Chelly's Café

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

Restaurant Details

Young restaurateurs Chelly and Ruben Campos started out with a cantina of the same name in Grandview but recently moved their business to this larger South Kansas City location. It’s a brightly colored space where the Campos serve inexpensive but tasty Mexican-American cuisine in a casual, no-frills style. This is one of the few Mexican-American restaurants that offers two kinds of guacamole: the traditional, mashed-avocado variety and an oddball innovation called “avocado dip” and made with sour cream that’s the same color as a 1974 Maytag dishwasher. Yes, you can order a frosty margarita or a mangotini (a martini made with mango-flavored liqueur) to sip along with your carne asada (grilled steak with sautéed onions and peppers) or the Louisiana-influenced Jambalaya ˆ la Everything, but most diners come in for the basic tacos, burritos and cold brew. — Charles Ferruzza

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Price: $

Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash

Parking: Lot Available

Reservations: Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties, Not Necessary

Attire: casual

Entertainment: 6-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

Extra Info: smoking area available

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