Kansas City area restaurants and bars are celebrating the Royals’ first trip to the World Series in 29 years with everything from cheap burgers to blue beer.
Here’s a roundup of Blue October specials — we’ll update it as we find more on our food and dining blog, Chow Town, on KansasCity.com.
At Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, which has more than 30 locations in the KC metro area, 8-inch turkey subs cost $2.49 every day the Royals play through Oct. 29. To get that special price, which isn’t advertised in Goodcents stores, customers have to ask for the “Royal deal.”
Red Door Grill, 11851 Roe Ave. in Leawood, recently debuted a new Royals-themed menu that features $3 Royal blue Bud Light, $5 blue Triple Crown margaritas and $7 Royal Flush martinis made with Malibu rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and Sprite. The food portion of the menu has two items inspired by Billy Butler. The “That’s what cheese do” fries cost $8 and are smothered in homemade chili, green chile cheese dip, bacon, sour cream and green onions. The “Billy Brat” costs $9 and features a 1/3-pound bratwurst from McGonigle’s topped with sauerkraut and mustard and served with fries.
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Spin Neopolitan Pizza has a new pie called the Double Play that has double pepperoni and double cheese. The pizza costs $13.95 during the World Series. Spin has locations in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Olathe and Overland Park.
Minsky’s recently debuted Billy’s Base Stealin’ Bar-B-Q pizza (Zarda barbecue sauce, braised pulled pork, sliced pickles, provolone and Swiss cheese). Prices vary based on size. Minsky’s has 15 locations in the KC area — Billy’s Base Stealin’ Bar-B-Q pizza is available at all of them except for Lee’s Summit.
North Italia, 4579 W. 119th St. in Leawood, is toasting the Royals with all-day happy hour during the World Series. The happy hour menu features $4 wine by the glass, $16 wine bottles, $5 bruschetta and $8 pizzas.
Elbow Chocolates, 1819 McGee St., is selling Royals-themed chocolate boxes with two blue (lavender-flavored) chocolates and two white (fleur de sel-flavored) chocolates. The boxes cost $10 each, or you can purchase individual chocolates for $1.75.
Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road, is discounting its Mini Market burger from $7.99 to $2.99 for the remainder of the World Series. The 1/3-pound burger is made with ground chuck from McGonigle’s Market and served with a side of curly fries. Manager Vicki Deckard says customers have to say “1985” when they order the burger to get the Blue October discount.
RA Sushi, 11638 Ash St. in Leawood, has two blue specials on the menu. The Royal Geisha cocktail ($7) is a mix of lemonade, Skyy raspberry vodka, blue curacao, fresh lemon sour and soda. The Royal Maki ($5.89) is a roll made with crab mix, shrimp and cucumber topped with blue crunchy tempura bits and drizzed with sweet eel sauce.
The Other Place, 16590 West 135th St. in Olathe, has a Royale with cheese burger ($6.75) topped with American and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. The bar and restaurant is also serving a Blue October pizza topped with sliced beer brats, sauerkraut and mozzarella cheese ($9.90 for a 9-inch pizza) and a Royal Blue Bomb ($6.50) — that’s peach schnapps, blue curacao and Stoli Razberi vodka dropped in Red Bull.
Houlihan’s is selling “RoyalTea” cocktails for $4.65. The blue Long Island iced tea drinks are served in 32-ounce mugs with a gold paper crown. Houlihan’s has locations in Fairway, Overland Park, Leawood, Olathe, Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, North.
BB’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St., put a Royal Blue Bacardi Hurricane on the menu. The blue cocktail costs $4 and comes with a blue paper umbrella.
Rye, 10551 Mission Rd. in Leawood, will show upcoming Royals games at the bar and in the restaurant’s back room. During the games, customers can take advantage of happy hour drink specials and order half-price burgers and wings.
Papa Keno’s Pizzeria, 7901 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park, has two beer specials during the World Series: PBR costs $1 and any other draft beer costs $2.50. On Royals game days, slices are buy one, get one free from 5 p.m. until close.
Callahan’s, 12843 W. 87th Parkway in Lenexa, has $2 domestic pints, $2.50 domestic bottles and $2.50 shots of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky during World Series games.
Customers who dine at Paradise Diner, 5501 W 135th St. in Overland Park, during the remaining Royals games get 20 percent off their order.
Grains & Taps, 224 SE Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit, has select half-price appetizers during World Series games.
Cafe Ha Tien, a Vietnamese cafe at 1032 W. 103rd St., is offering 20 percent off entrees to customers wearing Royals apparel or the color blue during the World Series.
O’Neill’s Restaurant & Bar, 9417 Mission Road in Leawood, has $1.85 blue Bud Light draws and $5.85 blue cheese burgers starting at 4 p.m. on Royals game days.
Hereford House is serving 10-ounce KC Strip steaks with fries for $19.85 during the World Series. KC Strip steaks usually cost $27.45 at Hereford House, which has locations in Independence, Leawood, Zona Rosa and Shawnee. Hereford House also has a World Series lunch special: $7 for a blue cheese-stuffed burgers with fries. That meal usually costs $10.95.
Jasper’s Restaurant, 1201 W. 103rd St., has Royals-themed cannoli on the menu. The cannoli cost $2.95 each and are stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese and homemade blueberry pie filling spiked with champagne. “It’s like eating a blueberry pie without the crust,” says chef/owner Jasper Mirabile, who says he’ll keep the blue cannoli on the menu for the remainder of the World Series.
Mass Street Soda, 1103 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence, has two Royals-themed ice cream floats on the menu for the postseason. One is a Royal Blueberry float ($2) made with Capt’n Eli’s blueberry pop and vanilla ice cream. The other is a Billy Butler Bacon Barbecue float ($2) made with chocolate-covered maple smoked bacon soda, vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Billy’s Hit It a Ton barbecue sauce. Mass Street Soda co-owner Matt Baysinger says the shop will also offer discounts on Japanese sodas in honor of Nori Aoki and discounts on South American sodas in honor of Salvador Perez.
Charlie Hooper’s, 12 W. 63rd St., sells $2.50 domestic bottles during all Royals postseason games. Domestic bottles usually cost $3.50 at the Brookside bar.
Chappell’s, 323 Armour Road in North Kansas City, sells buckets of beer for $12 during Royals games. Each bucket contains five domestic bottles on ice.
Limestone Pizza + Kitchen + Bar, 814 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence, sells $2 pints of Boulevard KC Pils during Royals games. Limestone also has homemade pretzels on special on game days. Head baker Mike Humphrey had the salty, wood-fired pretzels on the menu when the Royals clinched a spot in the playoffs, so he wants to make sure they’re available during the World Series. “It’s a little superstition,” he says.
Andre’s Chocolates & Confiserie Suisse, 5018 Main St., has Royals-themed chocolate coins wrapped in blue foil. The chocolate shop is bundling one Royals coin with one red Chiefs coin to make “Kansas City Pride” two-packs. The two-packs usually sell for $4, but they’re on special for $3.85. The coins come in your choice of milk or dark chocolate.
810 Zone, 4800 W. 119th St. in Leawood, is slinging $2.50 pints of blue Bud Light during the World Series.
Kansas City-area Papa John’s pizza shops have a Royals-themed special: When the team scores five runs and wins a game, customers who order pizza the following day from papajohns.com can use the promo code “ROYALS5” to receive 50 percent off regular menu prices. The promotion ends at midnight the day after the win.
Tommy’s The Happy Place, a bar at 8019 Wornall Rd., has $2 “Royal” blue domestic draws every night on Royals game days (they’re normally $3).
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