Located in the Crossroads Arts District, Tannin is truly a gem in Kansas City. The space is lined with beautiful dark wood that complements the brick walls, creating an upscale loft ambiance. Enjoy a candlelit dinner while admiring the beautiful art that hang throughout the restaurant. On the warmer days, the patio is a popular place to enjoy wine or cocktails and is a convenient location in the heart of downtown.
The best part about Tannin, though, is the servers’ extensive knowledge on each wine, including the vineyard location, grapes used and flavors added. They’ll take you to a specific history and region where the wine is made, letting you know what to expect and what to pair it with. This wine bar even made OpenTable’s Top 100 Wine Lists in America a few years ago—the only restaurant in the Kansas City area to receive the honor. Not only does Tannin have over 500 wines to choose from, it offers an exclusive Wine Club, and is one of the only places in the city that offers personal wine lockers to members.
Their food menu is no less impressive. We went during Happy Hour, so we indulged and ordered two appetizers: the pommes frites and lump crab dip (I highly recommend either). Between 4-6 daily, wine glasses are $2 off and you can get discounted appetizers and plates—appetizers run $3-9 during this time.
I indulged with their “wagyu burger," said to be one of the best in town; it's made with smoked cheddar, grilled tomato and crispy bacon on an onion bun. My friend ordered the “grilled duroc pork chop” which includes gouda mashed potatoes, mushroom and thyme pan sauce. Don't forget to try the fudge-stuffed peanut butter cookie with caramel sauce.
Their tagline says it all: "Food-obsessed wine bar or wine-obsessed restaurant?"