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Overland Park, KS On a Budget

If everything works out right, I will be on my own dime for a week of training in Overland Park, KS. Do any of my fellow "hounds" have any suggestions for breakfast & supper that will be light on my wallet? A spot for a few cocktails might be in order too. Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Dave, I assume you have some sort of transportation? Perhaps you don't want to venture far, though? I have some faves in OP that aren't expensive:

    Tienda Casa Paloma 8221 Metcalf serves Mexican American breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good tortas (sandwiches), soft tacos, tamales, and some gringo fare like biscuits and pancakes. The pollo pipian is good. http://www.casapaloma.com/

    Korma Sutra is in a shopping center on the northwest corner of Metcalf and College, and has a lunch buffet, but is a little more dear at dinner, though certainly not expensive. The food is mostly northern curries and tandoor, very tasty.

    Many people like La Cocina del Puerco, 9097 Metcalf, but because I don't eat pork, I can't give you a report. From what I hear, though, they do very good puerco!

    Spin serves Neapolitan style pizza, paninis, and salads at 119th a little east of Metcalf, in the shopping center where Wild Oats is the hub. (Though the portions are more Americanized than Italian, IMO. A pizza will serve 2-3, unless you're a BIG eater.) They are a regular spot for me, and reasonably priced. www.spinpizza.com

    I'll be interested to see what else is recommended. These are just off the top of my head...

    ETA: I forgot http://www.jackstackbbq.com/article.a... The Metcalf location should be convenient for you. Be sure to try the beans and burnt ends.

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    1. re: amyzan

      amyzan- try the carne asada at La Cocina... I usually only get the carnitas, but the carne asada is very good too. The guac is excellent as well.

    2. Salsas Mexican Grill, located on 11240 W135 st(between Nieman and Quivira), serves Malaysian for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Saturday. Yeah, Malaysian and Mexican, kind of strange combination, but the Malaysian food is quite good. I haven't tried their Mexican so I can't say anything about it. The restaurant ambiance is between of fast food and inexpensive sit down, lunch entrees mostly $6.50 and dinner entrees ranging from $7.95-$9.95, but food , much better than fast food. They do serve domestic/imported beers, Margaritas and wine.

      Not sure where in OP you'll be based, but if you're south OP, close to the border and willing to go into Martin City, Dos de Oros is an inexpensive, tasty place for Mexican and they FINALLY got their liquor license. It is on 13029 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145, (816) 942-0020. Easiest way to get there is to go east on W Blue Ridge Blvd (northside of the Lowe's and Walmart mall near 135 st) and make a left onto Holmes and a quick right into the Yetta Center mall where the restaurant is. I think there's a bar in that mall too but I've never went in there. I would imagine it is pretty laid back, not a place for beautiful people who want to party and be seen.

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      1. re: vsoy

        Thanks for the great ideas. My training will be at the police department. I do have wheels and hope to find some reasonable lodging close by.

        1. re: vsoy

          I forgot to add Jen Jen's on 9066 Metcalf for good down homecooking Chinese. They are open only for dinner and last order is 12:30am and they take credit card and they serve alcohol.

          For good bread and desserts, try Artisan Francais on 6759 119 st (I think they're in La Paloma mall, the one BEFORE Wild Oats mall). They have things for breakfast and lunch like quiches and sandwiches. Super nice people.

          Hayward's for bbq is not bad 11051 Antioch, it's south of I-435.

        2. Ah... my homebase! I echo a lot of amyzan's sentiments- Tienda Casa Paloma, La Cocina del Puerco, and Spin... all excellent, and all regulars for us. Please try the margarita at La Cocina- it is the best in town! Also, the carnitas!

          Also, the last time we were there, the service at Tonic left a little bit to be desired, but we've always been happy there before, so I would give it a shot. This would be an excellent place to get cocktails and half price "tapas" for happy hour. The tapas are already reasonably priced, so half price, you can get a ton! One of my favorites are the chicken satays, and I think there is a crab and red pepper dip that I really liked too. It's also one of my favorite parts of town. http://www.tonicdining.com/tonic/inde...

          I have still not been there, but Artisan Francais is a bakery that gets rave reviews here in OP. http://www.artisanfrancais.com/

          I really enjoy Mr. Gyros too- traditional Greek gyros... there are two locations now, including a huge new one out south! Mmm... baklava! http://www.mrgyroskc.com/

          Don't know where you are from, but if you don't have a Dean and Deluca near you, it's a great place too. Great sandwiches and soups! http://www.deandeluca.com/cgi-bin/nco...

          I'll think about it some more, but those are the ones that are off the top of my head. Also, here is an old, old thread that I started when I first became a Chowhound! Skip Villa Capri! http://www.chowhound.com/topics/12417...

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            Ooh, there's a 135 st Mr. Gyro and looks like they finally take credit card! That was one thing that prevented me from going more often, I rarely have cash on me.

            1. re: Katie Nell

              Now we're talking...carnitas, tapas, gyros...and some of it half price...that's what I'm looking for. Thanks everybody and keep 'em coming.

              1. re: DetectDave

                You know, I started thinking about it, and I think the half price tapas at Tonic may only be on Fridays, but I'm not sure. I checked out their website and it doesn't say anything about it, at least that I could find. You may want to call first if you have your heart set on half price, although the prices are still extremely reasonable at regular price.

            2. Thai Place is excellent either for dine in or carry out. We just stumbled in there 2 years ago when in KS for a wedding and were really pleasantly surprised.

              1. Breakfast--Le Peep's on College

                Lunch--Chartreuse Caboose on Metcalf, or Sweet Tomato

                Drinks--Raoul's Velvet Room

                I am trying to keep in mind that you are on a budget.

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                1. re: Jakevol2

                  Jake, do you mean Sweet Tomatoes on College, as in the chain buffet restaurant? I think Dean and Deluca or the salad bar at Whole Foods on Metcalf have better, fresher, if fewer and perhaps slighly more expensive options. True, SW is inexpensive, but it's hardly remarkable or chowish. I have eaten there with my mom, but it's not a place I'd recommend to out of towners. JMO, of course.

                  1. re: amyzan

                    Maybe not the most foodie of places but I do love their soups and the features do change monthly. I was really trying to think on a budget in OP. Now if he were willing to venture into Leawood, I could come up with a few more options but staying in OP I get a litttle hamstrung. I just recently moved back to KC after living in Vegas for a few years and mostly am going on memory in OP--and on a budget at that.

                2. There's another Mexican place I've just discovered- Mi Ranchito right off of 80th & Metcalf (I know they have other locations, I've only been to this one). They have $3.00 Margarita specials, and almost always send free queso over. Try the cream cheese enchilada's!

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                  1. re: lwoerther

                    That reminds me of La Cocina's specials- 1/2 price carnitas w/ drink purchase on Mondays and $3.00 margaritas on Wednesdays!

                    1. re: lwoerther

                      With all these great replies, I may have to stay another week..LOL Thanks.

                    2. Another suggestion just occurred to me - Casa Paloma, 8220 Metcalf. My son and I discovered it on my last visit.