Las Alteñitas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors to enjoy authentic dishes from south of the Wichita Falls border.
You’ll find favorites like tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and flautas, all served with true Mexican flair. You can also enjoy huaraches, oxtail, fruity aguas frescas drinks and more.
The food is primarily prepared by Maria Casillas, the owner of the restaurant at 3004 Lane 325 near Sheppard Air Force Base. Las Alteñitas is open every day except Wednesday from 8am to 4pm.
Some of the dishes will be deliciously familiar to those who have frequented another Casillas establishment, Taqueria Los Cuates Food Truck, which is open daily except Tuesdays at 1105 Broad Street.
“Ever since we moved here, everyone would say you should open a restaurant,” said Irene Casillas, Maria’s daughter, who works at Carneceria Los Cuates, the meat market where the food truck is parked.
The Casillas family moved from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls.
Las Alteñitas manager Barbara Casillas said her mother Maria’s dream had always been to have a restaurant.
One day Maria saw the rental sign in front of a former Korean barbecue restaurant.
“We used to come here to eat, and my mom used to say, ‘If only they could give me this seat,'” Barbara said, pointing to a seat in an adjoining room of the restaurant.
Seeing opportunity at hand, Maria asked Barbara, “Do you want to do this with me?
Barbara said yes, and they went to the hard work of remodeling the building with bright colors.
Las Alteñitas opened on April 6th. The Casillas family hopes for feedback so they can perfect their dishes and give their customers exactly what they want.
Barbara enthusiastically described her favorite, the oxtail.
“As soon as you bite it, it falls off this bone and it’s just sharp with some meat in it,” she said.
It comes with a green sauce of tomatillos and serrano chillies and is served on a large plate.
Huaraches is a popular menu item featuring a thick tortilla dipped in sauce. It’s deep fried and covered with beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.
Daughters Barbara and Irene interpreted their mother’s Spanish as she expressed her feelings about working in the food industry.
Maria said she’s “grateful for all the people who follow her everywhere, in the restaurant and in the food truck… for every single one of them.”
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