5 March Basketball Game Day Dining Destinations

Red Door Grill Chicken WingsNo matter what team you’re rooting for during March Madness, one thing’s for certain: you’ll need somewhere to eat and drink during the game. Check out these five unique game day destinations if you’re looking for somewhere to cheer on your team, avoid the crowds and enjoy great grub.

1. Red Door Grill, Brookside
Red Door Grill in Brookside
Red Door Grill in Brookside
Fan favorites: Wood-fired Wings ($13) and the Mango Storm Mule ($8.50)
With 19 TVs and a mouthwatering bar menu, Brookside newcomer Red Door Grill offers an elevated watch party experience. Kick off game day with Red Door’s March Madness specials – a Mango Storm Mule ($8.50), and the ancho chile marinated wood-fired wings.

Red Door Grill 
6324 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64113

2. Doughnut Lounge, Westport
Doughnut Lounge in Westport
Doughnut Lounge in Westport
Fan favorites: Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Donut ($3.25) and Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA ($5)
For fans of sweets and sports, game day dreams come true at Doughnut Lounge – thanks to the bakeries winning combination of pastries, alcohol, coffee and a big screen TV. Cheer on your team with more than 30 beers and housemade donuts in 25 rotating flavors. Or, score a real deal with the $5 “Snack Pack,” which includes a Classic Donut and a mystery beer.

Doughnut Lounge
4117 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111

3. Bier Station, Waldo
Bier Station in Waldo
Bier Station in Kansas City
Fan favorites: Build-your-own-flights (price varies by beer) and Bavarian Pretzels ($4.50)
Everyone knows beer and basketball make a great team. That’s why Waldo’s Bier Station is the spot to get your game day food and drink on. Fans can choose from more than 28 rotating taps, a menu full of shareable sides, hearty sandwiches and brats and (even better) – beer to go! Plus, Bier Station’s dog-friendly patio means everyone can join in the fun.

Bier Station
120 E Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64114

4. Third Street Social, Lee’s Summit
Third Street Social in Lee's Summit
Third Street Social Chicken Fried Steak
Fan favorite: Chicken Fried Steak with chorizo verde gravy ($20)
Don’t settle for subpar bar food during the games. Bring the watch party to Third Street Social and feast on a delicious selection of chef-prepared, classic American dishes. Fill up on game day favorites like the Chicken Fried Steak, Stacked Pastrami on rye ($13) or Truffled Grilled Cheese ($11). Even Happy Hour is a winner with $3 draft beers and $2 Meatball Sliders and Korean Steak Tacos.

Third Street Social 
123 SE 3rd St,
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

5. J Bar, Olathe
J Bar in Olathe
Cocktails at J Bar in Olathe
Fan favorite: Skinny Jeans Cocktail ($10)
Do game day in style at the J Bar inside Olathe’s Embassy Suites. The restaurant’s sleek interior includes bar seating and an upscale lounge area, perfect for watching all the madness go down.   A weekend game is the best time to go when you can check out J Bar’s brunch menu (hello, bottomless mimosas!). Or, go anytime to sip a selection of seasonal cocktails, including the Skinny Jeans Cocktail made with jalapeño vodka, cucumber, cilantro and fresh lime.

J Bar
10401 S Ridgeview Rd.
Olathe, KS 66061

Are you heading somewhere “off the beaten path” to watch March Madness? Tell me about it in the comments below and add some of your own ideas to the list!

This post is part of a series with CommunityAmerica Credit Union that features affordable, special occasion dining destinations right here in Kansas City. Stay tuned for more tips on where to eat for every occasion.

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