One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling across a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in guacamole and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at Lucia's Taquera in Independence.
Lucia's Taquera serves a mélange of Mexican favorites and innovative edibles within a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Diners are led by taste buds across an expansive menu laden with quesadillas ($3–$7), tostadas ($2.25–$2.75), and 19 palatable platters. The enchilada platter splits plate real estate between rice, beans, and two rolled corn tortillas, stuffed with a choice of meat and dressed in enchilada sauce, cheese, and a tiny zarape made entirely of beans ($8). Verdure-votaries can sink fiber-loving fangs into a vegetarian platter, which pairs a burly bean burrito with a coy cheese-and-onion quesadilla ($7.75). The house specialty deep-fried tacos ($2.50 each, $7.25/three), ensconce shredded beef, chicken, or pork in a double-layer of crispy corn tortillas and melted cheese. Diners can also dive into a bevy of burritos ($4.50–$12.75), or opt to have them smothered with a chili-relleno spread made with mild salsa and gooey cheddar cheese ($7).
Diners relax at intimate tables in Lucia's tiny, welcoming dining room, which is large enough to accommodate about 25 guests at one time. Walls are decked with colorful artwork and warm copper-colored tiles, lending the restaurant a cozy feel akin to being embraced by a loving statue.
Lucia's La Taquera
Corn tortillas filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese rest peacefully on a plate, unsuspecting of the fate that awaits them, when suddenly they find themselves in the hot embrace of a deep-fryer. What emerges is not merely a taco, but Lucia’s Famous Taco, a crunchy confection and, like many of Lucia’s dishes, a twist on a classic Mexican dish.
641 E US Hwy. 24
Independence, Missouri 64050Get Directions