Eat here: Los Alamos Market y Cocina

The West Side neighborhood (17th and Summit) is home to some of Kansas City's best eateries, including The Westside Local, Fervere (a phenomenal bread store), Blue Bird Bistro, and one of my personal favorites, Los Alamos.

Los Alamos is more of a hidden gem though. The outside of the place is decorated with lawn ornaments, and one quick look inside and you'd think it was only a market. The shelves are filled with various Mexican ingredients, groceries and some small toys. Head further into the store and you'll find a glass counter resembling the kind you'd see at gas stations filled with greasy foods like gizzards and fried chicken, only at this counter you'll discover some of the best Mexican food you'll ever have.

I hadn't been in awhile and this great article that recently ran in the Kansas City Star sparked me to visit my favorite breakfast place once again.

I ordered the chilaquiles while Matthew had the classic breakfast burrito filled with egg, chorizo, beans and potatoes. The food was so good that we had both already eaten most of it before I remembered to take pictures! (sorry about that!)

One of my favorite things (besides the awesome food) are these novelty piƱatas of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. A far cry from the ones we had at our childhood birthday parties!

So next time you're near downtown, head west and visit the West Side neighborhood. You'll discover a whole new Kansas City and an area that's worth visiting time and time again.

- Melina


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