At La Siesta, diners bathe in natural sunlight as brothers Francisco and Benjamin Guillen craft specialty soups, fajitas, and quesadillas made from traditional and ancient Mexican recipes. Each specialty dish on the menu is shaped by the restaurateurs’ expertise, which was born in their central highlands home of Guanajuato. Dishes include the Chiles en Nogada dinner and Aztec tortilla soup.
The imposing distance between Missouri and the Mexican border—a whopping 1,000 miles—doesn’t stop the chefs at Taqueria El Rodeo from transporting guests to the land of the hot sun. Within the casual café, they serve up generous burritos and nachos ramped up with zesty chorizo and steak or healthy veggies. The staff cooks every authentic Mexican dish with only fresh ingredients, and they welcome guests to imbibe Mexican or domestic beers and tangy fruit margaritas.
Though their cooking may take longer than a fast-food restaurant, Taqueria El Rodeo is so dedicated to making their fresh Mexican cuisine accessible that they’ve outfitted their eatery with a drive-through window, but you should only drive through it when it's open.
Simmering bowls of melted white queso dip melted with jalapeños give meals a spicy first act at Tequila Mexican Restaurant, leading the way for a collection of traditional Mexican entrees and margaritas. The kitchen provides descriptions of classic dishes so guests can decipher what makes up each combination platter, and chefs grill shrimp, steak, and chicken for fiery entree platters. The restaurant also helps guest decide how to pick their perfect margarita by explaining the flavor profiles of the five types of tequila as well as the forgotten sixth tequila, Pete Best.
Guadalajara Cafe shies away from the Tex-Mex standards found at typical Mexican restaurants in favor of the authentic flavors and spices you?d expect to find simmering in a family cocina. Its chefs attended culinary training in Guadalajara, where they developed a special appreciation for the cuisine of Jalisco, a region that extends from central Mexico to the Pacific coast. They even spice up this Jalisciense style of cooking with exotic ingredients such as squash blossoms, nopal cactus, and shrimp wearing tiny safari hats to create dishes reminiscent of those first envisioned by the Aztecs.
The result of their dedication to tradition is a menu of central Mexican classics such as chilies rellenos drizzled in spicy tomatillo sauce, hand-rolled tamales, and tacos filled with charbroiled, citrus-marinated meats. In her blog Around the Block, Mary Bloch?the author of the Kansas City Star?s restaurant guide?lauds the eatery?s mole, calling it ?as good as it gets.? Diners can wash down these authentic morsels with a selection of Mexican beers or tequilas infused with jalape?o, cilantro, and tamarind.
As soon as guests enter Sorano's Sports Bar, they’re surrounded by 12 televisions, all tuned to premium sports channels. While fans cheer and whoop in the background, servers shuttle plates of pub-style finger foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, and Mexican fare to eager diners. Nearby, bartenders siphon drafts and crack open bottles of domestic and imported beers, and pool tables beckon guests to illustrate their favorite geometry proofs. In addition to brews and bites, the sports bar keeps spirits high by hosting free poker tournaments, karaoke nights, and DJ performances throughout the week.