First Look at Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
There’s a new sports bar in Wichita that’s taken over the former Club Boomerang space at 1400 E. 1st St. Sports Bar & Grill aims to be more than just a bar. They want it to be a sanctuary for local sports with sporting memorabilia of many local athletes who have excelled well, not only here, but at the college and professional level. It will also be a family environment, so you can invite your family over for a bite to eat if you wish.
1400 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67214
Open every day: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Here’s a look inside the new sports bar.
I was joined by fellow local bloggers Fert the Foodie and Live Local ICT as we popped in to check out the food.
When we arrived, our server informed us that there were still many items missing from the menu, such as tacos, wings, toddlers, etc. And their pizza machine wasn’t plugged in yet, so it wasn’t available at the time either.
We ended up getting the Sideline Burger which was topped with double bacon, pulled pork, fried egg, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. A reader asked me to try the Shrimp Po’Boy which had fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, American cheese, tomatoes and SL sauce. Lunch was completed with the basket of catfish.
While we were waiting the manager came out and let us know he was having trouble with the fryer. After that it took a while for our food but they brought us free chips and salsa which was a nice touch.
The rest of our food came out in just under an hour.
We all tried bits and pieces of each other’s meals. The catfish was a little overdone, bland and didn’t have that scaliness that I really like in catfish. I really enjoyed the fries, there was a good balance between crispiness and firmness; and well seasoned.
The burger was probably the best of the bunch. There was a lot going on and all the toppings complimented each other nicely for a nice juicy burger.
My order was the Shrimp Po’Boy and I must admit, I was very disappointed. There was no cheese, which was not a dealbreaker for me. There was no sauce in the Po’Boy and it was dry to the bone. I’ve long said there’s no great Po’Boy in town, and that added to my track record of disappointments in Louisiana’s staple. The fried prawns were crispier than anything else, due to their thick breading. It looked like a very lazy attempt at a Po’Boy.
Some positive takeaways from Sidelines were that I liked the remodeled space. It was quite open and offered lots of things to do in a sports bar like the pool, watching memorabilia, lots of TVs, the boxing game, the Golden Tee and more. Our server was also aware of things like drink refills.
They’ve been open for about a week and a half, so there’s plenty of time to sort things out. It’s a shame the fryer went out, but the manager did a fantastic job of letting us know that we expected our food to last a bit long. We were the only customers inside so that was kind of a blessing given the problem they had. There were no complaints from us when our food was late and the manager paid half of our bill without us saying anything.
When we got to Sidelines there was only one TV on and no music. It was weird sitting in a sports bar with black screens on most TVs and barely any noise; almost dead silent inside.
As a destination to hang out and have a drink, it holds promise. We think the food definitely needs some work, but many other issues can be fixed quickly.
Here is their menu:
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