Gaslamp Grille & Lounge's expert flame wielders fire up a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas within deco-inspired digs. Sink into the Grille’s signature seared tenderloin salad, which layers sliced tenderloin over mixed greens, crispy crostinis, and veggies beneath a canopy of blue-cheese dressing ($12.95), before moseying on toward meatier pastures with the Lamp Burger, a half-pound of port-wine-glazed ground tenderloin bookended by oven-dried tomatoes and an English stilton cheese ($10.95). The pork-belly capellini fuses pork belly with sautéed vegetables in a roasted-red-pepper sauce ($11.95), and the Cubano ($9.95) presses pulled pork, ham, and gruyere cheese in tin foil to seal in the juices and protect them from the invasive brain waves of extraterrestrials.
A new member to Wichita's Old Town entertainment district, Public at the Brickyard serves up simple yet unique dishes alongside a wide selection of craft beers. Burrowed on the bottom floor of a restored warehouse, the restaurant presents a vast amount of space in which to spread out, complete with thick pillars and exposed-brick walls. Amid Public's uncomplicated decor and clean layout, diners tackle homemade pickles, sliders, and other dishes infused with local ingredients.
Bullfrogs Live Comedy separates itself from its less jocular siblings, Bullfrogs Live Sports Bar and Bullfrogs Live Dance Club, by presenting audiences with esteemed comedians and stepping back to listen to the crowd's cackle cacophony. Comics woo chuckles from throats and chocolate milk from noses every Friday and Saturday night with a mix of stand-up acts, such as cynical PJ Walsh, prop-coveting AJ Finney, manic Claude Stuart, and more. Jeremiah Bullfrogs Live lubricates its comedy congregation with daily drink specials, an outstanding bar-and-grill menu, and an easy-going atmosphere, perfect for catching up with friends or reading obituaries. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
Roving Imp Theater & Coffee House—the only improv venue in Kansas—showcases the madcapped, off-the-cuff antics of improvateurs culled from across the U.S. and abroad. Comedic illusionists conjure one-act plays, making characters, scenes, and plots appear out of thin air using a complicated system of smoke, mirrors, and audience suggestions. The schedule changes as regularly as the star performer in a one-man adaptation of Cats, but recurring acts include Serial Cereal, an improvised sitcom that follows a family of wrestlers through weekly episodes, and RI Spectacular, a Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style game show.
The Last Minute Folk concert series draws from across the country acoustic, roots, bluegrass, and contemporary songwriters who sing from the heart and write from the gut. Virginia’s Doug and Telisha Williams weave haunting harmonies around their hard-luck tales. Part of the No Depression roots movement, the couple charms and chills with euphonic dispatches from ghost towns where run-down factories and old-time religion lean in across decrepit barstools.
"Cooking: Possible" splits the spotlight between celebrity chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, and Jonathon Sawyer, sous chef for Michael Symon on Iron Chef America and owner of Greenhouse Tavern. During the show, the hash-slinging savants pepper engaging cooking demos with video segments from Irvine's popular television series. A large screen perched above the stage pours elaborate views of each dish into the audience, including detailed close-ups and a kiss cam for snuggling potatoes.