Apr 18, 2012

Places to eat in Wichita: Tanya's Soup Kitchen


Tanya's Soup Kitchen is more than soup: there's sandwiches and salads, too. Everything (except the bread) is made fresh on site, and the dishes all strike a nice balance between the creative and the comfortably familiar. Nothing is run-of-the-mill, but nothing is frou-frou, either. It's nice for our gluten-sensitive friends that they offer gluten-free bread options, and the staff seems to understand the accommodations that need to be made for such folks.

The interior is sunny and open, with a casual cafe vibe. You stand in line to order, and your food is brought to the table.

Today I enjoyed the "Ella," shown at the top of this post. (That's a small. You can also order large.) It's a chicken salad with cashews, dried cherries, and fresh herbs on mixed greens, with your choice of dressing. The dressing on the chicken is very light; no gloppy mayo here. I went with the herb vinaigrette; it was nice and light, with a perfect balance between sweet and tart. The herbs complemented the blend, but no herb was so prominent that it overwhelmed the flavor.

I also got a "small" soup...


...which would be a "bowl" in any other restaurant! Today, I opted for their creamy tomato dill soup. It's so popular, they offer it every day, year-round. And I can see why. It's delish! It's also quite sweet. I'm sure there must be some sugar in there, so for health's sake, I didn't eat the whole thing. But I would have liked to!

Their salads are reasonably priced -- ranging from $3.50 to $7.00 for a small, $4.50 to $9.00 for a large -- but personally, I think their sandwiches are a little overpriced; $9 for whole; $7.75 for half.

Overall, a quite enjoyable lunch!

Tanya's Soup Kitchen website

Tanya's Soup Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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