Taco Tuesday, first coined by a fast-food Mexican chain in the early 1980s, has certainly caught on in Wichita over the past 35 years. We’re guessing the alliteration was the first draw, and it certainly fits nicely on a menu.
But no matter how it started, it’s those tasty, crunchy tacos that are driving it to almost cult status every week.
Here are our favorite Taco Tuesday offers throughout Wichita. Do you know of any other Taco Tuesday deals we should add?
Los Compadres Mexican Grill understands the heart of this celebration, which is why they make it simple: $1 for a street taco during lunch hours, which start at 11 .m.
Not to be outdone, Rene’s has jumped into the craze with $1 tacos , and with its late-night hours, you don’t have to change your schedule to eat well.
It’s hard to beat the authentic taste of a taco at Las Mananitas Restorante on N. Arkansas Ave., but their $1 tacos have a catch: They bucked the trend to offer Taco Tuesday prices on Wednesday instead.
And a meal at Taco Pronto is practically a rite of passage for Wichita residents, but you haven’t lived until you’ve grabbed one of their fried flour Taco Tuesday deals. We’re talking just .60 per corn taco. (If you got the day wrong on your calendar, you can get a 12-pack for $9.99 every day.)
When you can’t make up your mind, Taco Lopez puts two taco versions on the menu, just to make it harder. Here, regular tacos are only $1.75, while street tacos are just $1. At those prices, you can afford to mix and match.
If you’re on the run, so is Uno Mas ICT. Catch the food truck and you’ll catch a deal. Two tacos, and your choice of chips
The Bullpen by Club Rodeo isn’t about to be left out of the fun. Come hungry for $1 Bullpen beef tacos and $2 deep fried beef tacos. (Check out their drink specials that go with these fine, crunchy delicacies, too.)
Taco Bueno, a popular option for people on the go, takes Taco Tuesday a step further and makes it a platter: two crispy beef tacos served with Mexican rice, slow-simmered beans, fresh chips and sides of sour cream and house made guacamole will only set you back $2.99 today. (Participation may vary by location.)
Deano’s Grill & Tapworks puts a fun spin on its special. Not only do you get two steak, chicken, shrimp or fish tacos, they throw in shoestring onions as well for the $7 price. That makes it a meal more than a snack.
It’s also an elevated event at Hopping Gnome Brewery, where Chef Roberto pairs a taco entree with a craft beer. It’s so special, they rotate which Tuesdays they celebrate each month, so check their Facebook page for up-to-date announcements.
And then there are the folks who aren’t fond of tacos. You are not alone in Wichita … and Taco Shop sees you. That’s why their Taco Tuesday special is actually for enchiladas: buy one, get the second for just $1.