For years, fast food restaurants have been offering dollar menu items to bring in additional business. Their ability to offer low prices has made it hard for mom and pop shops to compete with the big corporate chains. There’s one locally owned restaurant out there that is trying hard though. They are Taco Fajita Restaurant, home of the dollar tacos.
1004 S Meridian Ave
Wichita, KS 67213
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 7pm
Menu included at the end of the blog
First, I want to thank reader Michelle Anderson for e-mailing the blog with the restaurant suggestion.
Now how about them dollar tacos? The tacos are served with only four meat choices asada (grilled beef), al pastor (pork), chorizo (sausage), pollo (chicken). If you’d like, you can also order choriquezo (sausage and cheese).
You’ll also have to keep in mind, these tacos are not the same size as many of the street tacos found around town. They are slightly smaller by an inch or so.
It was a spur of the moment visit so I kept my order fairly simple. I went with chips and salsa along with one of their taco meals that came with rice and beans.
The tacos also came with one bottle of mild salsa and two bottles of hot salsa.
|Two hot salsas on the left, mild on the right|
All of the salsas had tremendous flavor including the mild which had a nice little zing to it. Many places around town, their mild salsa tends to be fairly bland with not much to it; I particularly loved Taco Fajitas version of the mild salsa. I sampled the hot salsas and both offered a lot of heat. With only one bottled water with me, I figured it would be best to avoid using them with my meal though.
At essentially $3 for the chips and salsa, I probably could have done without it. Some of the chips lacked crunch to it; there was a sogginess to it.
The taco meal was far better though. I’m a rice and beans guy when it comes to Mexican dinners. The beans had a minor bite to it which was great and it’s hard to mess up rice. As for the tacos, I was curious to see if the smaller tacos would be filling and to my surprise, they were.
While I wouldn’t call them the best tacos in town, I would certainly call them some of the best value tacos in town. That’s not to take away from the food though. I ordered the chorizo, asada and al pastor. While I was pleased with all of them, my favorite was the asada. The grilled beef was well seasoned and offered great flavor to it. Overall, the tacos dinner was a cheap delicious meal that did its job.
For what it’s worth, their bottled waters were 50 cents. When many local restaurants are charging a dollar a bottle for cases they purchased at a local Wal-Mart or Dillons, Taco Fajita sold them for half that price.
The couple who ran the place were incredibly gracious as well. You could they were genuine with how they treated their customers. People know when employees are faking it or genuine when they interact with customers. At Taco Fajita, they were just two hard working people, making an honest buck, and treating everyone with respect. I loved that about them.
I would definitely go there again for the dollar tacos.