It was one of those perfect trips back home, where no one in the family got into an argument and the fridge was fully stocked with iced coffees and Mountain Dew. All is good in this Wichita world.
After getting up early to go on a short run with my dad around the neighborhood, we decided to drive to the Riverside area to check out this health cafe that allegedly sells acai bowls—I had just taught my parents what they were and how to pronounce it correctly (ah-sigh-ee). They still can't get it right. *sigh*
What came next was quite the surprise, though! I had been to parts of Riverside before, but had no idea this little corner of shops ever existed. If I lived in Wichita, I would be over here all the time. It reminded me a lot of 39th Street District in Kansas City.
The acai shop was called Songbird Juice Co., located at 11th and Bitting.
They sell smoothies, acai bowls, pitaya bowls (which I still need to try!) and an assortment of cold pressed juices. It was such a cute little place. I ordered the acai bowl with granola, banana and honey with some extra acai berries on top.
My mom ordered something that wasn't even on the menu yet —an acai bowl with cacao protein powder, coconut shavings, banana, strawberries and granola. They were both very good; my mom's could have been a dessert it was so decadent! (Those antioxidants, tho).
I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to make it a regular spot every time I come back. :)
This was a cool bike art piece that was just outside. Notice the Wichita flag painted in the background. This flag has become much more popular in the city and you see them nearly everywhere you go! I don't think I ever saw one in my lifetime until I went to The Doughnut Whole when I was back in Wichita during college breaks (shoutout to the DW for making college breaks so fun).
Next door was a food hub that sold grass-fed meats, free range eggs and local produce. My mom bought some beef and sirloin and said the price was phenomenal, especially for it being grass-fed.
My favorite, picturesque place in the area, however, was across the street.
This is an anomaly in Wichita—colorful and eclectic. A Mexican restaurant called Chiquita's Corner, it had a walkup order menu, Mexican-bottled Coca Cola and the cutest patio furniture in the city.
My dad and I ordered their classic taco, which was a fried flour tortilla (my fave) with beef, lettuce, peas, potatoes, queso and salsa. My dad said it best: "This is the best taco I have ever had."
I am obsessed with this little spot!
Ok, fine I'll have one.
Last but not least: evidence we had the best Mexican food in Wichita—maybe even the state of Kansas. Wichita friends and visitors, highly recommend stopping by this corner while you're here. It's a lively, hip area that's unlike the rest of town!
Leaving Wichita is always bittersweet. It's sad leaving my parents and my dog, but it's a good reminder that I was right in choosing Kansas City as my home (for now).
"The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back." - Wendy Wunder
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