Five must-try taco joints

Quick question: Is there ever a bad time for tacos?

They’re perfect for every occasion, from curing the post-study blues to kicking off a night out. But if you’re still searching for the right place, I have a few suggestions to help you get started.

Mission Taco, 5060 Main Street

If you’re looking for an excuse to escape from the library, Mission Taco, located just a short walk away from campus, is a perfect safe haven. With a colorful mural and $2 shots and tacos past 10 p.m., this place is perfect for those looking to kick back and relax. 

Must-try item: Chicken Flautas, which are smothered in a rich crema and BBQ sauce.

Port Fonda, 4141 Pennsylvania Avenue

Right in the heart of Westport lies this gem acclaimed by critics everywhere, from The New York Times to GQ. Be sure to visit during a weekend afternoon for an upbeat brunch experience.

Must-try item: Churros y chocolate, which you can share with friends during brunch. But to be honest, you’re just going to want to hog them to yourself.

Drunken Worm, 1405 W 39th Street

Open until 12 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday, this is the spot to go to if you want a late-night bite. This place is dark and cozy, a perfect environment to have an unforgettable night with friends.

Must-try item: Drunken Chimi, perfect comfort food for those coming with an empty stomach.

Kansas City Taco Joint, 520 Walnut Street

With an amazing Taco Tuesday deal and an upbeat atmosphere, this place is definitely worth taking a drive for. Full of unique tacos, including Thai-chili and wild cod, this restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Must-try item: Queso-Blanco, its baked cooking process gives it a delicious burnt-crust top.

Rudy’s, 1611 Westport Road

This family-owned restaurant is the perfect place to relax and kick back. With a killer lunch deal and deliciously filling options, this one’s a hidden gem right in the heart of Kansas City.

Must-try item: Veggie Fajitas, which come out of the oven piping hot with sizzling peppers and onions.

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