Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Emery, Bird and Thayer

I post this because I find it genuinely curious. My good friend, and by good friend I mean guy I talked to about toe shoes and kilts at Hop Fest, posted the menu for a beer dinner at EBT (435 and State Line) on the KC Beer Blog Facebook wall. I've never known anybody who ever ate at EBT and I've been asking around for about a week. Every comment I've heard about the place makes it seem like someplace Kevorkian would shop for patients. But, the menu looks good, they have Tank 7 on tap and they care enough to have a beer dinner.

The interesting thing about this beer dinner is that it features a bunch of Belgian beers that are new to the market that many people haven't tried. Plus, you get to try them in the curiosity that is the EBT restaurant. Did you know that the EBT stands for Emery, Bird and Thayer which was a downtown department type store or maybe clothing store in the early 1900's? I didn't. I always wondered what it stood for. Apparently the restaurant strives to emulate the classic Victorian style building that Emery, Bird and Thayer occupied.
EBT can offer you an atmosphere of style and elegance like no other. Dine 'inside' one of the antique elevator cages or beneath the column capitals & brick arches. Relax with some live jazz in the lounge or dine at the bar if you prefer.

No matter where you're seated you'll enjoy the charming ambiance, exemplary service and exquisite food that have been EBT's hallmarks for nearly 30 years.

Our entire staff will work to make your dining experience perfect.
Sure that's typical marketing type speak that means nothing, but sometimes it's nice to visit old style KC. I'll bet you're sure to find some other diner that rode the streetcar to Emery, Bird and Thayer to buy some of those straps they used to hold up socks.

In any case, the food looks good, the beer is certainly good and it's just curious enough of an event to make it worth $48. The beer dinner is July 27th and you can reserve your spot by calling 816-942-8870.


  1. I know someone under the age of 40 that eats there. It was a pretty surprising revelation.

  2. Two things: First, I have eaten there before. For some reason one valentine's day our reservations got cancelled somewhere else(funny I can't remember the place) so I scrambled to find somewhere "nice" EBT had room so we went. Two different 4 course meals to choose from, both ~70. Would have left immediately upon seeing the price, but was too much of a coward to just walk out. Food was good, but I was still starving after all 4 courses.
    Second thing is that I am really surprised with the price of this dinner. When other places charge $50+ for beer dinners I expected somewhere like EBT to charge more. Never the less still way too expensive for something like this. I will never understand the price behind all these beer dinners.
    In closing, as is probably pretty obvious, I am cheap.

  3. I've eaten there a couple times. As I recall, they had some daily specials that were reasonably priced. IMO, better food than a Hereford House at about the same price. Live piano music was a nice touch. (Don't know if that is all the time or if I got lucky)

  4. I've never been to EBT but for $48 for a six course dinner is well worth the cost. Then when you add alcohol with each course that's a bonus which makes me interested.

    If I've had the beers and will typically pass unless I love the restaurant or there's a hard to get beer included. Goose Island BCS has me intrigued with the dinner at the Saucer, I was an RJ's virgin (now a fan) until they hosted a boulevard dinner, Love Child #2 got me to Beer Kitchen's Dinner and I wouldn't dare miss a chance with Bluestem during a Boulevard luncheon (hey Bull, did I tell how good that was?) I tried to get in for Westside Local Luncheon but the lottery wasn't in my favor. I wish my schedule would have worked with Blanc's recent dinner hosting FW. This isn't just a plain grill cheese or an over-cooked steak. This is typically GREAT food and Choice beer. Live a little. Do you really need a 3 times the food for $20 less so that you can have a to-go box or throw food away?

    Hell, McDonald's prices can get you real food if you would just wait a couple more minutes.

    Break down IMO
    Tip included: $8
    Beer: $15
    Dinner: $25
    = $48 well spent

  5. I've eaten here a dozen or so times. I'm 28, I like it. Ask why it's named EBT - it will make more sense.
    check out it pussies..