The growing suburban city of Leawood, Kansas is home to first-rate dining and shopping, and its location on the border of Kansas and Missouri makes it a great place to stop off at while traveling through the states. We explore some of the best spots to grab a bite while you’re here.
Gastropub, Restaurant, American, $$$
Rye is a restaurant all about celebrating Midwestern cooking and culture. Smoked pork chops, aged steaks, baby back ribs, fried chicken, fruit cobblers, and ice box cakes are just a taste of what you’ll find at Rye. The Midwestern pride runs deep, even into the locally sourced ingredients from Kansas and Missouri farmers. The restaurant’s wines, beers, and spirits show their local colors too, try a taste of the Midwest with the State Fair cocktail.
The modern pub food at Pig & Finch takes notes from English, American, and French recipes to create its own gastropub favorites. Pig & Finch has the bustling social atmosphere of a traditional pub with a small community feel. Enjoy the specialty cocktails on the patio, especially during daily happy hours. The Finch, a blend of house-infused basil 360 Vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup, is one of the house favorites.
North Italia has a modern take on traditional Italian cooking. The small chain has nine locations sprinkled around the U.S., including one in Leawood, Kansas. North Italia has perfected its recipe for handmade gourmet pizza. Perfectly crispy crust surrounds a light and airy center to create a delectable crunchy and chewy dough. From the many homemade pastas, try the house specialty Bolognese made with tagliatelle noodles covered in traditional meat sauce and Grana Padano cheese.
With three locations in and around Leawood, Joe’s is the place to go for a smokey hometown barbecue. The Leawood location opened in 2012 and has earned a reputation in the community for great food. Enjoy one of the traditional BBQ sandwiches and dinners, or try a specialty sandwich like the Z-Man, a slow-smoked beef brisket topped with smoked provolone cheese and fried onion rings on a Kaiser roll.
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and live jazz entertainment at Gaslight Grill. The menu features classic American favorites of fine-aged steaks and fresh seafood. Choose a bottle of wine from the award-winning wine list and drink and dine on the restaurant’s patio, or lose yourself to the Lynn Zimmer and the Jazz Band in the Back Room. The live music is performed five days a week, and every Sunday night.
Try Spanish-style tapas at La Bodega. Good conversation is an important part of tapas dining at La Bodega, so sit in with a group of friends or family and order several plates to share. Try favorites like the meatballs in a spicy garlic sauce, mussels with chorizo and onion, goat cheese baked in tomato fresco sauce, or seared scallops with caramelized onion and sweet pea purée. Spanish tiles and fresco paintings make the atmosphere at La Bodgea perfect for an evening getaway.
Find the freshest seafood and much more at Bristol Seafood Grill. The small chain has four locations in Kansas and Missouri plus seven sister restaurants in the U.S. The restaurant features a bar and a great patio, so grab a local brew or a specialty cocktail and try one of the daily special entrées like shellfish bouillabaisse or chipotle grilled shrimp enchiladas from the changing menu.
Enjoy an upscale dinner at the 801 Chophouse. Prime beef and fresh seafood are served with seasonal produce in the restaurant’s late 1920s steakhouse atmosphere. The menu is updated frequently so you won’t want to order the same meal twice. 801 Chophouse’s classic steakhouse dishes, like filet mignon, ribeye, or the Kansas City strip, are made with USDA Prime beef. Seafood options include a Maine lobster, king crab legs, and a selection of fresh fish and shellfish. Catch the happy hour Monday through Friday, or enjoy a bottle from the extensive wine list.
Red Door Grill is a great location for your next long lunch break. Start with one of the mouthwatering appetizers such as the ahi tuna nachos or the pretzel-crusted onion rings, and then try one of the juicy wood-fired burgers. The chef also chooses a special burger of the month. The secret to Red Door Grill’s irresistible wood-fired food is the blend of pecan, oak, and hickory flavors produced in the grill. Go on a Saturday to enjoy the live music.
Located in the Sheraton Hotel a few minutes outside of Leawood in Overland Park, the OP1906 Bar & Grill’s American food is open to hotel guests and the public. Take advantage of seating at the long, mahogany bar before dinner, and then let the stress of a long day exploring Leawood melt away in the restaurant’s refined atmosphere. For a lighter meal, head up to the OP1906 Patio and try al fresco dining, small dishes, and exquisite drinks.