5 things to try at downtown's County Road Ice House, from Joe's Chicken Z to Frosé
But smoked meat isn't the only thing served up at the casual Power & Light District bar, which is modeled after Texas icehouses — open-air beer joints — and owned by Back Napkin Restaurant Group and Joe's Kansas City founders Jeff and Joy Stehney.
Planning to check it out? Here are five things you should try.
County Road Ice House's bar serves two frozen cocktails.
The Mule ($9) is a Moscow Mule slushie, and the Frosé (also $9) is frozen rosé wine spiked with vodka, strawberry and lemon.
The pale pink drink is deliciously frosty, lightly fruity and perfectly sweet. It's the ideal refreshment when you're sitting on one of the bar's outdoor picnic tables on a warm spring day.
Just be careful, because these slushies are sneaky-strong.
2. Smoked BBQ wings
These chicken wings are legit: They're smoked before they're fried and tossed in Joe's Kansas City's sticky barbecue glaze. The appetizer costs $10.99 and tastes like something you'd grill in your backyard, if you were a competition-winning pitmaster. If you're more into hot wings, try the Buffalo wings ($10.99), which are also smoked before they're fried.
3. Green chile pimento cheese
This appetizer is a Southern specialty. Picture a hefty scoop of chilled cheddar cheese dip dotted with spicy pimento bits and served with thick and crunchy housemade chips. Pro tip: Go heavy on the dip or you'll run out of chips. Pro tip No. 2: If you run out of chips, don't be afraid to dunk your fries in the pimento cheese.
4. The Impossible Burger
You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this trending meat-free burger ($12.99), which tastes just like beef. The patty is made from wheat, potatoes, coconut oil and heme, a plant-based protein that resembles blood.
"I don't know if I want the burger to bleed," said a pescatarian photographer before taking a bite. But she liked the burger's flavor and crispy-around-the-edges texture.
5. A Chicken Z
You can't not order a Z-Man. This twist on the famous Joe's Kansas City sandwich tops pulled smoked chicken with fried onion straws, smoked provolone cheese, barbecue mayo and barbecue sauce. The $11.99 sandwich is served on a toasted bun with a side. Joe's contest-winning fries are always a good choice, but County Road Ice House also offers potato salad, cole slaw, barbecue beans, vegetarian charro beans and Mexican street corn.
Craving a classic brisket Z-Man? Those will be served on Sundays at County Road Ice House starting May 6. The daily menu also features a Z-Man Burger ($12.99) with all the classic toppings on a smoky-flavored patty. And yes, this one's made with real beef.