Thursday, June 9, 2016

Restaurant Review: El Torito Taqueria

  Kansas City, Kansas has the distinct honor of being the host to many of the finest taquerias in the metro. They number in the dozens with many of them being located near the downtown area. Quite a few are actually a combination of grocery store and taqueria rolled into one. Among this group, El Torito stands out for their large selection of tacos, which rivals any other eaterie in Kansas City.

  On any given day expect to find customers crowding the meat counter, all attempting to gain the attention of the butcher. Being a grocery store expect to find many freshly baked bread and treat items. There is also the usual selection of canned, bottled, and prepackaged staples required to whip up a home made meal. During my last visit, I was solely there for the tacos.

   The taqueria is connected to the store, but it also has it's own entrance. Unlike many other restaurants of this style, El Torito does not have counter service, and instead engages servers to deliver the food. As is common in many establishments, you will start with chips and salsa. The salsa is unlike that you find in many restaurants, as this is made with charred tomatillos. As I stated before, El Torito offers a wide variety of tacos, with skirt steak and cured ham being two of my favorite. I also noticed they offer fish, as well as shrimp varieties, which makes them one of only a handful that I know of in our city.

  There eat-in menu does not stop at tacos, and includes many favorites people expect at a Mexican food restaurant. Burritos, fajitas, gorditas, and quesadillas add to the expansive offerings on their menu. The next time you are in the mood for some authentic Mexican food be sure to head to El Torito Taqueria at 1409 Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Visit for more information and to preview their menu.

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