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Review: Tequila’s Mexican Grill offers big portions a short drive from Wichita

A combo meal from Tequila’s in Valley Center, featuring a puffy taco and a chicken enchilada.
A combo meal from Tequila’s in Valley Center, featuring a puffy taco and a chicken enchilada. Wichita Eagle Dining Panel

Every once in a while, it’s fun to visit a restaurant in a neighboring town. We found a hidden gem when we ate at Tequila’s Mexican Grill in Valley Center. Located downtown on Main Street, the restaurant has been serving delicious Mexican food for four years.

We were pleasantly surprised at how large the restaurant was on the inside. Booths and tables in two areas of the restaurant offer seating for small and large parties. There is even a private party room that can accommodate up to 50 people. The Mexican décor on the walls and seating areas and music playing throughout the restaurant make you feel like you are dining in Mexico.

Our server brought chips and salsa for us to enjoy while we took time to read the menu. It took a little time since there are more than 100 items to choose from on the dinner menu. If you go for lunch, there are more than 20 items on the lunch menu. Tequila’s Mexican Grill offers burrito and enchilada platters, fajitas, salads, vegetarian and seafood dishes, dinner platters including quesadillas, chimichangas and more.

I ordered a build-your-own combo and chose a shredded chicken enchilada and a puffy taco with ground beef, rice, and beans. The enchilada was stuffed with lots of shredded chicken and grilled

peppers and topped with red sauce. The puffy taco was deep fried and had ground beef, lettuce, and white shredded cheese. It was very tasty, and our server said it is a popular item with other customers.

My husband ordered the Chile Colorado, tender chunks of beef marinated in red chile sauce. It was served with homemade flour tortillas, rice, and beans. The chile sauce had a mild spicy flavor, and half of his platter was filled with slices of beef.

The quesadilla Hawaiiana is listed on the lunch menu, but our server let my daughter order it for dinner with a slight upcharge. It was a flour tortilla stuffed with chicken, grilled pineapple, onions, mushrooms, and jalapenos topped with cheese dip. Rice, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo were served with it. This was one of the thickest quesadillas I have ever seen, and my daughter said that the flavors really balanced each other well and had a nice spice. The guacamole was creamy and delicious, too.

One thing we all took away from eating at Tequila’s Mexican Grill is that their servings are much larger than at most Mexican restaurants, and we could have easily shared some of our meals. Still, next time, I will definitely order the cheesecake chimichangas or one of their other traditional Mexican desserts.

Our service was a little slow after we got our food, and we waited a while to pay our bill. However, if you’re looking for some good, homemade Mexican food that isn’t far from Wichita, I would recommend Tequila’s Mexican Grill in Valley Center.

Tequila’s Mexican Grill

Where: 218 West Main Street; Valley Center, 316-755-9305

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays

Type of Food: Mexican

Alcohol: Yes

Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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