Kansas City’s culinary scene has flourished in recent years, meaning that the Mexican food offerings throughout the metro are better than ever. While casual chips-and-salsa happy hour hangouts continue to make up most of the options, there’s a newfound blossoming of chef-forward concepts that prize local ingredients, craft techniques and unique menus.

Enjoy some of KC’s most popular Mexican restaurants:

Local Classics

Long-running standbys and regional institutions beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Across the Border

KCK has such an impressive assortment of Mexican restaurants that it deserves its own section.

  • El Camino Real: What you see is what you get at El Camino Real, and what you get is delicious Mexican street food.
  • El Pollo Rey: A local legend that dishes out wood-fired, south-of-the-border fare.
  • Don Antonio’s Meat and Tortillas: A relative newcomer on the KCK Mexican scene, Don Antonio’s doesn’t disappoint with a fresh menu and high-quality ingredients.
  • Taqueria Mexico #4: Fajitas to molcajete, the expansive offerings at Taqueria Mexico #4 mean everyone can find something satisfying.
  • Burritos La Chiquita: It’s all in the name at Burritos La Chiquita, because the loaded wraps are just that tasty. 

Happy Hour

Ideal for impromptu get-togethers, such as casual meals, drinks and meetups.

  • El Patron: Another Southwest Boulevard favorite, El Patron boasts excellent upper deck views and potent margaritas.
  • Teocali: Soak up some rays on the rooftop patio at this bustling Mexican spot just east of Crown Center.
  • Jose Pepper’s: With locations across the region, Jose Pepper’s is always a short drive away.
  • Margarita’s: In business since 1985, this aptly named local Mexican chain touts a killer happy hour menu.
  • Drunken Worm: The perfect post-work stop on your way home, found right on 39th Street West.
  • Brookside Barrio: An excellent patio setup is the perfect situation for relaxing with a drink in-hand and chips & salsa on deck.

Tacos and Burritos

Everyone’s got them, but these places specialize in tacos and burritos.

  • Taco Republic: Savor street tacos in a wide variety of flavors, featuring pork belly, fried hearts of palm, blackened & fried cod and more.  
  • TikiTaco: Try the crave-worthy after-hours bites at TikiTaco via walkup window on quirky 39th Street West.
  • Kansas City Taco Company: New and novel shape the menu at KC Taco Co. in the River Market. Try Thai-chili shrimp tacos, Korean pork tacos and plenty more.

  • Mission Taco Joint: The funkier the flavor the better at this East Crossroads (and South Plaza) haunt that specializes in creative tacos and cocktails, making it perfect for an evening out with friends.
  • Burrito Brothers: Fresh, locally sourced ingredients make up the menu items at this spot in The City Market.
  • Ricos Tacos Lupe: Authentic tacos and other options located right on Southwest Boulevard.
  • Dos de Oros Taqueria: Street tacos and breakfast tacos stand out on an authentic menu that also includes massive, footlong burritos.

Craft Concepts

Higher-end experiences featuring thoughtful, carefully concocted menus—and totally unique flavor combos.

  • Jarocho Pescados Y Mariscos: Chef Carlos Falcon expertly runs the kitchen at this much-awarded Mexican seafood restaurant, which currently operates two metro locations.
  • Port Fonda: Helmed by a James Beard Award semifinalist, Port Fonda is an underappreciated gem serving up tremendous, authentic Mexican cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner.

  • Zócalo: Find this chic Mexican cantina at the Country Club Plaza, making it ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a full evening of dining and entertainment.
  • Karbon: Based in Parlor, a trendy food hall in the Crossroads, Karbon combines Yucatan tastes with Middle Eastern influences for a wonderfully balanced synthesis.
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