Dining With Denise Neil

He built his Wichita restaurant as a taco place, but customers demanded a menu addition

When he opened his Molino’s Taqueria late last year, Mario Quiroz envisioned the new restaurant at 2035 N. Rock Road as a taco place.

The restaurant had a Chipotle- and Qdoba-like setup, where customers could choose their entree then select meat and toppings from a big display right in front of them. The star of the menu was the pirata, a big grilled taco that has been Quiroz’s signature item since he first opened Frida’s in 2008.

But the Chipotle-style setup confused some customers, he said, and many have been inquiring after an item that was not on the menu.

“People have been asking for burritos,” he said. “Some of the regulars who go to Molino’s on Waco were saying, ‘Why don’t you have burritos here?’”

Molino’s Taqueria has added build-your-own burritos to its list of offerings. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

Now, Quiroz has decided to give the people what they want. Last week, he added burritos as an option to his menu that already offered the choice of piratas, street tacos, nachos and bowls.

People pay one price for each of those choices, including the burrito — $8.99 — and they can fill it with whatever they want. (Though guacamole is $1 extra.) Quiroz has several toppings his competitors don’t, including things like beer-battered shrimp, shredded jicama, cucumber salsa, queso fresco, and grilled pineapple.

The staff will also grill the burrito when it’s filled if the customer desires.

Molino’s Taqueria also has recently added a salsa bar reminiscent of the one that owner Mario Quiroz had at his once popular Frida’s Mexican Grill. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

There’s also another addition that will excite longtime fans of Molino’s and its predecessor, Frida’s Mexican Grill.

About a month ago, Quiroz added a self-serve salsa bar to the taqueria. It’s smaller in size than the big one he used to have set up at Frida’s, but it’s got all of his fresh-made salsas, including pico de gallo, chipotle sauce, jalapeno lime sauce, green tomatillo sauce and molcajetes salsa. It also has habenero onions, chopped onions, sliced limes and cilantro that people can add to their entrees.

People who live in neighborhoods near Molino’s Taqueria should watch their mailboxes for flyers good for a free burrito.

Molino’s Taqueria is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.