asks a Wichita native what restaurant is unique to their town, their
first response will most likely be NuWay Cafe. This local chain (there
are now five locations) specializes in a loose meat sandwich in the
Maid-Rite style. The original building is a typical 1940's road stand with Formica and
chrome in abundance.
The crumbly ground beef sandwich is served on a standard hamburger bun and is topped with pickles, diced onions and mustard. Other condiments are available but it is best to keep the sandwich simple so as not to take away from the perfectly seasoned beefy flavor. Also, the onion rings are not to be missed. They are lightly battered and cut to a medium thickness. This produces an excellent crisp crust and perfectly cooked onion. You will not find a super thick crust with a slimy undercooked onion here.
Finally, homemade root beer rounds out the culinary experience. The root beer is very creamy and has a richness that is difficult to describe. Of course it is served in frosty glass mugs. Root beer can be purchased in sizes up to a half-gallon, in a pitcher or a jug to go.
The restaurant also serves chili by the bowl or in quarts for take away, hot dogs, chili dogs, pork tenderloin sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, fries, a garlic salad, and the usual soft drinks and milkshakes.