Hurricane Sports Grill roars into Wichita

Written by Joe Stumpe

The beach just got a lot closer to Wichita, and global warming has nothing to do with it.

Hurricane Sports Grill, a new restaurant in the Tyler Pointe Retail Center at Tyler and 13th, brings with it the fun food, cold drinks and laid-back atmosphere of seaside haunts like South Beach, Key West and the Caribbean.

Throw in a covered patio (set to open in the spring) and two dozen strategically-placed TVs for sports viewing, and there's something to please practically everybody. Like 35 varieties of wings, 25 brands of rum, seafood, chicken and some of the juiciest burgers you'll ever wrap your mouth around.

About all that's missing is sand (not a bad thing when you're wearing shoes).

It isn't accurate to say Hurricane Grill specializes in just one thing, but wings are a place to start. These are meaty, bigger-than-usual wings. Get yourself something to drink when you order them because the restaurant doesn't start cooking them until right then. In fact, all the food is made to order, including the grilled chicken on salads that comes straight out of a warming table in other places.

There are more than 30 signature wing sauces to choose from, from classic Buffalo to Roasted Garlic Inferno, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Cyclone (a sweet and spicy chili ranch sauce). You can also make up your wing flavor by ordering from various spice rubs and sauces in any combination you like. If you just can't decide, the restaurant even has a "sauce bar" where you can try samples.

On the seafood side of things, the menu features Coconut Encrusted Jumbo Shrimp served with spicy Coco Loco dipping sauce, Yuengling Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, a smoked mahi fish dip and much more. For landlubbers, the Philly Cheesesteak, Carolina Pulled Pork Tacos and half-pound Mushroom Swiss come highly recommended. For something lighter, "bowls" featuring seafood or chicken and sauteed vegetables over yellow rice seemed a popular choice one recent night. And if you're not counting calories, dig into the restaurant's authentic Key Lime Pie in a graham cracker crust or the Island Lover's Coconut Cream Pie.

A local group called Crave Management brought the Flordia-based Hurricane Grill & Wings to Wichita with plans to open 11 more Hurricane Sports Grills around the state, including one on the city's east side. Crave president Austin Kinzle said the thing that appealed to him most about the restaurant is that it's different from anything else currently open in the state.

If the early response to the restaurant is any indication, the summer is going to last year round at Hurricane Sports Grill.

Hurricane Sports Grill
8641 W. 13th St. N.

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