A few restaurants going on summer vacation

Felipe's at 21st and Woodlawn is about to go on summer vacation.

Felipe’s at 21st and Woodlawn is about to go on summer vacation.

The Fourth of July is near, and a few restaurants and food-related businesses are planning vacations. I’m telling you now so you don’t show up hungry pre- or post-fireworks.

Among them:

Molino’s at 1064 N. Waco, one of Wichita’s best Mexican restaurants, is closing down for a week so owner Mario Quiroz can take his family on a trip. The restaurant will be closed starting July 7 and will reopen on July 13.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas will be closed on Friday, July 4, so the staff can “have fun and blow up things with friends and families.”

Felipe’s at 2241 N. Woodlawn will be closed July 1 through July 7 and will reopen with normal hours on July 8.

The Spice Merchant at 1308 E. Douglas will close on July 4 and July 5. It will re-open on July 7.

I’ll continue to update this list as I notice more closings. Let me know if you’re aware of one I don’t have.

Cinco de Mayo dining specials

Free 5 oz. Cinco de Mayo smoothies on Saturday at Taco Bueno.

I’ve gathered up a list of a few Cinco de Mayo dining specials local restaurants have planned.

I’m sure all the Mexican restaurants will be crowded, and some of them are planning food and drink specials, as well as live music.

You also can read about other Cinco de Mayo parties, all of which involve food, in the story I wrote for this weekend’s Go! section.

Here are a few other options:

Carlos O’ Kelly’s: The Mexican restaurant chain is once again offering its El Guapo Burrito Challenge. If one person can eat a 5-pound burrito in 30 minutes, it’s free. Two-person eating teams also can try to consume a seven-pounder. The offer is good on Saturday only. Wichita’s Carlos O’ Kelly’s are at 7703 E. Douglas, 527 S. Ridge Road Circle, 3025 N. Rock and 4872 S. Broadway.

Jose Pepper’s: Both Wichita’s Jose Pepper’s at 11423 E. 13th St. and 2243 N. Tyler Road will have a DJ from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, live music from 5 to 11 p.m., games, prizes, drink specials and super-loaded fiesta nachos for $6.99.

Margarita’s Cantina: The Mexican restaurant at 3109 E. Douglas will offer Corona buckets, $4 Cuervo shots, $5 Cuervo margaritas, food specials featuring shrimp, a DJ at 9 p.m. and house band Lotus at 9:30 p.m.

Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant: The location at 445 S. 119th St. West, for example, is having a fiesta on the patio from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday that will include a live DJ, giveaways and discount margaritas.

Taco Bueno: In honor of Cinco de Mayo, all Taco Bueno restaurants will give away free 5 oz. wild berry smoothies all day Saturday.

Question of the week: Best classic restaurant

Magic Wok at 9504 W. Central

My dining story this week is about Magic Wok, a trapped-in-time restaurant near Central and Tyler that will celebrate 30 years in business next weekend. I loved hearing about the restaurant’s history and about how it was struggling during its first years of business until a 1982 fire at Rolling Hills Country Club earned it a group of regulars that still come today.

We’ve written about several restaurants celebrating milestone birthdays over the years, including Savute’s, Old Mill Tasty Shop, Felipe’s, Connie’s and more.

This weeks question: Which of the Wichita restaurants in the age 30-and-up category is your favorite? Which one has aged best?

Answer in the comments section below.

Cinco De Mayo: Cheap Corona for all

Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, an annual excuse to eat fajitas, drown margaritas and fiesta through the night.

Several local restaurants and bars are putting on Cinco De Mayo parties and offering Mexican specials.

Here’s a guide to where to some of the places you can spend your May 5. Let me know if I’m missing someone…

Cinco De Vino Wine Tasting and Mexican Food Fiesta: The YMCA is raising money for its Strong Kids campaign with a wine and Mexican food party at Rock Island Studios, 338 N. Mead. Food will be provided by Abuelo’s, and tickets are $35 by calling 316-264-4066, extension 223, or $40 at the door. Also, $15 designated driver tickets are available. The party is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Carlos O’ Kelly’s, several Wichita locations: The local chain says Cinco De Mayo is its busiest day of the year and is offering 1/2 price house margaritas all day, meaning a full size is $2.50. A Cinco Sampler is $9.99, and chili con queso is $1.50. The restaurant also will be giving away T-shirts, hats, maracas and more.

Felipe’s at 21st and Woodlawn is offering its third annual Cinco De Mayo party, which will include $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas, $3 Bud Lights and more.

Heroes, 117 N. Mosley: The recently overhauled bar will offer $2 Coronas, $3 Cuervo Silver shots and will feature its soon-to-debut white queso with tri-colored chips. The Cuervo “Shot Girls” will vista the bar at 9 p.m.

Abuelo’s, 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway: The restaurant will offer $5 “Mexican Flag” margaritas, beer specials and free shakers and shot glasses to early margarita orderers. Diners also can find food specials from 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close in the bar and patio areas.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles, 7718 E 37th St. N., 316-260-2888: The burger restaurant is offering a chorizo taco dinner plus buckets of bottles: four beers for $12 or four sodas for $10. The restaurant also will award a Cindo de Mayo gift basket to one Facebook fan who “likes” the page before 5 p.m. today.

Question of the week

My post about Felipe’s birthday yesterday has left me with enchiladas on the brain.

So my question this week is: Who serves Wichita’s best enchiladas?

I have my picks — among them Felipe’s cheese enchilada, a sauceless wonder stuffed with Velveety-y goodness and cooked till the leaky cheese on the edges gets crispy. I also, for better or for worse, love that sour cream enchilada at Margarita’s Cantina, 3109 E. Douglas

Who has your favorite? Answer in the comments section below.

Feliz Cumpleanos, Felipe’s

A massive Felipe's burrito

Raise a Flaming Cazuela! It’s Felipe’s birthday!

On Feb. 1, 1967, Felipe and Lucy Lujano opened the first Felipe’s Mexican restaurant at 3434 W. Central.Today, 44 years later, that restaurant is still operating as are several other Felipe’s spinoffs around town. Felipe’s will celebrate the birthday with menu specials today.

My favorite dish at Felipe’s is the cheese enchilada, stuffed full of cheesefood goodness and fired until the cheese turns crispy on the edges on the metal serving platter. The flour tacos are pretty fabulous, too, and my bucket list includes a vow to drink a Flaming Cazuela, which is served in a bowl with straws and is made of citrus juices, tequila, rum and vodka and served ON FIRE.

That sounds good today, actually.

Felipe’s restaurants are at 3434 W. Central, 9718 E. Harry, 2241 N. Woodlawn and a fancy new Felipe’s at 119th and W. Maple.