I'd seen a couple of things about this place on Chowhound
I'd been there once or twice when it was the Village Lounge, when the hub was playing at an open mic. It was pretty dive-y then, with both kinds of beer -- Bud and Bud Lite. But I'd heard that they were under new ownership, with someone in the kitchen that knew what he or she was doing. We had to swing through Waldo today to run some errands, so we hit it up for a late lunch.
First thing you notice is that, in spite of the year-old smoking ban, the smell of smoke never really goes out of carpet. Second, the MAJOR upgrade to the bar. I'd say that they had at least 30 or 40 beers on tap, including the full Boulevard suite and Tank 7. I also spotted Bells and several Colorado beers. Lots of top shelf liquors as well. The interior looks like it is being upgraded one piece at a time. It had been painted, but still that smelly carpet. Two pool tables.
The folks in the bar when we got there, at about 2 pm on Saturday, were a Waldo cross-section. I think someone in another thread had expressed concern about walking into a place where she couldn't see in the windows. No worries when we were there. A couple of folks from the tattoo parlor next door were getting lunch. Some older folks hanging out shooting the breeze. The music selection was 70s vintage rock on a fairly decent sound system.
So, the food. I had a pulled pork sandwich. The sauce was oddly grainy, with lots of black pepper and curry powder. Very good, but unusual. The pulled pork was perfect. Period. Well smoked, lean, but moist. Good bun. Onion rings that might have been homemade -- a bit more batter than I like, but crispy. Greg got the jerk chicken sandwich. The chicken was spicy, but not very hot, good allspice flavor. Sandwich had wasabi cole slaw that Greg said was good with the chicken. He also got a side of chili, which I was not brave enough to order given the current climate. I was made with beer and chunks of meat rather than ground beef. Also very good.
Both of us got more food than we could eat, for less than $20 with tip.
ETA -- Swagger is at 85th and Wornall.
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