Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen’s recipes are influenced by the Sonora region of Mexico, steeped in tradition and flavor for hundreds of years. We use only the finest ingredients and prepare them fresh throughout the day. It takes a little extra time and effort, but we think our customers are worth it.

While serving as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam, John Ponak dreamed of returning to his hometown of Kansas City and opening a restaurant. When he came back to “the world” he did just that, in an industrial part of town near the Kansas River where it became a landmark.

Now in our 4th decade, Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen is still Kansas City’s most popular Mexican restaurant, famous not only for its fresh food and casual, friendly atmosphere, but also for World Class Margaritas™ on tap!

-John Ponak & Crew

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