NuWay Cafe, Wichita
The original building. Photo courtesy NuWay Cafe.
Historic photo. Photo courtesy NuWay Cafe.
Crumbly beef sandwich and homemade root beer! Photo courtesy NuWay Cafe.
Photo courtesy NuWay Cafe.
1416 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67203
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Open daily 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
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The original location is at 1416 W. Douglas.
The NuWay is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because it dates back to 1930 and is known for its crumbled beef sandwiches.
The NuWay tradition began on July 4th, 1930 at the same location we still call home on West Douglas -- a former Phillips 66 station. We still make NuWays with the exact same recipe using our patented cookers and we still make our world famous Root Beer daily along with our homemade Onion Rings. Our commitment to using only the finest ingredients and the highest level of customer service make us a proud part of Wichita’s heritage!
We now have 6 stores serving Wichita and the surrounding community where we employ about 50 people. We make almost everything we serve fresh daily right in our stores.
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.