Ponak's Mexican Kitchen & Bar
Popular, easygoing Mexican cantina
Mexican · $$
The Zagat Review
There's "no fancy-schmancy stuff" at this "longtime" Westside "tradition" – just "consistent" , "affordable" Mexican staples washed down with "killer" margaritas; even if the "basic" decor could use an "update" , most maintain it's "worth the wait in line" , especially if you factor in the "efficient" service.
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hours Open Today · 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
location 2856 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA phone +1 816-753-0775 website www.ponaksmexicankitchen.com directions Get Directions
Known For
Private rooms
Outdoor seating
Google Reviews
I can’t believe it took me this long to go to Ponak’s. As a vegetarian and part-time vegan, sometimes I have trouble finding food that’s really filling and affordable out on the town. At Ponak’s, though, that’s no trouble at all. A few of those papas burritos à la carte and I am set. There’s a great atmosphere to go along with all that authentic, filling food owing to the excellent staff and immense number of people pouring through the doors at all hours. Heads up, the location does leave something to be desired, as it can be hard to get in and out of the nearby parking lots and the lots themselves are small. Ponak’s is definitely worth the drive over from the Kansas side, and a great idea for anybody in need of either pitchers of margaritas or pitchers of sangria. Oh, and head on down to Boulevard Brewing for a tour while you’re in the area! You won’t be disappointed.
Rebecca · February 10, 2018
Vaughn was our waiter. It was obvious he hated us as soon as he walked up. Rolled his eyes at us. NEVER smiled, we had to flag him down for anything we needed, he wouldn't take anything off the table ( pitchers, plates etc) we were obviously being judged as a young interracial crowd that wouldn't tip. We left a good tip anyway which he hovered over us until we paid the bill! What a jerk! The food as always is excellent and the margaritas were great! IF we go back we will definitely make sure Vaughn doesn't get anywhere near us with his hateful attitude!
Jordan Dillard · February 15, 2018
Ponak's is pretty much my favorite Mexican restaurant. I have come here since 1989, and love their #16 pork burrito meal. Their rice is so good, and not just an afterthought, like at most Mexican restaurants, with peas, carrots, and corn in minute quantities within it, imparting a great extra flavor to it. Their Taco Sonora is also highly recommended. Their margaritas are very strong, with no sour mix to be found. Just top-notch ingredients everywhere, and a great atmosphere. I come here every trip to KC, and have sometimes come to KC just to eat a meal here. Highly recommended.
Mark Duchscherer · October 22, 2017