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“Short menu and shorter on taste”
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Ranked #4 of 101 Restaurants in Leawood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Overland Park, Kansas
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“Short menu and shorter on taste”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

This restaurant is tucked in a strip of other restaurants, a grocery store and a pharmacy. Conveniently located at 119th and Roe. Unfortunately, that's about the best I can say. The menu is short and the food was not anything to write home about. A little pricey for such simple entrees. There are better ones within the same block.

Visited August 2013
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Leawood, KS
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“Award Winning Chef "Fries Chicken"”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Chef Colby Garrelts was named 2013 "Best Chef Midwest" by the James Beard Foundation so that should give you a good idea of what kind of meal you can expect at his newest restaurant "Rye" in Leawood, KS. His specialty dish where nearly all of the food is locally sourced is his fried chicken. It is generally served at lunch with mashed potatoes and gravy with a small side salad for approximately $10. While it is quite good, it was a little too breaded for my taste and isn't as good as Stroud's, another local eatery. That is no reason not to order it, however, and make your own judgment. Mrs. Garrelts is the pastry chef so you can always count on great deserts spotlighting seasonal ingredients. Rye is another neighborhood gem that should be on your dining list as well as their upscale spot in Westport "Bluestem" (bring your credit card $$$$).

  • Visited August 2013
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Overland Park, Kansas
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fried Chicken and lemon meringue pie is what the rage is about!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

I submitted a review about four months ago about a meal a group of us had at their brunch. This time I must weigh in on their fried chicken which has received accolades among national food critics. The Garrelts don't "choke their chickens" as another well known KC restaurant claims; they brine theirs over two days before frying them in LARD! I was curious about the hype and whether the lengthy process preparing the chicken really made the chicken as delicious as it has been described. YES, YES, YES! The fried chicken is wonderful. The chicken was moist and juicy, and the coating crisp, crunchy, and tasty. I believe one hasn't lived till he/she has fried chicken and pastry made with LARD! Others at our table selected a pulled pork sandwich and a BLT. The only negative comment made was with the BLT--the bacon was a large, thick slab and hard to bite.

Dessert was a scrumptious lemon meringue pie, with a very tasty light crust and smooth lemon filling complemented by a layer of toasted meringue. Everyone at our table loved the desserts. No plate was left unfinished.

These chefs take very common Midwest dishes and put their own interpretation on them which may or may not please patrons. So maybe all the hype leads to unreasonable expectations. Rye IS a great place to dine.

Visited July 2013
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“Not sure what all the rage is about-except or the pie!”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I was looking forward to my first foray into the buzz of eating at Rye. I was eager to try their specialty- fried chicken, and get my hands on some pie too.

The majority of the meal was good, but not overwhelming. I wasn't cold-cocked or slapped silly by an orchestra of flavors or a thrilling tweak of a tasty tradition. Rather, I found I was enjoying someone else's very similar take on an old tradition--nothing new or daring. The chicken was good, but at that price I could have taken my 5 kids out for dinner.

My wife's shrimp and grits were overly rich. They certainly were tasty, and having the smokey pulled pork to mingle with everything else was a great touch. But, it was hard to enjoy for more than a few bites as the richness was overwhelming.

The pie, on the other hand, was fantastic. We enjoyed the lemon meringue (that ooey gooey marshmallow-like meringue was heavenly) and the fantabulous banana cream pie. I strongly recommend both.

Overall, a good, but average meal. I could have paid half the price and had an average meal at many other places in Johnson county. Perhaps we didn't opt for the right menu options (although many others in the restaurant selected the same offerings). I will give it one more try, since so many others are raving. . .

  • Visited August 2013
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Missouri
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“Expected more - slow and service was uncoordinated”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Party of four-first time for dinner. Had heard and read about Rye, so expected top notch evening. Had two of the salads and corn soup. Should have had the salad. Soup presentation was beautiful, but tasted rather bland. Brisket portion was light. Couldn't believe the chicken (at $16) didn't include a side. Add $7 for that. Chicken was OK. Have had much better in KC. Shrimp and grits came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. Contains pulled pork. Trio of ice creams was lovely, especially the cantaloupe sorbet-subtly sweet and savory. The service was SLOW and uncoordinated. Every time our food arrived, we had to tell the server who ordered what. Coffee came after all had finished dessert. We may give Rye another try, but not before we've eaten elsewhere.

  • Visited August 2013
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