Exploring the East Bottoms in Kansas City

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East of the River Market is the East Bottoms along the river. Make sure to visit the Local Pig. This is a butcher shop featuring a large selection of local steaks, roasts, chops, sausages, burgers and charcuterie. They have a food truck in the rear, Pigwich, which features a number of sandwiches and daily specials. You can order there and eat on the outside patio or inside the store. I loved the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. It was formed into a patty with bacon and then grilled.

You can eat there, shop next door at Urban Provisions General Store, do a tour and tasting at the J. Rieger Distillery across the street or attend a concert a block away at Knuckleheads at 2715 Rochester. This is a fun, neighborhood

J. Rieger & Co. Distillery: Originally founded in 1887 in Kansas City, it was a distillery with over 100 different products. It closed as a result of Prohibition. It was reopened in 2014 by members of the Rieger family and produces products including a Kansas City Whiskey, a Midwestern Premium Vodka, A Midwestern Dry Gin and a Caffe Amaro made in conjunction with a local coffee roaster. Their spirits can be found in some of the best cocktails in Chicago, New York and New Orleans including the Aviary in Chicago and Manifesto, at the Hotel Rieger in KC. Make sure to stop in to pick up a bottle or sign up for a tour or a special event. Check out their website for details. 2700 Guinotte Ave.

 Urban Provisions General Store: Billing itself as a general store for the modern tastemaker, this a lovely small boutique. 2616 Guinotte Ave.

 

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