The biggest taco tournament Wichita has ever seen is now down to the Final Four. For those new to this, I wanted to go big with the latest social venture. There are arguably more places to get tacos in Wichita than any other type of food. When I set out to set up the bracket for Wichita’s Most Liked Taco, I wanted to go big and do something the city has never seen before: A tournament bracket featuring a whopping 128 restaurants, food trucks, and pop-ups around town dishing out tacos was the end result.
The massive list included nearly every locally owned taco option along with some national chains to fill in the 128 spots. It ranged everywhere from street tacos, fried tacos, Vegan tacos, gourmet tacos, fast food tacos and creative taco options that range from one end of Wichita to the other. It’s 100% Wichita.
For over two months now, readers have had their say via social media to see which tacos would advance round by round. The four restaurants that failed to advance and lost in our El-Eat 8 round were Taco Pronto, District Taquería, Cactus Cantina & Grill and the Jimenez Tacos. The first three were prominent and popular names in Wichita. Meanwhile, Jimenez Tacos was an underdog story and had a great showing that I was happy to see.
Big voter turnout came out for the El-Eat 8 and the four restaurants that moved on were Tacos TJ 664, Taquería El Fogon, Paleteria La Reyna and Felipe’s. The latter three have been popular mainstays in Wichita while Tacos TJ 664 has been a relatively new player in the game that has been quick to build a big loyal following. All four restaurants have their followings that led them to this moment and it’ll be up to those same people to help them advance to the final two.
So with four places left, here are your Final Four pairings:
- Taquería El Fogon vs. Paleteria La Reyna
- Tacos TJ 664 vs. Felipe’s
Those are the matchups everybody on Facebook came up with and will vote on starting Tuesday night. It’s up to you to decide who moves on to the Championship!
REMEMBER, the results of this post don’t necessarily mean they are the best taco but more of which place has the most online support thus Most Liked. This all comes down to social media support. In the end, I hope you found some new taco options out of the 128 places in the tournament. And just like the previous brackets, I will not be voting in any bracket. This will be left strictly to the general audience.
I do have ONE REQUEST. When you vote, ask yourself if you’re voting for what you truly feel is the BEST TACO. Don’t vote just because you like their food or the people there. Those are all great but that’s not what this is about. You are voting strictly for tacos, not Mexican food…just tacos. The criteria do not involve the style of taco or having to be from a Mexican restaurant. Obviously, there is no way to regulate it but I just wanted to throw that out there.
If you’d like to vote, you can find the two matchups on the Wichita By E.B. Facebook page.
Download the full PDF here. And since the bracket is so large, I had to split it up into two images so printing off the file and viewing it that way is the best way.
We went from 128 down to 4, now we continue on down to championship. May the best taco win.
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