Large portions, friendly service at Felipe’s Jr.

05/16/2013 2:19 PM

05/16/2013 2:19 PM

My husband, Brian, and I have been loyal Felipe’s Jr. customers for the past two decades.

I used to work down the street from their old Harry and Rock Road location, so I ate there frequently, sometimes several times a week. Even after the restaurant moved to its current Harry and Webb location, I continued to be a regular. We’ve visited the restaurant less often in the last few years, but it continues to be one of our favorites.

Brian and I were craving Mexican food on a recent Friday night after a long workday, so we decided to swing by Felipe’s Jr. on the way home. It had been months since our last visit, but the same smiling faces welcomed us with warmth and familiarity. That’s the advantage that locally owned, family-run businesses have over chain restaurants.

We ordered queso with meat to start our meal. Their queso is not the greatest, but it’s very good. It has just the right amount of spiciness. After some deliberation, Brian and I decided to split the burritos entree that consists of two burritos, beans and Mexican rice.

We asked for one burrito to be stuffed with pork chili verde and the other with beef. Both burritos were generously slathered with chili verde. I absolutely love the chili verde at Felipe’s Jr. I went through a phase several years ago where I would just get a small bowl of chili verde and a side order of rice for my meal. I had to order it this way because they didn’t have the Mexican special — chili verde served with beans, rice, guacamole and tortillas — on the menu years ago. I’m pleased to report that the chili verde recipe hasn’t changed, and it’s just as delicious as I remembered.

There are so many great choices on the menu ranging from $7 to $14. I particularly like their carnitas (marinated pork, cooked until tender), and the combination plates are a good value. My only caution is to either come hungry or be prepared to take leftovers home.

Brian and I have found it best to split a meal so that we don’t end up overeating, which is easy to do when the portions are large.

For dessert, Felipe’s Jr. offers several options, including sopapillas, churros and fried ice cream. I’ve enjoyed all of them on previous visits except for the churros, which we were going to try had we not gotten too full on our meal. I think we’re going back just for the churros next time.

The quality of the food at Felipe’s Jr. is among that of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Wichita, but it’s really their friendly service that’s inspired our loyalty. We will keep going back.

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