Earlier this year, Green Olive closed their 6600 W. Central location to open up Green Olive Family BBQ in south Wichita. It did not take long for another restaurant to swoop in and take over. Taqueria Las Tres Nenas quietly opened in the last week of July. I dropped in over lunch time to get a quick look at what to expect.
6600 W. Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67212
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: Opens at 10am until varied time
The menu at Taqueria Las Tres Nenas offered an assortment of burritos, tacos, sopes, nachos, hamburgers, breakfast, fajitas, tortas and even menudo on the weekend. It was pretty close to some of the menus found in Mexican restaurants on Broadway. The only exception was this place didn’t have some proteins like buche, tripa, or cabeza.
The tacos were $1.75 regularly, but there was a Monday special for dollar tacos all day.
All diners were given complimentary chips and salsa upon ordering. The salsa was pretty runny which made it hard to scoop up with the chips, but they were free so no major loss here.
For lunch, I ordered five tacos (1 barbacoa, 2 carne asada and 2 al pastor). There was a condiment bar where diners could grab their own salsa and grab onions and cilantro to top off the tacos.
My tacos came out fairly fast and of the three meats, the al pastor and barbacoa were easily the best. The al pastor had a nice sweet flavor to them. It was very tender and nearly melted in my mouth. Next up was the barbacoa which was also tender and flavorful. While I used a guacamole salsa on both, they would have been fine without it. The tortillas were lightly grilled to give it some texture which was a nice touch.
Unfortunately, the carne asada was very greasy. The grease was about all I could taste. I liked how it was all chopped up, making it more manageable to get meat in every bite. Had they toned down the greasiness, it would have been a fine meal.
First impressions were good on this visit. The service was outstanding and the food came out fast. Two of the three meats were delicious and the third had room for improvement.
The west side of town seems to lack Mexican restaurants like this as much of the focus is on Tex-Mex so this is worth a shot for those wanting something different.
Here’s their menu:
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