District Pour House + Kitchen
Another one of my favorite Christmas gifts from Lars was the Kansas City Passport. This passport program is also done in several other cities such as Boulder, Denver, Washington D.C., Nashville (jealous of whoever lives here!), etc.
Since we have only lived here for a couple of years this was a great Christmas gift – especially because we love to explore all of the new restaurants here in town. There are so many unique restaurants in Kansas City. The passport costs $20 and can be used from December to March (since this is the winter passport). It includes 40 restaurants, and when you present your passport there is a 2-for-1 for drinks. So not only do we get to scope out new and delicious food – we also get to try new beverages! What’s also great about the passport is that it opens our horizon to many more restaurants that we otherwise would never try!
First stop on our list was District Pour House + Kitchen. This is located in Waldo which is a popular spot for bars and restaurants. What lead us to trying this restaurant first was the fact that they have 34 infused spirits at their bar.
Lars tends to like darker liquors, so he chose an Old Fashioned made with apple cinnamon infused whisky. I prefer lighter liquor, so I chose the “Basil Bash” which is made with strawberry infused tequila along with Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and basil – I can’t ever say no to strawberry or basil! Lars and I both gave our drinks an “A rating”.
The Basil Bash is on the right, Old Fashioned is on the left.
The dinner menu was only one page, so not very large. But everything on it sounded delicious. There was a selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entree items. We started off with a bruchetta that was made with cherry tomatoes, toasted walnuts, basil, and pesto and was served over warm Parmesan baguettes. This was not pictured, as we were starving and we dug right in before I could get a picture! But it was delicious.
For dinner, Lars chose the Reuben with a side house salad with sherry vinaigrette. And I chose the pork tenderloin, which was gone in about 5 minutes! But luckily, I was able to get a picture of our dinner plates before we started! The pork tenderloin was cooked perfectly, very tender and juicy. It was served with chimichurri and served over a combination of asparagus, corn, and cherry tomatoes… and beneath that? My favorite – mashed potatoes! Whatttt a dietitian eats potatoes? – yes, because carbohydrates are our body’s number once source of fuel. Also, potatoes are a great source of potassium which can help keep our hearts healthy. Now, I am not recommending to eat a two cup portion of potatoes at one meal, but there is nothing wrong with enjoying a sensible serving size (closer to about one cup) at your meal! Anyway, enough with that, but long story short, the meal was amazing!
And there’s that, the first stamp on our Kansas City Passport! Keep following along to see the other hidden gems in this great city!