There’s a new Mexican restaurant in Wichita on east Central. What used to be an event venue has now been turned into a 6,000 square foot restaurant serving many popular Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, and tamales.
1320 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67214
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 8pm
El Vaquero is a large restaurant seating over 170 diners. While the building is dimly lit in many areas, there’s plenty of colorful decor from the tables and chairs to lighten it up.
I stopped in this week to try their dollar street tacos. They come in five different flavors: grilled angus steak, pastor, chorizo, chicken and carnitas. Of course I had to try them all. The first thing you’ll notice is the tacos are a bit smaller than many street tacos around town. They are also single shelled. Despite their stature, they still pack a lot of punch. The pastor especially was a spiced pork that packed a nice kick that gave an incredible aftertaste. After five, I felt pretty good.
While we didn’t go out and order all sorts of different items on their menu, many of their basic dishes were all delicious.
If you’re somebody who has to have their free chips and salsa, El Vaquero has got you covered. While it’s your standard basic salsa, it’s still free.
Their pork tamales was another favorite of mine. While they aren’t exactly like some of the tamales I’ve had around town, the red sauce and meat that engulfed the tamales all made for a wonderful meal. The tamales also come in chicken but I opted for pork since it rhymed with dork. Eat what you are, right?
While it was a quick visit to El Vaquero, it was good enough to warrant us coming back for a another time. The main reason we want to go back is to experience their live mariachi band that will roam the restaurant and play table-side for you. The band is there every Saturday from 6pm – 8pm. We also want to return to really explore what else is on the menu.
Many diners may also be curious as to where to park. Their main parking is actually found behind the building. If you’re driving down Central, you’ll want to turn on to Cleveland St to park.
Lastly, the service at El Vaquero was fantastic. They were accommodating, quick and always going around cleaning tables and refilling drinks. The food is also inexpensive.
Can’t wait to return another time and get some video of some live music being played! If you’ve gone, we’d love to read what you had in the comments below!
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