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Kansas City really isn't as bad as many people make it out to be.  That being said, it isn't a great place to visit either.  While living here is fine, there just isn't enough to do to justify a vacation of any sort.  If you do find yourself stuck in KC for some reason, head to the Overland Park area.  Especially try to hit Town Center Plaza at 119th and Roe for some good food and decent shopping.  Try Han Shin Japanese Steakhouse behind Barnes and Noble for a great lunch or dinner at a reasonable price.  The atmosphere is casual and the food is excellent.  Follow 119th street down to Metcalf and you'll pass several more restaurants and coffee shops.  

If you want a high class night-cap in the Overland Park area, head to The Wine Bar inside Lucas Liquors along 135th street.  Simply follow Roe and take a left onto 135th St.  Take the first left after State Line Rd and then an immediate right into a shopping center.  Lucas Liquors is past the Quizno's and Part Warehouse.  The Wine Bar is immediately inside the main doors (it always looks closed, but it open any time after 11:00am).  Chef Terry Barkley does excellent food in addition to a selection of 92 wines by the glass or bottle.

If you want a more upscale atmosphere, head to The Country Club Plaza along Ward Parkway.  There are more than enough restaurants and stores here to empty anyone's wallet.  You can find everything from McDonalds to Starbucks to The Melting Pot (fondue).  For shopping, The Country Club Plaza (also called simply 'The Plaza') has the biggest Barnes and Noble in Kansas City and everything from computer stores (including Kansas' only Apple Store) to clothing and makeup boutiques.  The Plaza is always worth a visit in the winter time.  After Thanksgiving night, the entire plaza is lit up for Christmas time.  
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The best pizza in Leawood comes from a small restaurant called Spin.  Head down 119th between Nall and Metcalf.  Spin is located in a shopping center with Wild Oats and The Cheesecake Factory.  Look for a small restaurant with a slightly hidden patio and an almost invisible sign near LA Juice.  These guys can make almost anything.  Even if you have a taste for Gorgonzola Pizza (No sauce, only fig onions and bleu cheese.  Topped with honey).  Thought you usually have to bring your own honey for that one.  They don't keep it in stock despite my constant nagging.  

If you want a high class drink and some great snacks, head to The Wine Bar inside of Lucas Liquors.  Chef Terry Barkley (Former chef for the Superbowl) serves up astounding food daily.  Take Roe to 135th.  Take a left and follow 135th past State Line Rd.  Take your next left toward Martin City.  Take an immediate right into a shopping center with a Quizno's and Party Central.  Lucas Liquors is the farthest building in the row.  The Wine Bar almost always appears to be closed because of its dim lighting, but anytime after 11, it will be open.  ***Chef Barkley will especially love you if you mention that you don't eat honey because you are a vegan.


For a more family-oriented restaurant, Han Shin does the best Teppanyaki (Japanese Steak House) food in Kansas City.  Han Shin is located in Town Center Plaza ( 199th Street and Roe).  There is a fountain located behind Barnes and Noble.  Han Shin is next to this fountain.  Ask to have France, Ansie, or Tommy cook for you (they are the three best).  Be sure to book in advance for dinner.
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The mass transit system in Lawrence is definitely improving (http://www.lawrencetransit.org/routemap.shtml) -- if you transfer to another bus, it is cheaper to buy an all-day pass.

Grab a "Hawk Sheet" while in this city to find specials at the local restaurants, bars/clubs, and other places of business -- the sheets are bright yellow in color and are near downtown lawrence (try the Dillions store on 6th Street if all else fails; they are by the only entrance).

There's a history museum, which is a little boring, historic homes, and the University of Kansas among other things.  The Lied Center is probably your best choice for entertainment.  I also enjoy spending a day at the library either reading or using the computers in the basement (you nead a library card).

There is a nice coffee shop near Borders Book Store in downtown Lawrence (the 1/2 price book store is a better place to buy books although the selection is smaller).  The coffee shop in the store is not great (go through the store's coffee shop entrance/exit, cross the street, and you will find a much better coffee shop).  Cici's Pizza has a nice pizza buffet too.
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