Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Chances are, there isnt anyone left in Kansas City who remembers the West Bottoms when it was full of the hotels, bars and restaurants that accompanied the stockyards. A hundred years later, Genessee sees little nighttime action. But the experienced folks running the R Bar and Restaurant hope to change the neighborhoods landscape with their alluring and sexy saloon, where contemporary flavors and local history swirl together in a long, narrow, brick-walled space. With classic cocktails and seasonal small-plate menus designed by mixologist Shawn Moriarty and executive chef Alex Pope, the R Bar and Restaurant is sophisticated enough and well-suited for foodies and nightlife connoisseurs alike.
This combination bar and upscale dining boîte has been brilliantly designed to look like the kind of honky-tonk saloon that might have really existed in this neighborhood back in the heyday of the stockyards. Owners Joy Jacobs and Lisa Morales have put a lot of time, money and thought into making the place a stylish place to drink and listen to live music that includes hiring chef Alex Pope, formerly of the American, to give the menu a jolt of creativity that might surprise new patrons. A steak-and-burger joint this aint. Instead of bread, for example, Pope sends out a savory funnel cake drenched in a supple goat-cheese and paprika sauce. Other innovations: a foie-gras and caviar waffle or a slaw made with confit chicken, sage sausage, cannellini-bean purée and truffle crème fraiche. Yes, its more than a little affected, but its a refreshing culinary addition to the West Bottoms. — Charles Ferruzza
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash
Parking: Lot Available
Extra Info: Noise Level: Loud