A new tamale restaurant has just opened near 21st and Amidon in Wichita

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A new restaurant has taken over the space at 1920 W. 21st St. that was vacated when Uno Mas moved across the street, and its specialty is tamales.

Tamales & Monchis GTO quietly opened last week in the space. It’s owned by Edna Coleman — also a partner in Tacos TJ 664 — along with Damian Chavez and Sylvia Pava.

The restaurant specializes in fresh-made tamales, both sweet and savory, and it also sells a menu of Mexican snacks like elote on the cob or in a cup and “monchi loco,” which are hot chips topped with pork skin, peanuts, jicama, tamarind, chamoy, gummy candy and more.

Offerings also include various flavors of micheladas as well as a rotating list of specials like enchiladas and chilaquiles.

The GTO in the name stands for Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico where Coleman’s partners come from. The city is known for the Mummies of Guanajuato, which are displayed in a museum and are a big tourist draw. The cartoon mummy the restaurant uses in its logo is a reference to that party of the city’s history, Coleman said.

The tiny restaurant offers mostly carryout, though there’s room inside for four tables.

The tamales, which are served either wrapped in banana leaves or made Guanajuato style with nixtamalized corn, are the big draw, and they can be ordered individually or by the dozen. Savory tamales come stuffed with pork, chicken, peppers and cheese, and sweet tamales are flavored with strawberry, pineapple and Oreo cookies.

The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-869-8220.

Abel Rodriguez moved his Uno Mas restaurant across the street to 1735 W. 21st St. in October because he wanted a drive-through. Initially, Eric King planned to put his Masters of Barbeque restaurant in the space, but he settled on a location in Park City instead.

Tamales & Monchis GTO menu

The menu for Tamales & Monchis Guanajuato
The menu for Tamales & Monchis Guanajuato