Kansas City: Shrimp and Grits at Bluestem
When we were at the bar at Bluestem, we met a couple who came to Bluestem specifically for the shrimp and grits. Sometimes they eat it at the bar but mostly they took an order home. It seemed only appropriate we order it to see why it was a weekly must.\
I didn’t grow up eating much butter or cream so every time I encounter a dish so laden with either (or both), I tend to sit up and take notice. Yes, I can see why this is a must-order dish. The shrimp were juicy and the sausage was quite fun but it was really the grits that shone. Just give me a big bowl of ’em.
My friend ordered the Hemingway Daiquiri which I was surprised to see served long over ice. She seemed to like it and you can’t argue there’s definitely more to sip on.
I enjoyed my boozier Longfellow which uses gin as its base spirit. I particularly fond of Benedictine so I tend to go for drinks with it. I was very intrigued by the cardamon and honeysuckle which gave it spicy and floral notes.
Hemingway Daiquiri – rum, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lime, grapefruit
Longfellow – gin, Benedictine, vermouth, cardamon, honeysuckle
I was in KCMO in early September so the tomatoes were still going strong. That meant I had to order tomato soup everywhere and anywhere. Bluestem does a nice one which led to an even better pairing..
The cheese plate! The three of us couldn’t finish all the cheese but I suggested to my friend it’d make an awesome omelet in the morning.
Going into the further decadent category, we got the chicken liver toast which came with fresh slices of peach. It was lovely and really quite fun to eat.
Rounding out my drinks tour, I opted for the Pamplemousse Fizz since I’m a sucker for grapefruit and anything with egg whites. It’s a pretty drink and was a good drink to end on after the amazing bar bites. I’ll be dreaming of those shrimp and grits for a while.
Pamplemousse Fizz – tequila, pamplemousse rose liqueur, grenadine, egg white, lemon