- Helen Armitage
Austins Bar & Grill
A friendly, family owned neighborhood joint, Austins Bar & Grill first opened its doors in 1987 and has since established itself as a favorite with local diners. With its modern sports bar ambience and steakhouse-style American fare, Austins Bar & Grill is the perfect destination for a laidback meal with friends. Try an appetizer of fried pickles with tangy chipotle sauce followed by entrées like certified Angus sirloin steak with sautéed vegetables, baked potato and garlic toast or lightly grilled Alaskan salmon served with wild rice.
Austins Bar & Grill, 2103 East 151st Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 829 2106
The Salty Iguana
For first rate Mexican food in a fun and lively atmosphere, look no further than The Salty Iguana, which has five locations in the Kansas City metropolitan area including its popular Olathe branch. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Salty Iguana offers tried and tested Mexican favorites and a number of low calorie, specialty and child friendly options. Choose from appetizers such as jalapeno bean dip, made with refried beans and cheese, served in a crispy shell and Mexican specialty dishes like the green chili verde, a spicy pork served with refried beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.
The Salty Iguana, 10478 South Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 310 9003
Kansas Coffee Café
An ideal destination for a light lunch or quick bite accompanied by a pick me up cup of coffee is Kansas Coffee Café. This espresso bar and café serves specialty coffees from regionally based roasters like St Louis’ Wild Horse Creek. The menu features bistro style lunches, gourmet snacks, sweet treats and a Kansas inspired sandwich board. Guests can take a seat inside, which is decorated with works by local artists, or outside on its sidewalk patio. A highlight of the menu include sandwiches like The Royal, made with hot Black Forest ham and baby Swiss cheese. For coffee, try the Steamboat, an espresso blended with cinnamon, chocolate, steamed milk and topped with whipped cream.
Kansas Coffee Café, 101 East Park Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 839 8011
Serving creative, fresh sushi and Asian fusion fare alongside a number of premium sakes, Olathe’s Sake Lounge is a locally owned contemporary sushi restaurant. Executive chef Sean Lin, brings years of experience as a sushi chef and guarantees that Sake Lounge sushi is the freshest in the region. Innovative options include the yellowtail jalapeno with orange Yuzu sauce and pepper tuna tataki with ponzu sauce. Entrées include the quintessential American-Chinese dish General Tso’s chicken, deep fried chicken breast with broccoli and specialty sauce. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a drink from the extensive sake menu, like the TyKu Black, which has hints of peach and vanilla.
Sake Lounge, 11953 South Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 780 2800
Smokin’ Joe’s Bar-B-Q
With barbecue made from scratch according to an original recipe and mouth-watering, flavorful rubs, Smokin’ Joe’s Bar-B-Q has been known to entice diners in from the street just from the aroma wafting from its doors. Independently operated by owner Matt Sander since its establishment in 1989, Smokin’ Joe’s Bar-B-Q offers guests a rustic, welcoming atmosphere accompanied by friendly service. Inside, diners can choose from ribs, chicken, pulled pork, turkey and sausage alongside a number of sandwiches like the Spicy Joe, made from BBQ beef and pepper jack cheese, and sides that include fried pickle spears and corn nuggets.
Simply Reinspired Café & Treasures
Part café and part thrift store, Simply Reinspired Café & Treasures opened its doors in downtown Olathe in the spring of 2013. Owned and run by sisters Debbie Mann and Janice Mann-Harris, Simply Reinspired Café & Treasures resides in a charming wooden house and has its own veranda. The thrift store showroom doubles as a café space where guests can purchase the furniture on which they dine, alongside other products like handcrafted jewelery and upcycled items. The café’s breakfast offerings include omelettes and pancakes while the lunch menu features salads, soups and sandwiches.
Centrally located in downtown Olathe, Downtown Diner is a family run joint serving fresh, made to order fare that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef Rick Caines oversees the Downtown Diner kitchen, cooking up hearty American diner food, while wife Susie and daughter Rachelle ensure the restaurants friendly, welcoming vibe is maintained in the dining room. Go for breakfast and choose from items like eggs benedict, pancakes or biscuits and gravy or opt for a later meal with menu highlights like meatloaf, country fried steak and smoked pork chops.
Downtown Diner, 409 East Santa Fe Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 764 1002
In business for over 40 years, Mom’s Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant offering guests hearty dishes in a warm atmosphere. Open from 6am most days, guests can kick start their day with breakfast dishes like steak and eggs, corned beef hash or biscuits with sausage gravy. The lunch menu includes plenty of burger, sandwich and salad options. Specialty plates include the deep fried catfish fillets with South western spices or Mom’s specialty pot roast made with succulent roast beef.
Mom’s Kitchen, 530 East Santa Fe Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 782 3542
Haru’s Steak & Sushi
Offering guests a wide range of Japanese cuisine, including noodles, sushi, and teppanyaki, Haru’s Steak & Sushi is a modern restaurant specializing in unique Japanese fare served in a casual, friendly environment. Haru’s culinary director Tony Wu oversees an extensive menu that includes pork gyoza dumplings with ginger sauce, octopus salad with seaweed cucumber and soy-ginger vinegar, albacore tuna, salmon caviar and king crab. Alternatively, opt for a hibachi lunch or teppanyaki dinner and watch as Haru’s talented chefs cook your meal right at your table.
Haru’s Steak & Sushi, 15202 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 780 1118
A cantina specializing in authentic and home cooked-style Mexican cuisine, Mi Ranchito is so popular that it now has several locations across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Olathe’s bustling Harrison Street is home to the original location, just a short walk from the beautiful Veterans Memorial Park. From its vibrant and lively atmosphere to its extensive list of margaritas, Mi Ranchito has established itself as a firm favourite with local diners and is widely considered to be the best Mexican in the city. Tamales, enchiladas, chimichangas and burritos are all local favorites.
Mi Ranchito, 920 South Harrison Street, Olathe, KS, USA, +1 913 815 8772