When diners arrive at Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, they glide across sleek hardwood floors toward plush booths and tables surrounded by coral-hued walls and modern hanging lights. Amiable staff members whisk colorful dishes topped with regional spices and seafood toward their waiting taste buds. After filling their bellies with the authentically Mexican fare, guests can lounge in the bar area, harnessing enough low-alpha brain waves via nine big-screen high-definition TVs to properly digest a meal.
Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant's chefs specialize in producing the bold flavors of our national next-door neighbors. A complimentary basket of chips 'n' salsa greets diners, and entrees include the camarones al mojo de ajo, in which grilled shrimp join forces with a healthy portion of rice and beans. Margaritas complement dinners or serve as a tongue-loosening agent for lectures on the history of shredded lettuce. The restaurant’s outdoor dining area offers open-air eating and allows pets, and it regularly hosts special events and live mariachi music, saving diners the trouble of bringing their shoulder-mounted boom boxes.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour: also known as great times for Mexican food. Tortas Jalisco ensures that no meal or snack goes by without the possibility of fresh, authentic Mexican eats. Using local produce in everything from the homemade tamales to the huevos rancheros, the chefs whip up tasty creations alongside serving breakfast all day. Diners can enjoy margaritas with meals of gorditas, chimichangas, or burritos, and if it's not quite happy hour time, horchata makes for an equally satisfying pairing.
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.
Ixtapa's kitchen creates authentic Mexican dishes with an emphasis on artfully prepared seafood and Yucatan-inspired flavors. Diners who order the pollo adobado entree, for example, can sink teeth into a chicken breast marinated in a sauce made with achiote seeds that, like most of North America's toffee supply, are native to the Yucatan peninsula. Fifteen chicken entrees?from the classic arroz con pollo to the spicy pollo Ixtapa?populate the menu alongside fiery shrimp dishes such as camarones a la diabla. The eatery's signature dish, camarones Ixtapa, presents a catch of succulent shrimp saut?ed with mushrooms and onions in green tomatillo sauce. A full bar supplies adults with beer, top-grade tequilas, and reasons to talk about high school.
True to their eatery's name, the family behind Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant focuses not only on curating a hearty menu of classic Mexican favorites and custom pizzas, but on creating a friendly atmosphere. Affable servers descend from the restaurant's velcro walls to stop at tables to deliver traditional or deep-fried burritos bundled with beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. Chefs refer to old family recipes to build enchiladas, tostadas, and guacamole or hand the reigns to customers so they can choose toppings such as pineapple, jalapeños, or sausage to assemble signature pizzas.