Try it before you buy it: Mexican restaurantsWednesday, December 10, 2008 By Paige Burchstead
Jose Peppers Most South students have tried Jose Peppers, considering it’s located right at 103rd and Metcalf. For those that haven’t, I have one word for you: espinaca. The wonderfully cheesy dip is a classic at Jose Peppers, and it’s not too hard to find coupons for free espinaca. The dishes at this restaurant are very heavy on beans and rice but still have a great flavor that’s kept Jose’s around for years. Ask for take-home chips and salsa as you’re leaving - they gave my group two bags for free. Mi Ranchito Mi Ranchito is my personal favorite Mexican restaurant, and with five locations around the Kansas City area, it’s convenient for anyone to try. The service here is wonderful, and you can’t beat their amazing and relatively inexpensive food - the chicken tacos and quesadillas are always a good choice, and if you’re looking to save money, try the ala carte menu. However, there’s always a long wait on Friday and Saturday nights, so you might want to call ahead to put your name in. In warm weather, Mi Ranchito’s 95th Street location has a great patio that’s worth checking out. Dos Reales Located at 75th and Antioch, Dos Reales provides an authentic feel without breaking the bank. The brightly painted walls and decor add to the atmosphere of the restaurant, and most of what i’ve tried of the extensive menu is delicious and very filling. Just stay away from the cheese quesadillas; the amount of cheese they stuff in there is gag-worthy. The flauta dish is inexpensive, but the flautas themselves were a little too crispy for my tastes. The menu standouts are the classic Mexican dishes, such as burritos and chimichangas.