Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
The island-themed Sunset Grill seems out of place in the middle of suburban Overland Park. But the chill atmosphere at this six-year-old establishment is pleasantly welcoming, and the lack of intentional irony and kitsch is refreshing. The bar is mostly separate from the dining area, and the high-top tables are hand-painted with tropical motifs including hula girls and palm trees. Tiled mosaics in the shapes of orchids and salamanders adorn the walls, and the bathroom walls are painted with inspirational quotes. Daily drink specials are available, and the weekends feature live entertainment, including local rock bands, magicians and Elvis impersonators.
The idea of a tropics-inspired beach shack in the middle of a suburban blacktop parking lot may sound ridiculous, but the Sunset Grill is so eccentric, you cant help but like it. Hands-on owners Rod Lampe and Dan Tierney often make sure theres live music playing in the lounge and that the bartenders can whip up all kinds of exotic, fruity cocktails. The menu leans heavily in the direction of the South Seas, though not all of the dishes are culinary pearls. The fare that sounds like vacation food is best: burgers, shrimp tacos, salads, a respectable Key lime pie. Its a family-friendly, nonsmoking concept aimed firmly at baby-boomer diners who remember the venues name comes from a Don Henley song. — Charles Ferruzza
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards
Parking: Lot Available
Extra Info: Sunday brunch