Best Bar Food

Dan Moreno

1. The Foundry at McCoys, 424 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

The Foundry at McCoy’s mixes an old school look with a decidedly modern sensibility, blending a hip and chill staff and clientele with great beer and above all else great food.
From 4-6 p.m. every day they have a happy hour food deal with eight half-priced “bar bites” appetizers. Different food specials depend on the day, but one of the best is the Taco Tuesday’s 2 for $4 beef tacos or veggie black bean tacos. Their best bar food is greasy and delicious enough to satisfy a drunk craving without worries about mystery, artery clogging ingredients. They have great vegetarian options and prove that bar food doesn’t have to be bland and generic or completely unhealthy. Plus, with chicken wing names that reference “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the original “Star Wars” films, what’s not to like?
Their new hours are Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 3 a.m. with a Saturday and Sunday Hangover Brunch noon – 4 p.m. The kitchen closes every night at 1:30 a.m.

2. Tomfooleries Restaurant and Bar, 612 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Tomfooleries is conveniently located on the Plaza. It is great for grabbing a late night snack after catching a movie at the Cinemark. Redwood, antique posters, sports games and live music lend a relaxed atmosphere to the first floor. For a little more party, check out the second floor of the restaurant.
Their small plate specials are available every day from 3-6 p.m., which starts earlier than most happy hour deals. The snacks and appetizers on the deal are only $4.50 each, and there is only a $2.50 minimum drink purchase.
Tomfooleries is open every day from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. The kitchen closes at 1 a.m. They have a special Sunday Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

3. Mike’s Tavern, 5424 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

Mike’s Tavern has pretty straightforward bar food like burgers, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders and wings, but they have a good location and prices. The kitchen also offers less common menu items. Irish/U.K. inspired food options include fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef stew, and the Irish Gut Bomb which is a pork tenderloin sandwich with pepper jack, onion rings, fried egg and bacon.
Mikes is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Mike’s Kitchen is open Monday from 3-9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.