Category Archives: Mexican food

This calls for a fiesta: Molino’s has its liquor license

Molinos owners Mario Quiroz and wife Mara Garza are educating their customers about pairing wine with Mexican food.

Molinos owners Mario Quiroz and wife Mara Garza are educating their customers about pairing wine with Mexican food.

What’s better than eating a pirata or a plate of street tacos at Molino’s Mexican Cusine?

I can think of only one thing: Eating a pirata or plate of street tacos at Molino’s Mexican Cuisine with a margarita in your hand.

Now you can because after a long wait, Mario Quiroz, who along with wife Mara Garza owns the restaurant at 1064 N. Waco, has his liquor license. The restaurant now is serving a large selection of beer, wine, margaritas and mixed drinks.

Molino’s gets a strong lunch crowd, Quiroz said, but he’s hoping that the addition of adult beverages will help bolster the dinner crowd. Molino’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

The restaurant mixes up strawberry, peach and lime margaritas, and they’re educating customers about pairing wine with Mexican food — and such pairings work quite well, Quiroz said.

For more information, call Molino’s  at 316-977-9336.

La Fiesta is now Mexico Viejo

Mexico Viejo

Mexico Viejo

Sometime last week, La Fiesta became Mexico Viejo.

Customers who drive past will notice a new sign is up at the restaurant at 6920 W. 21st St. A manager said that the restaurant has new owners, though he declined to say who. He said the menu is slightly different but not much else, including the hours and the interior, has changed.

La Fiesta took over the space in November of 2011. It had been La Mesa before that.

Family-owned Taco Pronto turns 40

I love writing stories about restaurants celebrating big birthdays. I also love Taco Pronto — particularly its delicious taco burgers and out-of-this-world ice machine.

For this week’s Go! section, I’ve combined those two loves. Check out my story about Taco Pronto’s 40th. It also includes a video about the restaurant’s history and a story examining that ice machine awesomeness.

Taco Pronto, for the record, is a family-owned business with stores at Central and Ridge and 21st and Tyler.

Green Olive will open in the spring

MamaDeaux is out. Green Olive is on its way in.

Sam Eddine has a big space attached to his Marco’s Cantina at 6600 W. Central, and he’s trying to find the right fit for it.

He opened a new version of his one-time restaurant MamaDeaux Seafood House — a Cajun restaurant — in the spot back in 2011. But he closed it a couple of months ago, he said, because the food costs were too high and Wichitans weren’t embracing the concept.

Now, there’s a new sign on the building that reads “Green Olive.” Eddine says that he plans to turn the space into a new fast-concept Mediterranean restaurant that will specialize in Mediterranean pizzas cooked in a brick oven, falafel, schwarma and more. The restaurant will have its own entrance but also will be accessible from Marco’s.

Though Green Olive is months from opening, Eddine had to put the sign up, he said with a laugh, because he had nowhere to store it.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

El Tenampa opens in Burger Barn space

El Tenampa opened Monday at 3302 W. Central.

A new Mexican restaurant opened Monday in the old Burger Barn space at 3302 W. Central, and it looks quite authentic.

It’s called El Tenampa, and it’s owned by Guillermo Botello.

He’s owned restaurants in Mexico and is opening his first restaurant in the United States in Wichita.

He specializes in tacos, gorditas and tacos filled with authentic Mexican meats, from asada to chicharron (pork skin) to lengua (beef tongue.) It also serves menudo.

The restaurant has a self-serve salsa bar, and Botello is working on a drive-through.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-425-0066.

New Ruben’s should be open by Oct. 15

Construction workers inside new Ruben’s Mexican Grill space on Tuesday

Construction is coming along nicely at the new Ruben’s Mexican Grill spot at 915 W. Douglas and it looks like it could open by Oct. 15.

Owners Ruben and Anita Acosta started their move from their longtime spot at the corner of Douglas and McLean back in April, hoping to be reopened within four weeks. But unexpected delays held things up.

I stopped by on Tuesday, and construction guys were busy at work. It’s easy to see the bones of a nice little dining room taking shape.

The outside of the new Ruben’s Mexican Grill space

Anita said that the new restaurant’s dining room will be much nicer than the old one, which was in a former gas station. The food will be the same, though they may pare the menu down a bit, she said.

Customers have been calling frequently wanting to know when the restaurant will reopen, Anita said. She can’t wait for them to see the new and improved Ruben’s. “It’s going to be totally different,” she said. “It’s going to be really great.”

One restaurant opens, another closes

Talliano’s is gone, but a new pizza buffet has taken its place. Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria just opened in the spot at 8404 W. 13th that previously housed Talliano’s.

Uncle Joe’s, owned by Joe Arensdorf, has a buffet that has the white sauce Talliano’s fans loved — plus that amazing chocolate chip dessert pizza. But it also offers a choice of thin or thick crust, and patrons can order other items, too, such as wings, stromboli and pepperoni rolls.

The restaurant opened two weeks ago, and its hours are now 11 a.. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-351-5545.

Meanwhile, a short-lived Wichita Mexican restaurant has closed. The phone is disconnected and there’s a “for rent” sign in the window of El Maya, the Mexican restaurant that opened a year ago in the former Dyne Quik building at 1202 N. Broadway. The building is one of Wichita’s remaining Valentine diners.

Freebirds: Review and awesome kids deal

My review of Freebirds, the new build-your-own burrito spot at Central and Hillside, is online today and will be in the paper on Friday.

I liked it, but it’s no Chipotle, in my opinion. Still, Freebirds does have a great deal that parents should know about: Kids 12 and under eat free from the kids menu at Freebirds when they dine in all day on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree.

And these aren’t wimpy littie kids meals, either. Little ones can order substantial and tasty quesadillas, chicken or plan, and even can get a little burrito.
Read the review and see if you agree with my take.

Wichita about to become a Taco Town

Rosemarie and Larry Ross are opening Taco Town on Monday.

Taco Town — a new restaurant that’s going into the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central — will open on Monday.

The restaurant is owned by Larry and Rosemarie Ross, who operated a Taco Town previously in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and her family.

Taco Town will be like Taco Tico in that it will serve fast Mexican food. Larry Ross said the restaurant is best know for its tacos, enchiladas and pork chili.

Starting Monday, Taco Town will be open fro 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-719-2241.

Camp out for free Freebirds, man

Freebirds looks like this inside.

A new burrito restaurant is opening in Wichita on Thursday, and those inclined to camp for food will have another opportunity to do so.

Freebirds World Burrito at 410 N. Hillside is a new Chipotle-esque chain that allows patrons to build their own burritos. The colorful restaurant features four sizes of burritos, four flavors of tortilla, seven types of salsa and lots of meats, beans and veggies.

The first 25 people in line when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday will get free burritos for a year — which translates to one a week. You know what this means: Fast food campout!

Starting on Thursday, Freebirds will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-440-4878.