Next to the cash register at Mai Thai, a small white saucer next to a statuette holds crackers or other offerings made every morning to signify wealth and good luck. The diminutive goddess and happy Buddha statues subtly hint at the eatery’s roots beneath pendant lights and a tile mosaic. Servers glide across the wooden floors, toting dishes including pad thai and panang, which further solidify the connection to Thailand. Chefs draw from adventurous ingredients when crafting sweets, which Kansas City Star reporter Jill Wendholdt Silva expounded on in a recent review, saying, “Another dessert that I'm not likely to soon forget is the taro ice cream made from a tuberous potatolike vegetable with a purplish tinge. The color is both beautiful and odd, but the taste is reminiscent of pistachios and coconut. The ice cream is accompanied by fried bananas.”
The hand-crafted smoothies at Overland Park's Smoothie King will keep you going for hours.
Healthy, fresh fare — including low-fat options — is readily available on Smoothie King's menu.
Smoothie King is surrounded by endless parking options.
Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Smoothie King, too, where prices are generally under $15.
Eat your way through the day at Smoothie King — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
A refreshing smoothie from Smoothie King is just what you'll need tomorrow for a midday snack.
Don't let your hectic schedule get in the way of a tasty meal — head over to Overland Park's Arbys for an ultra-fast lunch or dinner.
Guess what? Arbys serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Casual dining at its best, Arbys customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Arbys since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You'll definitely love all the time afforded to you when you rely on Arbys' great team.
Find the perfect pairing for your next sandwich at Quiznos — this shop thrives on fine meat and fresh bread.
The menu at Quiznos is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Quiznos, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Quiznos to your next party or event.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Quiznos is a great dining option for any time of day.
When you find yourself asking 'which wich?', remember that you can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches from Quiznos.
Known for its noodle and rice dishes, China Panda serves excellent Chinese cuisine to Overland Park locals.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than China Panda.
You can also have China Panda cater your next event.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
Dining at China Panda will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Chinese food doesn't get much better than China Panda. Grab a seat and find out what you're missing.
Stroll over to Daily Dose for your daily cup of coffee.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
For comfortable outdoor service, Daily Dose sets up a seasonal patio.
For the tastes of Daily Dose from the comfort of your next party, the coffee shop also offers catering services.
Make use of the ample parking near Daily Dose.
When you need that little extra push to get you moving, grab a cup of coffee from Daily Dose.
The most well-known Kansas City restaurants are Kansas City BBQ restaurants. Kansas City barbecue is loosely defined by super-slow-smoked meats, fragrant wood, and thick, sweet, molasses-based sauces. Kansas City can also lay claim to a barbecue delicacy that’s taking the entire country by storm: burnt ends, a much sought-after scrap.One Man’s Scraps…In the formative days of Kansas City barbecue, pitmasters would trim off and set aside brisket’s overcooked ends after smoking the meat. Full of fat and given a crisp char, these pieces were hardly ever served; most were saved for the chef or given away in restaurants as scrap meat. It was food writer Calvin Trillin’s (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) rhapsody that many say ignited the city’s love for this throwaway meat:"I dream of those burned edges. Sometimes, when I'm in some awful, overpriced restaurant in some strange town, trying to choke down some three-dollar hamburger that tastes like a burned sponge, a blank look comes over me: I have just realized that at that very moment, someone in Kansas City is being given those burned edges free."The Anatomy of a BrisketTo understand where burnt ends come from, it’s important to understand the brisket. The brisket is made up of two parts, the flat and the point, with a layer of fat between them. The flat is leaner and therefore cooks faster, while the point is marbled with streaks of fat and connective tissue that, under low and slow heat, give it a succulent, melt-in-your-mouth texture and taste. So, ironically, the traits that made chefs toss brisket’s point meat are the same ones that make it an irresistibly delicious part of Kansas City barbecue today.How They’re MadeTo cook burnt ends the way they were originally made, simply trim the point ends after smoking the brisket, cube them, and serve them under a swathe of smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. Other chefs season and further cook the point end after smoking to ensure the fat renders properly. Still others smoke and chop up the flat and point together and refer to it as burnt ends, although this mixture can sometimes end up with too-dry sections of meat.How They’re ServedA traditional burnt-ends platter includes the ends piled atop a slice or two of white bread, covered in sauce, and served alongside southern-style baked beans. However, chefs have been known to use the ends as you might use bacon: as a savory, filling garnish in sandwiches, baked beans, gumbo, mac and cheese, and more.Where to Get SomePlenty of places to eat in Kansas City serve up amazing burnt ends. Here are just a few:Arthur Bryant’s: Trillin wrote his homage to burnt ends about this KC institution; today, the kitchen makes burnt-end sandwiches using both the flat and the point.Gates Bar-B-Q: Gates uses just the point to make craveable, fatty burnt-end sandwiches.LC’s Bar-B-Q: Diners at LC’s dig into the classic iteration: white bread, barbecue sauce, and baked beans.Rye: Though not a barbecue joint, Rye makes burnt ends from the whole brisket before serving it atop sourdough and with a sidecar of pickled celery.Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue: This KC-area chain breaks the mold by crafting burnt ends from ham and pork in addition to the traditional beef variety.