By Jeff Jasa
With poetry scribbled on chalkboards, a periodic table of beer styles, patrons who make great company, trivia nights, weird movie nights, burgers named after movies—the day’s special is the Godfather II—and décor that would fit in with your grandmother’s basement, had she been a biker in the sixties, it’s easy to enjoy yourself at Green Room Burgers and Beer.
Owner Michael Ptacek opened the restaurant and bar in February of 2012 with the intention of providing Westport with a place to get an affordable yet delicious burger. At first, he toyed with the idea of opening a full-on microbrewery but decided against it. However, the restaurant always has one housemade cask ale in the brewpub spirit.
Choosing a beer isn’t easy because Green Room Burgers offers a selection of nearly seventy beers, twenty-seven of which come from either Missouri or Kansas breweries. The cask ale is also constantly changing, with a new house beer to try almost every week. All of the brews, even the nicer brands, are reasonably priced, and the Papa Louie’s Cask Ale, a porter brewed in-house with cinnamon, vanilla, and Calypso dry hops, is a perfect cure for the cold weather.
For an appetizer, Boulevard Brewery’s Tank 7-battered onion rings, possibly the biggest onion rings in Kansas City, are a perfect complement to the beer.
The breakfast burger might be the most eye-catching sandwich. For eight dollars, you get two beef patties, grilled jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and bacon, topped with an egg.
For dessert, try a Reese’s chocolate milkshake, just as decadent and delicious as the meal.
The bill doesn’t reflect the size of the meal, so you can still afford a cup of amazing coffee afterward at the Westport Coffee House right around the corner.