King G’s Corned Beef Classic

Photography by Caleb Condit & Rebecca Norden.

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and King G’s corned beef sandwich on rye makes for the perfect lunch, snack, dinner, or just about any meal, any time.

Thick slices of scratch-made bread by local Blackhole bakery bookend melted Swiss cheese and layers of corned beef, sourced from KC’s very own Boyle’s Famous Corned Beef Co. in the West Bottoms. This combo makes for a hearty, soul-satisfying sandwich, especially on a drizzly spring day.

On the corner of 18th and Locust streets and pretty much in the middle of the Crossroads and the area popularly known as Art Alley, King G Bar and Delicatessen (500 E. 18th St.) has fast become a neighborhood staple since it opened just a few years ago. The deli has a crisp, clean and bright feel, with white subway tiles lining the walls and stainless steel counters. Although the deli has its own entrance and a completely different feel than the more moody and dark bar that it sits next door to, the two establishments are connected by a back passageway and share a kitchen (and a name). When owner Eric Flanagan opened King G in the summer of 2021, he said he wanted the spot—named after King Gambrinus, a beer-loving and jovial folklore hero—to be a modern take on a neighborhood bar and delicatessen, and that’s exactly what it is.

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