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Taco the Town
56 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Episode175: EL POLLO REY! On Location! (w/ Gisela Rodriguez)
This week T3 hits one of the tastiest chicken taco spots in KCK as we finally check out EL POLLO REY on Kansas Avenue with special guest GISELA RODRIGUEZ from The Classic Bite (theclassicbite.com!) Gisela tells us about her business The Classic Bite, growing up in Mexico and why you should never make friends with a Pig (or chicken) on your childhood farm! Dave tells the tale of when Gisela hooked him up with a free doughnut! In the TACO TICKER we taco 'bout the Viral Chipotle Burrito/Taco Hack that they are trying to put a stop to! (And Gisela tells us about her own Chipotle hack!) We also talk a little about the Tik Tok Cheesecake taco trend! Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake Tacos anyone?! What would be your dream dessert taco? In Town Of The Taco we ask our guest to create a new KC SLogan or catchphrase and we also ask her what the Lamest Thing Happening in KC Right Now is! In Random Taco Question of the Week we find out what's the furthest our guest has ever travelled to eat a taco! ALL THIS AND: GISELA GOES AFTER CRUNCHY TACOS AND WANTS TO SHUT DOWN ALL TACO BELL'S! WHO HAS THE BEST TORTILLA CHIPS/QUESO IN TOWN? Nothin' but Opulent Taco Vibes at El Pollo Rey on the KCK Taco Trail this week on TACO THE TOWN! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: SPANISH GARDENS TACO SAUCE & KCK TACO TRAIL.
61 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Episode174: LA PARRILLA! On Location! (w/ Josh Berwanger)
School is back in session in the Taco-rrific Taco Hamlet of Lawrence, Kansas so that means T3 is back on the hunt to taste test all of the tasty tacos on Mass Street! This week we hit an L-Town classic LA PARRILLA w/ musician/artist/director JOSH BERWANGER (The Anniversary, Berwanger Band, The Only Children and new project Gemini Parks!) Josh tells us about his new band Gemini Parks (and their upcoming show Sept. 10th at Lemonade Park) and he also tells us about his massive Jar Jar Binks and Zima collection! Dave and Josh talk about their Action Figure Collections and we find out that Josh can't say the word 'Doll!' We also hear the tale of Josh's taxidermied squirrel Johnny 'Rockin' Herbster. Josh also tells us about the recent Anniversary shows at the Vagrant Records 25th Anniversary celebrations! And don't miss a discussion of Laser Discs, Voyage of the Mimi and a Chiefs Season Preview (from 30 years ago!) In the TACO TICKER, we chat about Kim Jong UN's Father Inventing the REDACTED and the story of Some Undeclared McMuffins leading to an airplane passenger getting a hefty find! (And Josh declares he invented Basketball!) In TOWN OF THE TACO, we taco 'bout The BEST CONCERT we've ever attended! SpiritFest! Sandstone Concert Memories! Woodstock '99 (and the tattoo Josh got there!) Also I Always Wondered This About KC and Describe your Perfect KC/Lawrence Day! ALL THIS AND: Josh says LA PARRILLA might have THE BEST Veggie Taco he's ever tasted! In Random Taco Questions Of The Week we tackle the deep taco queries: Do you think Ghosts get jealous when they see the living eat tacos? Or are there Ghost Tacos? If there was no such thing as tacos, what food item would fill the taco void? AND we get to the bottom of the statement "If it ain't crunchin', I ain't Munchin'!" We also play the newest Gemini Parks banger 'Up All Night!' TACO THE TOWN AT LA PARRILLA! MUCH LIKE A GEMINI PARKS CONCERT YOU GOTTA BRING A POGO BALL AND A KABOODLE!! EDITOR: Matt Allen. MUSIC: Suneaters Courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail.
88 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Episode 173: SOCIAL in Waldo! ON LOCATION on 816 Day! (w/ Jamie Weiss & Sarah Blattner)
We celebrate 816 Day by taste testing some tasty tacos at SOCIAL in Waldo with our special Taco Reviewer Guests KMBC 9 Traffic Anchor/Reporter JAMIE WEISS and KC Margarita Expert/MLB Replay Operator/KC Sports Behind-The-Scenes Master-of-All Trades SARAH BLATTNER! Dave and his guests partake of some special 816 Double Decker Tacos as well as the Beer/Margarita and Shot special at Social while chatting about their 816 Day plans! Sarah tells us about visiting all 30 MLB Ballparks, Controversial Replays she's been a part of (Umps: why are they so grumpy?) and she gives us her thoughts on the Baby Royals! Also: who would be the best Royal to eat tacos with? We also talk a little about that '90's All Star Music Concert happening after the Royals game this weekend and we find out just how young Jamie is! Jamie tells us about being new to KC, learning all the street and place names, which ones she still has trouble with and why KC needs to slow down when it rains! We also chat about our favorite Waldo Hot Spots and rave about the Midwest Taco at Social and why it's a darn near perfect KC Taco! In the TACO TICKER we discuss Mission Taco Joint's mission to help save a local KC Skate Park with their new Frontside Grind Taco! And we taco 'bout the Man who plans to eat only Taco Bell for 30 Days to see if he gets healthier! (Sounds like the health plan Dave already lives by!) And: If you had to eat at 1 Fast Food Restaurant/chain for the rest of your life, where would you choose? In TOWN OF THE TACO we answer the questions KC NEEDS A (BLANK)! And What's your favorite Seafood in KC?! In Random Taco Question of The Week we ask: What's a food you've never eaten and never will? And in 20 Years Time is KC a BBQ Town or a Taco Town? TACO THE TOWN AT SOCIAL! 8-1-SIXIN' IT IN WALDO AS YA DO! EDITOR: Matt Allen. MUSIC: Suneaters courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: Spanish Gardens Taco Sauce & KCK Taco Trail.
73 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Episode 172: RUSTY TACO! ON LOCATION IN LAWRENCE! (w/ Miss Heather Beaver)
This week we take a Mini Summer Taco-cation up the road to the terrific Taco Town of Lawrence, Kansas to check out some of the rustiest of tacos at the new RUSTY TACO location on Mass Street w/ special guest Taco Reviewer Hairdresser/Makeup Artist/Twitter Celeb and Lawrence resident MISS HEATHER BEAVER (@msgreenhair on Twitter!) We chat about Lawrence's recent taco-ssance and some recent Taco spot closings (Ta Co. & Torchy's!) We learn some Rusty Taco History and Heather let's us in on what it's like growing up having an innuendo as a last name (it ain't easy!) Heather also tells us about the Taco scene growing up in Hoisington, Kansas and what her favorite Lawrence Taco spot is! In the TACO TICKER we tackle some delicious topics like: That Tik Tok Pink Sauce! What is it?! Would you try it? In the Cheesy Gordita Crime portion of the show we taco 'bout the disturbing story of the Taco Bell manager who poured hot scalding water on some customers! Yikes! All this and Heather tells us about working at a Dairy Queen in her youth and the secret of the upside down Blizzard trick! In TOWN OF THE TACO, we chat about The Best Day Trips around KC/Lawrence and the Best Pizza in KC/Lawrence! (Which means we also talk about the new Dill Dough Pizza at Guy's!) Also don't miss Rusty Taco manager Jessie Lyons as she stops by to introduce us to our tacos & tequila! All of this and we find out: Can a Rusty Taco be soggy? What direction do you tilt your head while eating a taco? Tales from a Hoisington Whorehouse!! The keys to having a successful Twitter Account! Heather tells us about her exciting trips to Funkytown (or the Time she was Too Funky For Funkytown!) BAG SALAD!! Onion Breathe: Dealbreaker at a post-Taco Make out sesh? And in RANDOM TACO QUESTION OF THE WEEK we ask: Would you ever get your engagement photos/maternity photos taken at a Taco Bell? TACO THE TOWN AT RUSTY TACO!! THIS ONE IS STACKED AND LOADED!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsored by KCK Taco Trail.
72 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Episode 171: Scary Gary’s Shark Week/Sharknado Bash! ON LOCATION! (w/ Scary Gary Cooper and a plethora of Taco The Town All Stars!)
This week Taco The Town is coming to you from the belly of the beast ... which in this case is the home of SCARY GARY COOPER and we've been invited to his 8th Annual SHARK WEEK SHARNADO SHELTER BASH, celebrating all things shark-centric! We love sharks as much as the next shark enthusiast but the real reason we are here is to try Scary Gary's STREET SHARK TACOS!!! And to chat with many Former Taco The Town Guests like: LIZ NELSON, BLAIR CRAGG, ADRIAN TORRES, ADAM ROBERTS, DANA COLLINS & JILL SIXX! Gary tells us about the origins of his Sharknado Party, we deliver into Shark Week History and we ask: "Could a Shark/Would a Shark Eat Tacos and if so, how many?" We also touch up on Janky Branson Sharks and Liz & Blair tell us about their wedding and how they met on the Taco The Town Dating App! We chat about everyone's favorite Shark Movie and favorite SyFy Channel Shark Movie ('cuz that's a whole other thing!) In the TACO TICKER we react to the cataclysmic news that Klondike is discontinuing the CHOCO TACO! Is this just another Bait & Switch by Big Taco? We do our best to unravel the threads and expose the Taco Bell/Choco Taco Cabal! Also: Local Restaurant Tiki Taco announced they are going to be making their own in-house Choco Taco! All of this and: Jill Sixx tried Scary Gary's Beyond Meat Taco! We recount our favorite Moments from the Sharknado Films and we get deep into the Acting Career of Tara Reid! THE 8th ANNUAL SCARY GARY SHARKNADO SHELTER SHARK WEEK BASH!!! TACOS N' SHARKS! SHARKS N' TACOS!!! TIME TO TAKE A BITE OUTTA BOTH THIS WEEK ON TACO THE TOWN! EDITOR: Matt Allen. MUSIC: Suneaters courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail & Our Music by The Bump Band.
84 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Episode 170: LILLY’S CANTINA! ON LOCATION! (w/ Cast & Crew of KC Fringe Festival’s ’KING KIRBY!’)
POW!! ZOOM! KABOOM!! This week we're hitting LILLY'S CANTINA in the Midtown/Westport/Roanoke/Southwest Trafficway part of town (Next to the Cat Cafe!) and chatting it up with Cast & Crew members (Chris Cole, Violett Springate & Jen Raines) of the KC Fringe Festival show 'KING KIRBY!' (See it July 22nd thru 30th at Upside Bungee in the West Bottoms!) Our guests tell us about the play (Cigar Chompin' and Mustache Fun!) and we get a little into the History of Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Marvel/DC Comics! Chris, Voilett and Jen also come in hot with some strong Quesadilla Opinions! (Maybe a little too much Quesadilla talk for Dave's taste!) WE ALSO DISCUSS: Quesadillas the Size of Babies?! And Accidental Extra Tacos at the bottom of your Taco Bell bag!! Eat it like the gift/mistake it is or let it stay there and get cold?! In the TACO TICKER we taco 'bout THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE TACO!! It's got a Goldflaked Tortilla, Lobster, Kobe Beef, Beluga Caviar and much more!! WOULD YA ORDER IT?! AND there's a new Taco Chain coming to the metro area called TACOS 4 LIFE that wants to help conquer world hunger with every purchase! In TOWN OF THE TACO we get into our Favorite KC Landmarks, the Best Place to see a Concert/Show in KC and ask "What Would You Put In Your KC Care Package to an Out-Of-Towner?" In Random Taco Question of the Week we ask: "What examples do you have of your phone listening to your thoughts?", Who is the most annoying person to be stuck in line behind at Chipotle AND What's something you used to eat a lot has a kid that you won't touch nowadays! ALL THIS AND: We find out what a GRAVY SPOT is!! Did Jack Kirby or Stan Lee ever eat a taco?! And the guests suggest some other awesome Fringe Shows to check out at the KC Fringe Festival! (GET OUT AND SEE SOME SHOWS, KC! Tickets are at kcfringe.org!) This Taco The Town Episode is Marvel-icious!! MUNCH!! CRUNCH!!! WHAMMO!!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail & Our Music by The Bump Band.
73 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Episode 169: TACO TANK! ON LOCATION at the IRON DISTRICT! (w/ Dana Collins & Shelbi Neel)
This week we keep this Summer Taco-cation a' rollin' by returning to the Iron District in North Kansas City to taste test the tasty tacos (and nachos and churros) at TACO TANK with our special guests DANA COLLINS (Chips n' Salsa addict) and SHELBI NEEL (loves tacos and selling insurance but usually not at the same time!) Dana tells us what her favorite chips n' salsa in the city is and tells us about living in Austin, Texas for 7 years where there was a taco truck on every corner! We get to the bottom of where the Northland and North Kansas City merge and is North KC the Brooklyn of KC? We get into a little Ward Parkway Mall chat and also run down a list of our favorite North KC Hot Spots!! (Neon Wild anyone?!) Also Shelbi answers some Taco Insurance queries! (Would she give life insurance to someone dressed like a taco?) In the TACO TICKER we taco 'bout Taco Bell's big announcement that it will be testing 2 new items: the Big Cheeze-It Tostada and the Big Cheeze-It Crunch wrap Supreme! (But people just want the Big Cheeze-It.) Also be talk a little Joey Chestnut and the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest and the disturbing story about 15,000 Gallons of Hot Dog Filler spilling on a Pennsylvania Highway! Our Highways are not safe!! In TOWN OF THE TACO we ask 'Whats your favorite appetizer in KC?' and 'KC needs a (blank)!' All this and Maddie from Taco Tank brings by some churros and Dave talks about washing his hair with cilantro! In this case the soap WAS cilantro!!! And in RANDOM TACO QUESTION OF THE WEEK we ask: Would you stay at a Taco Bell Air B&B? TACO THE TOWN AND TACO TANK!!! ONE DAY WE WILL MAKE THE DREAM OF OF A TACO CANNON COME TRUE!!! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. SPONSORS: SPANISH GARDENS TACO SAUCE, KCK TACO TRAIL & OUR MUSIC BY THE BUMP BAND.
106 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Episode 168: WEST COAST SUMMER TACO-CATION! On Location in Hollywood! (w/ Michael McMillian)
Summer Taco-cation season is upon us so Dave hits the road up and down the West Coast with his pal Actor MICHAEL McMILLIAN (True Blood, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bigfoot Collectors Club Podcast, Slate Your Name Podcast!) They review 5 West Coast Taco chains: TREJO'S TACOS, TACO TIME, JIMBOYS TACOS, DEL TACO & the LA Valley Legend CASA VEGA! Michael also tells Dave about the crazy Taco Bell Drive thru incident that changed his Taco Bell life! Dave & Michael break down the history of all 5 Taco chains as well as taco 'bout: Suspenders! The Jimmy Kimmel Connection! Taco Synchronicities! Del Taco's Taco being named the #1 Fast Food Taco by Thrillest! When will KC be getting a Del Taco? Are Chicken Tenders and Chicken Fingers the same thing? Dave & Michael remember the first summer vacation they took together as kids to Muskegon, Michigan and the time they fought over an older woman! Melted Cheese on a Taco: Game Changer or Difference Maker? Sacramento Delicacies! A very controversial Taco Time Menu Item is ordered and consumed! DRIVE THRU RASCALS! Michael tells us about working with the man, the myth, the legend GUY FIERI and his podcasts BIGFOOT COLLECTORS CLUB & SLATE YOUR NAME! ALL THIS AND: Bad Churros ordered at a Pizza Place! THIS TACO-CATION RE-CAP IS READY TO RUMBLE DOWN TUMWATER BOULEVARD!!! HAPPY TACO-CATION SEASON FROM TACO THE TOWN!!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail & Our Music by Bump Funk.
78 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Episode167: VIVA TACOS & TEQUILA! ON LOCATION! (w/ Amanda Rose & Trevin Bartee from The Seriously Sinister Podcast)
This week our Great Summer Taco-cation brings us to the new South OP/Leawood Taco spot VIVA TACOS & TEQUILA, an immaculate taco palace! We are joined by Special Taco Reviewer Guests AMANDA ROSE & TREVIN BARTEE from SERIOUSLY SINISTER: A True Petty Crime Podcast! They tell us about their show and we can't about some Taco related Petty Crime stories and some Non-Taco related Petty Crime stories! Amanda (a big fan of chips n' salsa) gives us a breakdown of her favorite chips n' salsa in the city and Trevin tells us about being raised on PEANUT BUTTER TACOS! We taste test some tasty tacos and margaritas...but not just any margaritas! These come in an awesome golden plane!!! In the TACO TICKER we taco 'bout KC being named a host city for the 2026 World Cup and how it's a huge chance for KC to introduce our delicious tacos to the world! Also Dave volunteers his services to the Mayor to help him get more tacos into the mouth's of World Cup visitors! Also we tackle to topic of the New Floating Bank-like Taco Bell design! Are the taco chutes a danger to small children? Is this the future we were always promised? In the Cheesy Gordita Crime segment of the show we tell the tale of the Prison Escapes who was captured while in the Taco Bell Drive Thru! In Town of the Taco, we ask our guests what their favorite Sandwich spot in KC is, their favorite Seafood spot and if they know of any KC LIES or KC Secrets!! All of this AND we ask: If you could only eat one fast food restaurant for the rest of your life what would you choose? And who has the BEST Margaritas in KC?! It's a busy T3 this week!! True Petty Crime, Tacos and a little plane that flies margaritas right into your heart!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail and Our Music by The Bump Band.
91 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Episode 166: GUY’S DELI! TACO PIZZA! ON LOCATION! (w/ Hartzell Gray & Kitty from The KC Morning Show Podcast)
This week on T3 we kick off our Summer Taco-cation as we once again venture into the World of TACO PIZZA but not just any Pizza! It's GUY'S DELI in Westport's SPANISH GARDENS TACO PIZZA!! That's right, we are ON LOCATION at the hottest new deli in town (Guy's Deli in the former Joe's Pizza-by-slice spot) and we're joined by guests HARTZELL GRAY & KITTY from the KC MORNING SHOW Podcast! Dave and his guests try out some delicious taco pizza, critique each other's pizza eating styles and go over some Guy's Snacks History as well as some Taco Pizza History! Hartzell speaks about his many jobs and Kitty rages over Taco Bell taking away the Mexican Pizza again! Also: Can we get a large Potato Chip fountain to honor KC being the birthplace of the BBQ Potato Chip? In the TACO TICKER, We try to get to the bottom of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza bait-and-switch and we also taco 'bout the Burger King in Pennsylvania where a man walked in and there were no employees! We also get into some Tales from the Subway on Southwest Blvd! (What's up with that place?) In Town of The Taco we ask: What's the best place to see a concert in KC? And What's your Favorite KC Landmark? ALL OF THIS AND: Kitty tells us about making a Spaghetti Taco in her Youth! Should Guy's get into the Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Game? And Hartzell does NOT DIG Shrimp Tacos! In Random Taco Question of The Week We Find out: How do you pronounce 'salsa'? And what's the Strangest Thing You've Ever Done or Seen in a restaurant? (Family Fisticuffs at Perkins!) Also: A Special Tribute to Shannon Gaines Bowman. TACO THE TOWN & KC MORNING SHOW UNITE WITH GUY'S DELI!! A MATCH MADE IN KC FOOD HEAVEN! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: Suneaters courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: Spanish Gardens Taco Sauce, KCK Taco Trail & Bump Band 'Our Music'.
82 minutes | May 24, 2022
Episode 165: Jalapeno Tacos KC (w/ KC Funk Legend BUMP FUNK, Robert Kelly, Jeremy Scott & Chris ’Lost’)
This week we're honored to be joined by special guest BUMP FUNK, KC Funk & Soul Legend! Bump and Lotuspool Records just released his long awaited album 'Our Music' by The Bump Band which was recorded in 1983 and thought to be lost forever! Also joining us this week is Bump Band vocalist and bass player ROBERT KELLY, Bump's Son JEREMY SCOTT (who helped rediscover his Dad's music) and Lotuspool Records Head Honcho CHRIS 'LOST' (also from the Lost & Found & Rewound Podcast!) We review the tasty tacos from JALAPENO TACOS KC in the NORTHLAND! In this episode Bump and the crew tell the story of how the album OUR MUSIC was found and brought to Lotuspool Records for release and Bump and Robert tell us about the early days performing KC Funk! Bump also described his famous stage attire (futuristic arctic caveman diaper?) and we do a run down of some of the tracks on the OUR MUSIC album! In the Taco Ticker we taco 'bout a man who started a weight loss journey when Taco Bell took the Grilled Stuffed Nacho off the menu! And we also get into the Florida Bride and her caterer who were arrested for lacing their Wedding Lasagna with Marijuana! And don't miss Bump telling us about the time a young Bump accidentally stumbled upon The Beatles concert at Memorial Stadium in the '60's! In Town of The Taco we tackle The Best Italian Spot in KC, The Casinos and 18th & Vine! Also Don't Miss: Bump tells us about a bad taco experience he had in Tijuana! Chris Lost wants Dave to nominate him for the Buck O' Neil Seat at a Royals game! And Jeremy, Chris and Bump tell us about their bowling league! In Random Taco Question of The Week we touch on: Best Nachos in KC! What's the furthest you've traveled for tacos? Have you ever been in a fight over food? And do you have a song that you're embarrassed is on your listening device? TACO THE TOWN WITH THE BUMP BAND!! THE PERFECT ELIXIR FOR THOSE WHO WANT A TASTE OF FUNK WITH THEIR TACOS! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: SUNEATERS and BUMP BAND courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsored by: SPANISH GARDENS TACO SAUCE. KCK Taco Trail. OUR MUSIC by the Bump Band.
66 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 164: Third Street Social! ON LOCATION! (w/ Natalie Fieleke, Hannah Williams and Po Wang)
We're back on the South Plaza this week checking out the tasty tacos at THIRD STREET SOCIAL with special Taco Reviewer Guests NATALIE FIELEKE (Snack & Style Aficionado) and Savor & Swirl Co-owner HANNAH WILLIAMS! Natalie tells us about her days working at Taco Bell as a teen! (What secrets did she learn? Did she get to use the meat hose?) Hannah remembers her weird childhood Taco Bell order! (Sour Cream and Black Olive Taco?) Natalie fills us in on her recent trip to Mexico and DAVE WANTS TO PAINT A NEW TACO MURAL! WHO WANTS TO HIRE HIM? Also: Ketchup in Taco meat? Yay or Nay? In the Taco Ticker we taco 'bout Dolly Parton and Doja Cat releasing the parody musical "Mexican Pizza: The Musical" on Tik Tok to celebrate Taco Bell bringing back the Mexican Pizza! And we tell the tale of the Couple who found a bag of 1950's McDonalds good in the walls of their home while doing a renovation! Were the fries still crispy? What other fast food relics are out there waiting to be found?! Did Tom Pendergast leave a half eaten box of chicken in the walls of the building we are recording in?! In Town of The Taco we ask 'What's Your New KC Slogan'? And who is your favorite KC Historical Figure? Our guests sip on some delicious Spicy Margs as we chat with PO WANG the culinary director at Third Street who introduced us to his tasty tacos (and Burger)! That's right, we review our First Burger on T3 as we go HAM on the Animal BURGER! Dave eats a Taco that reminds him of a taco he ate in a past life centuries ago! And Dave also reveals what he thought of his first visit to Whataburger! In Random Taco Question of the Week we ask: If Tacos weren't called tacos what would you name them? And What would you fill your personal pinata with? TACO THE TOWN AT THIRD STREET SOCIAL! LIKE A PINATA FILLED WITH GUACAMOLE, THIS ONE IS CHOCK FULL OF GOODNESS! (Just don't hit us or green stuff with start spewing out.) Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: Our Music by The Bump Band. KCK Taco Trail.
103 minutes | May 3, 2022
Episode 163: PORT FONDA! ON LOCATION! (w/ Alena Lee, Bill Hurrelbrink, Nick Leckey, Becca Stout and Dave’s MOM!)
It's a big week on T3!! It's Cinco De Mayo Week and Mother's Day Week so Dave kicks off the episode by interviewing his MOM, the woman who started Dave on his Taco Journey! She even answers some TACO TOPICS questions! Then Dave and his guests, KCTV 5's ALENA LEE & BILL HURRELBRINK and Super Bowl Champ & NFL Vet NICK LECKEY, belly up to the bar at Westport's PORT FONDA and taste test the tasty tacos and salsas and preview their Cinco De Mayo Street Party!! Alena helps us figure out what exactly MUD RAIN is, we check in with Bill on how KCK Taco Tourism is going and Nick re-tells his Coyote Carcass/Taco Bell Drive Thru Story! (Alena also shares her own weird late night Drive Thru shenanigans!) We also celebrate the NFL DRAFT this episode by conducting our First TACO THE TOWN MEAL DRAFT, where we draft different Taco The Town Food types to see who creates the tastiest and toughest meal!! Nick shares memories of the day he was drafted and we ask Alena if she thinks the NFL will catch on in her hometown of Las Vegas? Bill ponders what legendary K-State coach Bill Snyder's Taco Bell order would be and Nick gives us the scoop on one of his favorite new secret Taco spots in KC! Also: We are introduced to the SALSA CLOCK and Amazing Taco varieties by BECCA STOUT!!! In the TACO TICKER we taco 'bout the Kindergartners who accidentally drank tequila during snack time! And the USFL Player who was cut from his team when he ordered pizza over chicken salad! In TOWN OF THE TACO we touch upon our favorite Pizza places in town, favorite Hole-In-The-Walls and Things KC Gets a Bad Rap About! ALL THIS AND: What are your Cinco De Mayo plans? Great Hangover Songs! Dave meets a Cauliflower Taco that confuses his taco senses! Will there be a Taco Bell Cantina vs. Port Fonda rivalry in Westport? Did Mini Chimis go too early in the draft?! It's our CINCO DE MAYO Preview on TACO THE TOWN!! THIS IS THE TIME ON SPROCKETS WHEN WE DANCE!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK TACO TRAIL & OUR MUSIC BY THE BUMP BAND.
89 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Episode 162: Jose Peppers vs. Mi Ranchito! TACO THROWDOWN SHOWDOWN # 2! (w/ Steve & Mike Weatherford)
It's way past time we had another Titanic Taco Tussle!! That's right! It's time for another TACO CHAIN THROWDOWN SHOWDOWN!!! This is where T3 pits two taco chains (this time two local taco chains) against each other to determine who has the tastiest tacos! This time it's the two KC titans with multiple locations....JOSE PEPPERS VS. MI RANCHITO!! We're putting their tacos, espinaca and chips n' salsa to the ultimate taco cage match! To help us get to the bottom of these tacos we are joined by our special guest Taco Reviewers THE WEATHERFORD BROTHERS, STEVE & MIKE! They help Dave figure out if Jose Pepper was a real man and Steve updates us on his Richard Marx Cover band EX MARKS THE SPOT! Steve and Mike also unveil and perform some tracks from their new musical 'TACO CITY: THE MUSICAL', which maybe loosely based on the life of T3 Host Dave! (But they deny it.) In the TACO TICKER, the gang taco 'bout Taco Bell's MEXICAN PIZZA coming back on May 19th and the also try to figure out what Phil Collins's hit song 'IN THE AIR TONIGHT' has to do with the Mexican Pizza's Return! They also cover Taco Tattoos and the Denver Taco festival that will give you free tickets if you have one! They run down a list of Taco Tattoos they wish they had and chat about tacos being their own perfect Food Pyramid! In TOWN OF THE TACO they cover KC Restaurants and Food Trucks as well as 'What's on your KC Postcard?' The throwdown goes down and the tacos are NECK & NECK! Don't miss the shocking results!!! It's too close to call!! What taco do the boys gush about for minutes on end and will it determine the final champion?!! ALL THIS AND: Would you trade your children for a taco?!! What Hollywood Actors would star in Taco: The Movie?! And: Worst & Best Laughs!!! IT'S ALL ON THE LINE ON THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF T3!! TACO CHAIN THROWDOWN SHOWDOWN EDITION!!! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: Una Familia Tequila. KCK Taco Trail. Our Music by The Bump Band.
86 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Episode 161: RED BRIDGE BARRIO! ON LOCATION! (w/ Marisa ’Madame’ MacKay & Jenny Pierce w/ the KC Burlesque Festival)
KC has a rich taco history but it also has a rich Burlesque history so this week we're combining them both as we taste test the tasty tacos at the RED BRIDGE BARRIO (BARRIO KC) with KC Burlesque Performers MARISA "MADAME" MACKAY and JENNY PIERCE! Marisa and Jenny help us preview the upcoming 10th Annual KC Burlesque Festival on MAY 7th at the Historic Folly Theatre (Get your tickets today!!) and Dave is offered the chance to be a judge at the show! Will he accept?! Jenny tells us about growing up in the Non-Taco-Centric city of Lexington, Kentucky and Dave and Marisa remember the KC Taco scene of the 1980's! (Why are hipsters always eating spaghetti?) Marisa shared some stories about the Folly Theatre's historic past and tells us why she thinks it is haunted AF! We play some TACO GAMES and taste test the taco-rrific Fried Avacado, Carne Asada and Birria Tacos at the Barrio! All this and Jenny shared some weird stories from her days as a Flight Attendant! In the TACO TICKER we discuss LIQUID LASAGNA and which Missouri City is healthier: KC or St. Louis? In TOWN OF THE TACO we ask: What's the Best Concert you ever attended in KC? And Best Thing/Worst Thing about KC! Also Don't Miss: Who has the best churros in town? Unpopular Taco Opinions! And in Random Taco Questions of The Week we ponder: Do Tacos make a good First Date Meal? And Jenny answers the GREAT ELEVATOR TACO CONUNDRUM! TACOS AND BURLESQUE!!! MYSTICALLY ENTERTWINED AND GONNA STAY THAT WAY!!! THIS WEEK ON T3! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: Suneaters courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail & OUR MUSIC by the Bump Band.
82 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Episode 160: FAJITA PETE’S! (w/ Mariah Kelli & Eliza Williams)
This week we step into the Fajita-verse to review the tasty Fajitas and Tacos at FAJITA PETE'S in Overland Park with special guests Mariah Kelli and Eliza Williams (KC Fashion Models, Fashion Honors Autism)! Mariah tells us about how she has recently abandoned tacos for quesadillas (WTF?) and Eliza gets shook when we tell her about the Pancho's/Rancho's name change! Our guests also tell us about their High School years flirting with a handsome Taco Bell employee that worked the drive thru window which might have also led to their love of Taco Bell! We get into some SIZZLIN' FAJITA CHAT (Did you ever go through a Fajita phase? What are the traits of a Fajita Guy/Girl? Are Fajita people all Geminis?) We also crack open some Fajita History or Faj-history and learn about the origin of Fajitas! In the Taco Ticker we taco 'bout the Taco Bell Nacho Fries shortage, get into some deep French Fry talk (Mariah has some serious thoughts on Fries!) and we also discuss Chipotle using influencers to promote their new Pollo Asado menu item! In Town of The Taco we answer the questions KC NEEDS A (FILL IN THE BLANK) and What's the Worst Idea KC Ever Had! All this and: Dave eats Bean Dip! We try not to celebrate National Burrito Day! Does Fajita Pete's deliver on little red scooters or not? Eliza puts our Burrito censor to work! CAT HAIR TACOS! A REAL TACO NO NO! And in Random Taco Question of the week we ask: 'Whats the Longest You've Ever Gone without eating a Taco?' and 'Whatcha Watchin'?' Hop on your Red Scooter and enter the Fajita-verse of Madness this week on T3!! Editor: MATT ALLEN. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail & 'Our Music' by the Bump Band.
101 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Episode 159: WALKING TACOS at UP DOWN! ON LOCATION! (w/ Jason Ramos & Nick Fuston)
On this week's episode we finally unwrap (or should that be unbag?) the enigma that is the WALKING TACO down at UP DOWN in the Crossroads with guests JASON RAMOS and NICK FUSTON from Up Down and the It's A S I.N. Podcast! Jason and Nick tell us about their podcast and what it's like working at Up Down! Dave and his guests share some Arcade/Video Game stories from their past and Jason tells us about holding the Taco Eating Record at The Easy Inn (32 Tacos!!) We get down the the nitty gritty on Walking Taco history and finally determine if a Walking Taco is a taco or just taco adjacent! We also consider some other names that a Walking Taco could be called! (Taco Salad Bag? Taco Satchel? The No Tortilla Taco?) In the Taco Ticker we taco 'bout TikTok TV Coming Soon to Fast Food Restaurants and Medical Offices! We touch upon the avocado shortage and avocado inflation and also talk about the Communist Leader from Vietnam who ate a Gold-Flecked Steak from Salt Bae's restaurant in London! In Town of The Taco we cover 1.) "I always wondered this about KC!" and 2. Favorite spots in The Northland! In random Taco Question of the Week we ask: Would you eat a $60 Taco? And will our future be filled with Virtual Tacos or is it already? All this and: What's the best club sandwich in KC? A very violent answer to 'Would you ever turn down a taco?' NFT Tacos!! AND THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: WHERE ARE WALKING TACOS WALKING TO?! Taco The Town!! Extra Sour Cream Please!!! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: Suneaters courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsors: KCK Taco Trail, Una Familia Tequila and "Our Music" by The Bump Band from Lotuspool Records.
70 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Episode 158: TACO BELL CANTINA! ON LOCATION! (w/ Liz Cook)
It's Spring Break in KC!! Why not head down to the newest Cantina in town...the TACO BELL CANTINA! We're joined by Special Guest Taco Reviewer Restaurant Critic LIZ COOK (Haterade, The Pitch, Defector, Midwesterner) who does a quick re-cap of some her most recent and infamous food articles (Rodent Repelling Automotive Tape, Malort Parties, Hot Beef Sundaes, Loose Meat Sandwiches, Chicken Drink and Make-At-Home Edible Cheese Covered Packing Peanuts!) She also tells us about growing up in Iowa in a Taco-centric Town and tells us why everyone should be eating more Taco Pizza! It's our first time at the Taco Bell Cantina so we partake of the Liquor Infused Baja Blast Freezes and Liz tells us about some of her other favorite spots in Westport past and present! In the Taco Ticker we cover some of the latest Taco Bell news such as: Taco Bell cancelling plans to add Beyond Meat to the Menu, Taco Bell bringing back Choco Tacos after a 7 year absence (but only in LA & Milwaukee) and we get into the Cheesy Gordita Crime story of the week where Police shut down a Georgia Courthouse after finding some mysterious Taco Bell Cravings boxes on the courthouse steps! WHAT'S IN THE BOX?! In TOWN OF THE TACO, Liz tells us what her favorite store/shop In KC is as well as some of her favorite taco spots she reviewed last summer! We also get into the Pancho's/Rancho's name change! (Will Liz be writing an in depth dep dive about that next? Ya never know!) ALL THIS AND: Dave breaks out a new impression, Liz tells us what the best brand of store bought Tater Tots are, we get deep into some Nacho Cheese Chalupas and Cheesy Gordita Doritos Locos Tacos! In Random Taco Question of the Week we ask: Who has the Best Chips n' Salsa in KC? TACO BELL CANTINA IN WESTPORT! Truly the Next Evolution of T. Bell or as Liz so eloquently states: "(Taco Bell Cantina is) the Live Mas Ethos made manifest in glorious Technicolor and Neon!" EDITOR: MATT ALLEN. MUSIC: SUNEATERS Courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsor: KCK Taco Trail.
85 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Episode 157: TACO-HOLICS CLUB! On Location! (w/ Paige Fickbohm & Sydnee Owens from Actually Actualized)
If a taco lover was to be a member of any club there might not be a better club than the TACO-HOLICS CLUB in Downtown Lee's Summit, MO! And that's where the show is this week with our special guest taco reviewers PAIGE FICKBOHM & SYDNEE OWENS from the ACTUALLY ACTUALIZED Podcast, a local KC podcast that helps it's listeners live a healthier and more productive life! Paige & Sydnee give Dave a little advice to help him Actually Actualize his Taco Easting Journey and to reach his full taco potential! Our guests also give tips on how to block time on your schedule to eat more tacos, solidify your morning breakfast taco routine & introduce us to a Taco High Five! (Will High Fives and Low Fives ever come back?) Paige tells us about being a Taco Bell Party Pack Girl from way back and Sydnee tells us about growing up in Lee's Summit and eating at that one place on the highway with the plane crashed into the side of it! Since we are at TACO-HOLICS CLUB, we run down a list of the different types of Taco-holics and find out what type our guests might be! (Happy, Sloppy, Sentimental, Infantile, Touchy Feely, Violent, Naked, Broken Down or Blackout!) ALSO: Have you ever whispered to your tacos? If so, what did you say? AND: Cold Left out tacos? Yay or Nay? In the TACO TICKER we discuss the new Taco Bell Cantina opening up in Westport and we taste test some of the new Brach's Late Nite Taco Truck Jelly Beans! Just in time for Easter!! In Town of the Taco we taco 'bout First Friday and the Crossroads and ask "What's the best place in town to bring Out-of-Town Guests?" We also wonder if you can purchase an insulated/heated fanny pack for keeping your tacos warm? ALL THIS AND: Sydnee reveals her hatred for BEANS!! In Random Taco Question of the Week we wanna know WHAT WOULD YOU PUT INSIDE YOUR PINATA? AND WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE EVER GONE WITHOUT EATING A TACO? Taco The Town at Taco-holics Club!! No Jacket Required!! Music by SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsored by KCK Taco Trail.
66 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Episode 156: QUIKTRIP TACOS! (w/ Kevin & Danny Ritz from the State Your Line Podcast)
We love a good gas station here in the midwest (OPE!) and we are blessed to have one of the best in abundance here in KC...QUIKTRIP!! QT has always been a great place for taquitos but now they have TACOS so we gotta put them to the test with our special guests KEVIN & DANNY RITZ from the STATE YOUR LINE Podcast! Kevin & Danny talk about being members of the Lopez Family, the First Family of KC Tacos! They also taco 'bout growing up eating their Grandpa Manny's Tacos and working at Manny's in their youth! (Is there a magical taco portal in the Manny's Restaurant basement?) We also get into some FAJITA CHAT! Are the State Your Line Guys really Fajita Guys? Dave tells us some QuickTrip History and Fun Facts as the gang share their favorite QT Memories! In the TACO TICKER, we discuss the new Chipotle Restaurant design where Chipotle doesn't want you to eat inside!! We also get into NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY on 2/22/22! Will you be celebrating? And we also talk a bit about Taco Via on 95th Streets Staffing Issues leading to cutting store hours. In RANDOM TACO QUESTION OF THE WEEK We ask the brothers what toppings should never go on a taco! KETCHUP?!! MAYO??! PEANUT BUTTER?! TACO THE TOWN! NEVER NOT EATING ALL THE TACOS IN THE TOWN!! AIN'T THAT RIGHT, LAMAR? WOOF!!! Editor: Matt Allen. Music: SUNEATERS courtesy of Lotuspool Records. Sponsor: KCK Taco Trail.
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