Since 1955, In-A-Tub has been delighting Kansas City natives with their delicious take on a cross between tex-mex and fast food. There’s a story behind their unique name. When In-A-Tub first opened, it only served ice cream. Up to 50 different flavors could be concocted by blending the topping into vanilla ice cream where it was then served in a tub (see the connection?).
It wasn’t until 1957 that the infamous tacos, pocketburgers and french fries that we all know and love were added to the menu. As the company progressed, ice cream was taken off the menu in the mid 90’s but was then brought back around 2005.
Throughout the years, the Tub has had around 15-20 different locations. The original location is on North Oak Trafficway, found north of the Missouri river.
During the boom of Metro North Mall, In-A-Tub had a corner location that opened in 1985 and later relocated to the current location off of Prairie View Road in 2002, staying true to its Northland roots.
Pictured below are their tacos. Ground beef topped with fresh lettuce and powdered cheese in a deep-fried hard shell. On the smaller side, one will not be enough for anyone, no matter how much you say you “aren’t very hungry”. I can honestly and whole-heartedly smell them just thinking about them!
Another staple of In-A-Tub is the pocketburger. On the pocketburger you will find ketchup, mustard and pickle with their taco meat on a hamburger bun…yes, I’m serious.
The Tub is a business that has withstood many decades of cultural change, but their menu has stayed the same, which is one of the things people love about it.
I have multiple family members whose lives have taken them somewhere else in the US and always find it a necessity to stop by In-A-Tub every time they come to town.
I gladly give In-A-Tub a 10/10.