MUSKEGON, MI – Serving delicious tacos, burritos, tamales, and authentic Mexican drinks, Kayla’s Tacos is a popular place to visit in Muskegon.
Husband and wife, Yolanda and Luis Santillans, first opened the restaurant in 2017 as a food truck. In 2021, it was converted into a business frontage at 1084 South Getty St.
Since they started their business, they have managed to attract the attention of locals looking for authentic Mexican food, including tacos, tamales, burritos, and Orchata drinks.
Yolanda Santillans told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle that she originally grew her following by cooking for her husband’s co-workers.
“My husband was working in a factory at the time, and I was making his lunch,” Santillanes said. “His co-workers were always saying how good it was and that I should start my own business.”
Before long, the Santillanes family bought a food truck and named the company after one of their daughters, Kayla.
For the menu, Santiannis said she uses her recipes and works to teach her crew how to make it perfectly every time.
Santillanes said customers can choose any toppings they like, similar to your sandwich-store creation options. Each customer must choose the type of meat, crusts and toppings he wants.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the Quesabirria ($3.75), a cross between a taco and a quesadilla.
The dish is prepared in-house by blending different spices over a slow-cooked breast meat for about four hours. Once done, the beef is shredded and served under a blanket of broth, mozzarella, cilantro, and onions.
Although the dish requires several steps, Santellanes said she appreciates honoring her culture.
“I’m from a large part of Mexico, and my husband is from a different region,” Santillanes said. “I grew up how to cook in my family, but I also learned how to cook different dishes from my mother-in-law, and we’re proud to bring something we love and miss to Muskegon.”
Since beginning the Muskegon Hospitality Journey and seeing a shortage of food trucks in the area, Santiannis said she is grateful for the positive feedback and open arms. Although the restaurant has been open since 2021, customers can still visit the food truck that inspired many others in the community to launch their own restaurant.
“It was something new when we first started,” Santiannis said. “It is inspiring to know that there are so many food trucks in Muskegon right now. We love Muskegon, and we still love supporting them.”
To place an order for pickup or pickup, head to their website or call (231) 563-6655.
Customers can ride the food cart at the corner of Getty Street and Sherman Boulevard Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Front restaurant is open Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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