Taco Street selling street tacos on Highway 40

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A friend of mine, a highly critical diner, called me one day in the middle of her lunch to tell me how much she loved this new place she had stumbled upon in Independence.

“It’s a nothing little place from the outside,” she said. “And it’s not much inside, either. But the tacos are sensational. Don’t tell anyone about it! I want it to be my secret.”

%{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%Nothing stays secret for long on Highway 40, and the three-month-old Taco Street: Burritos, Tacos & More — which appears to have two locations in Mexico — is at 9100 U.S. Highway 40, across the street from the iconic Dixon’s Chili.

The former tenant was the Olympic Grill, a popular Greek carryout restaurant owned and operated by George Engelzos, who was shot during a botched robbery attempt last June.

There are several tables inside Taco Street, but much of the business is carryout, with patrons stopping in for $2.32 street tacos (cochinita pibil, carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, pollo, ground beef and shredded beef), fried tacos, burrito bowls or quesadillas — spelled quezadillas here — and taco salads.

Taco Street is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The restaurant’s manager said the owners are looking for a second metro location in Raytown.

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