Last year, a fire completely destroyed Gorditas Durango. It was sad to see what happened after it was a reported act of arson. They were one of my favorite places in Wichita for gorditas but the community helped them rebuild soon after. Gorditas Durango would soon reopen a month later with. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to return but I finally did and it was a great decision.
527 W 13th St
Wichita, KS 67203
Monday – Saturday: 730am – 3pm
Closed on Sunday
They did a great job of rebuilding the restaurant. It looked really nice with a fresh coat of paint.
The Mexican & American grill serves a little bit of everything which probably helps since they are right across the street from North High School. But for some of you who truly want to experience this restaurant, I would focus on the “Mexican Food” side of the menu. It truly is the star of the show especially the gorditas. If you’ve never had one before, imagine a bunch of meat, cheese and other fillings stuffed inside pita bread. But instead of pita, it’s masa. If you’ve had one at Taco Bell before, these are one million times better and a higher quality.
Of course on my visit, I had to go with the gorditas. I ordered a corn and flour gorditas as well as a couple tacos. Gordita translates to “chubby” in spanish so I was prepared to gain a little weight if needed. You really can’t go wrong with either corn or flour option. My preference is the corn as it’s fried on the griddle to give them a more firm hold of the meat. That added crunch is nice too. If you’re wanting a recommendation on meats, the barbacoa and pastor are two excellent options but you should definitely explore. The chili verde and chili rojo are worthwhile as well. I enjoyed my tacos there but the gorditas just stood out more.
I really need to go back soon and sample other items off of the menu like the tortas, sanchos, monterrey, chimichangas and perhaps venture out to the American or seafood side.
One thing to be aware of is they do draw a good sized lunch crowd so it can get busy at times with some long periods of wait. Outside of that, it’s an excellent experience and one of my favorite places for gorditas in town.
Here’s the menu: