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Taco Zone now open in downtown Lawrence

Taco Zone’s rotating list of taco fillings includes chicken chorizo, pork braised in salsa verde, and chili rojo-braised beef and mushroom.
Taco Zone’s rotating list of taco fillings includes chicken chorizo, pork braised in salsa verde, and chili rojo-braised beef and mushroom. rsugg@kcstar.com

Taco Zone, a pop-up taqueria that started on the patio of the Replay Lounge, has opened a permanent spot in downtown Lawrence.

The roughly 1,000-square-foot space at 13 E. Eighth St. serves tacos filled with slow-braised meats as well as burritos, tortas, quesadillas, aguas frescas, margaritas, and chips and guacamole. The Southern California-inspired food is made by Brian Ayers, a classically trained chef who teamed up with brother-in-law Brad Shanks on the business.

Taco (and burrito) fillings rotate weekly, but favorites include chicken mole poblano and pork al pastor. The new Taco Zone is a fast-casual concept: Customers order and pick up food from the counter. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Taco Zone’s pop-up taqueria will still be posted at the Replay Lounge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Taco Zone is one of 25 local eateries featured in my roundup of restaurants to savor this summer in Ink’s latest dining guide. It’s not the only Lawrence spot on the list, which also includes Terrebonne Po’ Boys, a Cajun cafe that makes a mean crab cake po’ boy, and Mass Street Soda, a pop shop that stocks 1,300 varieties of premium craft soda.

Mass Street Soda plans to open a second location in Kansas City, Kan., this summer. Read about the shop, KC Soda Co., in this roundup of 87 new restaurants in the KC area, also from Ink’s dining guide.

Contact Sarah Gish by emailing sgish@kcstar.com or tweeting @sarah_gish.

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