It’s time to visit El Rey Taqueria Mexican Restaurant, who opened in the former La Tienda Del Ahorro supermarket at 1770 N. Broadway. They’ve taken the space that’s been home to many little restaurants attached to the market over the years.
1770 N Broadway Ave, suite b, Wichita, KS 67214
Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Closed on Monday
When I arrived, someone was quick to greet me and invited me to choose any table in the restaurant to seat myself. Soon after, complimentary chips and salsa were brought to my table.
After the first bite, I was hooked. Some place in town do great salsa but mediocre chips. Some places have excellent chips but average salsa. El Rey Taqueria Mexican Restaurant had the best of both worlds. It was quite possibly the best combination of chips and salsa I’ve had in town. The corn chips were made in-house and lightly covered with salt and a sprinkle of pepper. There was a slight bit of grease on each chip; you could tell they were fresh and ready to be devoured. Meanwhile, the salsa had the right level of consistency between runny and thickness. The level of heat was suitable for all palates, but enough to tickle the back of your throat with a touch of spice and loads of flavor.
I would easily go back to El Rey just for this.
On Friday afternoon, El Rey had a 99-cent taco special for al pastor, chicken, and ground beef. I was told the special is available every day. I had the pastor, lengua and tripa tacos.
The tacos were of the larger variety, where I should have just ordered 3-4 over lunch; six about put me under. The lengua was my favorite of the meats, followed by the pastor. But I’ll be honest, I asked for more chips and salsa and went back to that immediately. It wasn’t that I disliked the tacos, just more of the fact that the chips and salsa were everything.
No complaints about the service. There was just one server running around handling everything from taking orders, running tickets, cleaning tables; literally doing it all.
And the food was great. There’s been some turnover in the space and obviously Broadway is a highly competitive area for Mexican food, but definitely worth a try for foodies.
Here’s their menu.
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