Coming to Overland Park...
Hi fellow ChowHounders! My hubby and I will be coming your way for a Silpada conference in a couple of weeks. While I've been reading your boards for any and all food rec's, I'd also like to ask if you have any ideas of where my hubby can spend his days while I'm in training. Any interesting museums? Stores? Markets? (Is there a Cabela's or Bass Pro Shop nearby?) He will be without a vehicle, so his mode of transportation will be by cab (or by foot, if there's anything really close). We are staying at the Sheraton, so anything in that area would be perfect. He will need to eat breakfast and lunch on his own, so any eatery recommendations are appreciated. Thanks ChowHounders!!!
If you all will be here for more than a couple days, I'd strongly recommend a car rental. Johnson county, KS is definitely car country. Even the shopping and dining areas that are within walking distance of the Sheraton are not a pleasant walk. OP is a commuter's town. In May, you will likely have weather on your side, but he will enjoy himself much more with transportation. That way. he'd have access to ball parks, museums, historic buildings, etc. that just aren't in the area you're staying, but are quickly accessed (think twenty minutes many places miles away) during all but rush hour traffic. We're spread out here across two states and several counties, but are blessed with easy travel much of the time.
The Bass Pro Shops in the area are in Independence, MO or Olathe, KS. Olathe is much closer by cab. Cabela's, he'd want a car for, because it's up near the Speedway in KC, KS, north of the Kaw River. There's not much in the way of good food up there, btw, so I would recommend you eat before you drive up there. Really, trust me, the food is bad, even the Arthur Bryant's location up there doesn't know what they're doing.
If you all insist on cabs, there are some good restaurants in the OP area, not many great ones, but some serving tasty food with good service. Do you all like Japanese or Korean homestyle, and are you partial to Indian food, or prefer American, seafood, bbq, etc.? A lot of our recs will change if you opt for a car rental. With cabs, I'd look into One Bite Grill or Kaiyo for Japanese (One Bite is unique pub style, Kaiyo specializes in sushi), Jack Stack on Metcalf for bbq, Korma Sutra for Indian (with their popular buffet at lunch a good deal, but get there before noon to assure a table without wait) and the Bristol (which is a chain) for steaks or seafood. There are several good Korean homestyle or bbq restaurants along the Metcalf corridor. D'Bronx is not half bad deli food, and though the Italian American dishes are not to my taste, some people like it. I stick with the soups and sandwiches, which don't quite compare to east coast deli, but well, it's the midwest, what can I say? Room 39 is one of your better options for fine dining near OP. (Actually in Leawood, KS, but not far.) Their kitchen is talented at making the most of fresh, local ingredients, and lunch is an especially good deal. Blanc Burgers and Bottles is the same shopping center if you want more casual fare, with a great beer and soda selection. They make great sweet potato fries and the patio is much more conducive to conversation if they're packed, which they often are. Spin has decent Neapolitan style pizza, but the best pizza in town in much further north at Pizza Bella in the Crossroads district. In fact, there's much better bbq up toward the Bass pro shop in Independence...but bear in mind, you'll get different recs if you tell us you have a car.
One Bite Japanese Grill
8602 W 133rd St, Overland Park, KS 66213
Chosun Korean BBQ
12611 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66213
Room 39 - Leawood
10561 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206
Bristol Seafood Grill
5400 West 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209
Choga Korean Restaurant
6920 W 105th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
7217 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS 66210
Spin Neapolitan Pizza
6541 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66209
4308 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66209
7070 W 105th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
1810 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
Blanc Burgers & Bottles
419 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Jack Stack Barbecue
9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212
Your husband should consider renting a car. The convention center is somewhat isolated, OvPk is not a walking town, and the time it takes to order a cab is inconvenient.
The Plaza in KCMO is northeast of there, a shopping/walking/dining destination.
Metcalf, to the West of Lamar (Sheraton is roughly at College & Lamar) is a shopping corridor with quite a few restaurants, chains mostly but some good local spots. Personally I favor D'Bronx but if you are from NY you may not like KS deli. Museums will be mostly in the city (KCMO) - Nelson-Adkins (Art) Kemper (contemporary Art) Toy & Miniature Museum; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. West on College & Quivira, there is a new contemporary art museum at Johnson Co Community College that has a world-class collection. There's a Cabelas quite a ways north and west at Hw7 7 & 435 N.
There are a lot of restaurants more or less due south on 119th St
Teague is correct, without a car, one is pretty much stuck. With a car, one can visit two Bass Pro Shops (at least one has a restaurant), Cabela's, any number of art museums/galleries, shopping districts, and restaurants. Kansas City is spread out and without a car one is limited.