When the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art opened at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas in 2007, it included a new 110 seat breakfast and lunch restaurant - Café Tempo. The 2,400 square feet restaurant fills the two story glass atrium connecting the Nerman Museum and the Regnier Center.
Service at Café Tempo is minimal. You order at the counter, pick up your beverage, and are given a pager to let you know when your food has been prepared. The menu consists of pastries, quiche, a few salads & sandwiches. and a daily special.
Over the past four years the scope of the menu has been reduced and Saturday hours have been removed. On my first visit, I was very impressed with the Café Steak (grilled flank steak with romaine lettuce, roasted red onions, portabella mushrooms, roma tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese and sherry balsamic vinaigrette). At $9.25 it was the most expensive entree on the menu and well worth it. It was one of the best salads I have ever had.
Sadly, Café Tempo no longer offers the steak salad, though its place on the menu has been replaced with an $8.50 Cobb salad which is both attractive delicious.
Parking can be very difficult to find when Johnson County Community College is in session. During my most recent visit it took nearly 10 minutes and going to several parking lots before I could find a place to park.
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