4 quick Kansas City drive-thrus for when hunger hits

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Photo by Caleb Condit and Rebecca Norden

Falafel Deluxe Wrap ($7.39) at Shawarmar (23 E. Linwood Blvd., KCMO)  

Fast-food drive-thru restaurants are a uniquely American invention, and these days, you can get just about anything at one—even some shockingly good Middle Eastern cuisine. At Shawarmar, you’ll trade in burgers and McChickens for pita wraps and rice bowls with chicken shawarma. The falafel deluxe wrap is fantastic: It’s the length of a forearm and stuffed with falafel balls, hummus, a handful of french fries, fried eggplant, chopped hard boiled eggs, pickled turnips, lettuce and tahini sauce. NATALIE GALLAGHER 

Carne Asada Burrito ($4.69) at Pancho’s Mexican (3540 Main St., KCMO)  

Nothing blocks an impending hangover like a fat burrito after a long night of bad decisions. Forget those Doritos Locos Tacos. The carne asada burrito at Pancho’s is everything you need—a foot long and crammed with charred steak, guacamole and pico de gallo. Pancho’s is open 24/7, so you can curb that craving anytime you like. NATALIE GALLAGHER

Pulled pork sandwich ($8.50) at Smokey’s On The Boulevard (8669 W. 135th St., Overland Park)  

For whatever reason, it’s rare to find barbecue spots that’ll serve you without making you get out of your vehicle. Well, this OP pit is the exception, serving moist and smoky pulled pork on a toasted and buttered hoagie roll through a drive-up window. MARTIN CIZMAR

Six piece wings and a roll ($8) at Wings ’n Things Express (5806 Troost Ave., KCMO)

 The Wings ’n Things drive-thru on Troost is the surviving offshoot of a local legend that once stood on 18th. The wings aren’t fussed over, coming fresh out of the frier and quickly doused with sauce before being wrapped with a roll and handed out the window to you. We like them fried hard here. MARTIN CIZMAR

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