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Gorditas Durango

24 Oct

When I am in the mood for a new authentic Mexican restaurant, I always start my search in the north-central part of town. The area bounded by Waco, 9th, Broadway, and 29th streets holds a treasure trove of street tacos, menudo, mole, and salsas just waiting to be consumed. My target on this day was Gorditas Durango, a eatery located on 13th just across the street from North High.

A Solid Al Pastor Burrito

A Solid Al Pastor Burrito

Gorditas Durango is a cozy place with limited seating especially during lunch time. All the ordering is done at the counter, but the menu is fairly brief and has pictures to assist you. Included are tacos, gorditas, burritos, sopes, enchiladas, as well as a basic hamburger. There are several different meats to choose from including carne asada, al pastor, barbacoa, and chicharron. Everything is very inexpensive with most items under $5.

Carne Asada and Chicharron Gorditas

Carne Asada and Chicharron Gorditas

On our visit we created our own sampler platter that included an al pastor burrito, a rajas and queso(peppers and cheese) sope, a barbacoa taco, a carne asada gordita, and a chicharron gordita. It seemed like a lot of food, especially after it took multiple trips by the waitress to deliver it, but everything sounded so delicious it was hard to narrow down. The great thing was it only cost $15.

The burrito was filled with a generous serving of al pastor pork as well as beans and cheese. On top was melted cheese, salsa, and cilantro. This burrito was very filling and good, but I thought the al pastor was not quite as tasty as what you can find at other places in town. The barbacoa taco was served in the traidtional manner with a couple corn tortillas, onions, and cilantro. The barbacoa itself was top notch as it was tender and flavorful. The gorditas were simple soft corn pouches filled with meat, cheese, onion, and cilantro. The carne asada filling was alright, but nothing spectacular. The chicharron on the other hand was amazing. Instead of the typical fried method, this pork skin had been slow cooked with some spices and chiles until it was rendered into tender bits of deliciousness. The richness of the pork fat and the subtle heat from the chiles

Top Notch Sope

Top Notch Sope

made me want to take a vat of this stuff home with me. Most sopes suffer from being a dense cake of corn dough, but not at Gorditas Durango. Their version is a light and crispy disk that provides an excellent way to convey the rajas and queso topping. The peppers were slow roasted and mixed with more of their white melting cheese to create a very flavorful dish. Lettuce, tomato, guac, and sour cream added more flavors to the party. This was the best sope I have had in town. A large bowl of roasted  salsa verde came with our meal. Although it was spicy, I found myself putting a little dash onto much of my food. To round out our meal we shared a large cup of homemade cinnamony Horchata.

Lke many places, Gorditas Durango has some hit and miss dishes, but in this case the chicharron gordita and rajas sope make it worth a trip down 13th street. The next time you crave authentic Mexican food Gorditas Durango should be on your short list.

 

 

 

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Lalo’s Express

9 Oct

Words you will never hear on a Taco Bell commercial: “Try our new pork stomach tacos!” While most people would probably not jump at the chance to try a pork stomach, there is a place in Wichita that serves them along with other delicious Mexican fare. Lalo’s Express is located at the NW corner of Seneca and Harry in a small space that offers a wide variety of quick service Mexican food. It’s kind of like Taco Bell except that their food does not suck.

Behold: The Awe Inspiring Chimichanga

Inside Lalo’s there are a few tables for dine-in customers, but it seems most of their business is carryout. On the menu are all those typical Mexican dishes you have come to love, including burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. There are many other menu

Simple Yet Delicious: Barbacoa and Buche Tacos

options as well ensuring that anyone will be able to find something to enjoy.

On our visit I wanted to try several different items so I went with a shredded beef chimichanga, a barbacoa taco, and the intimidating pork stomach taco, called “buche”. Steph went with one of the combination plates that included a beef burrito, beef enchilada, and beans and rice. After ordering at the counter, we sat  down and prepared ourselves for a feast. Even with several other orders in front of ours, we only had to wait 5 or 10 minutes for our food to come.  The chimichanga was a sight to behold with its crispy golden tortilla covered in sour cream, guac, and cheese. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. The shredded beef was tender and well seasoned and the peppers added additional flavor to the dish. It was one of the best chimichangas I have had in Wichita. The barbacoa and buche tacos were served the traditional way, open faced with cilantro, onion, and lime. The barbacoa was wonderfully tender and full of flavor. Looking at the buche taco I had my reservations, as the bits of grey meat did not look that appealing. Nonetheless I added a bit of salsa to the taco

The Burrito and Enchilada Meal

and dove in.  The buche was surprisingly tender and I enjoyed the earthy taste. Both of these tacos were rich and greasy so with a side of rice and beans you could have a cheap and tasty meal. Steph, being the enchilada connoisseur, rated hers as good, but nothing special. It must not have been that bad, because it was gone before I even had a chance to sample. We both took turns trying to finish the large beef burrito. The beef was well seasoned, but I would have liked more cheese, lettuce, or other fillings inside the burrito. The refried beans were fresh and flavourful, while the rice was just average. All of the food is served on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils, so eating something like a burrito can be a challenge especially when you have a squirming baby in one hand.
Lalo’s offers very good fast service Mexican food. Their tacos are especially worth trying, and at $1.95 each they are a good value. With dine-in, carryout, and drive thru options Lalo’s is also very convenient, especially late at night because they are open till 1 am during the week and 3 am on weekends.

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Garcia’s Tacos

16 Jan

Another week and another hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint. It’s actually been awhile since we have reviewed a Mexican restaurant, so it worked out that Steph and I both had the hunger for south of the border fare. Garcia’s is a real small place located on Market, just south of 21st St. Luckily they had a nice yellow sign outside to draw your attention to what is mostly a stretch of run down buildings along the east side of the street.

The Yellow Sign Directs You to Tasty Goodness

Inside you will find a small, clean dining area with perhaps 8 tables available. The staff is small, consisting of two waitresses and one cook, but very friendly. Since it was our first time at Garcia’s our server offered several suggestions to us. The menu at Garcia’s is small, so small that it is actually just displayed on the wall. And just in case you are easily confused with Mexican cuisine several cartoonish-like pictures accompany the menu mural. What tasty selections are plastered on the wall you ask? Well, there are tacos of course, tostadas, burritos, enchiladas, tortas, as well as menudo soup. With each menu item you have your choice of several meats including  carne asada, barbacoa, chicken, and pork.

Chips and salsa were quickly placed on our table as we mulled over the menu board. The chips were fresh and warm and both salsas were good. The red salsa was the milder of the two and had a rather unique taste. It was pureed and had a vinegar taste to it. Although different from most salsas, we both liked it. The second salsa had a bit more kick to it and featured tomatillos and cilantro.  Steph decided to go with a basic carne asada taco meal and I went with the torta meal with pork. With only a few other patrons in the restaurant our food came out very quickly. My torta was large with plenty of pork and lettuce inside. Although I would have liked a little cheese on my torta, the abundance of delicious pork made me very happy. Steph’s tacos were of the authentic variety and consisted of flat corn tortillas with carne asada, lettuce, and tomatoes. Notice that they were not smothered in cheese like many places like to do. Both of us enjoyed these simple yet satisfying tacos. Our dishes were also served with ample portions of beans and rice which were good as well.

Tasty Pork Torta

Carne Asada Taco Sans Piles of Cheese

So what could top off this great lunch you ask? How about the fact that it only cost us about $14 and both of us left stuffed. Garcia’s is a friendly place where one can come to enjoy a simple and cheap good eat. Unfortunately Garcia’s has limited hours and is only open till 3 pm daily. But that still gives you plenty of time to drop by for an enjoyable lunch off the beaten path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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