A food tour of the family-run Mexican and Central American restaurants located along Central Avenue in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, would be at the top of a wish list for many food-lovers in Kansas City.

Now, the city of Kansas City, Kansas, and the Central Avenue Betterment Association (C.A.B.A.) has made it easy for diners to sample a variety of dishes from over 12 different Mexican and Latin-American restaurants. The Flavors of Central food tour will be held this Sat., June 29 from 10am to 1pm.

The tour will kick off at 9:30am at La Placita at Bethany Park, located at 1120 Central Avenue. Participants will check in and receive a security wristband as well as a map of Central Avenue with coupons for samples attached to take to each restaurant on the tour.

This is a self-guided tour where guests can walk, bike, Bird or rollerskate your way from restaurant to restaurant sampling the best Latin food that Kansas City, Kansas, has to offer. For those wearing a wristband, there will be an extra RideKC bus service on Central Avenue giving free rides during the tour.

Volunteers will be positioned throughout Central Avenue to guide all visitors and answer any questions. Look for the feather flags along the route to spot participating restaurants. Receptionists will greet you at the door of every stop.

Curious what you will be sampling? Here are the restaurants participating in the tour and the dishes they will be offering:

  • Taqueria 7 Leguas, 1706 Central Ave: Steak and chicken nachos
  • Delicias Pastries, 1704 Central Ave.: Mocha mousse or fruit cake
  • El Pollo Guasave, 1600 Central Ave.: Pollo a las Brasas 
  • Taqueria El Torito, 1409 Central Ave.: Your choice of 1 of tacos, flautas, enchiladas or chilaquiles verdes
  • Lluvia Panaderia, 1310 Central Ave.: Freshly made, buttered, flour tortilla & homemade sauc
  • Taqueria Los Altos de Jalisco, 1259 Central Ave.: Your choice of 1 taco made with any meat on the menu
  • Burritos to Go, 1235 Central Ave.: TBD
  • La Placita, Bethany Park 1120 Central Ave.: Your choice of 1 the many products sold at the market
  • Tacos El Tio, 78 N. Tenth St.: Your choice of 1 taco with any meat on the menu
  • Las Gorditas, 844 Central Ave.: Your choice of 1 gordita or any guisado on the menu
  • Pasteleria Osuna, 749 Central Ave.: Your choice of 1 gelatina or cupcake
  • GG's Barbacoa, 210 S. Seventh St.: Enchiladas

Dotlander's Bar and Chicago's Bar will also be participating in the tour as a rest stop and a place to get a drink while you are sampling all of the great food around Kansas City, Kansas.

“We have worked with the local restaurants to create a walking tour to introduce people to the diverse variety of national and regional foods available along Central Avenue,” says Edgar Galicia, Central Avenue Betterment Association’s executive director. “The goal of the event is to invite everyone into our community for a chance to taste the delicious Mexican and Central American foods and flavors we have always enjoyed here in Kansas City, Kansas.”

The dishes people will sample during The Flavor of Central food tour are all unique, and Galicia says he and his team of volunteers have vetted the dishes offered to make sure that each dish represents the restaurant. They also made sure to choose dishes that can be found on the regular menu, in the hopes that people will come back again to enjoy that dish.

“The culinary culture that Latinos have brought north has created an exciting wave of flavors that has enhanced the Mexican and Central American food offerings available here,” he says.

C.A.B.A., a community nonprofit dedicated to increasing the quality of life and the economic development of the Central Area of Kansas City, Kansas, created this walking tour as a fundraiser for the Free Wheels for Kids program, which provides bikes and cycling equipment to the Wyandotte High School Cycling Club Program.

These bikes are important to these kids as they not only provide transportation but encourage exercise. They also give the kids a sense of independence, as they are taught how to care for and maintain their bikes themselves.

“So many people in our community have stepped up to partner with us on this event; the restaurants are donating their food, and everyone is volunteering their time, so that 100 percent of the money raised will go to help purchase the equipment needed for the Wyandotte High School Cycling Club,” says Galicia.

Organizers ask for guests participating in the The Flavors of Central food tour to use the hashtag #SeeYouOnCentral in all social media posts about the event.

Tickets are $37 per person and on sale now. To learn more about the or to buy tickets, visit TheFlavorsOfCentralTour.com.

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