Best Road Trip Food Stops Around KC for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The best grab-and-go dining for the vehicle-bound.

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   Your eyes are on the road; you’ve got one hand on the wheel and the other clutching a crispy taco. Yes, taco. So, take that, hamburger and fries, because a taco makes enduring rush hour traffic or driving your kids’ extra-curricular activities carpool downright tasty.


baja beach taco at tikitaco


   In July, this closet-sized shop opened to an enthusiastic response. Maybe it’s the menu, which pops with a tropical island flair: Take the Tommy Fish Taco, for example, with its crispy beer-battered pollock topped with shredded cabbage, queso fresco, pico de gallo and spicy Baja sauce.

   There’s a Baja Beach taco with a similar preparation, except the star is beer-battered shrimp. And you’ll have a hard time passing up the Kansas City Burrito, stuffed with curly fries, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and a choice of protein.

   Don’t skip the sides, either. The ChupaCOBBra elote is street food-style corn on the cob dressed up with crema and chili powder. The best news? TikiTaco is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., so you can get your taco fix pretty much whenever you need it.

   TikiTaco, 1710 W. 39th St., Kansas City.


rico's tacos lupe

rico's tacos lupe

   Rico’s Tacos Lupe

   Rico’s Tacos Lupe offers up its street tacos for just $1 each on Tuesdays; but you don’t need to wait, they’re affordable no matter what day of the week you land at this Southwest Boulevard stalwart (standard pricing is $1.50 each). Whatever taco filling you prefer — al pastor (crispy-thin shavings of roasted pork), barbacoa (slow-roasted beef), (carnitas (tender braised pulled pork), carne asada (grilled sliced beef), roasted chicken — they do it all here.

   The portions are petite but mighty: Meat is piled onto two thin, lightly grilled corn tortillas and topped with the street-standard onion and cilantro. Call ahead with your to-go order or swing through on your way home; either way, you’ll have a hard time making these last all the way to your destination.

   Rico’s Tacos Lupe, 802 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City. 816.472.0738.