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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wichita, KS: Excellent Service, So-So Food, Reasonable Prices ... A Very Average Mexican Restaurant

Ruben's Mexican Grill
915 West Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67213
Phone: (316) 260-8045
Prices: $$$$

Again, I will preempt this review with a disclaimer: I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD and grew up in Southern California and was a Texas resident for 20 years, so I have eaten the best of the best Mexican food in the US. I, therefore, have to compare all Mexican restaurants to those, so here we go ...

West of the river and downtown on Douglas Avenue, this small place looks little like a Mexican restaurant, but the food was decent, the prices fair, and the service excellent.
The house margaritas ($4 - frozen or on the rocks) come in a mason jar and although a strange shade of green, were tasty but not very strong. The chips are made in house, crispy, and hot and they brought two salsas, one mild and one spicy, both were complex and delicious ... well done! Unfortunately, they add tomatoes to the guacamole, why I have no idea, like so many places, so I asked for a half order ($3) because my wife is allergic to tomato and I could not eat a full order ($6) alone. It was actually pretty good, one of the better restaurant guac's I have had in a while.
My wife hates Mexican food ... BOOOO! ... so she ordered a cheeseburger and fries ($8). The bun was toasted and good, the burger so-so, and the frozen fries (what do you expect in a Mexican restaurant, house-cut?) were hot and crunchy. Not bad overall, but far from the best burger I have tasted. My wife gave it 4 Bombs Out of 10 and I concur.
I had the carne asada tacos (3 for $10), accompanied by rice and beans minus the rice. Pleasantly presented with three slices of avocado, one for each corn tortilla, and far too little pico de gallo. The chopped carne asada was also not quite enough for the three tortillas, but it was flavorful nonetheless. I also ordered a cheese and onion enchilada ala carté ($3). It was awful! There was no sauce other than the tortilla having been dipped ever so briefly before wrapping the cheese and seemingly nonexistent onion. It was the worst enchilada I have ever had.
Our server was extremely sweet and welcoming, running back and forth to get our drinks, chips, meals, and check. Very efficient, she was the highlight of the night. The food, like most Mexican places in the Midwest was "OK", nothing special.

CombatCritic Gives Ruben's Mexican Grill A Very Average 5 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

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