On this site since 1991, we offer great food, even greater beer, friendly & comfortable atmosphere, karaoke (yes it still lives) on Thursday nights, live music most weekends, sports on our wall sized big screen & pool tables if you're still bored. Keep up with it all by subscribing to our e-newsletter - on the website!
An eclectic marriage between modern fare and saloon-style ambience, R Bar & Restaurant combines Americana tradition with award-winning recipes and innovative cocktails. Alex Pope, awarded by The Pitch as the best chef in Kansas City-2010 concocted a robust dinner menu of hearty dishes such as the house-made bratwurst and cheddar cheese, packed in fried mustard bread, smoked beet and pine syrup ($10). The braised turkey pot pie hogties a traditional favorite with brie, black truffles, celery root, grapes and truffle sauce ($19), and carb-toting cowpoke stock their 10-gallon GladWare with smoked egg noodles adorned with sweet potatoes, ricotta, walnuts, sage and brown butter ($17). Bend an elbow at R Bar’s bar, which has been voted one of Esquire's best bars in America, with a cocktail menu of potent, old-time favorites such as the Mule, a blend of Sobieski vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer served in a copper mug ($8.50), and the Prescription Julip infused with rye whiskey, cognac, gum syrup, and sugar with a zing of mint ($11).
Sponsored by the ACF Kansas City Chef’s Association, the annual Best of Kansas City Chefs benefit lets guests meet and taste the signature dishes of the area's best culinary masterminds. This year’s food venues—which range from Jon Russell’s Barbeque to the Dark Horse Distillery—satisfy appetites with samples from some of Kansas City’s best restaurants, and pairs of celebrity chefs—including Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef and multiple James Beard nominee Colby Garrelts of bluestem Restaurant—throw down in epic duels between skillets. During the three-hour event, attendees may also participate in live and silent auctions for a chance to win a BeefEater two-burner grill from event sponsor Smoke 'n' Fire—a prize valued at $800.
Bearing the name of its two owners, Nick & Nino's Pub is welcoming and unpretentious, serving up scratch-made food and cold craft beers on tap in a 7,000-square-foot loft-like space that hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the chefs serve up a menu of classic American pub fare, including hand-formed burgers and fries, the fan-favorite stuffed and fried mushrooms, and hefty entrees such as a 14 oz. ribeye.
With a hodgepodge of American favorites, Kobi's Bar and Grill slings juicy cuts and cold libations to hearty appetites in the biker scene. Like a body-building orange, a bevy of meaty menu items flex juicy muscles, with fan favorites such as the Monster pork tender, a 12-ounce hand-breaded pork loin on a homemade bun ($8.49). Fire-hydrant mouths work overtime on Octane Boosters, a 12-piece artillery of buffalo sauce-soaked chicken wings paired with ranch or blue cheese dressing ($7.99, $8.99 for breaded). Enjoy a double-decker delicacy with the bacon-wrapped pork chop, featuring a 12-ounce succulent slab coddled between two pieces of smoky bacon ($13.99). For those who prefer home-cooked tastes, the chili and grilled cheese satiates stomachs with a pretzel bun and hearty concoction of spices ($5.49), and the daily cheesecake stops sweet teeth from morphing into underfed fangs.
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.