A new Overland Park restaurant will be inspired by the cuisine of the Traqueros.
The Mexican railroad workers brought their regional recipes with them, but tweaked the dishes by putting in fresh local items from the different states they were working in. The dishes, cooked in the campsites, had a smoky flavor.
Traqueros Fresh Mexican Grill is scheduled to open in late February in the former Foster’s Grille spot at 11831 Metcalf Ave.
Brothers, Bud and Bobby Cox, have been serving some traqueros-inspired dishes at their Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill in Manhattan, Kan. They also own three Cox Bros. BBQ restaurants in Kansas and Iowa.
Scott Redler was so taken by the traqueros-inspired items, he decided to bring them to the metro in a fast casual concept. He has partnered with the Cox brothers and with Dave Dreiling to open the new restaurant.
The Cox brothers have cooked all over the south in their careers and their parents retired in southern New Mexico.
“This is the essence of the food we cook down there – simple, really flavorful,” said Bud Cox.
Cox said the new “upscale but casual” concept will allow them to reach more people. It will have an exhibition kitchen. Customers will order at the counter and a server will deliver the food to their table.
“Our grill is a smoker grill. Everything will be made fresh daily and prepared to order,” Redler said. “A lot of restaurants just dish it up and hand it to you. That’s fine. But this is like you are in Mexico and a mom-and-pop restaurant is making a dish fresh for you.”
The menu will include freshly prepared tacos made with steak, fish, smoked chicken or pork, entrée salads, chilled burritos, specialty mini pizzas and a signature stacked enchilada called the Traqueros Trainwreck, which the partners expect to be the most popular dish.