KAKE's quick picks on food and destinations

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Thousands of people will be visiting Wichita for the NCAA Tournament and when there's not hoops happening, you can visit some of our favorite places.

First, we’ll take you to Tanganyika Wildlife Park is where you can touch and feed all sorts of animals. It's about a 15-minute drive from downtown Wichita.

Matt Fouts, Tanganyika Wildlife Park Assistant Director said, “the most popular interactive exhibit is definitely the lemur feeding and so you can walk up to a post and feed the lemurs.”

We can't forget our furry friends at the Sedgwick County Zoo. It's home to more than 3-thousand individual animals of nearly 400 species.

The Nifty Nut House opened here in Wichita since 1937. Here you'll find thousands of different sweet treats and nuts Steve Jahn, Head Nut at Nifty Nut House said, “it's a fun place. We almost sell joy here. People come in and say they've never seen anything like this.”

Once you've had your fill of treats take yourself down to the Museum of World Treasures. You'll really just find a bit of everything there from dinosaurs to Egyptian mummies and world war relics.

There are more than 20 different kinds of murals in downtown Wichita like the one you see behind me. Perfect places to take a selfie.

If you want to stop and smell the roses Botanica is the place. It's been a part of the community since the 1980s. It features a children's and even Chinese garden.

Walking along the Arkansas River and visiting the Keeper of the Plains is one the most iconic attractions here in Wichita. At 9 the ring of fire is lit but it only lasts 15 minutes.

Here’s some of the restaurants and breweries we at KAKE rave about.

If you're craving a good pizza Wichita brewing company offers a yummy selection. WBC server Sydney Sroufe said, "all of the pizzas are amazing. It's a wood-fired oven so it has that nice wood flavor in there.”

Can't forget the beverage, it's a brewery after all, "the V6 IPA is definitely the most popular, “ said Sroufe.

Old Mill Tasty opened in the 1930s and is known for its diner type food and old-fashioned sodas. Melissa Capps said, "the chicken salad with a side of the green chili soup. I feel like it's unique and special to our restaurant and you can't get it anywhere in Wichita."

We'll take a break from all the food for a second and let you get some caffeine.

Espresso To Go Go is known for its strong coffee and its memorable disco ball. It’s located right next to Old Mill Tasty, Barista Maggie Gilmore said, "I would recommend, we have a couple of secret menu drinks that are our most popular items. We got all our beans from the Spice Merchant locally, down the street."

If you need something stronger, Central Standard Brewing brews its own selection of beers.

Dempsey's burger pub should hit the spot. The co-owner, Sebastian Gordon recommends, "it would be the hot Hawaiian Kobe pineapple jalapeno chutney is really good."

Last but not least we're taking you to Doo Dah Diner, voted the best breakfast spot in town. The diner’s owner, Patrick Shibly said, "to be voted best breakfast we don't take that for granted. Each and everybody that comes in we treat like family."

Many of the restaurants and places we visited may have special hours of operation this weekend. Call ahead or visit its website for more information.

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