Late Night Tacos at El Pueblito 810 Southwest Boulevard · 816-471-5442
The city is full of Mexican restaurants, but hardly any of them are authentic. Most just sell us what Gringos think Mexican food ought to be -- flour tortillas with ground beef, orange cheese, lettuce and chopped tomatoes. But at El Pueblito, the meat is shredded or braised to a tangy crisp, and there's a long list of seafood items -- which are the real passion of Mexico's culinary artists. A bowl of posole looks and tastes as if it has been shipped in from a comida corrida in Guadalajara. But things really get real on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer. That's when the folks at El Pueblito fire up a portable vending cart and dish out tacos -- a mound of meat on a flat corn tortilla buried in cilantro, raw onions and blazing salsa -- until four in the morning. There, under the streetlights, it's just like old Mexico in every way but price.