KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When you think of Kansas City cuisine, you might go straight to the barbecue, but it’s the subway tacos that are gaining national recognition.
Forbes called KCK the taco capital of the United States. Alan Carr, the executive director of Visit KCK, said he was thrilled that the Mexican food and community were getting the city’s attention.
“I think it’s wonderful that we get this recognition for what we believe is truly who we are as a place,” said Carr.
The article highlights the authentic, tasty and spicy tradition of the city. W. David Keith eats his way through the subway one taco after the other for his podcast Taco the Town. He said maybe one day people will see tacos as the hallmark of the subway.
“It’s great. It finally got on the map and what an amazing thing to get on the map. I’m just so happy. I’m so happy that they can share their tacos with the world,” said Keith.
At El Camino Real on 7th Street, the news came as a surprise to co-owner Faustino Martinez.
“I am happy and I hope we are one of them!” Martinez said.
His father opened the restaurant in 2000 after selling his seasoned pork tacos at local baseball games.
“I feel really special about what my father has achieved and I am really surprised that it is. We try to sell the best, more authentic tacos from Mexico and we try to do that every day, ”Martinez said.
He said the best way to tell if tacos are authentic is to use seasoning. He and his father worked for years perfecting the blend of spices that they use on their meat.
Martinez said he was grateful Forbes recognized KCK, but the best recognition comes from their customers.
“I really appreciate that they got caught in this pandemic. Everything is difficult right now and I want to thank them for coming in, ”said Martinez.
If you want to try all of the tacos in KCK you can Sign up for Visit KCK’s Taco Trail and earn prizes along the way.
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