A new restaurant has taken over the former Birrieria “La Nieta De Villa” space which was also the original location of The Angry Elephant. Azul 21 Mexican Restaurant is the latest eatery to pop up near Hillside and 31st St. S. Their menu features a wide array of savory dishes including many seafood options.

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2959 S. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67216
316-295-3108

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

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When I arrived, I was quickly greeted with complimentary chips, queso and salsa. Both dips had a very minor bit of heat to it and was a little more on the runny side. No real complaints here though as it was free and two bowls I polished off within minutes.

I went with two meals on my visit. The first was their seafood tacos. They had shrimp and tilapia options. Not wanting to decide, I ended up with both. I never know what to expect when ordering fish tacos from places; some offer it fried and others don’t. Azul 21 fried theirs up and topped them with a spicy house coleslaw that I loved. Often times, fried fish has a heavy savoriness to it. Their coleslaw really livened up the tacos and gave it a zesty appeal. It was a fantastic combination. To add to it, two tacos made for quite a fulfilling lunch.

I could have gone with just two tacos but forgot I had beef quesadillas on my way. My second meal was the Santa Fe quesadillas which came with bell peppers, onions and served with rice, beans and a salad. It was quite the gigantic meal for $11.99. The quesadillas were thick and stuffed to the max. I literally only ate one before calling it a lunch and taking the rest home as a gift for my family. There wasn’t anything overly special about the quesadillas; just a good simple meal that hit the spot. And having food as I walked in the door scored me some brownie points.

Overall, it was a good first visit to the new Azul 21 Mexican Restaurant.

The service was fantastic and friendly throughout my lunch. They made suggestions when I asked for it, my drink was refilled in a timely manner, and there was a positive attitude to everyone in the building. Right before I left, somebody asked if I enjoyed my meal. I nodded and said I did. They then said, “Be sure to tell your friends.”

I always get a good laugh when people say that to me.

Here’s the menu:

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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