A few weeks ago Steph told me about a new Mexican restaurant that a parent at her school had just opened and I was instantly intrigued. We finally made it down to 31st and Hillside to check out Los Compadres the other day. It was everything I had hoped it would be.
We were the only customers in the restaurant when we arrived at 1130 on a rainy April day. As it turns out we were just the first of the lunch time crowd. Inside, the restaurant is good sized with little in the way of interior decorating, which isn’t a big deal for me. I’m there for the food and don’t really care about the atmosphere, unless of course they are blaring some terrible music. That might be grounds for me to go into some type of wild public display of anger.
After being seated we asked what the kitchen would recommend to eat. We were told the barbacoa served at Los Compadres was their specialty as well as a shrimp dish with cream sauce. Since I was just recovering from a Lent induced seafood indulgence I went with the barbacoa tacos. Barbacoa, for those of you scratching your heads, is basically traditional Mexican shredded beef. I was feeling adventurous and ordered a lengua (beef tongue) taco as well. Steph went with a barbacoa quesadilla. We also ordered some guac and frijoles charros. The minute we were served our salsa and chips I knew it was going to be awesome due to the presence of large slices of cilantro and it did not dissapoint. Our guac was tasty as well. The tacos were a nice change from the typical Tex-Mex you would normally get at a restaurant in Wichita. They were small masa tortillas served with the meat of your choice, cilantro, and onion. Simple yet delicious. I enjoyed both the barbacoa and lengue tacos. The frijoles charros were nearly a meal themselves and reminded me a spicy chili. Steph’s quesadilla was very good as well and also contained a fair amount of cilantro.
We were both very impressed with our experience at Los Compadres and will definitely go back when we need a cilantro fix. If you like reasonably priced, authentic, delicious food then this is the place for you. If that isn’t enough to get you down there how about the fact that this is a nice family run place?