900 Westport Road | 816-561-1101 | bluestemkc.com
When is a happy hour convivial for both imbibers and nondrinkers? When there are tempting things to eat at special prices. Chef-owner Colby Garrelts' lounge menu at the sexy, hip Bluestem is the ne plus ultra of bar food. Among our favorites: a beautiful plate of cured meats, wagyu beef tartare, shrimp and grits, a sly 8-ounce hamburger, and a tender hanger steak with crispy fries. From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, many of these choices can be had at seriously reduced prices — if you can get in. Garrelts says it's the busiest shift in his restaurant, especially Friday nights. It's worth leaving work early, though, to sample, at a modest price, the cuisine that has earned Garrelts five James Beard Award nominations.