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Best burritos in Kansas and Missouri? Food & Wine picks two KC area restaurants

Red Kitchen Tamales is Mexican-style street food stand serving burritos for breakfast and lunch, and traditional tamales on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Red Kitchen Tamales is Mexican-style street food stand serving burritos for breakfast and lunch, and traditional tamales on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Red Kitchen Tamales

Food & Wine magazine says America offers a variety of burrito styles — Tex-Mex, San Francisco Mission, Colorado green chili-smothered, Durango, as well as "fast-food permutations, bibimbap burritos, or the Sushirritos of late."

But for its list of The Best Burritos in All 50 States it had some criteria: the burritos had to be warm (if they are cold, they're wraps, according to Food & Wine), they had to be wrapped in a flour tortilla, and something you "would drive an extra twenty minutes for at 10 a.m. or 11 p.m."

Food & Wine's pick for Kansas: Red Kitchen Tamales in the Lenexa Public Market, which opened in late 2017.

The Lenexa Public Market opened to the public Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Housed on the first floor of the new city hall building, it is an 11,000 square foot food hall and market.

"While so often the tortilla is merely a necessary carrier for the savory fillings within, a truly good burrito stands out because the tortilla could be eaten on its own, with a pinch of salt and perhaps a pad of butter. That’s the case at Red Kitchen Tamales, which, despite the name, also focuses on delivering great burritos and quesadillas. (Tamales are currently served just a couple times a week.) The bacon breakfast burrito and chicken tinga are both great options; as this is a stall inside the Lenexa Public Market, the menu rotates more often than a brick-and-mortar restaurant."

"I was super excited," said Alejandra de la Fuente, owner of Red Kitchen Tamales, of the Food & Wine pick. "Everything has been unexpected. It has been fun,"

Food & Wine's pick for Missouri: Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29

"True to Kansas City barbecue, Scott Umscheid takes the best of burnt ends — the fattier cuts of smoked brisket — and puts them in tacos, burritos, and burrito bowls. A decade-long competitor in barbecue competitions, Umscheid’s expertise is evident all across the menu, but the burnt ends breakfast burrito especially is a thing of beauty. Filled with melty scrambled eggs, queso fresco, and salsa, it’s everything you ever wanted in a breakfast burrito: Nothing more, nothing less. Pick two up before you fly out of town — Scott’s Kitchen is right by the airport — and eat them on the plane."

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