The Kansas City Business Journal has a video of chef Sanchez talking about what diners can expect as the camera pans throughout the interior of the newly opened restaurant. The two-level space features a patio with an outdoor fire pit and sits alongside the outdoor ice rink. A tortilla-making station just inside the front door and a bar stocked with more than 40 different kinds of tequila are the focal points inside.
The starters include house-made chicharrones (pork rinds); a salad of jicama, cucumber and mango dressed in chile, lime and salt; and a pozole soup with braised pork and hominy. The menu is focused on botanas (small plates) like seafood paella fritters, plantanos rellenos (plantains with smoky black beans) and a tamale of the day. Mestizo also serves ceviche, tacos (skirt steak and braised tongue) and a few Sanchez family recipes like his mother Zarela's creamy rice.
Mestizo is open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations can be made by calling 913-752-9025.