Let’s review Carlos O’Kelly’s!
The restaurant advertises themselves as “Inspired Mex”. This family owned and operated chain originated in Marion, Iowa in 1981. After growing to over 40 locations thirty years later, they now have just 17 locations nationwide with three here in Wichita.
For the purposes of this #SaturChains review, we swung over to their 47th & Broadway location for dine in. Our family loves Mexican food and from their webpage, they say “Maybe not what you expect from flavor that’s distinctively Mexican. Then again, you’re not looking for something expected. You seek out the amazing.”
We went in with open an open mind and were prepared to be amazed.
Our dinner started off complimentary chips and salsa. It was the thick style of salsa one would find at many Tex-Mex spots. It had a high garlic content. Here’s the thing about salsa. If it’s placed in front of me, I’m going to pig out as I find it extremely addicting. I knew this was the type that would leave me burping salsa for the rest of the day.
For dinner, we had a mixture of burritos, enchiladas and chimichangas (some of which you can see below). The delivery time and service in general were great. Everything arrived in a timely manner.
Our dinner though was, for the most part, uninspiring. A few things that stuck out in our meals: the chicken was dry, our rice was cold and the enchiladas were bland. The enchiladas had a room temperature sauce had the texture as if it was nuked in the microwave. None of our meals had that big bright pop of flavor, it all felt like the same meal but with different looks if you know what I mean.
We always try to seek out amazing and this wasn’t it.
Here’s their menu:
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