessions at the Web

650 N Carriage Pkwy, Wichita, KS 67208


THE HIMALI EAT

3238 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208


IL VICINO

Il Vicino

4817 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218 (location shown)


TAQUERIA LA CHONA

3415 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218


THE BELMONT

3555 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218


MILK FLOAT

535 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213


VIETNOM

8641 W 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67212


THE KITCHEN

The kitchen

725 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202


PALETERIA LA REYNA

2925 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204


LITTLE SAIGON

1015 N Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214


YOKOHAMA RAMEN JOINT

613 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213


PIG IN PIG OUT

Incoming pig Outgoing pig

1003 E 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67214


BIRRIERIA TITO

2815 S Hydraulic Ave, Wichita, KS 67216


DOMA

doma

7703 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67207


PHO NGO 8

3801 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218



Closing remarks:

  • Narrowing the list down to 100 was harder than I imagined, especially with the way it was put together. There were a few restaurants that I personally liked, but didn’t have enough room to make the cut.
  • The panel had good two-way discussions about who should be included. Of the 75 they included, there were a handful of unanimous decisions, like Gabby’s Peruvian Carryout and Georges French Bistro.
  • One restaurant that was going to make the list but recently closed was Lola’s Bistro.
  • For next year’s list, I’m considering whether to include a “reader vote” and give readers a say and give readers a certain percentage of restaurants that they think are deserving of be on this list.
  • I’m sure this list will cause some debate, that’s pretty much the point of any list…. to get people talking. I blame only a quarter of these places. (insert smiling emoji)
  • Now that I have a baseline to work from, next year should be interesting with many more restaurants opening. This should only make it more difficult which items to include and which to remove.

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