Thinking about Mexican and S. American in KC
Kansas City has a lot of great Mexican and several good S. Am restaurants, here's my list - please add to it.
El Pollo Rey, KS Ave, KCK, Mexican - best smoky grilled chicken ever
El Camino Real, 7th 7 Baltimore, KCK, Mexican - tacos al pastor please, THANK YOU!
El Matador, Merriam Dr. KCK, Mexican (american) great little diner, super friendly owners, great micheladas, try the tripe tacos medium-crispy (omg) and the guacamole
El Pulgarcito, Shawnee KS, El Salvadorean, great diner, excellent pupusas, super good soups
El Porton, Mission & 435, OvPk, Venezuelan, arepas, steak, great desserts. They were byob, not sure if this is still the case.
Birrieria Michoacana, Kansas Ave & 7th St KCK, Mexican, the birria is amazing, flowery chile broth, tender lamb, chivo, beef, they serve all kinds.
El Fogon Del Taqueria, 104th & Metcalf OvPk, Mexican, very good fast food place for street-style tacos and sandwiches, and note the location, no driving to KCK for us southerners.
El Salvadoreno, old downtown OvPk, El Salvadorean, nice place for pasteles and a glass of wine after the farmer's market.
Sure I am missing some, these are my favorites. Please fill me in.
I don't get over to MO all that much other than midtown/downtown. I do go to Panchos on main from time to time, it's pretty darn good for what it is, a cheap and fast burrito - taco place, good breakfast burritos, avocado green salsa. Not fancy at all and 10 years ago a crackhead ineffectually tried to mug me in the parking lot.
I was in KC about a month ago. A friend took me to Bonito Michoacan in Olathe. It's mostly a grocery store but has a food court kinda thing inside complete with ice cold beer.
I pointed to a large roasted hunk of meat and asked "what is that?"
"I'll have 3 lamb tacos and a Sol, please".
Really, really good tacos.