Streetcar Named Desire Menu Image

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-10:30pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm

Price: $

An escape from the cacophony of whining children, Crown Center’s Streetcar Named Desire has character and really cheap drinks. We can’t confirm whether the prices are the same as when the restaurant opened in 1964, but it's safe to say the décor hasn't changed much since 1984 when the streetcar was relocated to its current spot. Dark and generally quiet after the lunch hour rolls past, this bar and grill isn't fancy (food arrives on Styrofoam plates), but the beer is ice-cold, the service is friendly, and you can order cut-up knockwurst with chopped pickles in relative anonymity. We like to think it's what Donald J. Hall envisioned for the workingman when he developed Crown Center in the 1960s.

Restaurant Details

You won’t find any of Tennessee Williams’ colorful characters in this cozy saloon, but part of the dining room is, indeed, housed in an old Kansas City streetcar. The novelty of dining in an old streetcar is a big part of this restaurant’s charm, although the limited menu – sandwiches, a few salads and appetizers (including cut-up knackwurst) – is appealing for a quick meal before a play or sporting event. For two decades, the original Streetcar restaurant was attached to an old house in midtown; it was moved to Crown Center in 1984. The hamburgers are good (especially topped with grilled onions), and the chili is meaty and deliciously seasoned. It may not be love at first bite, but the prices are desirable. — Charles Ferruzza

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Price: $

Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash

Parking: Free, Garage, Validation Available

Reservations: Not Accepted, Not Necessary

Attire: Casual


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