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With a population of 191,000 people, Overland Park, Kansas is the heart of Johnson County - the engine of progress that drives the diverse Kansas City economy. Overland Park has more than 250 restaurants and several of the most interesting tourist attractions in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

This visitor's guide has my candid comments and recommendations for attractions and museums to visit and restaurants in which to dine in Overland Park. I am a 36 year resident of Johnson County, 6 of those years in Overland Park. 

This page devoted to Overland Park, Kansas attractions and locally owned restaurants is a work in progress. Please email your suggestions for more Overland Park attractions and locally owned restaurants to be included. Be sure to tell me what you like best about them.

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Overland Park Restaurants
Andre's Tea Room - Overland Park, KansasABC Cafe has built a reputation for good, authentic Cantonese food. Some of the employees at other Chinese restaurants come here for supper after the other places close. My favorite meal is dim sum ordered off the menu - several small plates at reasonable prices. My favorite dishes so far included salt & pepper pork chop, sticky rice stuffed chicken wings, salt & pepper soft shelled crab, XO chicken wings, and clams sautéed with black bean sauce.

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ABC Cafe, 10001 West 87th street  Overland Park, Kansas 66212
(913) 859-0089 Last visited in January 2021

Garozzo's Ristorante - Overland Park, KansasGarozzo's Ristorante in Overland Park, Kansas serves large servings of American Italian cuisine in the style of The Hill in St. Louis. This location lacks the atmosphere of Garozzo's original location in Kansas CIty, Missouri, but is very nice in its own way. Garozzo's may be best known for Chicken Spiedeni, which has been copied at Italian restaurants around the Kansas City area. My favorite dish is Vitello Spiedeni alla Sophia Maria (lightly breaded and rolled veal, filled with Genoa salami, provel cheese, diced tomatoes, red onions, and pine nuts, char broiled and served in Marsala wine sauce with sautéed mushrooms). Take and bake available.

Garozzo's Ristorante, 9950 College Boulevard Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 491-8300 Last visited in January 2021.

Andre's Tea Room - Overland Park, KansasAndre's Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom makes high quality chocolate candies, French pastries & tortes and light authentic Swiss lunches. Andre's serves meals only at lunch on Monday - Saturday. The menu is limited to a couple of sandwiches, Quiche Lorraine, cheese pie and a daily special. Expect to wait for a table. This is a great place to get chocolate for special gifts. 
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Andre's Confiserie Suisse, 4929 West 119th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66209. (913) 498-3440 Last visited in September 2021

GrandStand Burgers - Overland Park, KansasGrandstand Burgers in Overland Park, Kansas is just a couple of blocks north of I-35 at the corner of Antioch Road and Merriam Drive. Many people confuse the location with Shawnee or Merriam. GrandStand Burgers serves good pork tenderloin sandwiches, onion rings and hand formed hamburgers. The 9 year old restaurant is tiny, with just 3 stools at the counter and picnic tables out in front. 

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GrandStand Burgers, 4942 Merriam Drive, Overland Park, Kansas
66203  (913) 362-0111 Last visited in May 2020

Bangkok Pavilion Thai Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasBangkok Pavilion Thai Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas has the only Thai buffet in metropolitan Kansas City. The large selection changes from day to day, but my favorite items include the yellow curry chicken and the three kings mushroom. It is one of the best, quality lunch bargains in Overland Park and the $12.95 weekend buffet is the best Asian buffet in Kansas City. More photos and a longer review.

Bangkok Pavilion Thai Restaurant, 9055 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. (913) 341-1718 Last visited in March 2022

Imo's Pizza - Overland Park, KansasImo's Pizza is a local franchise of the 40 year old St. Louis, Missouri pizza chain.  I don't usually include chain restaurants on this site, but Imo's is a small chain and this location has my favorite pizza in Overland Park. The standard is a thin crust pizza  made with provel cheese, but thick crust and mozzarella are also available by request. This is Imo's only location in Kansas.

Imo's Pizza, 11552 West 135th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66221. (913) 529-4667 Last visited in March 2022

Bo Ling's Chinese Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasBroadmoor Bistro is a restaurant operated by students at Broadmoor Technical Center (part of the Shawnee Mission School District). The Bistro is only open Wednesday evenings during the school year and advanced reservations are required. For $35 you get your choice of two items from two appetizers, soup and salad, choice of entree, and choice of dessert. Temporarily closed.

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Broadmoor Bistro,  6701 West 83rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 no phone listed. Last visited in January 2020

Four Seasons Asian Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasIndian Palace is the oldest Indian Restaurant in the Kansas City area. It has improved significantly over the years and serves some of the best Indian Food in Kansas. Indian Palace's food is as good as I've had in London and New York. I enjoy the lunch buffet, but think you will be more impressed if you order off the menu. They prepare each dish individually and will adjust to meet your tastes. My favorite dishes include the Tikka Masala, Chicken 65, Aloo Mutter, and the lamb samosas. I love their onion chutney. Buffet temporarily closed.

India Palace, 9918 W 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
(913) 381-1680 Last visited in February 2020

Brobecks Barbeque - Overland Park, KansasBrobecks Barbeque is one of the newer BBQ restaurants in the Kansas City area. Reasonably priced, dry rubbed BBQ with good side dishes. My favorite meats are sausage and dry rubbed pork ribs that are so flavorful that no sauce is necessary. Brobecks is one of the more reasonably priced KC BBQ places with table service.

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Brobecks Barbeque, 4615 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas 66207. (913) 901-9700 Last visited in October 2021

J Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks - Overland Park, KansasJ Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks is a nice upscale steakhouse. J Gilbert's is a tiny restaurant chain, with only three other locations. J Gilbert's steaks are aged at least 21 days, perfectly cooked, and typically cost $32-53 including potato and vegetable. Fixed price, 3 course meals are $48-58. The bone in rib eye steak and sea bass are both favorites. J Gilbert's serves a classic Caesar salad. Their cheddar chipotle mashed potatoes are very good.

J Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks, 8901 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. (913) 642-8070 Last visited in November 2020

Buffalo State Pizza - Overland Park, KansasBuffalo State Pizza & Co. is a pizza and sandwich shop that has been operating in old town Overland Park, Kansas since 1995. The original name was Papa Keno's Pizzeria, but it was re-branded in 2020. The pizzas are huge, a single slice is the size of a personal pizza, and all of the servings are large. The specialty pizzas are reasonably price, the cost quickly rises if you want to select the items. The tasty campinella sandwich (cream cheese, turkey, sun dried tomato, provolone, onion, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar) is at least 8" across. The calzones are good and nearly 12" across.

Buffalo State Pizza, 7901 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. (913) 648-1313 Last visited in January 2022

The Peanut on Santa Fe - Overland Park, KansasThe Peanut on Santa Fe in Overland Park, Kansas has relatively short menu, but in addition to the famous wings, there are a few other items worth a special trip. The grilled chili dogs are among my favorite in the Kansas City area and there are excellent single, double, and triple BLT sandwiches, but the standout is the chicken sandwich with marinated chicken breast, Swiss & cream cheeses, red onion and grilled red bell peppers on a hamburger bun. 

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The Peanut on Santa Fe, 7938 Santa Fe Drive Overland Park, Kansas 66209. (913) 499-8565 Last visited in April 2022

Café Norstrom - Overland Park, KansasBurg & Barrel has only a few entrees, but a larger election of burger and sandwiches, as well a good hand cut French fries, onion rings and fried mushrooms with truffle buttermilk aioli. The barrel side of the menu is represented by 16 beers on tap, 11 bottle craft beers and 41 whiskies. 6 ounce glass of beer are available for those wanting to sample several.

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Burg & Barrel, 7042 W 76th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. 
(913) 649-2525  Last visited in March 2021

The Peanut on 127th Street - Overland Park, KansasThe Peanut on 127th Street Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Overland Park, Kansas serves some of the best Buffalo chicken wings in the Kansas City area. There are several Peanut locations, one other in Overland Park  and three others in Missouri. The Peanut is one of the few places in town to get cooked to order hamburgers. 

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The Peanut on 127th, 12663 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. (913) 491-0288 Last visited in October 2019

Café Norstrom - Overland Park, KansasCafé Nordstrom in Nordstrom's department store is the only restaurant inside Overland Park's Oak Park Mall. Café Nordstrom is committed to local, sustainable, natural and organic foods. I have yet to try a dish at Café Nordstrom which I did not like.

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Café Nordstrom, 11143 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214. (913) 492-8111 Last visited in November 2016

Q39 - Overland Park, KansasQ39 opened its first Kansas location in Overland Park, Kansas in August, 2017. Our first visit was that week and they did an outstanding job for having been open only 5 days. We have enjoyed subsequent visits as well.

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Q39, 11051 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
(913) 951-4500 Last visited in March 2022

Café Tempo - Overland Park, KansasCafé Tempo is a nice, minimal service restaurant located within the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of Johnson County Community College. It has been open since the museum opened in 2007. Café Tempo serves breakfast Tuesday - Friday and lunch Tuesday - Saturday. Sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries and several daily specials.

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Café Tempo, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210. (913) 469-8500 ext. 4993 Last visited in April 2018

Ruchi Indian Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas opened a second location in Kansas City, Missouri. The atmosphere of this storefront restaurant is average and the service leaves something to be desired, but the food is good. A few years ago, this was the best Indian food in Kansas City, but there are several with better Indian food today. They have an excellent lunch buffet. I have avoided visiting Ruchi at other times due to service issues. 

Ruchi  Indian Restaurant, 11168 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 661-9088 Last visited in March 2022

Choga Korean Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasChoga Korean Restaurant is the oldest Korean Restaurant in metropolitan Kansas City. The meals come with the chef's choice of 6 side dishes and on my last visit, there were three kimchi, tofu, sprouts and a kind of scrambled eggs. Most entrees run from $10-18, but a few special items run over $25. Some items may be grilled at the table, but only if ordered by 2 or more people.

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Choga Korean Restaurant, 6920 West 105th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. (913) 385-2151 Last visited in March 2021

Santa Fe Cafe - Overland Park, KansasSanta Fe Cafe is an excellent place for a traditional American breakfast which offers a smaller  lunch selection until 2PM daily. The breakfast menu has many breakfast items, including French toast, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy, pork chops, omelets, burritos, steak, and potatoes. Expect to spend $7-10 on breakfast, not including the beverage.

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Santa Fe Cafe, 9946 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 648-5402 Last visited in December 2021

Chosun Korean Barbeque - Overland Park, KansasChosun Korean Barbeque serves all kinds of Korean food, but the house specialty is BBQ beef, pork and chicken prepared at the table on small gas grills built into the center of many of the dining tables. If you want the Korean BBQ, there may be a wait for one of the tables with the built in grills. Meals come with an all you can eat variety of side dishes including kimchi, pickled radish, fish cake, seaweed salad, tofu, steamed rice and soup.

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Chosun Korean BBQ, 12611 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. (913) 339-9644. Last visited in February 2019

Talk of the Town Grill and Bar - Overland Park, KansasTalk of the Town Grill & Bar is one of the few Overland Park, Kansas restaurants to offer a full menu until midnight. Talk of the Town offers a wide selection of hamburgers, sandwiches and salads, plus pizza and just 8 entrees. Most meals start at about $8 and the most expensive item on the menu (Kansas City Strip) is only $16.99 with a salad and the choice of two sides. 

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Talk of the Town, 11922 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213 (913) 661-9922 Last visited in February 2022

Cinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasCinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas has good Italian food, all you can eat, with cooking stations such as you find in a high class casino buffet. Cinzetti's is a great place for large parties and is child friendly. The food is so good a friend calls Cinzetti's "Sin City." It may be difficult, but you will want to save room for the wonderful desserts. Week night dinner: $13 for adults, weekend nights $15, week day lunch $9.

Cinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant, 7201 W 91st Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212 (913) 642-0101 Last visited in March 2022

Taste of Africa - Overland Park, KansasTaste of Africa in southern Overland Park opened in 2014 in the space vacated by the Burnt End BBQ when it moved to 119th Street. The menu is somewhat limited, but has several items which are very good. I particularly like the Ng'ombe (beef stew) and Mbuzi (goat stew) which are $12.85 & $13.50 with the choice of two sides. Our favorite side is the fried plantains, but the sautéed cabbage (lightly seasoned with curry), sautéed kale. The savory beef filled samosas are good, though a sauce on the side would be nice. Other main dishes include Samaki wa Kukaanga (deep fried whole tilapia) and a variety of combination platters priced from $15 - $17.50. Open for lunch and supper Monday - Saturday.

Taste of Africa, 11240 W 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66221
(913) 897-1000 Last visited in September 2019

Cozy's Cafe - Overland Park, KansasCozy's Cafe is a small family run restaurant which opened in August, 2009. Breakfast is served all day, along with a Mediterranean influenced menu which includes pastas, many paninis and hand formed hamburgers. The owner, Kozeta Kreka waits on the tables and makes the baklava. 

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Cozy's Cafe, 6740 West 75th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204
(913) 236-0003 Last visited in August 2021

Tay's Burger Shack - Overland Park, KansasTay's Burger Shack, off US-69 at 151st Street, is farm to table fast food, with just fresh cut French fries, grass fed organic beef burgers, Nathan's hot dogs and chili. That is the whole menu. The buns are baked fresh daily and nothing has been frozen or microwaved.

The smashed flat, well done burgers aren't my favorite, but grilled onions are included as a no charge option. There are premium condiments like sriracha ketchup, sriracha mayonnaise and Guilden's spicy mustard.

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Tay's Burger Shack, 7724 W 151st St., Overland Park, Kansas 66223 (913) 602-8360 Last visited in February 2022

D' Bronx Deli and Pizzeria - Overland Park, KansasD' Bronx Deli & Pizzeria in Overland Park, Kansas offers pizza by the slice, subs, soups, salads and deli sandwiches. This is the newest location for the small local chain that started at Bell & 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Order at the counter and your meal will be brought to your table. The medium thickness crust pizza is good if you eat it right away but doesn't travel well. Try the Reuben sandwich.

Temporarily carry out only.

D' Bronx Deli & Pizzeria, 7070 W 105th Street Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 649-9000 Last visited in January 2021

Twisted - Overland Park, KansasTwisted is a counter service sandwich, wrap and taco restaurant near Johnson County Community College. This location opened in 2013. The short menu is heavy to chicken filled wraps, sandwiches or salads, but the dish it has become known for is the Mahi Mahi tacos (Cajun grilled mahi-mahi with spicy Thai slaw, pepper Jack cheese, pico de gallo, and Sriracha honey aioli). The sweet, spicy sauce makes the dish! They have a 2nd Overland Park location at 8905 W 135th Street.

Twisted, 11737 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 387-4811 Last visited in August 2021

Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant - Overland Park, KansasI give a guarded recommendation to Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant. Communication has been a issue and the check on the second visit was at first $26 too high. But the food is good and although the little restaurant is plain, it is clean and neat. If you are unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, I recommend getting the Meat Combo with Doro Wat, Key Wat & Alicha Wat (spicy beef, spicy chicken and mild beef stews) and the two sides. The Key Wat is my favorite meat, a beef stew simmered in berbere, garlic, onion and herbal butter served with ayb (a traditional Ethiopian cottage cheese). As with all Ethiopian restaurants the food comes with flat, sour spongy injera bread that is used instead utensils

Elsa's Ethiopian Restaurant, 8016 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas (913) 648-5000 Last visited in April 2019

Wyandot Barbeque 2 - Overland Park, KansasWyandot Barbeque 2 is a neighborhood BBQ restaurant located near the heart of Overland Park. There were once three Wyandot Barbeque restaurants, but today there is only this one and the original location on State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas (Wyandotte County). There are good reasons why someone may not care for this restaurant, but the prices are low, the servings are large and I like the food. Temporarily closed following a fire.

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Wyandot BBQ 2, 7215 W 75th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (913) 341-0609 Last visited in January 2021

Fiorella's Jack Stack - Overland Park, KansasFiorella's Jack Stack in Overland Park, Kansas may be the best high end BBQ restaurant in the Kansas City Area. Jack Stack serves good pork, beef & lamb ribs, and excellent side dishes including enormous onion rings. The service is inconsistent - friendly but with frequent miscues. Jack Stack has several locations in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. This is one of the few BBQ restaurants in the area with table service & cloth napkins, and it is priced accordingly.  Great for curb side pickup!

Fiorella's Jack Stack, 9520 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 385-7427 Last visited in November 2021

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Overland Park Tourist Attractions & Museums
Canstruction Kansas City is an annual event to benefit Harvesters - The Community Food Bank in Kansas City. Teams create art from nonperishable food and the art is displayed at Oak Park Mall. When the exhibit closes, the cans, bottles and boxes are donated to Harvesters.   Each year, Canstruction teams use 40-50,000 pounds of food.

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

A 14 foot girder stands sentinel near the entrance to to the Overland Park, Kansas Fire Training Center. The 2 1/2 ton artifact which was recovered from the World Trade Center is the focal point of this 9/11 Memorial, which is is a tribute to the those who parished on September 11, 2001 which tells the stories of the heroism, sacrifice and tragedy of that day. 

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a 12 acre park with farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trail, Kanza Indian display, one room country schoolhouse, play grounds, fishing pond, horse drawn wagon rides, and pony rides. One of the most popular children's attractions in the Kansas City area, Deanna Rose is open 7 days a week April - October.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas (913) 897-2360

Oak Park Mall is one of the most successful indoor shopping malls in the United States. At a time when most indoor shopping centers are dying, Oak Park Mall keeps changing and expanding. It is a safe place to shop with a wide variety of interesting stores. The mall hosts events such as Canstruction, which benefits Harvesters.

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

Indian Creek Hike/Bike Trail is almost 17 miles long, with about 10 miles in Overland Park, Kansas.  The bike path is generally level and flat, but often beautiful as it follows Indian Creek through various parks. Indian Creek trail connects to other hiking and bicycle trails in Kansas City, Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas.

Indian Creek Hike/Bike Trail - Multiple Trail Heads between 105th and 119th Streets (913) 327-6630

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in metropolitan Kansas City. Still under development, the 300 acre park currently has 10 gardens and 8 arboretum ecosystems with 5 miles of trails. Some trails are paved and wheel chair friendly. Closed Tuesdays. $3 admission. There are seasonal events such as the December Luminary Walk.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park 66013 (913) 685-3604

The Johnson County Museum tells the story of the development of suburban America. The centerpiece of the Johnson County Museum is the 1950's All Electric House which was relocated to the center of the museum's main hall. Local visitors particularly enjoy the way is is depicted through photos, models and samples of advertising.

Johnson County Museum 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 826-2787

Overland Park Farmers Market in old downtown Overland Park, Kansas is a fun place to purchase produce, live plants, homemade preserves and fine baked goods. Plus free live music from 10 AM until noon, each market day. Wednesdays and Saturdays from April through October.

Overland Park Farmers Market 8101 Marty, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (913) 642-1410 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) opened in 2007. The largest museum of contemporary art in the region, the Nerman Museum 3 permanent galleries, and 6 galleries for temporary exhibits. The Nerman Museum collection includes about 700 works, many by artists with ties to the Kansas City area. Temporally closed to public.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 469-3000

 Rio Theater in downtown Overland Park, Kansas is an art deco theater that was restored by the Fine Arts Group. The Rio was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 2005, and features foreign language and independent movies. The 281 seat single screen movie theater has digital sound. Closed during Covid.

Rio Theater 7204 West 80th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (913) 383-8500

New Theatre Restaurant is a 600 seat dinner theater that regularly features shows including such performers as Jamie Farr and Marion Ross. Although they work hard on the buffet dinner, the New Theater Restaurant is more about the show than the food. Tickets run from $32 to $55, and do not include dessert or beverages. Closed during Covid.

New Theatre Restaurant 9229 Foster Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 649-0103

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