It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon so why not check out some local favorites. First up was the Boulevard Brewery. Tours were full so we decided to head straight to the tasting room and get right to the good stuff! We opted to each get a flight, naturally, for maximum tastings. Here are our tasting notes that we remembered to actually write down: Irish Ale - Not overly dark tasting (that's what she said), smooth & easy drinking. Black Pale Ale - Very hoppy compared to the Irish Ale. Tale Tart - Very tart, like I would never buy this (Steph). Kristi said it's not as bad as the rest of us made it out to be but I think that was just the booze talking. Chocolate with Raspberry - We always anticipate the release of the Chocolate beer every year around Valentine's Day but this year's included raspberry so we were skeptical. It was more like a raspberry beer with a hint of chocolate than the other way around. We were not fans and it would be tough to drink a full glass of this raspberry imposter to what is normally a delicious chocolate beverage. Boulevard please ditch the berries for next year!
Round 1 @ Boulevard Brewery.
After a "few" drinks at Boulevard we decided to try Boulevard Tavern to continue with the theme. This place is relatively new and is in the old Nica's 320 space. It's an American Gastropub with an uncomplicated menu. We started with the KFC and these twice-fried chicken wings blew us away!
For our lunch picks we tried the beef on weck, daily grind burger, grilled chicken shawarma and the fish tacos.
All dishes were decent but anything would have been downhill after those wings. All in all we'd go back here and try brunch or dinner instead. The wine and Manhattan were great! Until next time.
Part 3 of our Saturday afternoon adventure took us to Up-Down KC. This place is within walking distance from Boulevard Tavern so a bonus there! We've been here before but the sunny patio called our names so we had to return. Up-Down is an adult arcade with classic games that we played as kids as well as a full bar. Of course they have an awesome 4 person Ms Pac Man game so we had to sit down for a few rounds.
It was a quick stop but definitely one I'm glad we did. Sometimes an impromptu decision can change the course of your day or even your life. Today it simply changed the alcohol content of our bodies....when in Kansas City. Cheers!