Like most modern conflicts, the rivalry between soft and hard tacos will not end until one side gets eaten by a bear. Broker a culinary truce with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican cuisine at Lucia’s La Taquera in Independence.
At Lucia’s La Taquera, skilled chefs post a roster of traditional tacos, burritos, and enchiladas in a cozy dining room, whose walls show personality with embossed coppery tiles and Inca-styled murals. Patrons crunch into Lucia’s specialty deep-fried tacos ($2.50 each, $7.25 for three), which shout out praise before embracing beef, chicken, or pork in a dual-layer maize hug. Nineteen Mexican plates ($7.75–$12) weigh down dishware with myriad combinations, such as the tostada platter, where a bean tostada mingles with a cheese and onion enchilada and bean burrito ($7.75) or the four soft tacos, stuffed with ground beef and served with beans and rice ($12). Meanwhile, circular tables accept green pork-burrito spreads, plumped with salsa and cheddar cheese ($9), which entice taste buds and fuel conversations about drawing a portrait with chili peppers.
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.
600 E US Hwy. 24
Independence, Missouri 64050Get Directions