Review: Antojitos Mexicanos El Sol

Antojitos Mexicanos El Sol is a local Mexican restaurant in Manhattan, KS. El Sol is known for their vibrant, authentic flavors, adding a twist to the traditional Mexican flavors. (Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

A lively and colorful atmosphere strikes customers as they walk through the doors of Antojitos Mexicanos El Sol. The walls are painted in bright shades of red, yellow and orange. Despite a lack of fancy decor, the restaurant has a warm and friendly vibe. 

El Sol’s staff warmly greet customers with smiles, making them feel at home. The restaurant is family-friendly, with plenty of tables and booths for larger groups, but it also has a certain charm that appeals to college students looking for a hidden gem. 

The staff is incredibly attentive and caring, making sure customers have everything they need and that their dining experience is a pleasant one. They are happy to answer questions about the menu and offer expert suggestions. 

The Mexican restaurant is a vibrant and hospitable place. While not the fanciest place in town, it has a certain charm that draws people in and keeps them coming back for more. 

The bar area is cozy and intimate with an ambiance that invites customers to stay, watch a game, relax and enjoy a drink. The bartenders are kind and knowledgeable, and they take pride in creating cocktails that are not only visually impressive but bursting with flavor. The margaritas are perfectly balanced and made with high-quality ingredients. 

The menu at El Sol is extensive, featuring classic dishes such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas and fajitas, as well as lesser-known specialties like zanca torta and gordita. The portions are generous, but the prices aren’t worth it.

One can appreciate that the food was cooked within ten minutes and presented beautifully. Every taco was placed with care and garnished with fresh parsley and a lime wedge. Despite this, the food was bland and lacked a special flavor. The beef in particular was under-seasoned and stale while the tortilla was cold and boring. 

The Quesabirria Supreme was a favorite, fried in its own juices and served with an avocado salsa; it still lacked that extra flare that would make it stand out. The Burrito California, though, was a winner, with refried beans, carne asada, white rice and french fries, topped with mozzarella cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo. The chorizo taco was another highlight of the meal, which was seasoned and cooked to perfection.

While the food looked fantastic, it was disappointing that the flavors didn’t live up to the view. If looking for a decent Mexican meal in Manhattan, this restaurant could be an option, but don’t expect anything extraordinary.