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ACL 2020: Beyond All Limits!: Dining in Wichita

A guide to all things ACL 2020 Annual Conference at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. We look forward to hosting the conference at our school and we are ready to welcome you to our school and our community.

Dining Out in Wichita

Wichita has a great variety of restaurants, both local favorites and chain restaurants that you will be familiar with. We've tried to feature some of our favorites here for you. Whether you need to grab a meal on your way in or out of town, meet up with other conference attendees for dessert or a full meal, you should find something tasty here! Click the pictures to visit restaurant websites.

We have enjoyed visiting the website of a local foodie who has visited and rated many of these restaurants. You can find information about his experiences here. It's pretty comprehensive and many of the reviews feature menus, photos and links to over 1,000 local eateries.

Local Restaurants

Wichita has so many great places to eat, we can only mention a few here on the guide. We'd love to tell you all about the absolutely yummy places we like to eat. We are definitely a restaurant city with a selection of eateries as diverse as our population!

DooDah Diner

This is the French Toast Trio at Doo-Dah Diner. My personal favorite is the Chicken and Waffle, but everything I've eaten here is tasty. This is the restaurant I always take out of town guests! Actor Harrison Ford always stops in here for a meal when he's in town for maintenance on his airplane. Breakfast and Lunch only. - Jeanette

Norton's Brewery

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.

Even if local craft brews aren't your thing, the food is yummy! We all love the Bacon Crack on the appetizer menu.


HomeGrown is another local favorite. Serving breakfast and lunch, their menu is focused on locally sourced and organically grown foods. Coffee and breakfast cocktails are on the menu here. A great weekend brunch spot, it is a good thing there are multiple locations. It's very popular! - Jeanette

TJ's Burger House

Yum! Old-Fashioned burgers, fries, onion rings and shakes! You'll have a bit of a wait here, but it is worth the time. We all love this place! -Jeanette, Steve & Dyana

Little Saigon

This is a very popular local favorite. Not to be confused with the restauant, Saigon, located a block or two away.


One of my favorites, a Wichita original. Homemade root beer, chili dogs and curly fries. We'd go here after church for lunch growing up. - Jeanette

Newport Grill

Fresh seafood and steaks at this upscale, trendy restaurant. This place comes highly recommended from our Provost!

Le Monde

I love their sandwiches and fresh soups. Very yummy! - Jeanette

Bella Luna

This Mediterranean restaurant has a fun and casual atmosphere with great shawarma and hummus. I love coming here with a group of friends for a late lunch on the weekend.

Tanya's Soup Kitchen

Fresh and delicious soup all year round. Super yummy, another local favorite!

Piatto Neapolitan Pizza

Another recommendation from our Provost. I haven't tried it yet, but looking forward to it! - Jeanette

Other Local Faves

The Monarch - New American Food

Delano BBQ - We love BBQ in Kansas!

Bite Me BBQ - The BBQ Nachos with brisket are addictive...

Taqueria El Fogon - Dyana says this is the best restaurant in the city!

Yokohama Ramen Joint - This is where my friend Cora and I always meet up for lunch. Yum!

Sakura - Japanese, a.k.a. Sushi and Teppan Yaki

Larkspur Bistro & Bar - American Food

Old Mill Tasty Shop - A Wichita classic, we recommend everything!

Public @ the Brickyard - Craft brews and local food

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria - Craft brews and wood-fired pizza, good luck finding a parking spot!



Specialty Restaurants

We have a lot of dessert, coffee and ice cream spots if you're not looking for a meal.

Milk Float

Milkfloat is about seasonal flavors and baking fresh, a perfect cup of coffee or tea, a hand-mixed soda, and an old-fashioned milkshake. Another yummy place to have brunch, dessert, coffee and more! Funky decor and relaxed atmosphere, it's a great place to meet up with friends for casual conversation. - Jeanette 


Gladspoon is new in Wichita and specializes in cookies, edible cookie dough and ice cream. Full of sweet treats. I haven't tried this one yet, but have heard great things. - Jeanette

Reverie Coffee

Reverie is a popular coffee spot, but their coffee is served at local restaurants in the Wichita area. A great place to study, read or catch up with old friends. Yum. - Jeanette

Little Lion Cafe

This unique café features an ice cream menu, delicious waffles, burritos, and pastries, as well as fantastic coffee.

Donut Whole

We'll be featuring these yummy donuts for a donut buffet for dessert the opening evening of conference. They have the most unique, fun, and delicious donuts in the city.

Chain Restaurants

Want something familiar? We have a wide variety of regional and national chain restaurants.

Cracker Barrell

Well known and several locations in the Wichita area.

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

This regional chain got its start in Wichita! Great fast food.


Gotta love those honey butter croissants!


Tasty and fairly close to campus. Located in what we like to call 'restaurant row.' Steve says the tomatillo lime salsa is the best.

Rib Crib

The BBQ is great, but Steve says to save room for the cheesecake. His birthday treat!


Great food, but also one of my favorite study spots. I love drinking their black iced tea and settling in for several hours to type papers and read. Invaluable while working on my Ph.D.! - Jeanette

Chik Fil A

Steve says the chicken nuggets and waffle fries are the best thing to order here. I enjoy the diet lemonade and mac & cheese! - Jeanette


Great food, even better iced tea! Too bad it won't be free tea day during conference!

Jason's Deli

Have you tried their salad bar? I know it's a sandwich place, but I love the salad bar! - Jeanette


Another Wichita original, it has expanded into a regional chain. Their mudslides are legendary as is their really wide variety of foods. There is a location in walking distance of campus.

Texas Road House

I know it's a steak house, but I really just want to eat their dinner rolls when I eat here! - Jeanette

Red Lobster

I'm not a big fan of seafood, I am a native Kansan after all! But I do love the cheddar biscuits. I do like bread. - Jeanette


Cool and refreshing on a hot June day! There's a Starbucks within walking distance of campus.