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Best in the Wichita Metro Taco Challenge 2022: How does Deano's Grill & Taproom rate?

Deanos Grill and TapworksBy Mike Thayer

Who makes the best tacos in the Wichita Metro?

Traveling around the ICT, I'm sampling the taco offerings from just about any joint that has tacos on the menu.  It doesn't really matter who, I'll be eating tacos from local joints, regional restaurants and the national chains.  To determine a true champion of tacos in the metro, a broad sampling has to be taken in order to measure the best.  I'm on a mission in the name of "taco science" (cough). 

Today I traveled to Deano's Grill & Tapworks for a late afternoon taco lunch.  Deano's is a really nice sports bar with 23 Big Screen TVs and a stellar menu that is anything BUT typical bar food, featuring artisan oven pizzas, outstanding burgers and yes, TACOS!   Given Deano's Top 10 finish in the Best in the Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022 and knowing they have tacos on their menu, I of course had to put them on the Best in the Wichita Metro Taco Challenge 2022 list!

Deano's Grill & Taproom Chicken Tacos
Generous portions of chicken & dress

I walked into Deano's at around 1:30pm and found a seat at the bar.  Sierra the bartender welcomed me, introduced herself and asked me what I wanted to drink and if I needed a menu.  Deano's has a nice lineup of tacos, with options of chicken, fish, shrimp and beef.   You can order either 2 or 3 tacos and they come with a side.  Going for the 2 taco option but wanting to try two varieties for a total of four tacos, I went with the Los Cabos Chicken Tacos with a side of onion strings and the Big Catch Fish Tacos with a side of french fries.  Here are the respective descriptions from the Deano's website:

Los Cabos Chicken Tacos: Flour tortillas, marinated and grilled chicken, red onions, chipotle sour cream, freshly shredded lettuce, pepper jack cheese and black bean salsa.

Deano's Grill & Tapworks Fish Tacos
The apple mango salsa and that "boom boom" sauce rocked!

Big Catch Fish Tacos: Flour tortillas, beer-battered cod fillets, freshly shredded cabbage, apple mango salsa and spicy "boom boom" sauce with lime.

I've enjoyed Deano's pizza (the Doggy Breath is stellar), they've got a Top 10 Burger and their tacos do not disappoint! 

With all the tacos generously dressed in a great presentation, I sampled the Fish Taco first.  I got the nice crunch from the batter, the cabbage was veggie crisp, with that apple mango salsa rocking it coupled with the "boom boom" sauce.  The Chicken Taco was equally tantalizing, with the chipotle sour cream, pepper jack cheese and black bean salsa combo also bringing big flavors to the table.  Both taco options were bountiful, stacked as high and deep with the proteins and dress as I think the tortillas could handle.   

Side Note:  The french fries were excellent, perfectly fried and nicely seasoned, but kicking things up a notch were those onion strings!  They deliver a really nice combination of crunchy exterior and sweet onion interior.

Costing me $22.55 with tax for four LOADED tacos and 2 delicious sides, the Deano's Grill & Taproom lineup of tacos scored 58 out of a possible 63 points, earning 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.   Both the chicken and fish tacos were delightful, it was fun going back and forth with all those great flavors on the plate.  Deano's Tacos are definitely repeat buy worthy! 

5 stars

Located at 9747 E 21st St N Suite 101, Wichita, KS 67206, the service at Deano's Grill & Tapworks is TOP NOTCH!  Sierra was welcoming, friendly, conversational and didn't miss a beat on making sure I enjoyed my lunch from start to finish.  Thank you Sierra, thank you Deano's!  I look forward to my next visit.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

Related:  Other Taco Joints Reviewed So Far

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