The perfect place to eat a real street taco in Kansas City is on Southwest Boulevard, which is where you can find Lupe’s Taco Stand. Stop by weekend nights to see local neighborhood folks lined up to sample her “rich tacos” fresh corn tortillas filled with your choice of steak asada, pork carnitas, tripe, pork stomach, fried pork skin, you name it, Lupe’s got it. Also on weekends she does Birria de Chivo or goat steamed in a chile broth as well as the traditional Mexican hang-over cure, Menudo. Tacos come with chopped onion and cilantro, the “green sauce” is what to get on your tacos. VISIT: on Tuesdays when all tacos are only $1.00.
Made to resemble a log cabin, this food truck used to travel around the country making Hillbilly Kettle Korn at fairs and festivals along the way. When the lovely couple that owns it finally decided to settle down, the corner of the Ward Parkway Shopping Center is where their truck finally found it’s permanent home. Their sweet and salty Kettle Korn is simply a treat. You can both freeze and reheat in the microwave this miraculous “korn”. A small bag is $3, medium $6 and a large is $12. ASK: if you can sample some of their fine Kettle Korn, they are always happy to provide free samples to anyone who asks.
Fresher than Fresh Snowcones
In the garden at the corner of 1700 Summit
Kansas City, MO
First Friday’s in front of Hammerpress Studios &
Saturday’s in the Garden - 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM
Lindsay Laricks is a lovely woman who sells snowcones out of her turquoise 1957 Shasta “Canned Ham” trailer. She also a woman on a mission to get you to try her unique, made from scratch, snowcone flavors. Open for her second season, Lindsay has a long list of tried and true flavors that are a must for any curious palate. For only $3 a cone you can sample flavors like: Lemon Prickly Pear, Lime Mint, Watermelon Basil and Espresso & Mexican Cane Sugar. GET: the “Daredevil Special” snowcone, it changes often and is Lindsay’s way to test new flavors, only $2. Try one and cast your vote!
The Jerusalem Café restaurant mans this food truck late nights in Westport. It is just a fact of life, there will always be food trucks parked where late night party animals prowl. When you find yourself in Westport late night and have the need for a snack, this truck will always hit the spot. Get their falafel sponge, I mean sandwich, with crispy fried falafel patties tucked inside a soft pita bread pocket with lettuce, tomato and a creamy cucumber tzatziki sauce. ENJOY: a drink in one of the many watering holes in Westport first, and then go hit the Falafel Truck. Be aware that most bars will not allow you back through their doors with food from the trucks, so be prepared to take it home or sit outside on the curb to eat it.
Jasper’s Marco Polo Grill Cart
Located outside of Marco Polo’s attached to Jasper’s
1201 W. 103rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Outside on the grill Saturdays when weather allows, inside everyday.
If you didn’t grow up with this Italian treat of a sandwich, it’s time for a proper introduction. Go visit Chef Jasper’s Mirabile Jr.’s Marco Polo Italian Deli and outside most weekends you will find his outdoor cart with the grill fired up making his specialty, a grilled Italian sausage sandwich. Made with Jasper’s own house-made Italian Sausage, it is grilled to a golden brown then piled high with green peppers, onions and potatoes on a soft Italian peasant roll for only $4. TREAT: yourself to one of Jasper’s sweet cannoli pastries after your lunch, it’s Chef’s personal favorite and should not be missed.