Fun and celebratory in downtown KC
A group of us are heading to KC to run the 1/2 marathon this weekend. Assuming we survive the 13.1 miles, we will want to celebrate on Saturday evening. I'm guessing we'll end up with a group of about 10 to 15. We are staying at various downtown hotels and will want to be within an easy cab ride. Our son is only 18 so we will need some place that he is welcome. A good selection of beers is a must; we're open to food options.
On a Saturday night, with a party this size, you're probably going to want a place that makes reservations unless you eat early or late. So, can you give us some idea what type of cuisine you're after, or perhaps a price point? Are we talking burgers and beers or fine dining? Please bear in mind that KC is pretty casual compared to other cities. You could go for a place like Blanc Burgers and Bottles on the Plaza, or Jack Stack/Lidia's/Grunauer at the Freighthouse, but please stay away from Power and Light if good food is what you're after. Many more to choose from, but give us some more guidance...
We're definitely more casual than anything - no cuisine preference except no Italian since we'll be heading somewhere for pasta/carbs the night before. I didn't realize Jack Stacks was downtown and I've seen that referenced several times here for KC bbq so that's intriguing. Price point - relatively inexpensive; part of the group will be college kids!
If we end up in the Power and Light district post dinner just for drinks, is there any place that would be good (or less bad)?
At P&L, I like Raglan Road over Flying Saucer, as I prefer what they have on draft, but others may disagree. http://www.raglanroadirishpubkc.com/ In fact, if you all would enjoy a local brewery tour, the last one on Saturdays is at 4 pm. http://www.boulevard.com/brewery/brewery-tours/ I'd recommend making reservations now for a group that large, if you're interested. Free, unlimited sampling in the tap room after the tour! If Jack Stack appeals, the Freighthouse location is nice, and you can walk the trestle bridge over the tracks to Union Station http://www.unionstation.org/ for a look around before or after dinner. It's a beautiful landmark, one of which I'm particularly fond because my grandad worked out of the building until the late sixties. I think it's a solid recommendation to visitors. I hope you all have a great time, and good luck with your race!