Cooking food over an open flame can impart smoky flavor and seal in savory juices, but cooking food over an eternal flame can get a bobsledding team kicked out of the Olympics. Get your fill of flame-cooked fare with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of contemporary pub fare and drinks at Swagger Fine Spirits & Food.
Featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Swagger titillates adventuresome tongues with renegade renditions of classic bar standbys and a bounty of beers and whiskeys. Tap the meaty menu for one of four chicken-wing flavorings ($4.99–$8.99), or lay hunger to rest in a mound of loaded baked-potato fries covered in monterey jack cheese sauce, sour cream, and green onions, and enchanted with crumbled bacon to ward off future hunger hauntings ($6.50). The suribachi burger ignites bites with a third pound of tempura-battered beef slathered in spicy asian mustard and Sriracha chili sauce with a kindling layer of pepper jack cheese and wasabi coleslaw ($12.99). Diners seeking lighter repast can rest their molars on the grilled portobello sandwich, blanketed in pepper jack cheese, cucumber, red onions, and lettuce, and tickled with hummus and homemade herbed mayo ($8.99).
Swagger's roadhouse-style interior welcomes culinary commuters and entraps highway Hamburglars with cozy rows of wooden booths and a bar clinking with beers from a formidable menu of local, domestic, and imported brews. A gallery of whiskeys offers a comparative course in the belly-warming tactics of the Irish, Scotch, Canadians, and Tennesseans.
Swagger Fine Spirits & Food
When brothers Derek Boone and Dustin Craighead made the leap to restaurant ownership from backgrounds in the electronics industry and tattoo-parlor business, they probably didn't guess that they'd be serving some of their signature dishes to Guy Fieri. Their rustic, roadhouse-like gastropub, Swagger Fine Spirits & Food, was featured in an episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fieri looked on as Chef Jerry Forness prepared the tempura-battered suribachi burger, which sizzles the taste buds with hot asian mustard and sriracha chili sauce. After he took a bite, Fieri noted the crunchiness of the tempura and the piquancy of the wasabi coleslaw, saying, "That is a lot of flavor, man." Of the chili made with Flying Monkey Amber Ale, the gregarious foodie murmured, "Mmm. That's a meal right there, dude."
The episode also showcased dishes such as the hot wings and a pulled-pork sandwich made with smoked pork shoulder and handcrafted barbecue sauce. Patrons balance out the spicy, savory flavors with close to 50 draft beers and more than 50 types of whiskey—about the same variety you'd expect in Hemingway's liquor cabinet.
8431 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64114Get Directions