La Chula Mexican Grill now open in Waldo

Yes, the big illuminated sign in front of the low-slung building at 8314 Wornall still reads: Paparico’s Mexican Restaurant. But here’s the 411: Paparico’s has left the building. Two months ago, the Garrido family — Carlos, Ophelia and Carlos Jr. — took over the restaurant and have renamed it La Chula Mexican Grill.

“La Chula means a very pretty, very attractive young girl,” says Hilda Garrido, the very pretty wife of Carlos Garrido Jr. who is working as a waitress in the family-operated business, alongside her husband and in-laws.

The menu at La Chula is relatively uncomplicated, but the Garridos are proud of their selection of nine different street tacos, including a fine barbacoa version and an excellent al pastor taco made with spicy marinated pork, chopped pineapple, onions and cilantro.

The restaurant opens each morning at 10 a.m. and serves a breakfast burrito, quesadilla or tacos made with scrambled eggs and cheese, or a full Mexican breakfast with eggs, potatoes, refried beans and tortillas. Pancakes are also available during the morning shift,. but you can’t have a mimosa or a margarita with your eggs yet.

“We’re still waiting on our liquor license,” Hilda Garrido says. “But people keep asking for beers or a margarita during the dinner hour.”

La Chula serves both traditional Mexican dishes (chile relleno platters, tostado platters, fajitas) and saloon favorites like Buffalo chicken wings, fried chicken tenders and even a La Chula hamburger with its own “secret sauce.”

Those latter dishes almost beg for a frosty beer, but Hilda Garrido says it won’t be too much longer. In the meantime, there’s chocolate milk, horchata and Mountain Dew.

La Chula is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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