Anita's Cuisine


For today’s episode, I had the pleasure of getting to know Anita and Steffanie Rodas, from Anita’s Cuisine in Merriam. Anita opened her Salvadoran restaurant in 2015 and has some really interesting dishes on her menu, including one sandwich in particular that I haven’t seen on any other menu in Kansas City. I sat down with Anita’s daughter, Steffanie, to find out more about their family, their food, and how they decided to open a restaurant.

People In This Episode

Steffanie Rodas, Daughter of Anita

Steffanie Rodas, Daughter of Anita

Ana “Anita” Rodas, Owner & Chef

Ana “Anita” Rodas, Owner & Chef

Food & Drink In This Episode

Music in this Episode

A lot of people don’t like to cook. A lot of people don’t like to clean. A lot of people don’t like to work. The immigrants are the ones—they’re always there. They are responsible. They have a brave heart. They have a family that they left and they always support them. We don’t take anybody’s job. We are working so hard.
— Anita Rodas

About the Region

Anita Rodas grew up in Tacuba, El Salvador and is bringing Salvadoran eats to Kansas City.



Location & Details

Anita’s Cuisine
5816 Merriam Dr, Merriam, KS 66203

Website / Instagram / Facebook / Yelp

Episode Credits

Photography: Alyssa Broadus & Chris Dolt

Host: Danielle Lehman

Post-Production: Resonate Recordings

Recording Studio: Barrel of the Bottoms