World's Liquor Parking Lot
8108 NW Prairie View Road
Kansas City, MO 64151
Jalapeño Brothers Facebook Page
Mobile food trucks have become trendy in recent years, ever since I started the craze with Mobile Joe, a mobile internet cafe business I built literally from the ground up in 2005. MasterChef, Hell's Kitchen, and many of the other food-based reality shows inevitably dedicate one or more episodes to a challenge involving food trucks. A lot has changed since the days of the "food truck" arriving at construction sites with cold sandwiches, luke-warm coffee, and food piled on a bunch of ice.
I am not quite sure what the name of this business is ... Taco Mobil? ... Jalapeño Brothers? Arthur's Lounge? ... Taco Mobil Jalapeño Brothers? It really does not matter because you can find this truck, a modified industrial size van to be precise, in the parking lot of World's Liquor on Prairie View Road between Barry Road to the north and 72nd Street to the south in Kansas City's Northland. Up the street from Jaliscos (reviewed elsewhere in this blog) and LC's, the famous hamburger stand, close to the also well known In a Tub, the greasy spoon, I mean, taco stand, and spitting distance from Saffron Indian Restaurant (also reviewed in this blog), there is no shortage of fast food in this neighborhood.
The menu is short and sweet, although not easy to figure out the first time you see it. Your options are tacos ($2.00), burritos ($4.00), Torta (a large Mexican sandwich - $6.00), and quesadillas ($5.00) with a choice of meat (carne asada - small chunks of steak, pollo - shredded chicken, al pastor - small pieces of pork with pineapple and onion, and carnitas - shredded roasted pork). I had the tacos, carne asada and pastor, and as you can see in the photo, they come open-face with just meat and the accompanying salsa verde (green chili sauce) and a guacamole-like concoction that looks more like avocado salad dressing, if it still exists. I added the cheese because tacos without cheese is like a day without sex, bearable, but definitely better with the sex, I mean cheese.
The tacos were excellent and at $2.00 each, you can gorge yourself for the price of an appetizer at most restaurants. As I said, they come only with meat on a warm corn tortilla, the way they are served south of the border. No rice, no beans, just good tacos with an abundance of protein for the carnivore in you. I will try the burrito, torts, and quesadilla on future visits, likely once a week from now on.
They apparently also serve tamales and fish tacos because a sign on the truck says so, but I did not see a price or anybody ordering them. I do not think they have drinks, but World's Liquor is right there, so you should be able to find something to your liking, like a cold Tecate con sal e limon ... YUM ... minus the salt and lemon I am sure!
I will update this review as I sample more of the small menu ... very soon ... Ole'!
Jalapeño Brothers gets 8 BOMBS OUT OF 10 for quality food, abundant portions (I saw a torts ... grande!), and extremely reasonable prices!
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