"Oēno Wine Bar"
by Martin A. Rodriguez
330 N Mead St
Wichita, KS 67202
Moving from one location to another is difficult, but
when you find yourself moving from one state to another it’s even more
stressful. The simple things you
are used to, are removed and are now faced with the dilemma of, where do I go
to chill or eat? I just recently
moved form Delaware where I was pretty much centralized to a lot of places
(i.e. NYC, Philadelphia and DC) to Wichita, Kansas.
Wasn’t too sure how I was going to take this new
ambiance so I started to be optimistic about it and just give this new town a
chance. I found myself going to
old town, which is right outside of downtown Wichita and came across this
restaurant, Oēno. (In Greek mythology Oēno, daughter of Anius, was the goddess
of wine, and she had the ability to turn anything into wine.) I found my big city atmosphere in this
little restaurant. You can hear
the live band from the parking lot, I can see them playing outside, nice smooth
jazz music, and it was heaven to my ears.
parked and walked in. I was
greeted by a very nice host, who recommended I sat outside to enjoy the music
and the great weather. Walking
through the restaurant, the lights were dimmed to perfection, the suede and
leather couches and seats were the right earth tone colors; very tasteful and
Once sited, waiting for a waiter to come to me, it
just hit me; I felt like I had traveled back to NYC it was an out of body experience. At first I had to look around to make
sure I wasn’t’ in NYC, and believe me the surrounding confirmed I wasn’t. I was getting into the groove of the
music when I was asked what I wanted to drink. I ordered a mojito and a glass of water. After looking over the menu I noticed
it had over 140 wine selection as well as cheese. For a quick second I almost switched my drink but decided
not too since I knew it wouldn’t be the last time I would come here. When I saw the waitress coming to my
table, I made up my mind and decided I would have the Chicken Carbonara
flatbread, she agreed it was a great choice.
As I sat there, listening to the smooth jazz and
feeling everyone’s vibe, taking a few sips of my drink and just enjoying the
cool breeze, Wichita was actually starting to look good. My food was placed on my table and I
couldn’t wait to taste it. It
looked like a flat crispy pizza, cut into a bunch of little squares. I grabbed the first piece and it was
delicious. The Parmesan cream
sauce and grilled chicken was delicious!
It was the right temperature and the cheese just melted from one slice
to another. The waitress was very
attentive and made sure my glass of water was full and made sure I was doing
While enjoying the band and the delicious food, I
couldn’t wait to come out for dinner again and order something else from the
menu and see what other fond memories would arise. Overall I would recommend anyone to go out and visit an Oēno
restaurant near you.