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The Critiki review credits owner Mark Sellers, who also owns the upstairs brew pub HopCat, for creating a 55-seat reservations-only venue that pays homage to the resurrection of sophisticated tiki cocktails like the Mai Tais, Zombies and Fog Cutter.
Haven’t made the pilgrimage to the grass-thatched island hut decorated with pop culture flotsam and jetsam by renowned tiki decorator Bamboo Ben?
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Check out the full FB Live video tour as tiki ambassador Marc Modrow points out some of the fun features and then meet Puka Pumba, a bartender who is known to break into song while making a Sidewinder Fang.
“I haven’t been to TikiCat yet, but here’s the deal,” blog moderator Humuhumu writes. “LOTS of you have made the pilgrimage, and have reported a top-tier, expectations-beating experience. I’m not talking about reports from over-enthusiastic tiki novices here, I’m talking about world traveling, jaded tikiphiles who have discerning tastes.”
TikiCat is new to the scene, opening last spring. Kansas City’s earliest tiki names included an all-star cast: The Tropics, Castaways, Kon-Tiki, Trader Vics and two Kona Kai restaurants, one at 45th and Main and another by KCI. But by the ’80s and ’90s, local tiki connoisseurs were forced to take their passion underground.