Where to Eat in Merriam: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Sheron Bogner

Merriam /ˈmɛriəm/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,003. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north (in Wyandotte County); the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.
Things to do in Merriam

1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103-3244 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 913-722-3366
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Reviewed By Scott P

Best restaurant in an old gas station. Pulled pork and smoked sausage are my favorites here. The “hog heaven” sandwich is pure bbq happiness.

2. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park

9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Overland Park, KS 66212-2212 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 913-385-7427
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park

Reviewed By alvalady - Phoenix, Arizona

We stopped here on a road trip, craving Kansas City BBQ. Jack Stack did not disappoint. Service and food were outstanding. Highly recommend the beef burnt tips and cheesy corn. Both outstanding. Appetizer portions are huge. We loved both the fried mushrooms and cornbread. 5 thumbs up!

3. R.j.'s Bob-be-que Shack

5835 Lamar Ave, Mission, KS 66202-2648 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 913-262-7300
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 136 reviews

R.j.'s Bob-be-que Shack

Reviewed By bettyouhamlet - Edmond, Oklahoma

Local friends took us here and wow, it was delish! Cozy little shack with very nice people working. Service was great! Very interactive neighborly place. When in KC, Barbeque for every meal is par.. so good! Also homemade Cole Slaw that was super!

4. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

8805 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202-2819 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast SGD 26 +1 913-432-5944
Excellent
45%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Reviewed By gabi_kansas - KC

The well-known fact is that when the Krispy Kreme "HOT" donut sign is lit in the front window, everyone gets a free sample donut. Turns out, it's not always just then that a free KK glazed donut is given to each person. I found that out over the weekend when I stopped in, and it was a nice surprise.

They have the typical donut types, but also additional seasonal flavors as well. I tried a peach-filled donut which was good, along with my frozen caramel latte. Great way to start my morning!

5. Stroud's

4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 66205-2506 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Lunch, Dinner +1 913-262-8500
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Stroud's

Enjoy a little piece of Pan-Fried history when you dine at Stroud's! Originating in 1933, Stroud’s has received many national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant. Stroud’s has been honored with appearances on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and No Reservations, Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and KCPT’s Check Please. We offer weekly and seasonal specials, along with a fully-stocked bar! Try our Chicken Choker Ale - trust us! We cater express lunch stops, company appreciations and business dinners. We also offer full-service catering, producing events designed uniquely for every social occasion. Including weddings, rehearsal dinners, graduations, birthdays and family reunions.

Reviewed By AJS54 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

On a Wednesday evening, I had no need to worry about waiting for a table. Later, Sarah, my server, said, "Weeknights are pretty mellow." From what I'd seen online, I'd expected a long wait for food, but a bowl of amazing homemade chicken soup arrived...MoreWe are so pleased to hear about your experience with us, thank you for sharing! We hope to see you for our Thanksgiving buffet!

6. Cafe Provence

3936 W 69th Ter, Prairie Village, KS 66208-2601 Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 131 +1 913-384-5998
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 171 reviews

Cafe Provence

Café Provence has been honored by Zagat as the best restaurant in Kansas City. It joins the top 46 restaurants in the United States given this honor in their respective cities, such as Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Le Bernadin, NYC, Gary Danko, San Francisco and more. Cafe Provence serves progressive French Provençal cuisine served in the warm, inviting atmosphere of a neighborhood bistro.Bienvenue! You can now experience the best in French bistro cuisine a mere stone's throw from the Plaza. Café Provence is the perfect place to eat a little, chat a little, and get back your breath after a shopping raid, beautifully located as it is in the Prairie Village Shopping Center – and so near to the stores. We look forward to seeing you! Cafe Provence ...the food speaks french! À bientôt!

Reviewed By PamelaVanderHeagen - Kansas City

Cafe Provence really has an impeccable reputation throughout Kansas City. After hearing so many wonderful things about the restaurant, I finally had the opportunity to visit myself and now full understand why it one of the city's best. Our group of four had the perfect evening, and plan to make a habit of dining here. First of all, our server, Angus was one of the absolute best host we have ever had. He really went above and beyond to make our dinner outstanding. Although we love wine, we are not as familiar with French selections, yet he directed us to an extraordinary bottle, in fact we ended up having a second. Furthermore, he helped guide us through our menu selections, and we all absoluetly loved what we had. The appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts were all on par with the finest places that we have dined. In addition, the atmosphere is incredibly charming. I regret that it has taken me so long to visit, however it is undoubtedly my new favorite!

7. Ikea

6000 Ikea Way, Merriam, KS 66202-2803 Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Swedish, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 888-888-4532
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Ikea

Reviewed By daisylouwho - Copperas Cove, Texas

Having lived in Europe 12 years of my life, IKEA is always my mini-European vacation when I'm missing Europe. I have been to Various IKEAs in Germany, I've visited stateside IKEA in Seattle, Atlanta, and Austin area.

I ALWAYS grab something in the restaurant. It has always been amazing and worthwhile until now.

The lines for food were insane!! I've never had that bad of a line.

Then, the food. The meatballs were cold. The server was stingy with the gravy and the lingonberry sauce. The veggies pictured (a variety of beans) were not what we received. We were given a mixture of seasoned veggies which included cauliflower, carrots and a mystery veggie. I should have lived this but the veggies tasted freezer burned and the seasoning was seriously off. Although the food was cheap, this time, it was also worthless.

8. Johnny's BBQ

5959 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS 66202-3241 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 913-432-0777
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Johnny's BBQ

Reviewed By Radio9phs - State College, Pennsylvania

Not fine dining, but a basic barbecue joint, the way it should be. Good meats and sides, prices acceptable. Easy parking.

9. Big Bam's Burgers

5930 Nieman Rd, Shawnee, KS 66203-2954 Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 913-962-1230
Excellent
53%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Big Bam's Burgers

Reviewed By Rich_Holden - Leavenworth, Kansas

Once again, the TripAdvisor scores a home run! First time to Big Bam’s but we’ll be back. Friendly service, clean tables, and great food at reasonable prices. I had their pork tenderloin sandwich and it reminded me of great schnitzels I had in Germany — so tender and flavorful. And yes, I got the tater tots based on fellow TA recommendations. Excellent. Can’t wait to try their other menu items. Highly recommend.

10. Pegah's Family Restaurant

8701 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Merriam, KS 66202-2817 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 913-362-8663
Excellent
38%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Pegah's Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Kim W - St. Louis, MO

We liked this restaurant so much that we ate here twice during our stay. We were lucky enough to have the same wonderful waitress both times. The food was great and the prices were reasonable for the amount of food that you get. Obviously, I would come here again if I am back in the area.

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