Full-day Wichita buffet will feature classic restaurant dishes


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This photo, which was taken in the Wichita Eagle in 1975, shows people dining at Kamiel’s, which operated at Kellogg and Rock and was owned by Patrick Shibley’s father, Kay Shibley.

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Timirie Shibley loved reading my book “Classic Wichita Restaurants,” published in early August and containing profiles of nearly 100 missing but not forgotten restaurants from the city’s past – and it wasn’t just because her late stepfather was on its pages.

Of course, she said, she enjoyed reading about Kamiel’s Restaurant & Club by Kay Shibley, which opened in 1971 near Kellogg and Rock Road. But she was also swept away by a wave of nostalgia as she revisited her own favorite childhood restaurants, including Portobello Road, where she loved grasshopper ice cream pie, and The Lazy R, where as a child she colored with the daughter of founder George Stevens, Brandi, as the adults spoke.

Now, all these years later, Timirie and Patrick Shibley have their own restaurant: Doo-Dah Dinner at 206 E. Kellogg. And on her recent trip down memory lane, she said, she was struck by inspiration.

Why not serve up a unique buffet dinner featuring many of the once favorite recipes served at favorite Wichita restaurants? She pitched the idea in front of Patrick – the son of Kay Shibley, who is the leader of Doo-Dah – and he liked the idea.

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“Classic Restaurants of Wichita,” which features and includes photos of nearly 100 restaurants operated in Wichita from the early 1900s to the late 1980s, was released in early August.

Soon the idea will be a reality. At 6 p.m. on Thursday September 16 – when the restaurant is usually closed for the day – it will reopen and serve a buffet including recipes from some of the now closed restaurants featured in “Classic Wichita Restaurants.”

Among the items that will be available on the buffet: Pasta Gilbertini from Applegate’s Landing; Kamiel’s shish and ruz and yuknee skewers; blackened chicken salad with Hazel dressing from Magnolia Café; Monte Cristos of the Bombay Bicycle Club; garlic salad from Ken’s Klub and Don’s Steakhouse; and rum cream pie from the Innes tea room.

Timirie also reunited with a former high school classmate whose parents owned the Mr. Dunderbak’s franchise which operated in Towne East Square from 1975 to 1987. Family members plan to attend, and the buffet will also include specials. Germans inspired by Dunderbak.

The recipes come from a variety of sources: of course the Shibley family know how to prepare some of old Kamiel’s favorites. Kay Shibley’s old Kamiel menu even hangs on the wall of the Doo-Dah Diner. And I helped the Shibleys find the recipes for Gilbertini Pasta, Hazel Dressing, Garlic Salad, and Rum Creme Pie from the Wichita Eagle Archives. These recipes have all been rediscovered or recreated over the years by former Wichita Eagle food editors like Kathleen Kelly and Joe Stumpe.

Timirie said that as soon as she got her hands on the tangy Hazel dressing recipe, which she loved when served at Magnolia Cafe, a Cajun restaurant that operated on the corner of Central and Woodlawn in the 1980s, she asked Patrick to whip her. up. They served it as a special dish in the restaurant before, and it was as good as she remembered it, she said.

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Patrick Shibley, right, recently recreated Hazel dressing from Magnolia Cafe in his Doo-Dah Diner, 206 E. Kellogg. In a few weeks, he’ll be cooking up an entire buffet of dishes once popular at long-gone Wichita restaurants. Courtesy photo

Timirie said she hoped other Wichita restaurant owners from the past would attend the buffet.

“I can’t wait to try all the food,” she said. “But I’m also delighted to meet some of the families from these places. “

Those who want to attend have several options.

A 40 $ ticket gives access to the buffet as well as an autographed copy of “Classic Wichita Restaurants.” There’s also a buffet-only ticket that costs $ 20. At some point in the evening, I’ll get up and talk about how I researched the book and share some fun stories I picked up along the way, and see if any former restaurateurs in attendance. want to say a few words, too.

Those who need additional copies of the book can also pick them up at the event.

There will be a limited number of tickets sold, and they can be purchased by visiting doodahdiner.com and clicking on the tab that says “Take-out order”.

This story was originally published September 2, 2021 2:43 pm.

Denise Neil has been covering dining and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners looking for local restaurant information. She is a regular judge at local culinary competitions and speaks to groups across Wichita about catering.

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