964 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas | 913-621-1743
At 6 a.m., six days a week, an employee starts making tortillas in the kitchen at Ninfa's, an Armourdale tortilla factory and restaurant. In 1988, the Garza family opened the place and started serving lunch centered on its warm, soft, vegetarian-friendly flour tortillas (made with vegetable shortening, not the traditional lard). At first, Kansas City customers were startled by the presentation. The tortillas aren't served with salsa but with squeeze bottles of Parkay margarine. It sounds weird, but it's tasty, and regulars love the combination. The tortillas at Ninfa's are popular, and the carryout business is brisk: The restaurant makes, and usually sells out of, 150 dozen tortillas every weekday and 200 dozen on Saturdays. In this city, everything tastes better inside a Ninfa's tortilla — even burnt ends.