Dining in Overland Park, KS
For fine dining, there's 40 Sardines and Cassis. I haven't been to either in quite a while, but both are always highly rated. I was just at Yia Yia's on Saturday and was very happy with their summer menu- I had the heirloom tomato salad, crab cakes, and gnocchi, and they were all really fresh tasting- perfect for a summer day. These three are all really close together.
Here's a thread on Cassis: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/337976
4821 W 117th St, Leawood, KS 66211
re: Katie Nell
Okay, I can't get the place linking to work... grrr! So here's the 411 on the places I named above:
Address: 11942 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66209
Phone: (913) 451-1040
Address: 4701 W. 119th St. Overland Park, KS
I have yet to eat at Coco Bolo's in Leawood, but if it is anything like I remember Coco Bolo's in Manhattan (ahh, waxing nostalgic for my college town) it is great! Some people call it Mexican, but their website says that they infuse tastes of Creole, Japanese, Asian and East Indian into their dishes. Gosh, I've gotta get myself over there. www.cocobolos.com
There are two Italian restaurants that we like. Garozzo's ( www.garozzos ) is on College Blvd between 69 hwy and Antioch. Cascone's is on 91st just east of Metcalf ( www.cascones.com) . Most people prefer Garozzo's, but I like Cascone's. At Garozzo's I get the chicken spedini.
If you aren't on a budget I second the recommendation for 40 Sardines. If you want a steak I like Hereford House lots. www.herefordhouse.com
Enjoy the area!
The two times I've been to the Coco Bolo's here, it was not quite the same- the first time it was close; the second time, not even close! It's about the only thing I'm nostalgic for from my college town! We were in Manhattan a couple of weekends ago and we ate there for lunch, and then for dessert, I had sweet potato fries from Pat's Blue Ribbon!! Everybody poo-pooed me for getting the fries for dessert, but they sure helped me eat them! Talk about a day wrapped up in nostalgia!
I like Tienda Casa Paloma for Mexican American food. It's not fancy--you order at the counter and get a number, claim a formica table or booth, then pick up your food. The food is good and they have jamaica, a refreshing hibiscus drink, which I wish was more common. (They're starting a new menu today, and I'm not sure what that means.) http://www.casapaloma.com/
If you like Indian food, there's a lunch buffet or dinner menu at Korma Sutra at 110th and Metcalf, in the back of the shopping center just south of 435. (There's an Applebee's in front, to be avoided.) http://redyor.free.fr/contact.html
There is also a Japanese izakaya at 133rd and Antioch called One Bite that I strongly recommend. http://www.onebitegrill.com/ Thus far, I've tried their seaweed salad, fried chicken salad, gyoza, modan okonomiyaki, and yaki udon. All were fantastic. The gyoza were clearly homemade and the juiciest I've ever had. I cannot say enough good about this spot. It's small and can get crowded on the weekends, so go early if you don't want to wait twenty minutes.
I like Kaiyo, Bo Ling's, and 40 Sardines, too, haven't been to the others mentioned.
Yeah, I like Ruchi fairly well, but for some reason they rarely deliver my food while it's still hot.
Plus, their dosas are often pretty badly made--too thick and chewy rather than crisp. I'd love to know what they do well? Never had their buffet, but will give that a try since it's an easy way to see what they excel at in the kitchen. Is that at lunch only?