Let’s Get Happy for an Hour (or More)
You have probably noticed that Kansas City has a plethora of Mexican food restaurants. Some are specific to an area, some are, pretty commonly here, what we need to call Tex-Mex. That means, broadly, lots of cheese (queso) of one kind or another, meats, veggies, often with a variety of sauces ranging from mild to hot due to chili peppers but those are usually red or green.
For a fuller explanation of the origin, don’t miss my current centerfold article, “Culinary Customs” in the newest Restaurant Guide, available all over town or right here. OK, done with shameless self-promotion.
Anyway, I have a place for you to try for happy hour – it’s cheap, plentiful, vacation-y feeling, and very good. Ted's Café Escondido has a new (since January) happy hour from 3-6 p.m. weekdays. It’s a place where $5 goes a long way: 18 ounce schooners of house margaritas, Dos Equis Amber or Pacifico beers. Great way to start. Then there’s some regular menu items which are also only five American dollars – their chorizo cheese sauce or bean dip, guacamole, their bean and cheese nacho pate, or their spicy shrimp cocktail. These dishes are not small, folks! It can be a party really easily, that’s for sure.
Ted’s has three locations currently -- -- 7001 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, 8300 N. Booth Ave. in Shoal Creek, and 636 NE. 291 HWY in Lee's Summit. Exciting news is that they are opening more locations – next one will be near Ward Parkway shopping center. Olé! I say.