"Hidden gem" describes this strip mall café perfectly because it's unlikely you'd stumble across this gourmet, creative outpost on your own. But local foodies and tourists who do their research know where to go. Dinner can cost upwards of $30—certainly worth the splurge—but if you're looking for a good deal, head there for lunch. Grab one of the family-style tables and dig in to soups like Olathe sweet corn bisque or a savory blackened sea bass sandwich on a pretzel
bun with coleslaw and roasted potatoes. The menu changes with each season, but the chef, who works in an open kitchen so that he can converse with customers, may occasionally sneak you something made to order.