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Coronavirus updates: Kansas cases jump by 500 in one day as state plans for reopening

New Kansas coronavirus numbers

Public health officials report 500 new cases of coronavirus in Kansas — the record for the most in one day — as Gov. Laura Kelly is set to announce plans for reopening the state.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s daily coronavirus pandemic update for Thursday listed 4,238 COVID-19 cases in the state, 372 in Sedgwick County and 129 deaths statewide.

On Wednesday, the KDHE reported 3,738 cases in Kansas, 364 cases in Sedgwick County and 125 deaths statewide.

The Sedgwick County Health Department, which reported 366 cases on Wednesday, listed 402 cases and nine deaths on Thursday. Discrepancies between county and state numbers can be due to confirmed cases from one health department not being finalized with the other before daily numbers are reported, officials have said.

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Burger Challenge: Who makes the best burger in the Wichita metro? Is it Fizz Burgers & Bottles?

By Mike Thayer

This challenge started before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the stay-at-home order and resulting changes in business operations caused a delay in reviews.  But now that it looks like things are getting back on track to some sense of normal, the reviews can continue.

I recently completed a pizza challenge, sampling 18 local/regional pizza joints and finding the 10 best in the Wichita area.

It's time for a new challenge:  Burgers

Who makes the best burger in the Wichita metro area?  I'm going to find out, sampling all the local/regional burger joints to see who crafts the best burger. 

During the course of this challenge I'll be sampling classic cheeseburgers, straight forward beef and American cheese goodness with the typical toppings. The way I see it, if you can't put together a classic cheeseburger and do it well, then there's no reason to sample a burger joint's other burger options.  So there will be no mushroom & Swiss, no on BBQ & onion strings, no on jalapeno & pepper jack cheese, etc., versions of burgers

Being evaluated on a point system scorecard will be a plethora of categories that includes but is not limited to the appearance, meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, how the burger is dressed (that means the assortment of veggies, sauce and/or condiments for those of you who live in Valley Center), service, time to order and more.  Weighing most heavily in the score of course, is TASTE and depending on the size of the patty, I could be sampling a single or a double, there's a quarter pound minimum.   After scoring the burger, the point total is then broken down into a star system, 1-5, with 5 stars being a top rating.  I'll post all the numbers for each burger joint and their offerings in the final report.

No national chains will be included in this challenge, no Five Guys, no Red Robin, no BurgerFi, no Freddy's, etc....    Only the local, regional burger joints qualify.  Besides, when it comes to burgers, McDonald's is most everybody's last resort, Wendy's is nothing extra special with their square patties and Burger King, well, isn't a king at all.

Fizz Burgers
Bacon Cheeseburger on the left, Mushroom Swiss on the right

Today's Burger Challenge is a review of Fizz Burgers & Bottles, a local, family-owned and operated burger joint that opened in November 2010.  Fizz is the sixth tasting in this challenge of 28 burger joints to review.

My girlfriend and I were craving burgers for dinner one night, so off to Fizz Burgers & Bottles for a carry-out order we went.  We ordered two different burgers to split and share, going with the Bacon Cheeseburger and a Mushroom Swiss.  To accompany the burgers we also ordered sweet potato fries as well as the fresh cuts fries - I mean, you can't have burgers without fries, right?  Dipping sauces come with the fries, so we went with the garlic aioli for the fresh cut and to pair with the sweet potato fries, we went with the server's recommendation of the pecan sauce.  To round the meal order out, we scored a couple of "Cake Truffles", one a red velvet cake, the other a peanut butter and chocolate.  To wash things down with, we got a couple of wheat beers brewed by the Boulevard Brewing Company. 

Fizz cranks out some good burgers!  Disclaimer here....  According to the Challenge rules, the Mushroom Swiss was not scored, it was still evaluated, but for the purpose of the review, the merits of the Bacon Cheeseburger is what counted.  

Fizz Fries
A boatload of fries!

Each burger was 1/4 pound, seasoned nicely and juicy.  An over-cooked burger is a burger crime and Fizz is not guilty of a crime here.  The meat to bun ratio was spot on, the toasted bun held up (I hate it when a burger bun falls apart!), the bacon makes everything better as bacon always does, the cheddar cheese is a perfect pairing but what puts this burger over the top is that zesty mustard Fizz puts on it.  The mustard rocks, it sings on the tongue!  Of the two burgers ordered, the Bacon Cheeseburger was the favorite.  Don't get me wrong, the Mushroom Swiss was good too, with the only knock I've got with it was the sauteed mushrooms and onions being a bit under seasoned.  The Fizz Bacon Cheeseburger scored a 51 out of a possible 63 points on the spreadsheet.  

Boulevard WheatSide Note:  The fries were stellar and there was a boatload of them!  While the fresh cut fries were really good and the garlic aioli dipping sauce quite nice, the sweet potato fries were that much better and that pecan dipping sauce had that WOW! factor.  Kudos to our server for the recommendation!   The beer we ordered was refreshing, a perfect compliment to our order and to top it all off was dessert, those Cake Truffles.  These are OMG good!  The Red Velvet was very tasty, but the Peanut Butter & Chocolate was the clear favorite.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles is located at 7718 E. 37th St. N., Wichita, KS. 67226, in the Sienna Plaza.  The service for our carry-out order was super friendly, polite, engaging and informative, special thanks for the spot on recommendations for the fry order and dipping sauces!  The total price for two burgers, two medium orders of fries, two beers and two desserts came to $47.23, with the price for the Bacon Cheeseburger alone ringing in at $11.00.  Fizz comes out on the high end of burger prices but their burgers are quite tasty and still worthy of a repeat buy.   I'm looking forward to when things get back to normal and we can dine in.  I'm giving Fizz Burgers & Bottles and their Bacon Cheeseburger 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

4 stars

I look forward to the next burger joint tasting!

Here's my list of 28 restaurants that tout burgers, more joints are to be added, I'm sure I missed a few when putting this challenge together.

  • The Anchor
  • Big Larry's Burgers
  • Bionic Burger
  • Bomber Burger
  • Braums
  • Broadway Burgers & BBQ
  • Buster's Burger Joint
  • Calvin's Hamburger Haven
  • Chicken N Pickle (Yes, really, a chicken place that does burgers!)
  • Deano's Grill & Tapworks
  • Dempsy's Burger Pub
  • Dog N Shake
  • Emerson Biggins
  • Fizz Burgers & Bottles
  • Harry's Uptown
  • The Hill Bar & Grill
  • Lotus Leaf
  • Oasis Lounge
  • O'Malley's Irish Pub (1/2 pound burgers!)
  • Side Pockets
  • Spangles
  • Sport Burger
  • TJ's
  • Two Brother's BBQ
  • Ty's Diner
  • Walt's East
  • West St. Burgers
  • Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers

Doing this in the name of "Food Science" (cough), I'm looking forward to finding the best locally crafted burger!  I'll eventually whittle this list down to the 10 Best Burger Joints in the Wichita Metro.

Stay tuned and $pend Wisely My Friends.....

Coronavirus updates: Four more deaths, 163 new COVID-19 cases in Kansas

New Kansas coronavirus numbers

Public health officials report 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Kansas and 12 more cases in Sedgwick County as the statewide death count increased by four.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s coronavirus pandemic report for Tuesday listed 3,491 cases in the state and 351 in Sedgwick County. Statewide, there have been 124 deaths and at least 504 hospitalizations.

There have been 24,599 negative tests in Kansas. Sedgwick County has had 3,611 tests administered for a testing rate of 7.0 people per 1,000 population. The local testing rate is the lowest of the nine counties in Kansas with at least 100 confirmed cases.


Coronavirus updates: Kansas adds 118 new cases with four in Sedgwick County

State public health officials reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 in Kansas and four more patients in Sedgwick County on Sunday.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s daily coronavirus pandemic update listed 3,174 cases in the state and 338 in Sedgwick County. One more person died, bringing the death count to 118.

On Saturday, the KDHE reported 3,056 cases in Kansas, 334 in Sedgwick County and 117 deaths statewide.

Sunday’s jump was the fewest new cases in a day since Tuesday. It also marked the second day in a row where the number of new cases was smaller than the day before.


Coronavirus updates: After three days of record increases, Kansas sees second-highest jump

Here is the Wichita-area news to know on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, April 25. For updates from Friday, click here.

New coronavirus numbers in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s latest figures show 3,056 confirmed coronavirus cases, up 279 from the day before. After setting records Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, this was the second-highest jump from one day to the next in the last four days.

The death toll statewide increased by six to 117.



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COVID-19 cluster found at Wichita car dealership

WICHITA -- Five COVID-19 cases were identified at the Mel Hambelton Ford car dealership of Wichita, making it the latest of clusters in Sedgwick County, officials said Friday night.

The Sedgwick County Health Department is asking anyone who visited the business from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 17 or 8 a.m. to noon on April 20 to call the health department at 316-660-7300 or United Way of the Plains at 211. People who visited the business, located at 11625 W. Kellogg Drive, during that time may have been exposed to the virus from an employee.



Coronavirus updates: Kansas sees another record increase in reported cases

New coronavirus numbers in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s latest figures show a third consecutive record-setting day of coronavirus cases in Kansas. Friday’s report showed 2,777 confirmed cases, up 295 from the day before. The past three days have each set records for new cases reported.

Deaths were reported at 111, which was one less than the day before after officials concluded one death was not coronavirus related, KDHE Director of Communications Kristi Zears said in an email.

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Donates Portion of Sales on April 29 to Feed the Medical Community on National Nurses Day

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On Wednesday, April 29, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will donate 5% of sales from the day to feed local nurses, doctors and first responders on National Nurses Day (May 6). Participating Fuzzy’s Taco Shop locations will partner with a local hospital, urgent care or medical facility in their community to provide warm meals to those on the front lines.

To help support feeding the medical community, order from a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop near you on April 29. Fans can still enjoy all the Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja the taco shop is known and loved for through takeout and pickup at all locations. Third party delivery and curbside pickup are available at select restaurants.  

In addition to its regular menu, guests can choose from two different family packs – taco and fajita – which serve generous portions of proteins, sides and all the fixings for up to 8 people. Get the full Fuzzy’s Taco Shop experience by adding their famous margarita mix (frozen or rocks) to your order*.

IMG_3317Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook to see all the food drops on National Nurses Day! Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in nearly 16 states. For a full list of locations please visit

*Margaritas to-go available at participating locations only.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here


Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Home: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Taco Family Meal at Home 3Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop! Pick up their fresh Mexican favorites including chips & guacamole, tacos and margaritas to take your at-home fiesta to the next level! In addition to their regular menu, families can enjoy packages like the Taco Family Meals package, available in two sizes: regular ($35, serves 4-6) and large ($50, serves 6-8).  Order online at or by calling your local shop. 

The Taco Family Meals package includes:

·     Choice of two meats – shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork or grilled veggies (fajita beef, fajita chicken, grilled shrimp or shredded brisket are available for an additional charge) 

·     Choice of two sides – borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice

·     Chips, queso and salsa

·     All fixings – tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, feta, garlic sauce, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Butt Burnin’ Sauce

Chips & GaucAdditionally, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has partnered with Avocados From Mexico to gift 100 lucky winners with free chips & guacamole for a year. Anyone who purchases guacamole made fresh with Avocados From Mexico from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and uses the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Rewards app will be eligible to win. After May 5, 100 winners will be randomly selected and each winner will have one (1) order of free chips & guacamole added to their Rewards account each week for 52 weeks. 

For more information and a list of locations please visit,