Chips, salsa, and margs: Newman students have a new haunt

By: Brenden Schwartz, Staff Writer

College life can be stressful, and part of that stress is often financial problems. It’s hard to find a place to relax and unwind that doesn’t break your bank account.

But lately, many Newman students report that Wichita restaurant Mexico Viejo at 6960 W. 21st St. might fit the bill.

Mexico Viejo is a local traditional Mexican restaurant that’s only 10 minutes away from Newman. It has a decent selection of drinks and provides a pitcher of margarita for $16. On Thursdays, it serves $1 margaritas. That’s the deal college students are looking for.

I tried the margaritas myself and found that they are tasty. There’s not so much alcohol that it bothers you but just enough to offer a nice kick. The flavoring is authentic and doesn’t taste like artificial margarita mix you can get from the store. If you’re looking for a variety of flavors, it has them, but the traditional margarita is the only $1 option.

Mexico Viejo is a great place to get cheap drinks because it offers food as well. If you’re looking just to snack, it gives free chips and salsa when you sit down. The chips are okay, and the salsa is decent, but you can’t complain about complimentary appetizers.

The restaurant also has a variety of options for the main course. I got the fish tacos on my visit, and they were delicious. The fish was crispy and juicy and paired well with the lettuce, salsa and sour cream. As a side, it serves Spanish rice and frijoles. The Spanish rice is what you’d expect: a good combination of well-seasoned carbs, but the frijoles were phenomenal. The frijoles are served in a bowl and mixed with cheese, peppers, and pork.

PHOTO: Tejay Cleland, Editor-In-Chief