Overland Park is becoming a cultural destination and culinary hub for visitors. Each month, viewers tuning in to Fox 4 News KC will get to know unique dining options in Overland Park, from off-the-beaten-path eateries to upscale dining destinations and family friendly options.
McLain’s Market at 107th and Roe opened a little over two years ago. The original McLain’s Market in Waldo opened in 1945. They are a locally owned business and serve a full breakfast and lunch menu in an elegant fast casual environment, as well as a notable spread of baked goods, like their famous cup cookies and cakes. The Overland Park location also features online ordering, a drive through, large patio for outdoor seating and a retail selection of goods from local makers. Their new spring menu will begin next week.
The Brass Onion, located in the Prairiefire entertainment district at Nall Ave. and W. 135th St., is from the Brancato family, of Brancato’s Catering. The restaurant offers an innovative, yet comfortable dining experience with a modern American menu. They specialize in intimate dinners, family celebrations, and after-work happy hours, and even have private event space available in their Brass Room.
Kids might be back in school, but there’s still time for the summer grill to shine. Q39 has a new menu which features several exciting new items including the PBLT which barbecue enthusiasts can recreate on their own home grill and smoker. Q39 South, located in Overland Park at College and Antioch at 11051 Antioch Road, is Chef and Owner, Rob Magee’s second location in the Kansas City area. The restaurant offers chef-driven barbeque in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere.
I Am Frozen Dessert Cafe opened in 2019 in South Overland Park, offering unique Thai inspired sweet treats. Owner, Anne Riensin was inspired on her latest trip to Thailand to bring her culture’s flavors to the U.S. Their signature honey toast and shaved ice-cream are served with compliments and positive vibes in the 143rd and Metcalf store and are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious. I Am Frozen Dessert Cafe is quickly becoming an area favorite and must-stop location in Overland Park, and the unique frozen desserts are especially good on OP’s hot summer days.
Chef Philippe Lechevin and Steven Robson purchased the Buffalo State Pizza & Co. in Downtown Overland Park in 2014. Lechevin, the former Executive Chef at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, loved eating at the location so much that he had to buy it. They also own the crossroads location which opened in 2017. Buffalo State Pizza & Co. is known for their giant New York style pizza slices which they make from scratch daily, and source as many local ingredients as possible for. Customers can enjoy high quality pizza, salads, and breadsticks, along with a great selection of beers, wine and other beverages. The Overland Park location features a patio offering outdoor seating overlooking the downtown shops.
The Wiener Kitchen was recently named to have the “Best Hot Dog in Kansas” by Taste of Home Magazine. David Derr and Jessica Rush are a chef husband and wife duo who built a loyal following crafting signature frankfurters and sausages with The Wiener Wagon, a food truck often spotted at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. Now they have added a brick and mortar location in Overland Park, The Wiener Kitchen. Their own line of seasonal, fresh sausages with creative garnishes are made with ingredients from local farmers.
You can find a surprisingly wide variety of restaurants that serve authentic flavors from cultures around the world in Overland Park. Porto do Sul is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse, owned and managed by husband and wife Chef duo, Mrs. Leonice and Mr. Edson Ludwig. Leonice and Edson bring their home cooking to Overland Park to share their culture and family recipes. They are known for their picanha (pee-con-yuh), a deliciously salty traditional cut of top sirloin that includes the fat cap.
The Culinary Center of Kansas City is located in Historic, Downtown Overland Park and offers unique cooking and dining experiences to its guests through cooking classes and interactive cooking parties. Cooks of all levels can enjoy learning new recipes and skills from the Culinary Centers’ expert culinary staff, and then sit down to enjoy their meal together. It is a great team building activity and a unique spot for holiday parties.
Bo Lings originally opened in Overland Park in 1981, and now has five locations in the metro area. The restaurant was started by husband and wife duo , Richard and Theresa Ng. Bo Lings has become one of Overland Park’s and the metro’s most loved Chinese restaurants and has won several regional and national awards, including “Best Asian Restaurant” by Feast, 435, and even one of the “Best Chinese Restaurants in the US” by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Best Regards Bakery & Café is located in Overland Park and creates an authentic experience for their visitors. They test many versions of a recipe to find perfect combinations and use high end ingredients to create memorable food moments in their cafe. Best Regards Bakery is known for making sweets, including Mardi Gras sugar cookies and King Cakes, to savory items including farm-to-table sandwiches and home-made soups.
Conroy’s Public House is a staple in Overland Park, and one of the metro’s favorite spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. With a neighborhood homey feel, it is perfect for both kids and adults to come and enjoy themselves for lunch, dinner, dessert, coffee and drinks. Their scratch kitchen specializes in authentic Irish dishes from Executive Chef, Shaun Brady, who hales from Tipperary, Ireland, but also has classic American favorites like pizza and mac and cheese.