Finding a restaurant shouldn’t be this difficult

It’s the weekend, so what better time to write (rant?) on a thoroughly non-political topic today.

Trying to systematically and intelligently research and identify a particular type of restaurant in Overland Park – the whole KC metro, really – is proving to be a frustratingly difficult, if not impossible task.

I was hoping for a site where you could quickly and easily search restaurants by any combination of factors like location, price-range and entertainment (live music, etc). As it happens, tonight I’m looking for something fun and classy, in a medium price-range, in Overland Park, that features live music.

Now, maybe such a place doesn’t exist, but I have a feeling it does. The problem is there’s no systematic way to look for it. I tried the Restaurant Guide of Kansas City, but:

  • you can only search by one criteria at a time
  • you can’t specify certain areas of Johnson County
  • the summary description doesn’t include a link to the restaurant itself, so you can’t see more than the one picture provided by Guide

As I said, a frustrating experience.

I did call a couple friends of mine who have worked in the local service industry, and they did make a couple helpful suggestions.

Do you know of a better way to find a good restaurant in OP?

If so, I’d love to hear about it.



Filed under Entertainment

3 responses to “Finding a restaurant shouldn’t be this difficult

  1. Brian Johnson

    Thanks, Sean. Could be worth consulting in future searches, but it’s really pretty crude in a lot of ways. For instance, if you search BBQ, one of the responses is Dairy Queen. Can you get a BBQ sandwich at DQ? Maybe. But it’s not what you’re looking for when you’re looking for BBQ.

  2. Try the city of Overland Park’s Food Court Web site at

    You can search by cuisine and other categories, including if the restaurant offers entertainment.

    Good luck.

  3. Stacey

    True…it really shouldn’t be so difficult! What a frustrating experience searching for something like this! I think you should come up with something…

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