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Apr 22, 2009 08:26 PM

Southern Kansas City - Overland Park

I will be spending four nights in Overland Park next week. What can people recommend for dining in the area? Suggestions for all cuisines and price ranges welcome.

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    1. This page discusses 30 locally owned Overland Park Restaurants

      It there is a particular cuisine that you really like, we might suggest some places in near by communities.

      1. If you have a car and are willing to leave the area (which I strongly suggest), you should drive the 25, 30 min and hit Pachamama's in Lawrence or catch I35 and head downtown to Extra Virgin. If not, there's not much but corporate and fast food. Blanc Burgers and Bottles is good and Trezo Vino is another but you'll spend a mind numbing amount of money and it's only ok. I've not tried West Chase Grill. Maybe someone else could chime in on that. I guess it depends on what kind of food you're looking to chow. We're perfectly delighted w/Cheesecake Factory's happy hour and sometimes J. Alexanders is exactly what we want, but they can be had elsewhere. Kansas Travel has your lunch covered and I didn't look @all his sight but I'm sure he recommends Oklahoma Joe's for BBQ in Olathe.

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        1. re: inbiz

          I've never been to Trezo Vino, but I can speak quite highly of Blanc. It's an upscale burger and beer joint that originated in the Westport area (closer to downtown than OP) and just recently opened a shop in Leawood (suburb east of OP). I'm not sure what inbiz means by spending mind numbing amounts of money, I've never spent more than $20 on food (beers can get spendy since they often more difficult to find, higher ends, think belgiums, etc). Sure, that's more than a burger and fries will cost you at Applebees, but for the product you are getting I find it a great value. I don't think it even compares price wise to Pachamama's or ExtraVirgin which has entrees in the $20-35 range. They are completely different types of restaurants.

          Here's a recent post on Blanc. I haven't been to the Leawood location, but my boss visited over the weekend and still has not stopped talking about it. He's gone back already.

          1. re: pollymerase

            I said blanc was "good" and Trezo Vino was only ok and too expensive for a mediocre experience. Bad sentence structure. I've had a good pizza there and I like the tartare duo, but even if I get only a few small plates, the damage is always$80-$100. Must be the overpriced booze. I haven't had great service in there. I dunno, I guess that's why I spend my $ elsewhere.

            1. re: inbiz

              Gotcha! I definitely agree with you on the prices now!

            2. re: pollymerase

              Blanc in Leawood didn't impress me. I found it slow, noisy, and the food average. My $12 kobe burger was only OK. The fries were cold.

              Although my server checked on me a couple of times during the 40 minute wait for my food, she wasn't the one that brought the food and I never saw her again until after I flagged someone down for the check and was paying my bill.

              But I still might return to try the exotic drinks sometime.

          2. My husband and I just had a really good meal at Zest in the Mission Farms shopping area. That is located on Mission Road south of 103rd St.
            The macaroni and cheese is really good, but super rich. I had the meatloaf which was tender, moist and delicious. Cheesecake is homemade by the owner's sister and bread pudding was an old family recipe. Both were delightful!

            We also enjoy eating sushi at Sushi House located on the north side of Town Center Plaza at 119th and Roe. Really fresh fish, great service, best sushi I've ever had (I feel like a commercial for that place!). My favorite is the Tropical Roll--but I don't think you can go wrong with anything off their menu. Yummy good!

            If you like Mexican food, there is a good local chain, Mi Ranchito with several northern Olathe and Overland Park locations. You will leave feeling 10 lbs heavier, but the food is good (although, like most KC Mexican food, it is Americanized). I almost always get the Bravo Burrito.

            Several other recs:

            Enjoy your time in Overland Park--if you would like recs outside of the Overland Park area, please ask. Kansas City is an easy city to navigate and only 10-15 minutes from OP.

            1. Emergency!

              I apologize for the last minute request - but we just changed our plans this morning.

              A group of 5 gals are heading to the Phil Vasser concert at JCCC tonight and have decided to go out for dinner and drinks beforehand.

              It's for one of the girl's Birthday and she would like to go someplace close to the venue AND somplace with outdoor seating. Nothing too expensive.

              I'm completely out of the Johnson County chowhound loop and I am struggling to come up with somewhere that fills the al fresco requirement. Any suggestions??? Thanks!

              (I had suggested Extra/Virgin - but it's a bit too far away from the concert)

              5 Replies
              1. re: Mushroom

                I think Spin pizza at 119th and Blackbob has outdoor seating. I would swear to it.

                Also, there's an Italian place at College and Quivera, Roccoco's I think, that may have outdoor seating. I haven't eaten there in years and it may not still be around, but it was pretty good and it is close.

                1. re: chileheadmike

                  Spin Pizza is perfect!!! One of my other girlfriends (not going tonight) just confirmed they have a big ol' patio. And...the Birthday girl loves the idea! Thanks!

                  1. re: Mushroom

                    We did indeed end up at Spin. It was my first time - but it's been on the list for awhile. It was pretty good. The service was excellent.

                    The 8 Color Salad was the favorite salad and the Roasted Chicken & Goat Cheese was the favorite pizza.

                    We started out on the patio but the hurricane force winds drove us inside.

                    We brought our own wine and there was only a $5.00 corkage fee - not too shabby.

                  2. re: chileheadmike

                    I need to know more about Roccoco. I saw it advertised some time ago but forgot about it. I think what got me interested was a picture of a nice patio. Is the food any good?

                    1. re: inbiz

                      Its been several years since I've eaten there. And it was only once at that. It got a "pretty good" rating from me. I think I had a canneloni.

                      Give it a shot.