Taps: 18 / Bottles: 85
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Realale:
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Different space - nice mix of bar seating, booths, tables and a big cargo door open at back which leads to some tables outside. With both doors open on this nice Spring day, a good cross breeze kept the air inside fresh and lovely. Seemed to be populated by a lot of regulars, but they weren't a chatty sort. On both visits, I was left to actually work ::shudder:: while I ate and drank.
Solid selection. Expected good selection of Boulevard, some Schlafly, a good dose of Arcadia including a couple of the big beers, and a smattering of interesting bottles. I helped myself to multiple pints of Bully! Porter (which we rarely see on draft in St. Louis) and a Houbulon Chouffe. All were in fine condition.
I was disappointed though that there were no quality lagers on the list, and very few hoppy beers at all, and puzzled by the complete lack of Bell's, New Belgium, and Odell's. One other nit is that the beer list was hopelessly out of date (and had McEwan's Scotch Ale listed under "Ireland"!) - generally not too big a deal, but the taps were split into two clusters at opposite ends of the bar, and the tiny beer fridge was difficult to get a peek into without pushing my way through people sitting at the bar.
Food was okay, with the house salad being well above average, and the pizza a bit below. Cheesesteak was a definite step up on the pizza.
Service has been truly excellent. I sat at the bar, and the tenders and cooks kept my beer filled without my asking, but not hovering, and kept me well stocked with condiments and water refills.
03-14-2007 00:35:24 | More by Realale
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
WOW, what a great place. I was here on business and a friend that watches Diners Drive In and Dives recommended Grinders to me. I was not disappointed. First this is a decent beer place but not an outstanding one. It is however a great feed place that serves great beer and tries to get interesting beer.
Had some nice locals on tap and a few bottles over two trips here. The quality and selection is good and the servers do a good job of knowing the beer and make solid recommendations.
The place place not the new addition is as funky as it gets and the servers are a bit punk but in a great way.
Had the wings and the bengali tiger slice (OMG!!) great food and everything that was coming off the grill or oven looked fantastic.
I highly recommend this place to travelers that don't mind funky and gritty places that offer HUGE payoffs in food and beer. I wish I was here when they were having a concert the back yard space is huge and looks like a cool concert venue.
03-25-2012 12:13:54 | More by jp11801
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Grinders has my favorite sandwich, their Reuben with corned beef and jalapeno sauerkraut.
They also have a great beer selection with an awesome array of Belgians.
If you want a bar atmosphere go to the original grinders. If you're with kids or just want a more restaurant-like atmosphere then head next door to Grinders West. Same menus, different atmospheres, both great for different moods.
The tater tots are great. The pizza is pretty good. The fries, the philly, and the pastrami are OK. I give the food a "5" because of the Reuben.
Service is normally very good but during rush hours the place can get too crowded and service can suffer a little.
02-23-2011 01:01:22 | More by jar2574
Grinders in Kansas City, MO
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.