« on: May 04, 2015, 08:48:57 AM »
My wife and I had a very nice weekend in KC a week ago. Although the weather was a bit rainy and overcast, we enjoyed getting out of the 90F 90% humidity of Tampa far a couple days. We stayed in Westport and walked to several good beer bars, including Beer Kitchen and the Foundry. Sunday brunch at Beer Kitchen was awesome. Westport Flea Market was fun and next door to our hotel (816 Hotel). It's one of those "as seen on the Food Channel" sort of places. We also ate at Local Pig, where the food was not quite as good as the menu led us to anticipate.
We stopped at Boulevard for a flight at the tasting room, but did not stay long as there was nothing available for a non beer drinker to have and they offer no food. I expected them to have a few beers that were not ubiquitous, but found the selection there about the same as just about any good beer bar in KC. Heck, our hotel had free Boulevard on tap for happy hour. They did have a nice experimental Belgian IPA though and this was one of the least expensive flights I've ever had at $5 for 5 samples, plus the experimental one for free.
We also went to 75th Street brewery and I had a couple of IPA's which were pretty good, but my socks stayed on my feet.
I think my favorite beer of the weekend was Urban Chestnut (St. Louis) STLIPA, a Belgian-ish IPA. The bartender kept trying to pronounce it Stilpa and had trouble finding the tap when asked.
We ate a Joe's in Kansas after standing in a very polite line for about an hour. The ribs, pulled pork and burnt ends were very good, but I doubt I'd wait another hour for it again.
We did lots of touristy things, visiting the art museum and sculpture garden, Union Station, The National WWI Memorial, the Power and Light District (which is mostly chains), the Public Library and the Saturday morning market downtown.
Pretty much everybody was friendly and polite.
Thanks for all the tips, everybody.