South of Summit in Waldo offers fresh Mexican food
by D’Ann Dreiling
No need to travel south of the border for “delicious comida Mexicana”, check out South of Summit. Waldo’s latest entry in the restaurant category is South of Summit Taqueria and Tequila located next to the Summit Grill at 516 West 75th Street. Currently offering carry out service only, their Mexican food will not disappoint. Corn and flour tortillas as well as all of their specialties are made from scratch. Their slogan is, “You cannot make everybody happy, you are not a taco “. Among many of their pick up offerings is their South of Summit Family Taco Pack which includes tacos with meat choices, rice, black beans, chips, salsa and two rolls of toilet paper. Beer and Margarita kits are also available. Check out their carry out menu at southofsummit.com.
Summit Grill owners Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy saw a void in the area for Mexican cuisine and picked up that ball using the event space previously a part of the Summit Grill. These entrepreneurs now own seven restaurants in the Greater Kansas City area: two Summit Grills, Boru Ramen, Pearl Tavern, Third Street Social, and South of Summit Taqueria and Tequila.
The restaurateurs have been hard hit by the virus shutdown. “We’ve lost 85% of our sales since the mandatory shutdown of our dining rooms “, says Domhnall Molloy, “but feel fortunate to be getting the carry out business from the great communities surrounding our restaurants. We were forced to furlough the majority of our staff, 500 employees, on March 17th, but not laid off anyone yet. Since applying for the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) we will be able to provide them with a paycheck soon”.
An optimistic Irishman, Domhnall sees “better times ahead”. And for those cooking at home, he suggests his favorite recipe for Guacamole Verde.
Here’s the dish…
- 2 minced ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons finely diced white onion
- 2 tablespoons finely diced green onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 Serrano pepper sliced paper thin
- 1/4 cup tomatillo, charred and puréed
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix all together and enjoy with your favorite chips.