Wichita’s two newest Mexican places

My delicious sopas from Las Tias de Beto. Doesn't my new camera take pretty pics?

This afternoon, I investigated two new Mexican restaurants in Wichita — one that opened recently and I’d gotten good reports from and one that opened just today.

I ate lunch at Las Tias de Beto, which opened two weeks ago at 1064 N. Waco, next door to the deadly delicious Juarez Bakery. The menu was pretty limited, though owners plan to expand it as they learn more what their customers want. It includes items such as burritos, flautas and soft tacos.

Meat choices included carne asada, ground beef, shredded beef and chicken. I ordered the sopas, which were two decadent corn cakes topped with shredded beef, lettuce and queso fresco. They were divine. My friend’s enchiladas were good, too, and the chips were fresh-fried corn that were light and fluffy. I’ll definitely go back.

The restaurant serves breakfast items, too, and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call  316-977-9336.

On way back from lunch, I drove by to see if Taco Tinga was open yet. In fact, it just opened today and already had curious customers streaming in.

The new Mexican restaurant is in the old Dolci & Joes spot at 3425 E. Douglas.

Owners Angel Varela and Mahmood Karim have set up a hot bar of freshly-cooked meats and ingredients to put together items ranging from fried tacos to chile rellenos to quesadillas. Visitors choose what dish they want then say how that want it assembled. Most items cost about $4.99. The carnitas and barbacoa looked particularly good.

I recieved an e-mail this afternoon from a man named John Brasier who said he was the very first customer today, and the owners wrote his name on a dollar bill they plan to display in the restaurant.

Some of the options for Taco Tinga customers.

He liked the food. “This is not, very not your ground beef and processed cheese place,” he wrote. “Lots of ways to build your tacos. The refried beans and rice were very good sides with the taco. I went with.” He also liked the price and the value.

Taco Tinga is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-440-4409.