Football season is almost back and Prime on the Nine couldn’t be happier.

The restaurant located at Mariah Hills Golf Course has been a hot spot — literally and figuratively — for the past several years.

"We love game day here," said chef Ryan Emery. "We’ve got 45 seats in our bar area and game days tend to be busy as we’re open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays."

Emery said it’s usually Kansas State University or Oklahoma fans who frequent the eatery on college football Saturdays.

"It flips during basketball season and the Kansas University fans are here," Emery said. "We’re happy either way."

The restaurant is known for its chicken wings and its variety. Wings are offered bone in grilled, bone in breaded, boneless breaded and boneless fried. There are also several varieties of sauces.

"We have our house whiskey sauce which is really popular," Emery said. "Then we also have our mango habanero sauce which a lot of people ask for."

There’s also barbecue, Asian citrus, honey siracha and Demon sauce.

"I’m surprised the honey siracha doesn’t sell more," Emery admitted. "It’s really not that spicy but it’s full of flavor and very good.

"The Asian citrus isn’t a big seller either. It’s based on a sesame seed oil and a little sweet. People expect it on Korean-style ribs, but not chicken wings."

Emery said his Demon sauce — named for the Red Demons of Dodge City High School — is a mixture of hot sauces and spices.

"I don’t think anybody in the kitchen has made it without coughing," Emery joked. "We developed it over a year to make sure it’s hot, spicy and good."

Prime on the Nine offers catering for big events and orders to go.

"If it’s a catering job of a large take out order, we could always use a couple of days notice," Emery said. "But, we’ll handle anything."

An item on the "down low" menu is fried bacon.

"It used to be on the menu, but we took it off, but people still ask for it and we can make it," Emery said. "It’s applewood smoked bacon, breaded and deep fried. It’s not on the menu, but it gets asked for and if we have time, we’ll make it."

Fans of the sauces can purchase a quart of sauce from the restaurant if there is enough to sell.

"We charge $25 a quart," Emery said. "We make two gallons of sauce periodically and sell what we can. A quart of sauce can go a long way and we love to hear how people use the sauce for their own game day rituals."

Prime on the Nine offers everything from wings to fine-dining options such as steaks, seafood and quail. Other game day suggestions include beef satay (beef skewers with choice of mango habanero sauce of pesto cream) and butter-fried pickle spears.

The eatery is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and is closed on Sunday. For more information, contact Prime on the Nine at 620-227-2736.

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