The quick-serving cooks at Spangles engage appetites in a '50s-themed dining environment, having recently bolstered the menu with a saucy taste of the Far East—Wok 'n' Roll Bowls, which come in three flavors ($4.49 each). The sweet chicken teriyaki and sirloin steak spoon with stir-fried carrots and broccoli on a bed of steamed white rice, and diners longing for legumes can sink their teeth careening into the spicy kung pao chicken bowl crowned with peanuts. Keep thirsty mouths from imbibing ketchup packets by dangling a pair of 32-ounce soft drinks in front of them ($1.69 each). Ten varieties are available, such as tropical punch, green-peach tea, Pepsi, and root beer.
In the cozy kitchen of her Woodridge Drive home, Chef Kelly cooks and freezes dishes of classic comfort food and elegant dishes with fresh, local ingredients. Like a spy's costumes, comestibles change every week; past offerings include French-onion dip ($5 per pound), fajita skirt steaks ($17 for a two-pound slab, serves four), and sweet-and-smoky salmon ($18 per pound, serves three to four). Crock-Pot options, such as barbecue pulled pork ($13 for two pounds) and meatballs ($11 for 1.25 pounds), must simmer in the pot for six to eight hours, long enough to watch plenty of episodes of the hit British TV show 'Allo! 'Allo!. Soups require just thawing, while casseroles must be thawed and baked. For the hassle-freest feast, sweeten teeth on an entire key-lime pie ($13) or chocolate decadence cake ($15).
A chef stands over a flaming tableside teppanyaki grill, twirling his cooking instruments in the air and catching them in each hand. As his audience whistles and cheers, he sears juicy morsels of filet mignon, chicken, and seafood alongside colorful slices of mixed vegetables. Chefs are equally busy behind the sushi counter, artfully arranging more than 100 different types of rolls with fresh tuna, spicy salmon, and crispy shrimp tempura. At the bar, expert mixologists shake premium liquors and juices into cocktails, garnishing them with duos of plump olives and curls of lemon rind. At nightfall as the moon filters in through the skylight windows, the contemporary dining room comes alive with glimmering televisions, lively music, and friends debating the existence of wood nymphs over drinks.
Orange Leaf's frozen-yogurt bar dispenses a subset of 70 flavors and more than 30 toppings. It gives health-conscious guests an ample selection of fruit to pick from while also presenting Reese's Peanut Butter Cup–conscious patrons an opportunity to indulge in their passion. Orange Leaf welcomes guests to try flavors such as cotton candy, chocolate mint, oatmeal cookie, and red velvet. The fro-yo shop has almost as much color as it does desserty goodness—the interior dazzles with hues as bright and orange as a spray-tanned Einstein.
Family owned and operated, Two Brothers BBQ serves up a bounty of barbecue favorites on its menu, with high-quality ingredients and careful cooking uniting to wield savory and saucy sustenance. Relish the wrangling of rebellious wisps of hickory smoke with sliced meats such as beef brisket, turkey, or pulled pork ($6.29 for a half pound, $11.49 for a pound), or slam into a full slab of ribs ($18.99), cooked to perfection over the still-warm coals of found meteorites. For boosters of the bun, Two Brothers' West Wichita and El Dorado locations now offer The Burger Grill, with premium grilled burgers and decalescent dogs filling feast-holds and arriving via optional carhop service. Send your taste buds on a delicious trip back in time to the 1984 of the future with a Big Brother cheeseburger ($5.69), or go for the tubular tastes of the chili dog ($4.99), a quarter-pound kosher dog topped with smoked-brisket chili, onions, mustard, and cheddar. Side dishes (from $1.39 to $1.49/individual, up to $7.49–$7.99/quart) include french fries, corn cobettes, green beans, and scalloped potatoes.
Doc Green's packs its menu with chlorophyllic delights and loads them with fresh ingredients. Machete a path through the dense vegetation of a namesake salad such as the Dr. Caesar ($5.99), or try a fresh-pressed panini on for hand-size, such as the Cuban (turkey, ham, pickle, swiss, and honey mustard, $6.99). However, Heartier healthy eaters and moderately hungry hippos will want to order the crispy chicken-tenders entree with three sides ($10.99, available with two sides for $9.49), which can include mac 'n' cheese, a house salad, and roasted-garlic mashed potatoes. A giant bread bowl of the day's soup selection ($4.69) will keep the chill of autumn away regardless of whether you eat it or bury one's head in it. Otherwise, keep a hand free for catching stray hockey pucks with a wrap such as the Thai chicken wrap ($7.99), with grilled chicken, crispy noodles, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, mandarin oranges, almonds, Asian sesame dressing, and your choice of soup, side, or chips.