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Taps: 18 / Bottles: 85
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
417 E 18th St
phone: (816) 472-5454
(Place added by: DaveNeedBeer on 03-03-2006)
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I work down in the Crossroads neighborhood, so I go to Grinder's more often than my waistline would like. Like today, for example. A co-worker mentioned Philly Cheesesteaks, and I couldn't say no. A Cheesesteak and Welsh Bitter Ale later, and I am ready for a nap! So good....
Since Stretch is also a metal sculptor, the decor is a mix of diner and metal works. The staff gets overwhelmed at lunchtime, when everyone streams in, but the wonderful food is worth it. We sat at the "bar" and watched the pizzas & calzones getting put together, and the attention to detail is awesome. PIzza is a faster lunch option than cheesesteak, if you are in a hurry, but if you're sipping a beer, why rush?
01-12-2007 20:57:21 |
More by smc143
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I visited Grinders on a chilly Saturday afternoon around 2pm. The long, narrow restaurant was a mix of indie rock, garage, art deco, and hipster cool. Honestly, that is not a mixture Im familiar with but I was going to roll with it. The bar/counter is stationed to the right upon entering with booths on the opposite wall and back room, there really isnt much seating. High ceilings, smallish, dirty bathrooms. The overall vibe lacked warmth but it had charm and it was relaxing.
I was kind of surprised how busy it was but it cleared out by the time we left. We seated ourselves and after five minutes or so our waitress arrived. She took our drink and food order. I got a goat cheese and smoked salmon pizza and it freaking rocked! Taras pizza, she said, was very good too. The basket of fries were bland. It took a long while before our beers arrived. I got a Delirium Tremens (on-tap) and later a Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner (on-tap). Both beers were awesome too. Tara got an Arcadia IPA, it was fair. Our waitress started off poorly but she became more attentive. She was helpful and nice.
It seems like they rotate beers a lot. The beer menu was very respectable but I was expecting a little more. To me this is a restaurant with good beer and not a beer bar. That is okay. Prices were a bit higher then Id pay in Omaha.
It was apparent early in my visit that Id have to return because clearly the charm of this place could not be captured in one trip. I truly enjoyed the food (and beer). Still, though, I yearn for a true beer bar in KC. This is close. It really is.
12-05-2006 16:31:28 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Grinders is, by far, my favorite bar in Kansas City. Anton and Stretch are always eager to please, and will listen to any requests for new beers. I have seen no place in the KC area that has assembled quite as great a tap selection as there is at Grinders.
The selection is a rotating set of beers that are intentionally difficult to find. Grinders was the first bar in KC to offer selections on tap from Quebec's excellent Unibroue brewery, including the delectable Maudite. After seeing the success they enjoyed by offering these beers, several other bars in the city took the hint, and started carrying them too.
The selection of taps that can be found elsewhere is every Boulevard beer, PBR, Guinness, Boddington's. Beyond that, the remaining 12 handles dispense beers that are either completely unique to Grinders, or were when they first appeared there.
The sculpture garden in the back is fun to walk around in the more pleasant months, and the view of the Crown Center skyline from the picnic tables is also unique.
They make the best Philly cheesesteak in KC, with bread shipped in daily from Philadelphia, and their New York-style pizza is not to be missed. But if you get some pizza, bring a friend, and split a whole pie, because otherwise you'll be getting a slice that's just been sitting under a heat lamp.
I say this to all my friends when we go to Grinders:
"Every time I come here, it makes me hate every other bar even more."
Grinders just does it right.
07-23-2006 01:33:29 |
More by bahua
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This funky place at the Crossroads Art District is like an old diner, an art studio and an Eastern US Pizza and Grinders joint- in fact, it really is all three!
They have 18 tap beers with None being major macro.
They hide any BudMillCoors and you have to ask to see it, nice touch. (Pabst on tap for those who must).
Draft selections included: Arcadia IPA Ale (MI?), 3-4 Blvd choices, a Welsh Bitter, Monty Python Ale (CA), Boddingtons, Delirium Tremens, Weston (MO) Cream Ale, Guinness, and Liefmanns Frambozen (that seems rare on tap).
Bottles: Aventinus, EKU 28, 2 Hebrews, Skull Splitter, St Bernardus abt 12, and more.
Pint prices are okay but EKU and St. B at $7 and $8, each seemed high... or maybe I just had enough at the lower prices.
Did not have the food but will be back for everything from tater tots to great looking pizza and cheese steaks. The grill area reminded me of Pittsburghs DJ's 6 Pack and Dogs in Swissvale (Without the huge carryout). In fact, the owner is from Pittsburgh.
A nice community feel here. Should quickly become a must see for any beer lover going to downtown area KC. Some room to educate the staff but they are very good folks.
They run tastings every 2nd Thursday- Last week BLVD brought in test products to get some feedback!
Yes- with the new brewery BLVD will be launching some different beers. Their Belgian brewmaster is more than up to the task.
06-11-2006 02:05:25 |
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