Rudy’s Tenampa

16 Jun

I’ve been to Rudy’s Tenampa before.  Several times.  I wasn’t even planning on reviewing this place, but my Aunt Jessica and Uncle Justin have a way of getting me to do things I don’t want to do…

Chances are high that you know exactly where Rudy’s Tenampa is located. Many of you have probably eaten there a few times. For those of you who live under a rock, or never leave Johnson County, Rudy’s is located on 43rd Street between Genesee and Wyoming.  For this post I had the pleasure of having a whole host of research assistants, many coming from the same gene pool as yours truly. This week’s research assistants include my Aunt Lola, Aunt Jessica, Uncle Justin, Cousin Gabriel, Cousin Luke and Cousins Alivia and Caleb.

Despite the fact that Rudy’s has been a long time family favorite, I’ve always been lukewarm towards their food. As I mentioned before I probably could have passed on reviewing Rudy’s but Jessica and Justin were in town from Brooklyn, New York and they specially requested to be research assistants. Not wanting to upset my readers, I happily obliged. Besides, I knew Justin wouldn’t shut up about their bean tacos until I tried them.

Following Jessica and Justin’s recommendation I ordered a bean taco as well as one fish and one fried ground beef taco.  Justin and Jessica have been vegetarians (or brainwashed, as my grandfather likes to call it) for several years, so Justin’s idea of good Mexican food is anything covered in cheese and salsa. With meat-less choices being limited on the menu, Justin found a hero in the bean taco. It is exactly what it sounds like- refried beans, cheese, and lettuce in a fried flour tortilla. Justin said the shell alone is what dreams are made of. 

My favorite of the other two tacos was the fish taco. It was served on a soft flour tortilla with pico and lettuce. The fish was light, but lacked a bit in the flavor department. The ground beef taco was mediocre at best- its best attribute being that it was fried. Much like the fish, it didn’t offer much flavor. I’m not sure it was seasoned at all. My cousin Luke also ordered a plate of fried ground beef tacos. Being a boy of few words, he didn’t have much to offer quote-wise. But, he cleaned his plate so I’ll take that as his stamp of approval.

The lack of flavor was remedied by dousing my tacos in salsa. Also, a few pitchers of margaritas. No Rodriquez family function is complete with out an alcohol induced cry fest about how much we love each other.  The margaritas were delicious and  just strong enough. The server won brownie points with us by informing us we still had two minutes to order another pitcher before the happy hour special was over.

So, while you probably have your own opinion on Rudy’s, mine is this: meh. As I’ve said before, I haven’t found much on the menu to do somersaults over; but I don’t refuse to eat there. My family likes to eat there, and I (usually) like my family. So I guess I like it by association. It’s really not so bad with the right mix of good company and margaritas.

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2 Responses to “Rudy’s Tenampa”

  1. Lola Juarez June 16, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    I love Rudy’s food, their enchiladas are to die for…. it’s close to home and the service is awesome!!!

    • Gracie Rodriquez Sullwold June 19, 2011 at 3:21 am #

      I love getting the phone calls about the cry fests! Somehow recounting it several days after the fact, diminishes the passion of the moment. I think you have to” be there” in order to enjoy the full effect! Maybe it’s the margarita’s! Anyway..I have been to Rudy’s many times in my travels to KC and have eaten the tacos sans the crying!

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