Thursday, April 11, 2013
....first up, new local Liberty hangout Conrad's Restaurant and Alehouse for some pre-show grub. We were soon to headin' south to the Music Hall to catch a our last show of the theater season; Mary Poppins and stopped at this new Northland hotspot to check it out. Conrad's is an interesting mix of atmospheres: one part dark-wood cozy clubhouse and one part lively sports bar. Crackling flames dance in fireplaces while various bros are
Boulevard Tank 7, I indulged in their creamy buffalo dip with housemade chips. The menu is fairly extensive and has loads of stuff I'd like to try. Love the use of quotes also, including:
"Beer is the proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy"
and by George Bernard Shaw:
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."
On another night, we returned to a favorite spot in Smithville among many of we Posse folk by the name of Justus Drugstore. I've written about this little spot many a time for many a reason, not least of which is ubertalented owner and chef Jonathan Justus. Jonathan grew up in Smithville and returned to breathe new life into his hometown by setting up a fabulous restaurant at his family's drugstore. I've long been gobsmacked by the service and locavore food this place serves up. This time, we went for the simpler fare because we were ready to break in the patio for the season. It was a tad chilly as there were thunderstorms on the horizon, but we settled in and ordered some of those freshly-made, creative cocktails. I went with the suggested Flying Tree, a light and lively concoction of Sauza Silverequila, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh orange and lime with a salt and hickory nut rim. Carl tried out the Elixir of the Day which included among its exotic ingredients a baklava-infused rum of all things. The table sampled a little bit of everything from the scaled-back patio menu. Among them were kicked-up versions of bar food staples like jalapeno poppers, pork rinds with a killer spicy sauce and a mouth-watering brisket sandwich.
Conrad's was fun for a first visit, but we love us some Justus.