On Saturday night, a friend and I went to the Czar Bar to see our friends of Attic Wolves perform with Jack and the Bears, and She’s a Keeper. I also heard that had a new food menu that a little out of the ordinary for a bar, a lot of comfort food. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to enjoy some great food, great drinks, and great music.
Czar Bar is located off of 15th and Grand. The Czar Bar’s food menu changes, because they have what they call a “Pop Up Eatery.” Their new partner in food is Toast and Company. “The concept is delicious comfort food that is a bit more elevated, consistant and home made. We can’t wait to provide you with yet another level of quality eats.” And that is what it is. Elevated comfort food with a twist.
I ordered the Bit House Burger. This burger was a ground beef patty that was seared and topped with melted cheddar, house made rosemary dill pickle, roasted tomatoes, baby arugula, and shaved onions served on a brioche bun with a roasted garlic aioli. It was such a beautiful burger. The patty was not overly cooked. Some burgers with such condiments can be very over powering, but this burger was not the case. This burger was clean from the tomatoes and arugula. The brioche bun added a nice subtle sweetness to the burger. I really enjoyed the pickles, you could definitely tell that they were homemade, so fresh. For $6 I would definitely go back for another burger.
With your meal you could get a side order of fries or a basket of fries. They were hand cut crispy garlic fries. They were so good. The seasoning on these fries were balanced, more often than not, most fries that come seasoned are usually over seasoned, but this was definitely not the case. It was a nice compliment to the Bit House Burger.
An item on the menu was a twist on a classic. It was a Fried Chicken N’ Wafflewich. It was a boneless buttermilk fried chicken topped with melted provolone cheese and cajun bacon sandwiched between homemade waffles then served a side of maple bourbon syrup to dip. It’s something that makes sense once you eat it, and you wonder why has not anyone made this before. It was such a great combination of sweet, salty, and spicy. It was a nice sweetness from the waffle and bourbon syrup. The chicken was so beautifully crusted, and it was not over done which was perfect for sandwich purposes. The bacon added a nice salty and spicy aspect to the sandwich. As my friend said, “so fucking good.” They also said that it was the best thing they had all year. For $7, I will be back to get my own sandwich and not take a bite of someone else’s.
For drinks, my friend got Boulevard’s Sixth Glass, which is apart of the Smokestack Series. It was a delicious drink, if you have not had this local beer, then I would recommend it.
I have been a stout kick lately, so I just asked for a stout. They recommended the Founder’s Breakfast Stout. It was $6.50 for a pint of it. It was a good stout. It had a different taste to it than the other stouts that I have had recently, but it was still very delicious. I thought it had a lingering milk chocolate taste. It had something else familiar in it that I could not pull out until I looked at it’s profile online. According to Founder’s website it said, “The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.” I definitely got the chocolates and it was the coffee that I recognized, but didn’t completely get. The sad part was that I did not get a head on my stout. From the profile online, it would have made it a more enjoyable experience, but without it, it was still a very enjoyable beer.
To top the evening off, the music was fantastic. A combination of local and out-of-state bands. Attic Wolves was the first to go on at about 9:00 p.m., and if you have not heard their stuff, you really need to. I’ve heard in more than one place referring Attic Wolves as the Mumford and Sons of Kansas City. Before this show they just got back a tour, touring the midwest. Jack and the Bears, from Michigan, were the next to perform, and I can definitely say that I’m proud to say that I served them at Homer’s Coffee House earlier that afternoon. I was getting tired by the end of the Attic Wolves set, but that was no longer the case when Jack and the Bears took over the set. It was still mellow, but it had such a nice energy from the music and the crowd. I bought their CD and am currently listening to it in my car. Last to perform was She’s a Keeper, another Kansas City native. Their sound was also lively, and similar to that of Attic Wolves that performed earlier that night. I had heard a lot of great things about She’s a Keeper, but hadn’t heard them until now. I am glad I stayed for a song or two, I bought their CD as well. I have been playing a lot more local music at the shop, the more shows I go to and buy CDs.
Keep up to date on the upcoming shows at Czar Bar’s website. They bring in the local bands, as well as the out-of-state bands.
It is a great place to go and enjoy great local music and a ton of great food with friends.
Address: 1531 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 3:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.; Kitchen: Monday – Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.