Exploring the West Bottoms in Kansas City




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The West Bottoms is an emerging area just west of downtown. It was the old central market dating back from the early 1800’s. Today the old, warehouse buildings are being redone. Here you find centered around Kemper Arena, a number of restaurants, an urban winery, many antique stores and new microbrewery.

There are approximately 20 stores featuring antiques, vintage finds and architectural artifacts. Many are open only for the First Friday Weekend of the Month event where you will find special sales events throughout the area.

Genessee Royale Bistro: This is a well-known spot for breakfast and lunch. They are also open on Friday nights for dinner and Sunday brunch. 1531 Genessee St.

Voltaire: Getting great reviews is Volataire at 1617 Genessee. It is known for it food and cocktails. It is open for dinner and Sunday brunch. It was a former bar that was converted to a restaurant using many of the original finishes. I can’t wait to try it.

Amigoni Urban Winery: There attractive tasting room and wine storage facility is located at 1505 Genessee. They grow their grapes in central Missouri and feature Rhone-style wines and no sweet wines. There are reds, whites and a rose. You can also taste beers produced by Boulevard Brewery a short distance away. The building housing production and additional storage is a few blocks away. I really enjoyed the Urban Blend which is a smooth red featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Their Cabernet Franc was really good also. It is their signature grape and number one seller. Cheese plates and other plates are offered along with the tasting. It is aged for 18 months in white oak barrels.

Stockyards Brewing Co.: This microbrewery is located in the West Bottoms in the historic Golden Ox building at 1600 Genessee St. The Golden Ox was started in 1949 and was the top steakhouse in town. After they closed for good in 2014, Stockyards Brewing took over in 2015 and has kept the historic bar in tact. This is a fun spot to taste one of their ales, lagers, pilsners, stouts or porters. You can also have a cocktail and a small bite. The classic decor and old murals are well-worth the visit.

EJ’s Urban Eatery:  Located in the West Bottoms at 1414 W 9th, this  new spot from August, 2017, is open for lunch, Happy Hour and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to the Eater Heatmap for KC, I found it on my last trip to KC . What a great experience! The E is for Erik J. Gaucher, a leader in the wealth management industry, who is a newcomer to the restaurant business. The J is for John Smith, a Chicagoan, who has worked in a number of the best restaurants in Chicago and NYC. Located in a 100-year-old brick building, the focus is on a modern version of the traditional Southern comfort food concept known as a Meat and Three.  I had a really great lunch with a platter of smoked brisket along with green beans and the squash casserole. I had a great conversation with John Smith. I will definitely go back.