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Sep 12, 2007 11:49 AM

Taco Via in KC

Does ayone know if there is still a Taco Via in Kansas City? There might have been several locations. The one we always went to was inside a mall, maybe Metro North or Metcalf. This was like 20 years ago though. There also used to be a taco place in Antioch mall, right off the escalator. Does this sound familiar?

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    1. There's still about 6 or 7 in the yellow pages, and my friend here at work said they still eat at one occasionally. I've always wondered if it was good or not? We've been looking for a replacement for Taco Casa in Topeka since we moved here. Tried In-A-Tub last weekend... okay, but not worth driving 30 min. for.

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        In-A-Tub: Only worth driving 30 minutes if hangover conditions exist.

        1. re: Katie Nell

          It was soooo long ago, I remember it being good, but it's possible it's completely gross. I remember that they served drinks in those red plastic Pizza Hut type glasses, that in my opinion make all soda taste better, and it was kind of a cross between fast food and not.

          Call me crazy but I love Taco John's. We had one for about 5 minutes here in Wichita. I do love Taco Casa as well. I'm from around the KC area, and I miss all the fast food Mexican. We only have Taco Bell, Taco Bueno, and Taco Shop here.

          1. re: shopgirl26

            Well, we'll check it out and report back! It can't possibly be more gross that macaroni and cheese powder on tacos! ;-)

            1. re: Katie Nell

              Oh my god! I thought that's what it was! I failed to mention it in my post because I thought no one would know what the hell I was talking about. I'm not sure what's weirder, that...or the cubes of government cheese that sat on top of the tacos at Perkin's.

              1. re: shopgirl26

                this board has solved a few food related questions that I never thought I'd get the answers to. Now if I could only find out who supplied my elementary school with it's lunches! I swear we had the best food, I still think about those deep fried burritos and mexican pizzas...

                1. re: shopgirl26

                  I still think about the salad dressing from my elementary school's cafeteria. It was a cross between French (as in Catalina) and vinaigrette. It had an orange-ish hue but the consistency of oil and vinegar. I have found that Johnny's (several KC locations) and Blazer Burger in Gardner have good substitutes for the deep fried burritos. Johnny's are mini burritos, but same great idea.

                  BTW my m-i-l loves Via. We usually pick some up every other week when we go to see her. It is totally Americanized, and I would say a good substitute for Taco Casa in T-town...we love it none-the-less. Taco Burgers, ketchup-like sauce and all. The one in Gardner just closed so now we go to the one on 151st. There is also one on Santa Fe and Mur-Len near the Price Chopper.

                  There did used to be a TV at Metcalf Mall. We would go there for a sancho and then to Swensen's Ice Cream for a scoop of Swiss Orange Chip.

                  1. re: amy_rc

                    The closest things I've found were these things called Cruncheros in the frozen case. Speaking of fast food and Americanized, tacos from
                    Burger King. Not kidding. They are like a 1/16th of an inch thick and there is a slice of American cheese tucked inside. So wrong it's right.

        2. Here's some additional info on Taco Via:

          I believe there's one at 95th and Antioch. Haven't tried it yet.

          1. There's a Taco Via at 151st and Ridgeview in Olathe, never been. Its in the same strip mall as Jumpin Catfish. Just West of there is a new Taco John's. And of course, the new Taco Bueno at 135th and Black Bob.

            Nothing compares to In-a-Tub

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            1. re: chileheadmike

              So Right! Nothing compare to In-A-Tub. Taco Via and In-A-Tub are totally different taco experiences. In-A-Tub tacos are not Mexican style tacos. Whether you love them or hate them, In-A-Tub tacos are quite unlike any just about anywhere.
              I have to add, I grew up with them, I am still in the love them once a year crowd. A pocketburger, too.

            2. True Taco Via fans, fret not. There's still a few locations around - I actually had some nachos at the one in Lees Summit today! Check out the locations here:


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              1. re: morrowsk

                Yeah, we went by the one at 95th and Antioch tonight, but they closed at 9 and it was 8:45, so we felt bad and decided to wait for another night. From what I could see of the menu, it reminded me of Taco Villa's menu in Topeka, another favorite of mine even though Chris hates it!

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Nothing rocks quite as hard as Taco Villa's queso. With it's mysterious pinkish color. I think the secret is that they put tomato soup in it or something.