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Will have about 24 hrs in KC area, coming into airport in the afternoon, going to Overland Park overnight, and back to airport following afternoon. Need bbq recs and one other chow worthy experience, for someone who has never been to KC, and need to make the most of it.

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  1. If there is a specific cuisine you want, much of the metro area is just a few minutes from Overland Park, But these OP restaurants are among the best in the metro in their categories:

    BBQ: Brobeck's & Fiorella's Jack Stack
    Indian: Indian Palace
    Thai: Thai Treasure Restaurant
    Korean: Chung's Rainbow Restaurant (very casual)
    Steak: J Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks

    One of the local institutions that isn't to far away is Stroud's Restaurant in Fairway. They are known for their family style fried chicken, smoked pork chops, and cinnamon rolls.

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    1. re: KansasTravel

      Do you know of a place owned by 2 sisters from South America-- supposed to have papusas and other excellent fare for cheap--
      in the 135th street area?
      Do you know of it?
      What is the name?
      Maybe new?

      1. re: juliajewels

        I think you mean the place listed below.
        Excellent quality and value. I was shocked
        by the size of the tamales. Think Chipotle
        burrito size. ;)

        El Cipote Restaurant y Pupuseria
        4671 Indian Creek Parkway
        Overland Park, KS 66207

        1. re: jm054

          That one is totally new to me.

          But if you don't mind dives, I can recomend El Pulgarcito in Merriam.

          1. re: jm054

            I noticed that the last time I ate at Brobeck's. My daughter and I stopped into El Cipote for lunch today.

            We each had a papusa
            She had two chicken tamales
            I had two tacos
            We split an order of plantains

            We took a bunch home. Just couldn't eat that much.
            Papusas were great, we had the mixed ones. Stuffed with beans and pork. Crispy outside and very flavorful.

            The tamales are indeed huge, 3x the size of a normal tamale and steamed in a banana leaf. Lots of chicken and some potatoes inside. She really like them.

            My tacos were stuffed, rolled, and fried thick corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and veggies. They were topped with a shredded cabbage that that was reminiscent of cole slaw, a tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Again these were very large.

            Plantains were good as well, not as crisp as I'd had at other places. Served with sour cream. Again, a generous portion.

            They also served us a jar of the cole slaw type stuff. It had sliced fresh jalapenos in it. Both my daughter and I really like this stuff.

            There's lots of stuff on the menu and I'll be back to try much more. Just not all at one sitting next time.

            There's lots more on the menu that

      2. I second the recommendation for Brobeck's, their burnt ends are on par with any in the city, and their ribs are the absolute best.

        I cannot recommend Jack's Stack. Its bland and flavorless to me. I don't see the facination with this place. Sides are good, and its a sit down restauant. Maybe that's it.

        Stroud's is awsome, get there early.

        Manderanism is very good as well. Their short rib is beefy and tender and just great.

        Tatsu's in Prairie Village is good for French.

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        1. re: chileheadmike

          Unless something has developed recently, I believe Mandarinism has closed.

          1. re: chileheadmike

            Reporting that Brobeck's was great, Stack's weak, in the burnt ends category. Jack's was everyhting I hate in a bbq retaurant, not a joint as Brobeck's is. Brobeck's had good size portion of ends, and they were crisp and juicy, at the same time. Was able to go to Gates and Bryant's on the way to the airport, and have to give a big call to Gates' burnt end sandwich. Chopped, flavorful, smokey and filling. Had the rib tip special at Bryant's a half hour later, and found it to be a little dry. But, gotta love the counter guys at Bryant's and the portion size.
            Thanks for the recs.

            1. re: nickdanger

              And thank you for reporting back on your experiences!

              In my opinion Stack is more the place for ribs and sides, but I'm not big on burnt ends anywhere.

              1. re: KansasTravel

                Noted for next trip. Might as well try rest of menu. Also had a decent meal at Bristol's, near Sprint. Wild sockeye salmon over yukon gold mashed. Started with oysters on half shell.

                1. re: nickdanger

                  Bristol does a pretty good Sunday brunch.