Posts Tagged ‘Overland Park’

Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro is part of the pb&j restaurant group which also owns Coyote Grill and the Burnt End BBQ. I’ve eaten at a Coyote Grill while living in the West Coast, but I’m not entirely sure they are the same thing.

My wife ordered the Seared Scallops with a crab-saffron orzo. I was (and still am) incredibly weary off ordering scallops in the Midwest because 1) the serving size is usually nothing and 2) the quality is usually sketchy. I was actually impressed by this dish and found the scallops were perfectly cooked and seasoned. They covered this meal with a lemon butter and orange gastrique. I felt this was unnecessary given the sweetness of the scallops and crab, but my wife enjoyed it. I was unimpressed that they did not trim the ends of the green beans and placed large hunks of red pepper into the orzo.

We were visiting friends in Kansas City and one of them ordered the Short Rib Wellington with whipped potatoes and glazed carrots. I wasn’t entirely sure how short ribs would hold up inside a wellington, but it actually worked pretty well. The short rib inside was falling apart and expertly covered with a mushroom duxelle. Being in cattle country, it’s no surprise that the short ribs were delicious. You could make these potatoes at home if you wanted, but they were delicious and perfectly creamy. The carrots were a little undercooked for my preference.

Our other friend ordered the lamb chops. These came perfectly medium rare and served with a puree of locally sourced winter squash, green beans, and spiced with traditional moroccan spices. I detected some ginger and turmeric and boatloads of cinnamon and pepper. I thought this whole dish was fantastic and worked well together. The squash acted as a sauce of the lamb.

If however, you’re looking at the menu and can’t decide between their speciality entrees, Yia Yia’s has a unique option. I ordered a Duet in which I could pick any two entrees and they would give me a “half” portion of each on the same plate. I want to mention first that this is not a half portion. You’ll notice there are three lamb chops above, and only one below. Although I appreciate what they are doing here, I wish my server would have just been honest and told me my portion sizes would be a little less than half of each entree. That said, I would stay away from any Duet combination you have a hankering for. You’ll wind up spending more money and getting less food.

This was our last dinner in Kansas City, so we went all out any finished our dinner the American way – with large quantities of delicious sweetness. On the left is a Lemon Bomb topped with white chocolate and served with what I believe is a raspberry coulis. I love lemon curd and this dessert was absolutely delicious, but I did find the curd itself a little tart. On the right is a chocolate brownie wrapped in phyllo dough and served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. When crunched into, we discovered that the brownie had melted into gooey chocolate goodness. This was a little difficult to eat, but still a good pick if you like really sweet dessert.

A meal can never be bad when you have good company, and this meal was eaten with the best. Even though this is a chain and the ambiance is devoid of any unique personality, I still enjoyed this meal and wouldn’t say no to an offer to return. If you have a Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro in your neighborhood, treat yourself to a good meal.

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Sunset Grill is a newer establishment in the Overland Park area. It is nestled away inside a shopping complex and just another place you might drive past without giving it a second thought. Luckily, I was taken here for lunch to start my Kansas City vacation, and I was quite pleased with the quality of what can best be described as diner food.

The menu (seen left) best exemplifies the decor and feel of the restaurant. It is designed to mimic that of a beach side eatery where people in suits sit alongside beauties in bikinis.

Endless baskets of chips and salsa may seem like a good idea, but this is potentially a dangerous notion. For $3.50, your table can enjoy a large basket of freshly fried chips and salsa. Although I have a feeling that the salsa could not have been made fresh, it was crazy delicious and did not taste like just any jarred or canned salsa. Each basket was replaced quickly by our server without asking. This is the kind of service you’re bound to get at a high quality local eatery that makes every effort to keep its guests.

I ordered the Turkey Melt with the optional onion ring upgrade. The Turkey Melt was exactly what I expected, no better nor worse than any other turkey melt I’ve had in the past. The bread was perfectly toasted without being too greasy. The onion rings, however, are something to write home about. They are enormous in size and covered with a fantastic breading that yields an extremely crispy ring.

My wife ordered the sandwich and salad combo picking the club sandwich and the chop salad. Sunset Grill makes all their salad dressings in house (which you can purchase a 14oz bottle of if you choose) and the chop salad was covered with a sweetened citrus dressing. The salad itself could have been an entire lunch portion. The club sandwich, much like the turkey melt, was a basic club sandwich, but still rather tasty. I did find the dressing a bit sweet for my taste and if I was to order this, I would order the dressing on the side.

Sunset Grill serves excellent diner style food with prompt, courteous service. If I were a local, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring anybody here that came to visit and would probably find myself at one of there booths most weekends. If you live in the area, you should consider heading over 14557 Metcalf Ave and give this restaurant a try.