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.

Pass the salt (salt, salt salt salt)

I’m not sure how this escaped my attention until just now, but people, IT’S NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY!!!

Obviously, my inner Buffett sensed last night that it was Margarita Day Eve because I made a batch of these babies, and man oh man, were they good to the last drop.

If you don’t have any tequila on hand, though, plenty of Wichita restaurants serve up fabulous margaritas. One of the best is the aptly named “Perfect Margarita” at Redrock Canyon Grill. And I’ve always been partial to those swirls at On the Border.

Carlos O’ Kelly’s also plans to join in the fiesta, according to Twitter.

Gluten-free dining

pfchangslogo I received an e-mail today from a reader named Deanna, whose young grandson has just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an inherited autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damanged from eating gluten and other proteins found in grains. People with that disease must have gluten-free diets, and Deanna was wondering which local restaurants serve gluten-free meals.

She found a few options at Bonefish Grill, and I already knew that P.F. Chang’s had a gluten-free menu. A quick Google search turned up a list of several more restaurants that maintain gluten-free menus. Among them: Chili’s, Carrabba’s, Outback Steakhouse, On The Border and Ted’s Montana Grill.

Hope that helps, Deanna.

*UPDATE* : Thanks to an alert reader, I can add two more names to the gluten-free menu list: Carlos O’Kelly’s and Olive Garden.