Red Kitchen Tamales originally opened as a once-a-week tamale shop inside Lenexa Public Market in Lenexa, Kansas, but as word spread about its Mexican-style street food, chef-owner Alejandra de la Fuente was able to quit her day job and open a full-time stand in the market. Visit early, as she starts slinging her exceptional breakfast burritos at 7:30am, six days a week.

Stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, potato, cheese and your choice of chorizo, sausage or bacon, the tortillas are from Caramelo’s, made locally in Lawrence; she also offers chilaquiles with salsa verde, shredded chicken, Mexican crema and cheese on Sundays.

For lunch, depending on the day, de la Fuente is either serving her namesake tamales filled with pork, chicken or vegetables, or offering burritos and tortas, such as a chicken Milanesa sandwich on crusty telera rolls, griddled and stuffed with beans, avocado, onion, tomato, and house-pickled carrots and jalapeños. Red Kitchen tamales are available Tuesdays and Saturdays only, and are sold individually or by the dozen for $20. Don’t miss the newest offering, a unique dessert tamale with strawberry filling offered as a special.

Red Kitchen Tamales (inside Lenexa Public Market), 8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas, facebook.com/redkitchentamales

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