With Kansas City streetcar stops directly outside of its doors, Streetcar Grille and Tavern is certainly aptly named. It is also the latest entrant in a Crossroads restaurant boom, and one designed to pull in a broad, sports- and beer-loving audience.
Streetcar Grille and Tavern is a 4,100-square-foot, 170-seat restaurant located on the corner of 16th and Main Streets. Owner Kurt Oliver hopes to appeal as much to Crossroads area residents as well as travelers, with his location surrounded by brand-new hotels and just a few blocks away from the city’s soon-to-come convention center.
Outfitted with dozens of high-end flat-panel televisions and equipped with TV packages including NFL Sunday Ticket that include hard-to-find events, the restaurant is geared toward sports fans. A variety of seating configurations, including lots of bar seating, high-tops and spacious, comfortable booths, encourage staying with friends for whole or multiple game-watching sessions.
The restaurant serves a selection of classic bar fare, including wings, burgers and mac 'n' cheese as well as a selection of fresh salads and items such as seared ahi tuna tacos. What Oliver hopes sets Streetcar Grille apart from a typical sports bar is its use of high-quality, fresh and often locally-sourced ingredients. For example, the charcuterie board features a selection of local cheeses, including varieties from Cottonwood River and Milton Creamery. All dressings, slaws and sauces, including the apple cider-vinegar based “superfood” slaw featured on the crispy shrimp tacos, is made in house (appetizers, including the charcuterie board, run from $4 to $16).
Popular items in the few weeks since the restaurant has opened include Gouda-stuffed tater tots served with buttermilk dressing, as well as the chopped poblano Reuben, made with housemade chopped corned beef and poblano sauerkraut, topped with pepper jack cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. A roast beef sandwich, topped with horseradish and chive Cheddar is served like a French dip, coated in a blanket of provolone.
Streetcar Grille and Tavern also features four varieties of mac 'n' cheese, as well as a selection of burgers. The Crown Center Burger, for example, features Cheddar and applewood bacon alongside crispy onions, chunky peanut butter and a drizzle of Sriracha. The Power & Light Burger comes topped with jalapeños, pepper jack, jalapeño jam and jalapeño bacon. The Union Station includes sautéed mushrooms and onions and smoked Gouda topped with a sundried tomato aïoli (sandwiches and burgers run $12 to $13).
The bar features dozens of beers on tap, including local selections from Crane Brewing and KC Bier Co. among other area breweries, as well as a welcoming variety of craft beers and standard domestics. Cocktails, including a poblano lemonade and a berry sour, are also available ($10 to $12).
Streetcar Grille and Tavern is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1:30am.
Streetcar Grille and Tavern, 1580 Main St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.216.6187, streetcargrille.com