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Kansas City Mexican Food (Post #250)

I'm a mexican food fiend. I could eat chips and salsa, or a variety of chips and other things (guac, cheese dip, bean dip, etc.), every day of my life. I love chicken and beef, but pulled pork (even BBQ-style) wins out almost anywhere (pulled, not cubed). I love the fresh salsa and guacamole, but love fresh, crisp, thick tortilla chips even better. I'm not a big fajita fan, but give me some fried ice cream or sopapillas any day, and I'll be happy.

I had my regular spots in Fayetteville, so naturally I was worried when moving to KC. If you're worried about finding good mexican food here, you really shouldn't. There's one street in KC, Southwest Boulevard, that houses some, if not all, of the city's best mexican restaurants...

Manny's
Home of the now-infamous "chips will cost you extra after the first basket" line. WHAT!?! You're kidding me! Fine, charge me $0.60, but only if Manny himself is looking... otherwise, I'll just wait for my food. Mmmmm, Frito Burrito (deep-fried burrito, because you need that).

La Fonda el Taquito
Salsa bar! What happened to the salsa verde? Mmmmm, chicken flautas.

Taqueria Mexico
Super-fast, super-cheap, nice salsa. Mmmmm, the massive burritos and good rice.

Tequila Harry's
Food is so-so... a friend once said, "I think I got the quesadillas... or was it the burritos... no, it was the fajitas. I dunno, it's all the same, they dump that damn cheese on everything." So true. But if you want a super-strong margarita, this is the place for you – one makes my stomach hurt, two knocks me out.

Margarita's
Their salsa is so good that you can buy it in the damn supermarkets here. Hands down, my favorite salsa in town. Kick ass cheese dip, too... it's got spinach in it!

Ponak's
Home of the ketchupy-salsa, great strawberry margaritas and corny rice (f’ing disgusting).

Sol Azteca
If you're from Fayetteville and you're looking for the La Huerta clone, look no further. Best chips in town, best rice in town, best white cheese dip in town... do I need to continue? Yes? Fresh guacamole, too. Speedy? Yes. Mice? Yep. Chicken bones in food? Sometimes. Does the menu say Sol Azteca? No. Why should it.

Baja 600 (not on Southwest Boulevard)
How does this Plaza-based restaurant make it on the list!?! Best guacamole in town – made fresh at your table (unless you're outside)... oh yeah, outside dining... jalepeno cream cheese sauce. Good lord.

So you can see, there's plenty of good places to get your mexican grub-on. If you don't like those places, we've got Taco Bell and In-a-Tub, too.

+ original post date: August 24, 2005 08:53 PM
+ categories: All About Seth, KC

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I'm so excited about this list, and now so hungry! i'll agree on most of what you say, but i still have yet to go to Taquera place you mentioned - i HEAR Nympa's, or Nimpha's is the B.E.S.T.

now i'm starrrrving. great.

+ author: bev
+ posted: August 25, 2005 09:18 AM

¡La mostaza está en el mono! (The mustard is in the monkey!)

+ author: Crasymaker
+ posted: August 25, 2005 09:25 AM

I thought the Tequila Harry's on the Boulevard closed many, many months ago.

If you like Margarita's salsa you can have the extra jar I have in my cabinet. :) I didn't care for it at all.

I don't like Manny's, I had terrible service the last time I was there (they weren't even busy) and the food was no better than a typical suburban chain. I've heard the service complaint from several other people too.

I miss California Taqueria, that place was da bomb. But Taqueria Mexico is so good I sometimes go there twice a week. There are two locations on the Boulevard but I like the one in the orange building across from Royal Liquors slightly better than the one north of KU Med.

+ author: ScooterJ
+ posted: August 25, 2005 04:14 PM

Bev: Whatever.

Todd: ¡Mi pelo! ¡Mi pelo! ¡Prueba como cargadores! (My hair! My hair! It tastes like boots!)

Scoot: I don't care what's closed and what's not... deal is, I still eat, all of it. I'm smart.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: August 25, 2005 04:38 PM

vamos a comer. invita a jason...quiero comer contigo en k.c.

+ author: jaime
+ posted: August 27, 2005 04:48 PM

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