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Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria

Written By: Mary Bloch - Mar• 14•12

For the longest time, Rudy’s was our go-to Mexican restaurant. A favorite of my younger son’s, it was always his “pick” when it was his turn to choose what restaurant our family would visit on the weekend. But once I started reviewing restaurants we stopped frequenting our old haunts, spending our time instead checking out new spots on the Kansas City scene. So I was delighted to see that Rudy’s was featured on Groupon a few months ago and I bought into the deal so I would have a very good reason to go.

When my husband and I go out for Mexican food, we don’t mess around. Consequently, we’ve learned that if we don’t care about having a beer to wash it all down, we’re better off going in the middle of the day instead of at the dinner hour when there’s not sufficient time to digest before going to bed (I guess I’m showing my age here).

Some time ago, Rudy’s started charging for chips and salsa. While I often think of that in the same way as bread and butter that should be part of the meal, when my husband is at the table, it seems only fair to compensate the restaurant for the several bowls of each that he typically devours. We always order a bowl of hot sauce to go with the mild, and either mix the two or stick with the hot, depending on the heat of the peppers in the particular batch.  This is the smooth variety, not a chunk in sight.

Though initially disappointed that they’ve taken their excellent chicken mole off the menu, I was relieved to see that the Baja Burrito was still around. Filled with traditional chicken or beef fajita ingredients, it’s served with melted cheese, guacamole and whole beans. The chunks of chicken with caramelized onions and peppers make a flavorful combination and I can even pretend it’s somewhat healthy because I’m eating my vegetables. The red sauce that is typically served with it is a bit bland for my taste, so I always ask for the burrito with enchilada sauce instead.

My husband created a vegetarian plate from a long list of options. After much thought, he settled on a cheese and onion enchilada, a vegetable fajita and an Azteca burrito, which was filled with rice and beans. It came with sides of rice and beans; he was a happy camper.

As always, the service is friendly and attentive. And I loved seeing Rudy at a corner table enjoying his lunch. He gave us a friendly smile and thanks as we walked out. We need to get back there sooner rather than later.






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  1. Jan Preston says:

    Rudy’s fell out of our rotation also due to checking out so many new and exciting choices in Mexican fare however, recently we popped in for dinner and yes, once again-magnifico!

  2. Dan says:

    Their chicken burrito spread is one of my favorite things in KC.

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