When we go back to the Midwest, we always eat beef as often as we can. The texture, quality, and taste are far above anything you can get even in the tonier steakhouses in the Pacific NW. This time we took the recommendation of a local who said we could get a decent steak in Liberty without driving into KC.
Konrad’s is located in one of the numerous upscale strip malls near the junction of I35 and State Road 291. There is lots of free parking in front of the place. When you enter, you can go left into the restaurant or right into the sports bar. Both are roomy, with carpeted floors and heavy, comfortable tables and chairs. On the advice of our friend, we chose the sports bar. It sits on two levels, with the bar and one large seating area in front of a gigantic TV below, another level with tables above, and a final area of pseudo-leather lounge chairs and sofas towards the back. Smaller flat-screens dotted the walls on every side, and they had a nice variety of sports showing.
Our server, perky almost to a fault, quickly brought us water and our menus, then got us supplied with a round of drinks. They had a great selection of bottled local brews and a few on tap. I ordered an oatmeal stout, but Miss Perky strongly suggested I try another brand on special, also an oatmeal stout. When it arrived it was an oatmeal cream stout, which has a creamier, sweeter flavor. When I tried to explain the difference, Miss Perky turned a bit into Miss Nasty, but we worked it out.
There was a twenty-minute wait to take our orders, but we were enjoying our conversation so it didn’t much matter. They had no prime rib, which was disappointing, but there was a choice of filet, KC strip, ribeye, or T-bone. After the order there was again quite a wait, but it was worth it. The steaks came with salads and two sides. Our local friend ordered marinated shrimp. The steaks were broiled beautifully medium rare, and the fries seemed fresh. The cook had put my steak on top of the mixed veggies, which made for some “melted” zucchini, but, all in all, there were no complaints on any of our four sides.
The bar was about ¼ full, and an enthusiastic group began a game of music bingo, with the music cranked way up. From then on it was hard to be heard. A polite request to turn it down a bit was ignored.
Great company and a pleasant conversation.
A decent atmosphere.
Slightly slow service.
A decent steak.
Next time we’ll probably drive into KC. Herfy’s (Hereford House) is worth the price of the gas.