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Bartender's Corner: Southwest Boulevard

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Southwest Boulevard is brimming with delicious traditional Mexican restaurants, most of which offer Happy Hour deals involving meal specials and cheap margaritas. This culturally-rich area offers tasty food and other notable specials almost every day of the week.

Taqueria Mexico

910 Southwest Boulevard

Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
 

La Taquiera Mexico features authentic Mexican food and fast, friendly service. The restaurant’s most popular deal is on Wednesday, with $1 ground beef tacos and margaritas for $1.99.The margaritas are not as potent as Ponak’s, but the price is unbeatable. The tacos are always fresh, and small chunks of fried potatoes cooked with the beef give a unique taste.La Taquiera’s everyday menu offers traditional Mexican dishes such as chimichangas, tostadas, flautas and even tortas. Portion sizes are very large with reasonable prices.

Rico’s Tacos Lupe

802 Southwest Boulevard

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday 
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday -Saturday
 

Rico’s Tacos Lupe offers one of the best taco specials in Kansas City on Tuesdays, with famous street tacos for only $1 each.

The restaurant’s street tacos consist of the customer’s choice of meat with onions and cilantro, served with a wedge of lime on a corn tortilla. Choices of meat include asada (steak), pollo (chicken), lengua (beef tongue) and many others. Though the restaurant is small and offers limited seating, the tacos are worth the wait.

Tortilla chips are provided for dine-in customers every day of the week, served with Rico’s own salsa and bottles of habanera and a jalapeno puree.

At the entrance, Rico’s also has a photo collage of customers who have eaten a considerable amount of tacos. Many boast eating up to 10, but one customer has eaten up to 23.

Rico’s is unique because of its “bring your own beer” policy. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but patrons may bring their own alcoholic beverages if opened inside the restaurant. In a sense, this makes every hour Happy Hour at Rico’s.

A Royal Liquor is conveniently located across the street, giving patrons an opportunity to grab a six-pack before the meal.

Dine-in and carry out are available at Rico’s.

El Patrón

2905 Southwest Boulevard

11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
 

El Patrón Cocina and Bar, prides itself on its fresh seafood and margarita and mojito recipes.  The restaurant is often praised for its fish tacos and chic environment.

El Patrón is slightly more expensive than other restaurants on Southwest Boulevard, but its Happy Hour specials are affordable for almost every budget. Happy Hour is 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, featuring half-price appetizers, and margaritas and mojitos for $3.49 each. On Mondays, margaritas and mojitos are $3.49 all day.

Ponak’s

2856 Southwest Boulevard

11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday
 

Ponak’s is famous in Kansas City for its potent margaritas. These margaritas are uniquely crafted with Ponak’s own special tequila.  Customers can purchase Ponak’s “Liquid Attitude,” a bottle of pre-mixed margaritas, for $20 daily.

The restaurant’s Happy Hour is 3-6 p.m. every day. On Mondays, Ponak’s offers specials on tacos and drinks. The Happy Hour menu varies by day of the week.

Poco’s Latin Cuisine

3063 Southwest Boulevard

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Friday
7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
 

Poco’s Latin Cuisine, much like El Patrón, is known for its fish tacos. It is more expensive than its neighboring restaurants, except during Happy Hour.Happy Hour at Poco’s is from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday- Saturday. House margaritas are $3, domestic beers are $2.50 and imported beers are $3, along with well drinks.

kotte@unews.com

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