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?
The usual disclaimer: Restaurant specials change frequently! Everything was correct when we first published this Taco Tuesday list but to be on the safe (and cheap) side, double-check the deal before you order.
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. But they may be on to something, because Mulligan’s also chose hump day to roll out its .99 chicken and .75 beef taco special.
Reader Mike B. told us about this one. (Thanks, Mike!) Wichita favorite Margarita’s Cantina Taco Tuesday special is $1 corn tacos with purchase (could be a drink, or something else from the menu) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There’s a limit of 5 of these delicious tacos – choose chicken or ground beef – and the special is good for dine-in only at the restaurant’s Douglas and Hillside location.
Oh, and reader Stacey says that A & J’s Music Room at Harry & Meridian does a great $1 fried taco too!
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 corn 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, Tacos 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.
Saddle up and ride to El Vaquero on East Central. Tacos $1 solo Martes (and Wednesdays and Thursdays)! Choose from tacos filled with grilled angus steak strips, pastor (spiced pork), chorizo, chicken, or carnitas (pulled pork).
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.) And if you missed Taco Tuesday, they offer .59 party tacos on Thursday, too.
When it comes to budgets, MoJoes gets you. That’s why you can drop in on Tuesday and get .75 fried or soft tacos! They even include sour cream and salsa at that price.
Sports bars are the place to head on the second workday of the week, it seems, as Magoos Bar & Grill serves $1 tacos right up to the stroke of midnight.
Champs Bar & Grill knows the value of their deal: the Big Ass tacos (with chips, no less) is $3.50. (Come in on Wednesday, and they’ll stuff you full of corn tacos for $1 each.)
Taco Y Salsas at 2128 N. Broadway offers $1 tacos EVERY day – not just on Tuesday – according to reader Cynthia A.
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.
O’Malley’s Irish Pub can’t wait to get in the fun. They offer fried tacos for $.99 until midnight every Tuesday and Thursday. Patrons praise their homemade salsa.
On the Border has jumped into the craze with a limited time offer of its upscale tacos with prices starting at $2 through November 30, 2018. They don’t call it Taco Fix Tuesday for nothing.
You can count on Bourbon Street Bar & Grill to serve up their $1 fried tacos with a smile and a beer special, too!
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 enchilada dinner, get the second for just $1. (But they also have a Taco Thursday deal: get an original, a flour, and a super taco all for $2.79!)
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