Kansas City's Best New Cheap Eats

39 budget-friendly bites to satisfy your cravings morning, noon and night.

 

   The sheer number of recent restaurant openings speaks to the fact that Kansas Citians love to experience new gastronomical adventures — and we come out to support them. But with so many places to try, a person could spend a fortune. 

   Enter 435 Magazine. Our team of editors and writers have taken the guesswork out of your exploration of the latest on our food scene. We searched high and low and came up with dozens of eateries where the food is tasty and the bill is equally delicious. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Dessert, Happy Hour, Late Night, Healthy 


BREAKFAST

 

Pancakes Stock

 

   Pancakes

   Ronnie’s Restaurant

   Ask any Northlander what their favorite breakfast place is, and you’ll find Kate’s Kitchen tops most people’s list. What Northlanders love about Kate's you can now find in Johnson County at Ronnie’s in Lenexa. Ronnie is Kate’s little brother, and just like his big sister’s restaurant, Ronnie’s embodies that old-fashioned diner ambiance. Both are only open for breakfast and lunch, and the value-packed menus are identical. At Ronnie’s, you’ll find all your favorite breakfast and brunch standbys, such as omelets, scramblers, ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, waffles, pancakes, French toast and cinnamon rolls. The Red Hot Mamacado is a fan favorite, featuring Scimeca's chorizo, onion, green chilies, avocado and a combination of jack and cheddar cheeses topped with sour cream and served with salsa on the side for $7.95. But if you’re looking for a steal, you can get a stack of made-from-scratch, fluffy pancakes for the wallet-friendly price of $3. 12812 W. 87th St., Lenexa, Kan., (913) 831-8600, kateskitchenkc.com

 

   Sticky Bun Brioche French Toast

   Elly's Brunch & Cafe

   Brand-new to the Country Club Plaza is Elly’s Brunch & Café. The popular Northwest Chicago chain has created its second outpost outside the Windy City in the historic Kansas City Board of Trade building. Elly’s extensive breakfast and lunch menu has something for everyone, with dozens of variations on traditional omelets, eggs Benedict, frittatas, crepes, chicken and waffles, breakfast sandwiches and wraps. Specialty pancakes such as baked apple, banana Nutella and apple cinnamon chip sell for $10 and $11. While there are several French toast selections to choose from, it is the sticky bun brioche that stops the show. Packed with all the flavor of a sticky bun, baked with brioche bread and candied pecans then topped with gooey praline sauce, this decadent dish is worth the caloric overload. $10. 4800 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., ellysrestaurants.com

 

   Biscuits & Gravy

   Attitude

   Breakfast, lunch, baked goods and vintage finds can be found at this quirky new cafe and antique shop at 31st and Cherry streets. If you are ravenous, try the All that Attitude, which is a monumental structure of biscuits and gravy layered atop fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage patty, grilled peppers, cheddar cheese and then topped with more gravy — all for a measly $12. But the best bang for the buck are the fluffy baseball-sized biscuits smothered in meaty sausage gravy, a hearty value at $6. 600 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 729-4125, attitudeinkc.com

 

   New York Bagels

   Meshuggah Bagels

   Meshuggah means “crazy” in Yiddish, and you might think attempting to replicate New York-style kosher bagels in Kansas City is just that. New Yorkers will tell you, “it’s all in the water.” Without a direct pipeline to the NYC water system, trying to make it happen here seemed an unlikely pursuit. Judging by lines out the door of the 39th Street location, owners Janna and Pete Linde have clearly found a way to confound even die-hard NY bagel fans, perfectly nailing the recipe for the most revered bread product of the Big Apple. Choose from a good variety of styles, textures and tastes like plain, everything, poppy seed and rye. A second location is now open near 105th Street and Metcalf Avenue in the Metcalf 103 Shopping Center, and a third location is slated to open in Liberty this August. Pick up a dozen for $12.50, or grab a single bagel for $1.50. Three area locations, meshuggahbagels.com

 

Donutology doughnuts made to order

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   Made-to-Order Doughnuts

   Donutology

   This new doughnut-meets-laboratory concept is much more than meets the eye. Owners Andrew and Meghan Cameron are the first in KC to offer the made-to-order doughnuts, and based on the number of giddy customers lined out the door, they seem to be onto something. Choose from nine types of icings, like maple, powdered sugar and peanut butter; then top your creation with cotton candy Pop Rocks, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, Butterfinger crumbles, graham cracker crumbs and more. Pick up a customized three-pack of mini cake doughnuts for just $2.25. 1009 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 298-5222, donutology.com

 

LUNCH

 

Strips Chicken 435 Mag Cheap Eats

Strip's Pork Burger

 

   Pork Burger

   Strip's Chicken Strips & Pork Burgers

   Restaurant consultant Todd Johnson was instrumental in launching Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump’s Hollywood restaurants, Sur and Pump. Back home again, Johnson has opened his first local fast-food restaurant featuring made-from-scratch delicacies such as crispy chicken strips, crispy pork tenderloin strips, pork burgers, salads, made-to-order hot baby doughnuts and more. Try an original pork burger with Strip’s famous strawberry barbecue sauce for just $5.991110 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, Kan., (913) 210-5170, stripschicken.com

 

   Tacos

   Kansas City Taco Company

   When it comes to affordable Mexican restaurants, the newly relocated Kansas City Taco Company in the River Market can’t be beat. Our hands-down favorite menu item is the queso blanco: a blend of three white cheeses served in a cast-iron skillet, topped with pico and delivered with a tub of crispy chips ($6.75). The Thai-Chili Shrimp taco is also a popular choice and features lightly fried jumbo shrimp served over slaw  with avocado and garlic aioli in a crispy corn tortilla shell. The Mojo Chicken taco is prepared with slow-roasted Cuban-style chicken, slaw and pepper jack cheese. Both options are best when served alongside a carefully poured house margarita. Add a side of flame-roasted street corn slathered with a creamy chili and lime-spiked sauce with cheese ($3). For the best value at this lunch spot, we find the dollar-to-pleasure-ratio wildy off-balance on Tuesdays, when this place serves you two select tacos for the wallet-friendly price of $5. 520 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 214-5390, kctacocompany.com

 

   Market Wrap

   McLain’s Market

   Known for cakes, cookies and doughnuts, the venerable McLain’s Bakery of Waldo fame has opened a restaurant/market in a convenient location near Interstate 435 and Roe Avenue. Pick up a grab-and-go breakfast sandwich, lunch wrap, dessert or a fresh-squeezed juice in the market area, where familiar pastry items from the original location and other ready-made foods are sold. If you want to stick around for a sit-down meal, enjoy a fresh-made, signature market wrap. While it may not seem like a bargain at nearly $8, the hearty lunchtime favorite is jam-packed with flavor that’s good for you, including sweet potato quinoa falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, feta, roasted red pepper hummus and cucumber dressing wrapped in a wheat tortilla. Pressed for time? Try the handy drive-thru. 10695 Roe Ave., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 242-8222, mclainsmarketkc.com

 

   Ham and Cheddar Croissant Sandwich

   eCafe

   It’s not just another pretty little coffee shop, though make no mistake about it, there’s plenty of piping hot coffee drinks served at the new eCafe near Interstate 435 and Roe Avenue. There’s so much more here, including several value-priced meal items. Along with cold and hot brews, eCafe serves smoothies, juices, pastries, quiche, salads, soups and sandwiches. Pick up a classic ham and cheddar on a fresh-baked croissant for just $5.95. 10650 Roe Ave., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 258-8489, ecafecoffee.com

 

1889 Pizza Napoletana Cheap Eats Kansas City 435 Mag

1889 PIZZA NAPOLETANA / ANNA PETROW

   The Royal Lunch Special

  1889 Pizza Napoletana

   Located at the corner of West 47th Avenue and Mission Road next to the original Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, 1889 Pizza Napoletana is Kansas City’s latest addition to a growing number of Neapolitan-style pizzerias. For the uninitiated, Neapolitan pizza is prepared with simple and fresh ingredients: a basic dough, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil — no fancy toppings. The pizza is flash-baked for 60 to 90 seconds in an 800-degree wood-fired oven, giving the crust a nice char. On weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., grab “The Royal Lunch” special, which is any small salad and bambino pizza with up to three toppings for $9.89. 2876 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kan., (913) 608-5889, 1889pizza.com

 

DINNER

 

Aep Restaurant Muu Ping Kansas City Cheap Eat 435 Mag

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   Muu Ping

   Aep 

   Open since December 2016, this colorful eatery has brought a sense of vitality and adventure to 39th Street’s food scene. Creating authentic Thai cuisine, executive chef Jakob Polaco and co-owner Adam Northcraft bring a depth and breadth to their relatively short menu of four appetizers and eight entrees. The restaurant itself is just fun to dine in, with its mint walls and cheery dining tables. For a tasty deal, we suggest trying the impressive and addictive meat-on-a-stick Muu Ping, which features skewers with thick strips of charcoal-grilled pork shoulder marinated in palm sugar, soy sauce and coconut. $9. 1815 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 832-8866, aeprestaurant.com 

 

   Short Rib Hot Dog

   Brewery Emperial

   This new Crossroads gem, which offers an impressive array of its own craft beer, packs in a nightly crowd in its taproom, dining room and beer garden. And why not, with brewers Keith and Julie Thompson and chef Ted Habiger and frontman Rich Kasyjanski at the helm? This talented team put together several regular menu values in addition to a relaxed atmosphere, outdoor space and wood-burning cooking hearth. We appreciate a value like the tri-tip steak sandwich, which features a porter sauce, caramelized onions, manchego and horseradish aioli, $12, and the short rib hot dog, complete with Dijon mustard and relish, both served with fries or beans, $10. 1829 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 945-9625, breweryemperial.com 

 

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Brewery emperial (left) / Anna Petrow , BRGRS + FRIES (righT)

   4 BRGRs + Fries

   BRGR Kitchen & Bar 

   By the time you get home on Monday night after a hard day’s work, the last thing you want to think about is dinner. Luckily, BRGR has come to your rescue. Dinner is a done deal with BRGR’s Monday night carry-out-only special, and it only equates to $6 a person for four. Stop in and grab a bag of four burgers and fries to go between 4 and 6 p.m. $24. Available at Corinth Square and Leawood locations only. brgrkitchen.com

 

   Heferweizen-battered Cod and Squash

   Calibration Brewery

   Billing itself as equal parts lounge and brew house, this new fun spot is a great place to hang out in North Kansas City. Founded and headed by entrepreneur Glen Stinson, the brewery features several great deals on its menu. These include its tasty Chicago-style hot dog, complete with the traditional condiments of chopped onion, green relish, pickle spear, sport peppers, sliced tomato and celery salt, $7.95; three juicy mini bacon burger sliders with your choice of cheese, $7.95; and, of course, there’s the particularly mouth-watering Hefeweizen-battered cod served with squash, fries, malt vinegar and house-made tartar sauce. $10.95. 119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Mo., (816) 994-8277, calibrationbrewery.com

 

   Killer Mac & Cheese

   Hopcat

   Although technically a chain restaurant, HopCat prides itself on never being a cookie-cutter bar. Its location in Kansas City, which opened in February, is no exception. Featuring a four-season rooftop cabana overlooking Westport, the bar offers several deals you won’t want to miss. The Meaty McMeaterson Pizza, for example, features pepperoni, chorizo and bacon, $10; the ever-popular Crack Fries, beer-battered and sprinkled with signature cracked black pepper seasoning, served with a side of warm cheese sauce for dipping, $5.95; and the Killer Mac & Cheese with pipette noodles smothered in cheese sauce for which you can create your own favorite combo that makes it a filling meal. $10 to $13. 401 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 656-3439, hopcat.com

 

   Doro Tibs

   Mesob

   Featuring the cuisine of Haiti and Eritrea, this new restaurant offers customers a food adventure. Owners Cherven Desauguste and Mehret Tesfamariam bring entrees from the Caribbean and the Horn of Africa with much fanfare. Dedicated to serving authentic delicacies with homemade-quality flavors, they offer beef, lamb, goat, poultry, seafood and a variety of vegetable dishes. We’re particularly taken with the Doro Wot, chicken drumsticks marinated in lime, then simmered in a berbere sauce with garlic and ginger root, served with a hard-boiled egg and Ayib cheese. $15. 3600 Broadway, Suite 105, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 721-9060, mesobkc.com

 

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Mesob (left) / Zauch Bauman, C. Frogs (right) / Anna Petrow

   Steak 

   C. Frogs

   Meat your match at this rebranded delight, formerly the kid-friendly Chocolate Frog Cafe, nestled in the Prairie Village Shopping Center next to Standees Theatres. What has emerged is this upscale restaurant with hip flair developed by Michael Forbes Bar & Grill partner Forbes Cross. It specializes in barbecue, steak and whiskey, with all meals handcrafted and prepared fresh daily using the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients. We suggest indulging in this whopper of a Wednesday night deal: a certified 10-ounce Angus prime cut steak. $11.99. 3935 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kan., (913) 601-5250, cfrogs.com

 

   Oysters 

   Jarocho South

   Chef Carlos Falcon, owner of Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos in Kansas City, Kan., has opened a second location featuring his Mexican seafood in Kansas City, Mo., on State Line Road that he calls Jarocho South. (See our review, page XX.) Offering Falcon’s seafood specialties plus several new creations, his ever-growing following of Johnson County diners prompted the additional restaurant, which features an open kitchen with seating for 60 inside and a patio that seats 40. We find his Stuffed Fish Fillet, which is steamed tilapia topped with a seafood cream sauce, a particularly good deal, $15.95. Then, of course, there is a whale of deal involving scrumptious oysters on Mondays and Wednesdays. $1. 13145 State Line Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 492-7118, jarochokc.com

 

   Millionaire's Shrimp

   Redrock Canyon Grill

   Owner Kris Poetker and Culinary Manager Chad Merley strive to bring a terrific dining experience to their new chain restaurant in south Overland Park that offers Southwest and American-style cuisines made from scratch daily. We find their Persimmon Hill Meatloaf, with its fire-roasted tomato brown sauce, mashed red potatoes and sweet glazed carrots, a hearty deal at $13; and their signature big-flavored Millionaire’s Shrimp with whole-grain mustard and lime, a particular delight on our taste buds and wallets. Five for $13, or $6 apiece during Social Hour. 13505 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 239-0202, redrockcayongrill.com

 

   Calamari 

   Sweet Siam

   This new Westport eatery, which relocated earlier this year from Lenexa, features Thai-influenced cuisine with authentic flavors in all its creations. Owner Michael Brillhart is always excited to share his entrees, which offer rich combinations of sweet, sour, savory and spicy that he promises will have your taste buds doing somersaults. We find the Thai salad with chopped egg, cucumbers, bean sprouts and homemade peanut dressing, $5.50, and the small plate Calamari, lightly battered and served with homemade sweet and sour sauce, to be particularly scrumptious values. $7.90. 4130 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 492-6196, sweetsiam.com

 

 

Dessert, Happy Hour, Late Night and Healthy Cheap Eats

 

DESSERT

 

Unicorn Ice Cream Westport Cheap Eats 435 Mag

Westport Ice Cream bakery / Clare Maples

   Unicorn Ice Cream

   Westport Ice Cream Bakery

   Cool down this summer with a huge scoop of frozen heaven from the newest darling of the ice cream scene. The small-batch, locally sourced, handcrafted ice cream from Westport Ice Cream Bakery commands respect from even the pickiest of ice cream devotees. With a rotating roster of crave-worthy flavors, you can try something experimental like the trendy Unicorn, a dangerously sweet treat with a pretty lavender hue. $3.93 per scoop. 4120 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 14, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 214-8887, icecreamkc.com

 

   Brioche Cinnamon Roll

   Brioche

   Along with the new and improved cinnamon roll, the newly opened Brioche in the Crossroads Arts District offers artisan classics like a variety of croissants, Danish, sticky buns, scones, pain au chocolat and more. Putting a new spin on traditional baked cinnamon flavored pastries, Brioche’s signature cinnamon roll has layers upon layers of flaky, golden pastry sweetened with a simple mixture of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. $4. 2000 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 389-7512, briochekc.com

 

   Colossal Cookies

   Eileen's Colossal Cookies

   Forget the hassle of a frosted cake and go with a dozen cookies from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies for events. A dozen plain cookies is $5.25, but if you to jazz it up with a dozen frosted the cost is just $5.75. Sprinkled cookies are only 50 cents apiece at the discounted dozen price of $6. 925 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty, Mo., (816) 429-5150, eileenscookies.com

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Insomnia Cookies 

   Dessert Delivery

   Insomnia Cookies

   Tossing and turning in bed because that sweet tooth won’t let you rest? One of two Insomnia Cookies locations can deliver a variety of sweet treats to your door into the wee hours of the morning. With one in Westport and the newest in the Power & Light District, the delivery area is limited to the Kansas City downtown and midtown areas. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and browse a glorious assortment of cookies, ice cream, brownies, cookie sandwiches and more. Deliveries available until 3 a.m. include jumbo deluxe cookies for $3 each and cookies and brownies for only $1.50. Two area locations, (877) 632-6654, insomniacookies.com 

 

HAPPY HOUR

 

Hot Popper Blue Sushi Sake Grill Cheap Eats 435 Magazine

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

   Hot Popper

   Blue Sushi Sake Grill

   There’s a rare occurrence in the world of happy hours where instead of a few lackluster menu items and dramatically reduced lunch portions, you find yourself with a wealth of options. Such is available at Westwood’s fast-casual sushi haven, Blue Sushi Sake Grill. We recommend the Hot Popper, an ode to jalapeño poppers that’s as vibrantly green as it is delicious. Diffuse the heat with a refreshing cucumber-infused Samurai Saketini.  $5.50. 4705 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood, Kan., (913) 236-6100, bluesushisakegrill.com

 

   Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

   Boru Ramen Bar

Bōru’s happy hour menu is the best way to experience the eatery’s Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese influences with bites like togarashi fried chicken and steamed pork belly baos ($4 and $5, respectively) and the bulgogi lettuce wraps, which are stacked with shaved rib-eye, house-made kimchi and spicy gochujang. For an enhanced spice, take on the chili-infused vodka and ginger beer cocktail, Fist of Fury. $6. 500 W. 75th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 541-3651, boruramen.com         

 

   Tater Tots

   The Rockhill Grille

   You can’t help but feel important inside this upscale American grill. After all, it’s lush and rustic with a glimmer of elegance, features beautiful views of downtown KC and is named for The Kansas City Star co-founder William Rockhill Nelson. Happy hour is offered daily, touting $2 off of draft beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers (sorry, folks: the deal excludes the irresistible pig wings). Midweek refuge can be found in the Local Water, made with J. Rieger & Co. gin, earl gray tea and elderflower tonic. Pair it with golden brown and gooey jalapeño cheese-filled house-made tater tots for a delicious after-work pick-me-up. $6. 2000 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 389-5800, therockhillgrille.com

 

   Tuna Tartare

   Stock Hill

   Here, happy hour is sophisticatedly known as “social hour,” and it won’t be hard to see why: elegant small bites like tuna tartare, made up of sushi rice “tots” daintily topped with salmon roe and spicy aioli complement the seductive ambiance of the self-proclaimed modern steakhouse. Indulge in the expertly crafted cocktails — we recommend the colorful Loose Park Swizzle — and the live music available three nights a week. The best part? You won’t break the bank while looking swank. $8. 4800 Main St., Suite G-001, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 895-8400, stockhillkc.com

 

   East Coast/ West Coast Oysters

  Eddie V's Prime Seafood

   Kansas City might be landlocked, but thanks to luxury seafood chain Eddie V’s and its freshly flown-in Atlantic and Pacific catches, you’re none the wiser for the length of your visit. Journeying across the country is just an order away with East and West Coast half-shell oysters, which are served on ice with cocktail and mignonette sauces. Enjoy them in the comfort of the swank lounge as you sway to the sounds of nightly live jazz — you deserve it. $2 to $3. 700 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 531-2537, eddiev.com

 

LATE NIGHT

 

Trago Bar and Tapas

Trago Bar & Tapas / Anna Petrow

   Ceviche de Camaron 

   Trago Bar & Tapas

   While KC’s newest tapas bar isn’t strictly Spanish, its menu is sure to entertain the taste buds with flavors from Guatemala, Cuba and Costa Rica. Inspired by recipes passed down by owner Kandi Kerns’ late grandmother, dishes like ceviche de camarón (shrimp ceviche) will transport you to the tropics. Poached shrimp is marinated in orange and lime juices and combined with diced red onion, tomato, jalapeno and fresh cilantro atop a bed of fresh guacamole, $9. Pair it with a glass of sangria ($6) and good company on the cozy patio, and you’re in for a memorable night. Open until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 9261 NE 83rd St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 429-8950, tragokc.com

 

   Denver Breakfast Burrito

   Neighborhood Cafe Waldo

   Lucky for you, the Waldo location of Neighborhood Café is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays to cater to your late-night cravings. Breakfast is served all day, so take your pick from eggs Benedict, breakfast skillets, biscuits and gravy, three-egg omelets, waffles and more. Entrees like burgers, sandwiches and wraps are also up for grabs, but we recommend the Country Breakfast Burrito (ham, egg, green pepper, onion, cheese and hashbrowns) for your Saturday night fourth meal. $4.99. 7531 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 701-6981, neighborhoodcafe.com

 

   Pizza Slice

   Papa Keno's Westport

   Papa Keno’s is famous for its big-as-your-face pizza slices, and the Westport location will serve them to you until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Build your own slice with additional toppings for 69 cents each, or order one of the specialties, like the Mama Keno (roma tomato, spinach, feta, romano, roasted garlic), for $5.99 a slice. Everything is made to order, but once you’re served a box with a piping hot, cheesy slice inside, you’ll realize it was worth the wait. 415 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 599-4704, papakenoswestport.com

 

   Shirakawa Bowl

   Komatsu Ramen

   Westport’s Komatsu Ramen boasts one of the largest ramen shops with the most extensive menu in Kansas City. Choose from nearly 30 different bowls of ramen, like the Handa (smoked brisket, corn, butter, black garlic aioli, enoki mushrooms, scallions, egg) or the Shirakawa (pork belly, spinach, enoki mushrooms, cabbage, ginger, egg), all priced at just $10. Open until midnight on Sundays, 1:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 3951 Broadway Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 469-5336, komatsuramen.co

   

   Street Tacos

   La Terraza Mexican Bar & Grill

   La Terraza, a hidden gem in Shawnee, serves just nine different menu items, but the flavor and quality of the dishes certainly beat a midnight run to Taco Bell. The street tacos come in your choice of chicken, steak, pork or ground beef for just $1.50 each. Upgrade to shrimp for $1 more. The tacos are double wrapped and topped with the traditional onion and cilantro. Trust us: you’ll work up a hefty appetite after grooving on the dance floor to live music all night. Open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. 10923 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, Kan., facebook.com/TerrazaShawnee

 

   Chicken Shawarma 

   Haha's Pizza Hub

   Haha’s in Midtown is the perfect ending to a Friday night out. While it may be tempting to order a slice of pizza, we recommend the chicken shawarma: tender slices of meat with lettuce, tomato and special sauce wrapped in a warm pita for $6.99. Open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. 3834 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 709-1001

 

HEALTHY

 

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eat fit go

 

   Just because money is tight doesn't mean you're stuck eating greasy burgers and fries. With the rise of lighter grab-and-go options there's no shortage of convenient and delicious meals that won't sabotage your diet or your budget. 

   Muscle Maker Grill focuses on creating healthier versions of classic dishes without sacrificing flavor, such as barbecue chicken wraps ($.8.49) and Cajun chicken and penne ($9.99). Choose from low-carb meals, vegetarian dishes, salads, sandwiches and more. No time for meal prep? Order MMG’s Lean Meal Plan, starting at $39.99 for five meals. 14967 W. 119th St., Olathe, Kan., (913) 538-5253, musclemakergrill.com

   Snap a pic and dig into the Instagrammable Acai Bowl ($7.99 to $12.99) at Protein House. Dubbed the best, healthiest breakfast for its main ingredient, the superfood acai berry, Protein House has five varieties with toppings like pineapple, bananas, coconut flakes, strawberries and more. Protein House has everything from bison burgers to and breakfast burritos to vegan salads and protein smoothies to keep your fitness goals on track. 1345 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 205-8484, protein-house.com   

   Known for helping those with auto-immune disease by reducing inflammation, the Paleo diet is a lifestyle plan that’s here to stay. The pre-prepared meals and juices by Evolve Paleo Chef can take the guesswork out of the complex dietary restrictions for people with health complications. With an assortment of paleo meals a la carte, the stress and confusion of “is this paleo?” is erased. A la carte options range from $1.50 to $11. Meal plans start at $99. Two area locations, evolvepaleochef.com

   If you don’t have the time to cook healthy, balanced meals, stop by Eat Fit Go for its chef-driven, health-conscious selections. Eat a light lunch on-location, take your meal to go, or get an entire week’s worth of food with the Perfect Week Plan: five breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and protein bars for $149. Choose from delicious meals such as breakfast tacos, chicken enchiladas, teriyaki salmon and more. Four area locations, eatfitgo.com

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