Broadway seems to be an endless run of restaurants in Wichita. I swear I think there are more restaurants on that street than any other in town. The latest stop comes at the recommendation of the guys over at R Coffee House. It’s one I’ve never heard of and wasn’t even on my directory of restaurants which just goes to show how obscure some places can be. The latest review brought me over to Mariscos Cheli, a Mexican seafood restaurant tucked away in a small strip not too far from 17th and Broadway.
1851 N Broadway
Wichita, KS 67214
Sunday – Thursday: 10:30am – 8pm
Friday: 10:30am – 9pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 8pm
I was told ceviche is king here fortunately I was given complimentary ceviche de jaiba which was imitation crab meat marinated in lime juice with tomato, red onion and cucumber. They have other options but considering it was an impromptu visit and I needed room for a main entree, this really hit the spot. It was very light and zesty; a great starter that was different than the norm of chips and salsa.
The menu featured many delicious sounding lunch options. My server couldn’t help me narrow my choice down to one. She recommended the red snapper, a platter of crawfish, a tilapia filet and a shrimp and rice meal. But ultimately after much debate and question asking, I settled on the Caldo 7 Mares aka 7 seas soup which included fish, shrimp, mussels, crab legs, scallops, calamari, and squid. Basically it was a seafood soup that included seven different types of seafood.
The picture doesn’t really do the size justice. There was so much seafood in the bowl of soup that I knew it would be impossible to finish. It was like Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan hit a big haul and dumped it all into my bowl. The broth was very flavorful and surprisingly didn’t have that really fishy taste to it. Most of the seafood like the shrimp, scallops and fish were nice big chunks. The only bad part of the soup was the crab legs which were really tiny and skinny. It was delicious and very filling.
Admittedly a seafood place on Broadway doesn’t sound too appealing but I certainly enjoyed my visit out to Mariscos Cheli and would go back again to try some more ceviche or the red snapper dish. My server did an excellent job explaining the menu to me. She knew I was really clueless and helped guide me through it. Outside of that the service was wonderful.
This is one of those hidden hole in the walls you foodies may love.
Here’s their menu:
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