For more than three decades, the friendly servers and talented chefs at El Mexico Cafe have dished out helpings of Mexican and Southwestern food, from bean-stuffed burritos smothered in chili to ultimate fajitas with four types of meat. Served amid smoked mirrors and intricate wrought-iron accents, the café's cuisine won it several runner-up distinctions within the 2011 and 2012 Wichita Eagle's Readers' Choice awards. A mariachi band serenades tables each weekend, strumming guitars and squeezing accordions while wearing the traditional outfits of sombreros, charro suits, and astronaut helmets.
Ruben’s Mexican Grill’s cheerful sign invites diners inside the casual family-owned restaurant, where plates of steaming, freshly made Mexican dishes tango with chilled margaritas on the palate. Chefs whip up classic burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, and extend their culinary prowess toward specialty carne asada dinners and shrimp rancheros with fresh peppers, onions, and guacamole. An accommodating wait staff tends to indoor and outdoor dining areas, making guests feel like family even if they believe people come from storks.
At first glance, Rostizeria Los Reyes appears to be a typical Mexican eatery. There are colorful tables and matching chairs with paintings of sombrero-wearing figures on the backs. However, the chefs' specialty isn't tacos, burritos, tostadas, or tortas—it's whole roasted chickens. They serve the birds solo or in threes alongside tortillas, cabbage salad, rice, beans, and hot sauce. For surf and turf, eaters can pair the chickens with seafood soup, shrimp entrees, shrimp cocktails, or refried posters of surfing legend Kelly Slater.
The chile craftsmen at Fabiola's Restaurant LLC launch taste buds across the Rio Grande with a menu of authentic south-of-the-border dishes. Before dashing off on digestion races, diners can warm up mouth-muscles by yodeling the contents of a phone book or noshing on a piquant platter of fajita nachos ($7.45–$8.45). Main culinary events include the chile relleno, a deep-fried poblano pepper stuffed with cheese before passing out on a bed of corn or flour tortillas ($9.45). A half-pound burger ($6.95) fuses Latin and gringo flavors with a harmonious union of beef, jalapeños, and guacamole, and Maria's especial ($11.95) showcases carne asada, grilled onions, and bell peppers flanked by an entourage of rice, beans, and guacamole. For indulgent finales, dessert-smiths demonstrate culinary prowess by frying up ice cream, which is the second most challenging item to introduce to hot oil after socially awkward snowmen ($4.49).
Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant’s chefs create a menu of delectable dishes for an authentic Mexican feast for lunch or dinner. Lunchtime munches range from chili and cheese enchiladas ($4.60–$6) to burritos ($5–$7.25) and beef tacos ($4.60–$6). Evening diners can sample a larger variety of tortilla-based entrees including the Guadalajara plate, a smorgasbord of one chili relleno, avocado salad, tortillas, rice, and beans ($11.80). Many a blushing taste bud has fallen prey to the two tamale dinner, each wrapped within a tailored waistcoat of fresh corn masa and an elegant corn-husk dinner jacket, served with sidekicks of rice and beans ($8.50). Monterreys, tostados, and more are also available à la carte.
La Posada’s chefs curb customer cravings for authentic Mexican fare with homemade red and green salsas served with quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites. Knowing every customer likes his or her tortillas a little different, they prepare them hard, soft, fried, or lovable but passive-aggressive.