5 Must-Try Fall Stops Along the Douglas Q-Line
"The Q" is a free downtown trolley in Wichita with stops in Clifton Square, Douglas Design District, Old Town and Delano.
We started our free Q-Line trek on East Douglas in front of Clifton Square and traveled west downtown to the historic Delano District with one idea in mind—enjoying seasonal delights from beer to donuts and soup to smoked salmon.
I encourage you to park the car and hop on the trolley’s orange line to enjoy my recommendations for the best five seasonal stops along Douglas Avenue!
3700 E. Douglas Avenue
Our first stop included sitting down below the colorful trees on the patio at Ziggy’s Pizza and enjoying a Classic Ziggy pizza slice and a draft of Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Ale. The patio is covered in fallen leaves and adorned with pumpkins evoking a welcoming feeling almost like you’re at home, but better.
If dining with a group, share the Ziggy Sampler, a platter of their best appetizers including their popular pizza bites.
Tanya's Soup Kitchen
1725 E. Douglas Avenue
Locally sourced and crafted with love is how Tanya’s Soup Kitchen describes their menu of wholesome eats and I couldn’t agree more. Nothing says fall like a warm bowl of Tomato Bisque Soup or Beef, Barley, and Mushroom Soup with a side artisan sandwich.
Can’t decide which soup to order? Go with the Flight of Samples that includes four daily soup selections.
The Donut Whole
1720 E. Douglas Avenue
After enjoying a delicious lunch at Tanya’s, we crossed the street for dessert and tried two autumnal cake donuts at The Donut Whole. Their made from scratch Pumpkin Donut is topped with pumpkin puree and tastes better than grandma’s Thanksgiving pie. I highly recommend their Salted Caramel donut, a simple but delicious fall favorite covered in a sugary glaze.
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1710 E. Douglas Avenue
Our journey along Douglas continued next door to enjoy a seasonal craft beer at Hopping Gnome. The bartender recommended the HBIC Sour 5.5% during my visit, which tasted crisp and slightly sweet. Their Bocce Barleywine, aged for a year and made in limited quantities, is powerful on the palette and delicious.
Stop by for Thirkin Thursday, the third Thursday of the month, and you’re sure to find small cask brews until it runs out.
All Things BBQ
818 W. Douglas
Nothing says fall like the smell and taste of smoked meat. We ended our Q-Line tour in the Delano District at All Things BBQ in search of hickory wood pellets. Lucky for us, we not only found aisles of wood pellets, sauces, and rubs but the store’s owner, Don Cary, offered us samples of smoked salmon and ham.
Interested in taking a class in wood smoked eats? Join others who travel miles across the country to attend the store’s monthly classes taught by a chef and a pitmaster.