On the Border offering $1 margaritas on Saturday

The frozen house margarita at On the Border are just $1 on Saturday.

The frozen house margarita at On the Border are just $1 on Saturday.

This is my kind of week.

Tuesday, apparently, was National Drink Wine Day. (I tend not to celebrate that one, though, because EVERY DAY is National Drink Wine Day at my house.)

And Saturday is National Margarita Day. Now that one I can celebrate.

Mexican chain On the Border, which has Wichita locations at 1930 N. Rock Road and 2347 N. Maize Road, will observe the day by offering $1 house margaritas all day. Customers can order the 12 oz. house margaritas either frozen or on the rocks, and the restaurants also will offer their CoronaRitas, which are dramatically served with a beer turned upside down inside of them, for $5.

When I do go to On the Border, I’m usually lured by the restaurant’s giant frozen swirl margaritas served in glass that reminds me of a fish bowl, and I’ve also been known to visit Jose Pepper’s and Ziggy’s Pizza on its discount margarita nights. Don’t even get me started on those Carlos O’ Kelly’s margaritas in a plastic yellow cup that always tempts me at Intrust Bank Arena concerts.

Who has Wichita’s best margarita, in your opinion?

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.

Jose Pepper’s west, Lakeside Club both opening Monday

Two new restaurants will open their doors on Monday — one on the east side and one on the west.

Wichita’s second  Jose Pepper’s, a Kansas City-based Mexican chain, is going into the former Timberline space at 2243 N. Tyler. It’ll open for lunch on Monday, and its hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Wichita’s other Jose Pepper’s is at 11423 E 13th St. N.

Also on Monday, Wink Hartman’s new private Lakeside Club will open in the former Bella Donna space at 2121 N. Webb Road with popular local chef Jeremy Wade in the kitchen. Word of warning: If you’re not yet a member, don’t show up planning to sign up and eat. The state requires a 10-day waiting period after a membership is paid and processed. (For information on how to join, visit www.clublakeside.com.)  Memberships will cost $20 a month, and hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. I’m promised a menu soon, which I will share.

Hold your Jose horses

We learned recently that Jose Pepper’s, the Mexican chain that already has a popular Wichita restaurant at 11423 E. 21st St. N., will put a west-side location in the space at 2243 N. Tyler Road just vacated by Timberline.

West siders should not count their bowls of free queso too soon, though. A store manager says that the west side Jose Pepper’s likely won’t open until February, which is still a whole fall and winter away.

In the meantime, west siders can comfort themselves with news of yet another Mexican restaurant opening soon. La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant will take over the space long ago vacated by La Mesa at 6960 W. 21st St. on Nov. 5. And that’s only a little bit of fall away.

Free queso tastes better

chiliconqueso-thumb-1What ‘s better than a giant bowl of melted cheese food spiked with peppery hotness?

A FREE giant bowl of melted cheese food spiked with peppery hotness.

There is free queso to be had in a couple of Wichita restaurants. One is Jose Pepper’s at 11423 E. 13th St., where dine-in customers who order an entree can get free cheese dip all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and can choose from three varieties — espinaca con queso, chili con queso or queso rizo.

The other is Abuelo’s at 1413 Waterfront Parkway, which during the month of July is putting on a “crayons for queso” school supply drive.  Diners who bring in new school supply items will receive a free appetizer or dessert, including queso. The supplies will be donated to local schools, and the supplies that qualify dippers for the deal are 16-count boxes of crayons, 12 packs of pens or pencils, 2 packages of loose leaf notebook paper, 2 spiral notebooks or one box of tissues.

Now this is strange

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It takes A LOT for a story on Kansas.com to crack the “Most Read” story list. Usually, a story that achieves this feat has a headline more like what you’ll see there in ole No. 2. — crime, nudity, drugs, murder, mayhem, Opinion Line. You get it.

So I am quite astounded and baffled today to see that my Jose Pepper’s review, published LAST AUGUST, is the No. 4 most read story of the day. That means that more than 1,000 people have clicked on that link today — fairly inexplicable considering that restaurant reviews are rarely sexy enough to crack the top 10 even when they’re brand new. Hmmmmmm.

I asked the online team to help me deduce how this happened, but they’re just as astounded and baffled.

A city-wide queso craving? A Jose Pepper’s nude murder spree we’re not aware of? Now that I think of it, I’d better go check Opinion Line…