Lenexa – Red Kitchen Tamales
The newest thing to hit Lenexa and the Kansas City area food scene is the Public Market and the Lenexa City Center. Lenexa has basically built a new downtown area out on 87th St just west of I-435 that contains the City Hall, a rec facility, a huge public library (under construction), and the Public Market. The Public Market is basically a huge mall food court with a variety of large tables (and many card and board games around to play) and several permanent food fixtures such as Mad Man’s KC BBQ (see fellow blogger Chris’ post on Mad Man’s), The Roasterie Café, Topp’d Pizza, and Chewology.
There are also spaces that are more like a farmer’s market booth in there, and that’s where this story leads to. One of those vendors is called “Red Kitchen Tamales.” I’d been hearing a lot on Facebook about Red Kitchen’s “Tamale Tuesday” so I decided to go check it out to see how good the pork was. In the process I met Alejandra de le Fuente, who owns and runs Red Kitchen and is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She makes all the food on-site in a kitchen upstairs at the Public Market, and then brings it downstairs to the booth and sells it from warmer pans.
My first stop at Red Kitchen was on a Tuesday at lunchtime and I had the pork tamale combo, which is 3 tamales, rice and beans. The tamales are perfectly sized and are not too heavy on the dough, which really lets the quality of the meat filling shine through. It was seriously some of the best pork tamale filling I’ve ever eaten. The rice and beans were excellent too, and the 2 sauces she makes and serves are to die for!
The other thing I kept hearing about from there were the breakfast burritos with the handmade tortillas. You have to get them before 10:30 AM, so I went back a week or so later and tried a bacon breakfast burrito and a Chorizo burrito. I wasn’t able to try much of the bacon one because my 6 year old claimed it as her own. I’ll have to mostly take her word for it, but if a picky 6 year old liked it I think that says a lot. The Chorizo burrito was delicious, and I know that for a fact.
If you find yourself in the area for a few days, take some time and go check out all the stuff to do at the City Center, the Public Market, and of course Red Kitchen Tamales!
Until next time,