By Mike Thayer
It's October 4, National Taco Day, a Taco Tuesday and the first day of the Best in the Wichita Metro Taco Challenge 2022!
For the Taco Challenge Criteria, click here.
To kick things off, I traveled to Alejandros' Mexican Food on south Rock Road for lunch.
Alejandros' is a popular spot, especially with the late night crowd, grabbing a bite on the way home after clubbing. The line of cars in the restaurant drive thru can extend through the length of the parking lot and spill out onto Rock Road on a Friday or Saturday night.
I like their menu because they have all the various taco options available, making it easy to meet the parameters of this Challenge. Entering the restaurant a bit after 11am, I was greeted politely and ordered six tacos: Carnitas, Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Chorizo, Grilled Chicken and Fish.
My carry out order was quickly filled and I was out the door heading home to enjoy my Taco Tuesday lunch!
In opening up the container, the presentation was nice. After taking some quick pics I decided to sample the tacos from left to right, rather than by what flavor I might prefer. For the most part, the tacos had a base dress in pico de gallo, some tacos heavier than others in application. The fish taco is the one pictured right, with the lettuce. The pico was decent, the veggies were fresh, but it was light on jalapeno and lacked the acid punch of lime. The Avocado crema was tasty, wish it was an ingredient in the other tacos. The corn tortillas were fall apart on three of the tacos, but held together for the remainder. Now, about the meats...
Let's start with the less than stellar. Grilled Chicken: While nice in portion and the meat tender it was rather bland and lacked any kind of char or sear. I'm pretty sure it was done on a flat top, hard to call that "grilled." This was my least favorite taco. Fish Taco: It was tasty overall and the crema was nice, but it was a bit skimpy in portion and there was some lettuce overkill. Barbacoa (in Mexico, traditionally lamb or goat, in U.S. restaurants usually beef): Under seasoned and dry, good portion. Chorizo (pork sausage): Nice spice, yet not overpowering, good portion. The traditional minimal dress on a Chorizo taco lets the meat sing. Carnitas (pork): Seasoned well, nice shred, good portion. Carne Asada (beef): Nice flavor, tender, good portion, my favorite of the bunch.
Costing me $17.09 for the six tacos, the Alejandros' Mexican Food lineup of tacos scored 50 out of a possible 63 points, earning 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. These are good, but not great tacos. It's early in the Challenge, but with that four star rating and so many more Mexican restaurants out there yet to sample, I can't say I would do a repeat buy at this point with any of the tacos sampled today.
Located at 1212 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207, the service was polite and fast. It's a convenient taco stop with a drive thru that does a lot of business.
$pend Wisely My Friends...
Related: Other Taco Joints Reviewed So Far
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