On an incredible and unseasonably warm early January day, one of my co-workers popped his head into my office and asked if I was in the mood for lunch and a beer. Happy to get out of the office to enjoy a bit of the sun and warmth we decided to head over to Westport and grab lunch at Beer Kitchen. I’d heard many good things about Beer Kitchen No. 1 since its opening in late 2010, but had never had a chance to get in there to actually eat. Their extensive beer selection includes all of your traditional favorites with plenty of small craft brewers only the die-hard beer loves have heard of. Owned by the same proprietors as McCoy’s Public House and the Foundry, also in Westport, I had reasonably high expectations based on my experiences at their other operations.
When we arrived, the place was decently busy, but by no means packed. We grabbed a booth back by the big beer board and studied our options from both the food and drink menus. Settling on a Boulevard Harvest Dance for my drink I set about to find something that would work well with it on the food side. Our server strongly recommended the cream of tomato soup, and I chose the Creole Chicken sandwich to go along with it.
The food arrived in a timely fashion and even with my higher than average expectations I was very much thrilled with what I was served. The cream of tomato soup was smooth, delicate, and packed full of flavor without being overly creamy or heavy. It was an absolute treat on a warm winter day when you want something a little lighter than heavy chowder or bisque. The Creole Chicken burger was equally as delicious. The chicken breast was well seasoned with a blackening spice and cooked perfectly before being covered by a slice of chipotle white cheddar cheese and placed on a soft potato bun.
All in all this lunch surpassed my fairly lofty expectations and is definitely a place I will make a point of getting back to in the future, not only for the food, but the great beer list as well.
Beer Kitchen No. 1435 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 816-389-4180 beerkitchenkc.com