NJ’s Cafe & Bakery

Review by: joseiw

What locals call Mediterranean cuisine encompasses Italian, Greek, Lebanese, and French influences, by way of Ellis Island and an influx of Lebanese Christian Arab immigrants. It’s nowhere better than at NJ’s Cafe & Bakery, where you feast on gyros, dolmades with tangy grape leaves, tabouli, hummus, kafta, and kebbe.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Gyros

DISH
Pistachio Baklava

DISH
Large hummus schawarma

DISH

NJ’s Cafe & Bakery Recipes

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One Response to “NJ’s Cafe & Bakery”

Joe Seiwert

January 21st, 2011

In Wichita, the available ethnic food includes what we call Mediterranean, a term that encompasses Italian, Greek, Lebanese, and French influences, by way of Ellis Island and an influx of Lebanese Christian Arab immigrants in the early 20th century. We are much the richer for it. Otherwise known as a cowtown surviving on beef and potatoes, Wichita is enriched by such immigrants who augment the staples of beef with lamb, butter with olive oil, iceberg with fattoush and tabouli, hamburgers with gyros, and more recently, ranch with hummus. Many of the finer dining establishments of this River City purvey French cuisine via the Levant in this fashion, but other, more humble, more Roadfood-worthy establishments stick to the basics of their origin.

NJ’s is of this latter camp. In twenty years of eating lunch here on a more or less monthly basis, I have yet to work much beyond the gyros, lamb roasted on a skewer with cucumber, tomato, tzatiki, and pita. But there is more, much more, amazing french fries softly cooked within, and yet crispy and brown; dolmades with tangy grape leaves, rice, and beef; tabouli of parsley, bulgur, onion, and tomato; hummus of chick peas, garlic, lemon, and tahini. Kafta and Kebbe, and roast meats,and a vegetarian appetizer tray complete the menu.

Recently an out of town associate asked me as we entered an elevator if I could recommend a place for dinner. I suggested N&J Cafe, and the two groups of strangers on the elevator endorsed my choice. So in a random sampling of Wichitans, N&J got the nod. The hard-to-find pistachio baklava is a honey-sweetened pastry that will set you back all of $1.25, and almond and the more common walnut is usually available, too. Roadfood is good food made with care, and N&J is verily a local favorite.

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