Located inside Hikari Japanese Steakhouse, Joy Luck Chinese Restaurant’s chefs look across the East China Sea for inspiration in crafting a menu of Chinese cuisine. Entrees include seafood dishes such as cashew shrimp and a seafood bird nest, mixed in with fusion meals including teriyaki filet mignon. Nodding to their host, the chefs whip up sushi rolls, including the Spider Roll—which wraps up tempura soft-shell crab—and the Yummy Roll—which pairs tempura shrimp with crabmeat, drizzled in eel sauce. The restaurant also feeds large groups with catering services, which churn out platters to accommodate company gatherings, family reunions, or pandas’ first dates.
Family is important at Cascone's Restaurants?Johnny Cascone's in Overland Park and Cascone's in Kansas City?a fact illustrated by the portraits adorning their lobby walls and the relatives working side by side in the kitchen and dining room since the first eatery opened four generations ago in 1954. At Johnny Cascone's, the bill of fare hearken's back to the founding family's origin story in southern Sicily, with plates of grilled sweet Italian sausages, tender veal limonata, and savory eggplant parmigiana. Guests kick off fancy banquets and simple meals alike with appetizers such as pork neckbones in sauce or marinated olive salad before digging into main courses of seafood pasta, meatballs, or pork chops.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
In 1925, the original Italian Gardens opened its doors. For nearly 80 years, it was a staple of downtown Kansas City, serving as a place for friends, families, and celebrities to meet, eat, and simply enjoy each other?s company. Though it closed in 2003, the restaurant?s from-scratch family recipes survived and became the source of its rebirth?this time, as a drive-thru-only establishment. Customers still stop by to collect pastas, lasagna, and Italian sandwiches. Today, Italian Gardens To Go lives on, doling out the same delicious food that made it through The Great Depression and a Dust Bowl that wiped out the nation's meatball crop.
Daniel and Selam Fikru, now husband and wife, met when they were high-school students in their native Ethiopia. They've lived in Kansas City since 1995, and together, they've helped a large following of locals try their first tastes of Ethiopian food and subsequently fall in love with its rich, distinctive spices.
The couple's traditional recipes have earned their restaurant, Blue Nile Cafe, a recommendation from KCUR FM’s Food Critics, a place on LocalEats’ Top 100 Restaurants in Kansas City list, and attention from Pitch. But their success over the past two decades hasn’t come without hard work. According to a profile by the Kansas City Star, Selam is in the kitchen by early morning six days a week, simmering meats and lentils in a medley of ginger, garlic, and rosemary. Selam’s labors yield a bounty of entrees—served atop communal platters—featuring marinated chicken and cubes of beef or lamb, as well as vegetarian feasts of lentils, potatoes, and greens. Diners scoop up dishes with pieces of injera, which is a spongy sourdough pancake.
In the dining room, cream-colored walls bear colorful paintings that remind diners of their meals' distant origins. For an additional taste of Ethiopian culture, guests can partake in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony wherein staffers roast, grind, and brew fresh coffee to order. Guests can otherwise opt for refreshing glasses of wine out on the patio.
In addition to welcoming guests into the dining room, Blue Nile Cafe invites them into the kitchen during classes that guide students in preparing injera and other traditional dishes. The restaurant also equips pupils with spices and grains for simmering over their own trashcan fires.
Located in Overland Park, Marriott Overland Park is in the business district and convenient to Overland Park Convention Center and Corporate Woods. This hotel is within the vicinity of Towne Center Plaza and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Make yourself at home in one of the 398 air-conditioned guestrooms. High-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional features include concierge services, supervised childcare/activities, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Planning an event in Overland Park? This hotel has 14,150 square feet (1315 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Free parking is available onsite.