On Wednesday, July 28, the west side of Wichita will finally get their long awaited Torchy’s Tacos. This will be the city’s second location, with the original at 2191 N. Rock Road. The west side Torchy’s sits immediately north of the HomeGrown which could make for a very busy intersection at 29th and Maize. We were able to get a first-hand look at what readers can expect once the west side location opens on Wednesday.
2901 N. Maize Road, Wichita, KS 67205
Two of the most noticeable improvements at the new west side location was the bigger parking lot and the added drive thru. The east side Torchy’s has sometimes been plagued by minimal parking right by the building. This new location fixes that and gives diners another method to get their tacos.
There’s a large patio which faces the north end of the building with overhanging fans and lighting.
Once you make it inside, the custom-built Torchy’s is quite spacious with lots of natural light.
A full bar is also available for margaritas and other specialty drinks to go with your tacos.
Since I was invited out to a soft opening before the opening, I try to keep personal thoughts out of it on these first looks. In these instances, the service is very personal, the food can be free, and/or perhaps corporate could be in town training to really skew the experience even more. Instead of giving a full-blown out review, here’s a look at what we ordered.
We ordered some queso and guacamole as our appetizers.
Then there are the tacos. If you’ve never been to Torchy’s Tacos, they are known for their inventive taco creations served on housemade corn or flour tortillas and topped with items like Green Chile Pork featuring pork carnitas, green chiles, and cotija cheese, Baja Shrimp made with fried shrimp, and cabbage slaw and pickled onions. Every month, they also release a new taco of the month for diners to try.
Between the seven of us, here’s a look at some of the tacos we had:
We’ve covered Torchy’s Tacos many times in the past on the blog. One thing I’ve noticed is people either really love them or find them to be pricey. I rarely comment on “value” because I’m really of the opinion that it’s hard to be a price point on food if you enjoy it. For the average appetite, I’ve seen two tacos do the trick in my circle of friends and family. After that, it all comes down to whether you think $4-5 per taco is worth it for the amount of food you get. Ultimately, that’s up to you to decide. Some people will say it is and others will argue against it.
The beauty about these food debates is you can easily solve it by trying it out for yourself. Your chance for the west side Torchy’s begins Wednesday.
Here’s their menu (if you’re using your phone, you’ll definitely need to pinch to zoom):
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