British food gets a bad rap. With the stereotypical dishes being mushy peas and unseasoned cod, it’s easy to see why. But there’s so much more to British food. When done well, it has the potential to be absolutely delectable. Blackstone Gastropub (1521 E. Broadway St., Joplin, 417-553-0665) is one of the newest Union Jack boasting restaurants in 417-land, and they’re definitely making the queen proud.
Blackstone Gastropub is located in a pretty nondescript building on a quiet street corner in Joplin just a few blocks north of historic Route 66. The brick structure is fairly small and, in my opinion, will soon need expanding if the owners plan to keep serving such good food. Luckily, the folks at Blackstone are no strangers to the industry—the gastropub is operated by the owners of Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill (815 W. 7th St., Joplin, 417-206-3474) also located in Joplin.
I ventured out late one Saturday afternoon, hoping to catch one of the slow, but still busy, hours between lunch and dinner. I quickly grabbed a seat at the bar and had a drink in front of me in minutes. I decided to give their house-made sangria a try, and it ended up being my least favorite part of the meal. It seemed like the smoked Old-Fashioned or bloody mary would’ve been a wiser choice—they smoke the fruits for each drink in-house—but I’m not really a whiskey or vodka drinker.