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Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Metro area, a Wichita State student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about restaurants, dining, drinking and food shopping in the Wichita metro area!  Where to go and yes, where NOT to go is listed here in Metro Pursuit. Serving the food and drink community of the Metro area, Wichita, Haysville, Derby, Andover, Bel Aire, Park City, Valley Center, Kechi, Maize - PLUS!

Good BBQ is aplenty in the Wichita Metro

BBQBy Mike Thayer

The Metro Pursuit - Wichita BBQ Dining Guide:  Good BBQ is finger smacking good!  The choices are vast, pork, beef, chicken, there's ribs, brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and so much more!  Do you like sauce, or no sauce?  Spicy or mild?  You'll find some BBQ to your liking in the Wichita Metro area.

Related:  Is BBQ a signature dish for Wichita?

Today's Weather Outlook for the Wichita area

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the Wichita Metro area.  Up-to-date weather conditions are observed at the MADIS station D6055, 3.6 miles WSW of Wichita.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the metro area, just type in your zip code below.

Wichita, weather forecast

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Wine Review: Broadmoore Estates Red Trails from WineShop at Home

By Mike Thayer

This is another excellent red blend from WineShop at Home and a new offering in the Broadmoore Estates brand.

From the website:

This new 79% Ruby Cabernet, 11% Ruby Red and 10% Syrah blend of Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is very fruit-forward.

This sweet red wine displays blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry aromas, as well as light notes of pepper and toasted oak toward the end. The star of the show is the sweetness, which bursts out of the glass and onto the palate. The attack, the mid-palate and the finish are rich with fruity characters. Hiding behind this wine’s sweetness is a fair amount of fruit tannin for structure.

Serve chilled, suggested pairings are pizza, savory pastries, tacos, spicy pasta, smoked gouda and pepper jack cheeses.

The Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is an EXCELLENT red and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!  Contact Lori and get some great wines today!

Wichita State investigating men’s basketball coach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall mistreated players, the school and Marshall have confirmed.

Stadium, a multiplatform sports network, said the inquiry began after the university learned it was conducting an investigation in which it interviewed 36 players and former coaches.

Former Wichita State forward Shaq Morris told Stadium he was punched twice by Marshall, the school’s all-time winningest coach, during an October 2015 practice, and former guard Ty Taylor said he saw it happen.

via www.apnews.com

Papa Murphy's on East Central crafts a fine pizza

By Mike Thayer

Out running errands one evening last week and not feeling like cooking dinner, I stopped at a Papa Murhpy's to pick up my favorite from the joint, a Cowboy Pizza.  I've never been to this particular Papa Murphy's location and I wasn't disappointed.  I didn't pre-order, I just walked in, placed my order and walked out with my pizza in about five minutes.  The place was steady busy with other customer coming in and picking up orders.  The staff was polite and on top of things in cranking out the pies.  Nicely done Papa Murphy's on Central!  They get 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars!

5 stars

I wrote the following back in 2018 and it still rings true today - Papa Murphy's is better than Pizza Hut! 

By Mike Thayer

I'm one of those people that if you ask, "What is your favorite food?"  I'm going to respond "PIZZA!" without hesitation (Burgers are #2 and anything grilled or BBQ'd #3).  But I have a dilemma, I'm not a fan of Pizza Hut (they have become so inconsistent with delivery AND product), Domino's sucks and Papa John's is so-so. I'm in need of a pizza joint that can provide consistently great pizza and I haven't found that place in Wichita yet.  I really like Gambino's, but they're a bit pricey unless you are able to take advantage of the limited coupons they offer.  

The other day while out-and-about running some errands during the lunch hour, I decided to stop at a Papa Murphy's.

Papa Murphy's Cowboy Pizza Thin CrustBoy am I glad I did!  It's been a long time since I've picked up a pizza at Papa Murphy's.  It's not that I had a bad experience with them back in the day, just chalk up the long time between visits to getting too comfortable with delivery pizza.  Shame on me!

Let me bullet point why Papa Murphy's rocks, why they are better than Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's (YUCK) and yes, even Gambino's:

  • Generous with ingredients, especially the cheese!
  • Made to order, right in front of you when walking in.
  • Fast service, friendly staff
  • I can stop in a Papa Murphy's, order; take that pizza home; pop it in the oven; bake it; pull it out of the oven and slice it; before Pizza Hut finally shows up with a delivery.
  • No tip necessary!
  • Save money over what you would pay for a pie at one of the main delivery joints
  • Delicious!

I ordered a large 'Cowboy', thin crust.  I LOVE thin crust pizza!  For those of you not already in the know, the Cowboy is:  Red Sauce, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Olives, Herb & Cheese Blend.  It's DELICIOUS! 

While the pizza was baking and filling my apartment with some FANTASTIC aromas, I had time to melt some garlic butter infused with Parmesan to brush on the crust.....  Talk about another dose of YUM!

The Papa Murphy's pie cost me $15.11 after tax.  That same large pie, with all those ingredients and a delivery tip would have cost me at least $20 coming from the delivery joints.  Did I mention how DELICIOUS Papa Murphy's pizza is?

Papa Murphy's is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and gets 5 out of 5 stars, without question a repeat buy.

5 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends..... 

Food Review: Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20201006_071801When money is tight or you're just looking for something for the sheer convenience of it, grab a bag of Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs from the Dollar Tree for $1.

They're not WOW good, but they're decent, especially when coupled with some marinara or a BBQ sauce for dipping.  I've had them in a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish as well, not bad.

You get a generous portion, 7 ounces of meat for $1.  You really can't beat that.  I've oven baked them, warmed them up in a saute' pan, threw them in the crock pot with a little olive oil - easy in all preparations.  It's so convenient to have a bag on hand that you can just pull from the freezer and put an easy-peasy meal together with.

I'm giving Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, they're not the best frozen meatball out there, but for $1, you can't go wrong.

3 stars

For more food and drink reviews, go to www.bacheloronthecheap.com

Family Ranch California Heritage is an excellent off-dry to sweet white wine from WineShop at Home

Family Ranch Heritage is the product of a winemaker’s favorite activity: blending. This off-dry to sweet white wine showcases a pale yellow blend of 40% Colombard, 35% Chenin Blanc and 25% Muscat Canelli in the glass.

Beginning with lime and lemon aromas, grassy notes then emerge. Pear, honey and apple characteristics are present in the finish. The aromatics and citrus notes extend to the front palate and behind its light sweetness, this wine is refreshing and crisp on the mid-palate.

Chilled, this light to medium-bodied wine will pair well with egg bites, pasta with seafood or light desserts.

The Family Ranch California Heritage is an EXCELLENT white and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!

Mike's Grilled Skirt Steak - Wallet friendly and delicious!

By Mike Thayer

Have you seen the price of beef these days? If you're craving a good steak and don't want to shell out the big bucks for a T-bone, try a skirt steak. It's a much cheaper cut of meat but packs a lot of flavor. It is a tougher cut of meat, so it needs a good marinade.

Here's a fantastic marinate for about two pounds of skirt steak:

Marinade ingredients

  • Half cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • The juice from half a lime
  • Tablespoon of dried, minced onion
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One packet of artificial sweetener
  • Couple dashes of cardamom

Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a bowl or big measuring cup, set aside. Cut your skirt steak into four equal pieces (optional), place in a Tupperware bowl or a big zip lock bag, pour in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least one hour, four hours is much better, overnight is best. Skirt steak is great for the grill, remember to take the steaks out of the fridge about 20-30 minutes prior to placing over the coals. You’re doing this to inspect the meat, make sure it‘s well covered in the marinade. It’s not about letting the meat come up to room temperature like you hear some of the cooking show talking heads say, that’s just yada, yada talk to kill air time. The truth is, refrigerated meat won’t come up to room temperature in just 30 minutes, not even close. OK, back to the skirt steaks…..

Putting the steaks over medium high heat, let them sizzle for about five minutes, do NOT cover. This is a thin cut of steak so keep an eye on it and any possible flare ups. Flip after five minutes to a cooler spot on the grill and now you can put a lid on it, for about another five minutes (this is for a medium rare). Remove from the grill and let them rest.

Fun Fact:  Grilling and a keto friendly, low-carb diet go hand-in-hand. 

A six ounce skirt steak as prepared provides about 45 grams of protein and just 5 grams in carbs.  What's NOT to like, this recipe is delicious, wallet friendly and diet friendly, it's a Bachelor on the Cheap win any way you look at it!