Here in the middle of the country, the last thing many of us think of when we go out for dinner and drinks is seafood. Lucky, right in the heart of the city on the Plaza, Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar has fresh seafood, and an amazing beer selection. If you know where the new Polsinelli building is on the Plaza, then you can find Jax Fish House. Alex of Scouting the Taps, local author Pete Dulin of “KC Ale Trail” and I (Sarah) went down to Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar for Twosday Brewsday.
On Tuesdays at the restaurant, all draft, bottled and canned beers are buy-one-get-one free, all night. The restaurant has a varied tap selection that features mainstays such as Boulevard Wheat, KC Bier Co Dunkel and Tallgrass 8-bit Pale Ale. The fun part comes in the rotating lines. During our KC Beer Bloggers meetup, Jax had Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale, Perennial Suburban Home, Cinderblock Northtowne Native and Bell’s Two Hearted on tap.
As a true testament to the restaurant’s love for all things local beer, they partnered with Cinder Block Brewing last fall to create Emersum Oyster Stout, made with Jax’s house Emersum oysters. Currently there aren’t any plans for another local collaboration, but we have a feeling that there will be more to come.
Of course, what’s a little beer without some sustainable seafood to go along? The restaurant was gracious enough to let us try a little bit of everything including: fish and chips made with different fish and batters all the time; Emersum, Malpeque, Kusshi, and Steamboat Island Oysters; calamari; and green curry that had us raving about the addicting flavor. The curry brought an amazing citrus flavor balanced by a mild heat, and paired well with everything we were eating and drinking.
With food and beer sitting in front of us, food pairings are an inevitable topic, along with the food prowess of Pete Dulin helping us discover how food and beer mingle. We took the Northtowne Native, Tropical Pale, and Two Hearted experimenting with how they played with each food item. A dish that worked well was the fish and chips paired with the Northtowne Native, a California Common from Cinderblock in North Kansas City. If you have never done this, I would suggest exploring your palate at Jax soon.
If you’re a seafood lover, Mondays are a good day to come out for all-night happy hour with discounted food plates, wine and beer. Regular happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
If you’re looking for a new place for happy hour and a good tap list, check out Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar on the plaza.
Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar: http://www.jaxfishhouse.com