What happens when you mix the world of Mexican food along with an all inclusive dessert shop?
You get Paleterias Tropicana!
To my surprise, Paleterias Tropicana is actually a Mexican ice cream chain based out of Kansas City with one location here in Wichita.
My co-workers and I decided to give it a first time try and place a to go order.
2021 N Amidon Ave #115
Wichita, KS 67203
Open Daily 8am – 11pm
Facebook – Menu included at the end of the blog
Tropicana has it all. They have tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas and more. When you’re done with all of that, they have homemade ice cream, frozen fruit or cream bars, smoothies, shakes, fresh juice, anything your heart desires.
Inside the restaurant is extremely colorful. The counters have an endless display of dessert that you can order. Seriously, the options truly are endless.
For our lunch, we ordered the following:
- Cubana Torta: beef tenderloin, chorizo sausage mixed with eggs, onion, avocado, american cheese, chipotle dressing
- Milanesa Torta: breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, refried beans, house chipotle dressing
- Hawaiiana Torta: chicken, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, refried beans, house chipotle dressing
- Tacos: we ordered all three offerings of carne asada, chicken tinga and pork. Each of which were topped with cilantro and onion, served with a side of grilled onions and jalepeno
- Elote: steamed corn, lime juice, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese
Let me start out by saying the tortas will probably put most sandwiches in Wichita to shame. The tortas at Tropicana are so generously stuffed, we were shocked if they were making any money off of them. All the tortas were slightly toasted and kept all the toppings in tact. We had the tortas cut in half and split them up among the group and couldn’t decide which was our favorite. Even the pickiest of eaters in our group, who sticks to the basics, was a converted fan. This is one item you can’t go wrong with.
The tacos, on the other hand, weren’t as meaningful of an experience. They only offered three types of tacos and not one of them really stuck out as memorable. The tacos were wrapped individually which caused them to get a bit soggy which then led to the tortillas to fall apart while eating.
The elote, though, was loved by all who tried it. You can order it in a cup or on the cob and we opted for in a cup so we could split it up. What we loved about the elote was the fact it wasn’t swimming in a pool of mayo and melted butter like some places. The elote ended up being extremely delicious and enough bite to where you could feel it but didn’t take away from the experience.
Let’s talk about the desserts for a second.
The pictures above of the cream bars and ice cream is just a small percentage of the enormous amount of freezers you’ll find at Tropicana. Many of the popular flavors can be found along with ones you’ve likely never heard of.
While waiting on the order, I had a chocolate covered banana with sprinkles which I’d recommend to anybody.
If you’re a big fan of difference juice drinks or smoothies, this is also the place for you. They can whip up nearly anything you can come up with.
….and then when you’re ready to leave, spend a couple bucks and get yourself a paleta. Two of our favorites were the strawberry and the strawberry cheesecake.
For our first time, we came to an agreement on one thing immediately. We’ll be ordering tortas again from Tropicana in the near future.
I look forward to taking my family there soon. I know my nieces will feel like it’s Disney World when they see all the ice cream available.
Give this place a try for yourself and let me know what you think!