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favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby chrizow » Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:59 am

mexican food is awesome. 

less awesome is that i am (deliciously) stuck going to the same places on southwest boulevard or, recently, mi ranchito in overland park (very good hot salsa and shrimp tacos - bonus points for generous use of cilantro). 

what other mexican places are really good?  bonus points for more "authentic" establishments and/or places with good fish/shrimp dishes.

gracias.

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Postby DaveKCMO » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:05 pm

i hate most mexican restaurants, but i like teocali because it's never crowded, the seafood dishes are good, and i don't smell like a food worker when i leave (ventilation?).

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby LenexatoKCMO » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:12 pm

Try El Pueblito at SW/Summit if you like Shrimp - they have an extensive coastal-style seafood selection.

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby dangerboy » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:09 pm

You need to go to KCK.  There are several great places along Kansas Avenue on either side of 7th Street, especially Ninfa's and El Taconazo.  Also Las Gordita's on Central Avenue a few blocks west of 7th.  If you don't mind standing out as gringo, you will get awesome food at these places.

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Postby chrizow » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:10 pm

i do love el taconazo.  i haven't been there in a very long time.  this needs to change.

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby staubio » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:36 pm

El Camino Real. Excellence.

Two locations, one downtown KCK and the other on Argentine in Armourdale.

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Postby bobbyhawks » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:48 pm

I second the Ninfa's, but they aren't open for dinner, so don't make that mistake.  That place is pretty cheap and the tortilla's with butter/hot salsa are out of this world.

I also enjoy the Cancun Fiesta Fresh for late night eats in Westport (not so under the radar) and the aforementioned Mi Ranchito.

If you are ever in Lawrence, try out Tortas Jalisco.  They used to be in a gas station on 6th and Kasold, but now have their own place nearby.  It's pretty authentic and delicious.

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Postby shinatoo » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:08 pm

La Pablionita (sic) just north on Main on 7th in Grandview. Most authentic place I've been in KC.

Toreros in Lee's Summit, north of 50 on 291N. Fairly authentic one of my favorites.
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Postby mean » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:19 pm

staubio wrote:El Camino Real. Excellence.

Two locations, one downtown KCK and the other on Argentine in Armourdale.


Seconded for proper tacos.
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Postby MightyKC » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:12 pm

LenexatoKCMO wrote:Try El Pueblito at SW/Summit if you like Shrimp - they have an extensive coastal-style seafood selection.


I second El Pueblito.  Very good, authenitic food that is well priced.  I have had the carne asada and the mole, both were just like I was in middle mexico.
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Postby kard » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:30 pm

chrizow wrote:i do love el taconazo.  i haven't been there in a very long time.  this needs to change.


chrizow, i tend to think you start threads like these every few months just so this place gets mentioned.  :P
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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby chrizow » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:34 pm

kard wrote:chrizow, i tend to think you start threads like these every few months just so this place gets mentioned.  :P


mmmm, el taconazo.

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby rosedalian » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:02 pm

I like ortega's at 2646 Belleview Ave, between Penn Valley park and Southwest Blvd.

The place on 7th Street in KCK, just north of City Hall is also good.

And don't forget Pancho's at 34th and Main!

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby elextendo » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:42 am

Theres a good little place over in the Argentine by Mickeys surplus north not across the street cant think of the name but the area is full of Mexican joints..Some places you just RENT the food..
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Postby staubio » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:42 am

elextendo wrote:Theres a good little place over in the Argentine by Mickeys surplus north not across the street cant think of the name but the area is full of Mexican joints..Some places you just RENT the food..


I believe that would be Jalisco's

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Postby loftguy » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:02 pm

staubio wrote:I believe that would be Jalisco's


Hey, it's snowing outside and I'm into food fantasy. Also think a mexican lunch is in order. Care to share your favorite menu items at these restaurants?  Details, details!!

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Postby elextendo » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:41 pm

Nope.not Jaliscos.. thats the one directly across to the east..maybe I will go for tues. tacos
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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby ChandraNH » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:26 pm

bobbyhawks wrote:I second the Ninfa's, but they aren't open for dinner, so don't make that mistake.  That place is pretty cheap and the tortilla's with butter/hot salsa are out of this world.



We tried Ninfa's for lunch today.  Excellent food.  I could eat the tortillas and hot sauce and be perfectly happy with just that.  I had the fried corn taco plate and my husband had a tamale and a corn taco.  Excellent food.  We picked up a dozen tamales (the last dozen pork) to go as well as 16 oz of the hot sauce.

I've suggested to my husband that we try El Taco Nazo next, but he's now firmly stuck on Ninfa's.  Great food and great prices.

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby AJoD » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:19 pm

mean wrote:Seconded for proper tacos.


Third for Camino Real, and specifically for their tacos al pastor.  Terrific.

Taqueria y Marisqueria Silva on the Blvd probably has my favorite tacos overall to date.

Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio doesn't quite match on the fillings, but their tortillas hot off the press are wonderful.

I've only been to El Pueblito once but was pretty satisfied.

Went to Taconazo once too, and for whatever reason, the meal wasn't particularly memorable, but that's not to really knock on the place.

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Re: favorite under-the-radar mexican places in the kansas city area?

Postby gomer900 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:20 pm

My newly discovered favorite in KC is Los Tules at 1656 Broadway.  Try the ultimate quesadilla -- it is da bomb! 


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