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.
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.
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.
Customers sidle up to the counter at Poblanos Mexican Grill to fashion together authentic Mexican dishes from ingredients such as grilled chicken, marinated veggies, and fresh salsa. Tortillas create the foundation for burritos, tacos, and quesadillas loaded with steak, cheese, and sour cream. Salads and bowls offer low-carb options, and vegetarians can get their fill with veggie fajitas and rice bowls. Four salsas, including the ominously titled salsa infierno, top off meals better than a fedora made of guacamole.
La Chinita Mexican Restaurant has been serving up Mexican food favorites such as tacos and enchiladas since 1976. The family-friendly eatery, which has adobe-style walls, complements its food with one of nature's main salt producers: margaritas.