Without hot sauce, diners could only add a kick to bland meals by over-salting each bite or punting baked potatoes 40 yards across the kitchen. Savor simply acquired spice with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Mexican fare at Kokopelli Mexican Cantina in Prairie Village.
At Kokopelli Mexican Cantina, a member of the independent Kansas City Originals restaurant organization, a team of culinary mix-masters blends seafood, vegetables, and cheese into classic Mexican and Southwestern dishes. Santa Fe dip ($6.95) stimulates salivary glands with a blend of pepper jack cheese, spinach, and secret ingredients, which are more hush-hush than a CIA agent's middle-school diary. The chicken-enchilada soup ($4.75 for bowl) puts an aromatic twist on a familiar favorite, with a cheese broth and a pico de gallo topping, whereas two traditional tamales brandish a crown of pork chili sauce and melted cheese ($9.75). Vegetarian fajitas ($9.95) fill meat-free stomach vessels with a sizzling posse of cooked vegetables, guacamole, and sour cream, and the Arturo burger ($8.25) befits the eatery's diner-like environment, arriving at tables accompanied by seasoned fries and prints of Nighthawks replicated in ketchup.
Kokopelli Mexican Cantina
With its dark wood-paneled walls, antique road signs, and murals of Mexican pueblos, Kokopelli Mexican Cantina’s dining room resembles the fusion of a southern roadhouse and taqueria. It’s a fitting backdrop for a menu of homemade tamales, burritos, and enchiladas sprinkled with southwestern flourishes, like the pepper jack cheese layered on spinach enchiladas or the crab and white-wine sauce stuffed in the tucumcari's flour tortillas. Fajitas—Kokopelli Mexican Cantina’s specialty—feature strips of shrimp, steak, and chicken seasoned with a piquant blend of spices and scoops of homemade guacamole.
Kokopelli Mexican Cantina is a member of the Kansas City Originals, an alliance of independent eateries and chefs dedicated to nurturing, growing, and regularly basting the local culinary scene.