April 2008 Table Hopping -From my column in TASTEBUD Magazine
“Happy Hours – The best gourmet bites in KC!”
Bristol Seafood Grill – Downtown
51 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
If you remember the original Bristol on the Plaza, or frequent their clubby location at Town Center, then you know the type of high quality dining you can expect. Now, visit this hometown favorite in its sexy new location in the Power & Light District and prepare to be blown away. The new restaurant boasts an updated, modern, California canyon house meets Vegas vibe. Visit the gorgeous bar area during Happy Hour on Wednesdays and treat yourself to a fresh 1 lb. lobster with clarified butter and famous cheddar biscuits for around $12. It is a luxurious meal for a steal; it’s also a great conversation starter. GET HAPPY: Sunday thru Friday – 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Wednesdays only - 1 lb. Lobster at their cost, based on availability.
703 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
With a name like La Bodega, (what locals in Spain call the bars that serve drinks and small plates all day long), one would hope for one heck of a Happy Hour. Owner, James Taylor, delivers on the tradition with the longest Happy Hour in KC. No need to squeeze up at the bar to enjoy these specials, sit at any table and kick off your Happy Hour early with 50% OFF all cold or hot tapas and enjoy the same gourmet menu served all night long for half the price. With some of the best sangria in the city, it is the perfect accompaniment to all of their Spanish-inspired plates. GET HAPPY: Monday thru Friday – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 50% OFF all Tapas, Sangria, Beer, Wine and Cocktails.
Historic Freight House
101 W. 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Located in the historic Freight House, City Tavern fosters a reputation for fine steaks and seafood in a classic old Hollywood setting. However, it is the freshness and variety of oysters that earns awards and draws people in the know back. Save a bundle, order them during Happy Hour and get fresh-shucked oysters with traditional dipping sauces and a saltine side for only $1 a piece. You can’t choose your selection, but wink at the waiter and you’ll get a couple of different types of oysters to compare flavors. Smile, remember what eating oysters can do for your um, attitude. GET HAPPY: Monday-Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. On Mondays until 9:00 pm get fresh shucked oysters for $1 a piece.
900 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Taking the space next door to their very popular and award winning restaurant, Bluestem, Chefs/Owners Colby and Megan Garrelts have now expanded their dining opportunities to include a Lounge. Decked out in brooding blues, take the opportunity to enjoy Happy Hour and 2007 James Beard nominee Chef Colby’s Lounge menu items at half price. Make a meal from the full menu of appetizers, entrees, dessert and cheese flights all half price during Happy Hour. Don’t miss the Truffled Pomme Frites with dipping sauces for only $2.50, normally $5.00, and the selection of cheeses are perfect with a glass of wine from their impressive list. GET HAPPY: Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. $7.00 Martinis and ½ OFF all food on their Lounge menu.
JP Wine Bar & Coffee House
1526 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
When Keith and Linda Gobel decided to move their little coffee shop in Lee Summit down to the heart of the Crossroads and add bountiful cheese plates and other delicious nibbles created by Executive Chef Darren Bartley along with the most interesting and just plain fun wine flights developed by Owner/Sommelier Ryan Maybee it was a huge step for their family business and a great service to all of Kansas City. Visit during Happy Hour for an opportunity to sample the best wine flights and gourmet snacks at reduced prices and take part in one of the busiest Happy Hours in KC. GET HAPPY: Monday – Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. $1 off all Wine Flights and 10% off all bar menu items.
Jenny Vergara is a full time Foodie and a woman on quest to develop her palate and herself through cooking, eating, drinking, traveling and writing. She has spent the last 5 years documenting all the restaurants she found along the way in a series of personal restaurant journals she keeps for her own enjoyment. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep up with her Foodie adventures at http://www.makingafoodie.com.