The Walt’s All American Bar & Grill at 5534 W. Central Ave reopened under new ownership. The owners have renovated the interior, but kept much of the same menu. It’s been years since I’ve been in the place and decided to come back to try some food.
5534 W Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67212
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
I skipped opening week when they had half-price burgers and cut-price steaks because 1.) I wanted to deal with the influx of traffic the promotions were bringing, and 2.) I was just too busy.
So, now that the novelty of the first week has worn off and I had more time, a visit to Walt’s was in order.
After browsing their menu, I opted against the burgers and steaks. Instead I went with a ruben, baked potato and wings. Their menu had an option for half a reuben for $7 which was great as it gave me more room to try different things.
So how was the food? Let’s start with the wings. They were very meaty, which was a good thing. The wings, on the other hand, were heavily sliced. All the sauce gave the breading a grainier texture which took away from the whole experience. I always say, less is more, and that rule applies to the amount of sauce put on the wings. If they had used less sauce I really think it would have improved the wings immensely as everything else was good from the flavors to the portion sizes.
As for the baked potato and fries, nothing too memorable to say there. They were pretty basic and what I expected from most bars.
Finally, the ruben was roughly on the same page as the wings. They bet on Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing, which gave the sandwich a Philly cheesesteak texture; just way too much sauce. I could barely taste the corned beef and sauerkraut.
The less is more rule would have really helped most of the dishes I ordered at Walt’s. But this was a case where things could easily be improved; nothing was so bad that I wouldn’t be back soon.
On the good side, the service was fantastic. I had read reports that they had struggled on this aspect during opening week. Zero problems during my visit. My server, whose name was Shelby, told me it was her first day when I passed by. She did a phenomenal job. My drink was never empty; the food came out quickly and she had a great attitude.
Here is their menu:
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