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reenum Apr 12, 2006 03:33 AM

Hello all,

I checked the threads, and could not really find one that had a discussion of good Mexican joints in and around Johnson County in the KC Metro area.

I'd really appreciate some recommendations of places that are reasonably priced and have good chow! Ambience is not really that much of a consideration.

Thanks!

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    chileheadmike RE: reenum Apr 12, 2006 09:50 AM

    Cocina del Puerco is not only the best in JoCo but possibly the city. My favorite item is the carnitas tacos on their homemade corn tortillas. Tender moist pork, lettuce, pico de gallo, and just a small amount of queso blanco. The tortillas are the best part, warm, soft and full of flavor.

    I was in for a late lunch a few weeks ago and got a chance to speak with the server. He said the cooks are from the Yuccatan and try to keep things authentic. Very much like the food I had there last summer.

    Oh man, now I gotta get back soon.

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      Katie Nell RE: reenum Apr 12, 2006 10:48 AM

      Agree with La Cocina del Puerco, but I would only get the carnitas... I haven't liked anything else nearly as well. Also, they are supposed to have really good margaritas, but I haven't had a chance to try them yet. It's a fun atmosphere, and I'm still steaming at some people who didn't want to go there on Cinco de Mayo last year! http://www.lacocinadelpuerco.com/

      Also, nearby is La Tienda Casa Paloma... very authentic and I absolutely love the lady that co-owns it with her husband... she makes you feel like a regular the second time you go back! It's also a great place to find hard-to-find authentic ingredients. My favorite is breakfast, and while not authentic, they have the best french toast I've ever had. It also is a very fun atmosphere. Try the peach Mexican soda if they have that flavor the day you go!

      And further out south, Maya's Mexican Bistro is a fun place to go too. One side of the menu is more traditional and the other side is more "nouveau" Mexican cuisine. I really enjoyed the salmon with pineapple and mango salsa from the bistro side of the menu and my boyfriend loved the chorizo quesadillas from the traditional side.
      (816) 941-3373
      12912 State Line Rd
      Kansas City, MO 64145

      Link: http://www.casapaloma.com/

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        Katie Nell RE: Katie Nell Sep 28, 2006 03:49 PM

        Have to amend my post a little bit... the carne asada is also really good at La Cocina! And they do in fact have awesome margaritas... the best I've had anywhere!

        The last time we went to Maya's it was so-so... my husband still liked it, but I didn't like it nearly as well.

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        Joe D. RE: reenum Apr 16, 2006 05:11 PM

        Two fantastic places: Dos Reales, one on Shawnee Mission Pkwy and one on 75th Street.

        And my personal favorite, the Guadalajara Cafe on 103rd and State Line. Guadalajara Cafe is in KCMO, but it's within spittin' distance of Leawood. Very authentic, delicious, reasonably priced.

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          Keith RE: reenum Apr 21, 2006 06:33 PM

          Chapala - 105 South Clairborne Road, Olathe. Very good and very reasonable.

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            reenum RE: reenum Sep 28, 2006 03:37 PM

            I love Dos Reales. Some friends of mine and I try to get out there at least once a month.

            I have not tried La Cocina, but judging from the recommendations, I will have to do so soon.

            Another place I really enjoyed was La Mesa out in Olathe. The crab quesadillas are to die for!

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              tastebudmagazine RE: reenum Sep 28, 2006 07:51 PM

              I have to get my two cents in here as well...

              Casa Paloma at 83rd/Metcalf is outstanding. And I agree with the above, though not authentic, the french toast is delightful.

              How about a Salvadorean restaurant? El Pulgarcito 5921 Merriam Dr - little or no ambience here but the food is great- the tamales are the best in the city and the pupas are some of my new favorite comfort food. (if you think there are better tamales you haven't had these) The soups, grilled fish etc all are authentic. This is not a red salsa and chip kind of place- the table condiments do include red sauce BUT the real treat is the spicy cabbage salad served in a quart jar on every table- oh my I love this place. english is the second language spoken there but don't be afraid to point at the menu its worth the time...and its so inexpensive its a crime.

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