Beering Mission Farms

So, last night after walking half a mile trick or treating with the kids, telling them to slow down, say thank you, keep out of the street, etc.. Then getting home and telling them only one piece of candy, okay, one more but that's it, why did you open that, it's too much, get on your pajamas, etc. Then settling in my chair with a beer, the Chiefs game and Facebooking and emailing, Stella starts gabbing at me. All I hear, while I watch Phil Rivers throw 2 interceptions in 5 minutes (Phil's my fantasy QB, my other one was Jason Campbell, needless to say, my season's done) is Stella saying words like "Mission Farms", "Los Cabos", "Avenues Bistro", "Lakeside Tavern". None of these words apply to me so I was making like Billy Chapel and clearing the mechanism. Not until I started to hear words like Green Flash Red, Tank 7, Free State and 23rd Street Crimson Red and I began to pay attention.

After catching up a little, I learned that Lakeside Tavern is opening today in Mission Farms in the old Los Cabos spot (10551 Mission Rd). It's run by the folks that brought you Avenues Bistro. Stella found a menu online and it seems to be the Avenues version of a sports bar or a gastropub. The menu looks okay, a little crowded, but adult tator tots (tots filled with bacon and gruyere served with house aoili) and polenta fries with jalapeno cilantro pesto aoili sound like just the food I could get behind. Burgers, sandwiches, steak and fish and chips round out the menu.

But, what really stands out, especially for Leawood, is the draft beer list. Left Hand Milk Stout,  Schlafly APA, Tank 7, Tallgrass Oasis, Free State Seasonal, 23rd Street Crimson Phog Red Ale are just a few of the 20 taps.   I'm not sure of any other places in town with a 23rd Street beer on tap, and based on what I had at Beerfest from them, I'm more than willing to try some more. Being in Mission Farms with Blanc, itself a pretty great beer destination, it seems if you're in the Leawood area you may consider Mission Farms as a beer destination.

I hate to be pedantic, but Lakeside Tavern isn't really lakeside. Pondside doesn't really have the caché that Lakeside has. Don't even get me started on Mission Farms. But despite the name, Lakeside Tavern may very well be the best place to get a beer, watch some sports and get some good food in Leawood. Not many of those places exist in that area. I'm happy to see Lakeside Tavern get in on the action.

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