Fine Dining Done Right: A Review of Salt

Everyone can be a critic. From food bloggers to Yelp-ers, people everywhere have taken it upon themselves to publicly judge a new restaurant. Too upscale? Then too snobby. Too casual? Then too dirty.

To open a place where class groups can co-mingle over martinis and murmuring babies? Usually, too difficult.

Then, there was Salt.

“I wanted to have a restaurant where people could truly enjoy their experience,” said owner and head chef John Horvatinovich. “I want people to feel like this is a place where they can indulge and enjoy themselves.”

Described as a modern American restaurant with a Mediterranean twist, Salt is a brand new baby. Open for 6 months, it was born into a...

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Sinful Burger

I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I visited Sinful Burger. I had heard rumors from my friends that this place wasn’t joking when it comes to delivering burgers that aren’t typical. Folks don’t go to Sinful Burger when they’re watching their waistlines. No, they come to this place to impress their friends with the volume of food they can throw back, and Sinful Burger does an excellent job of offering a menu of burgers that are perfect for bragging rights along the lines of, “Dude, you’ll never guess what I just ate.”

The burgers featured on the menu are fashioned after the seven deadly sins, hence, the name Sinful Burger. So when you have burgers that are tributes to...

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Storz Brewing Beer and Memories

One of Omaha's oldest brands, Storz beer, is back after nearly a half-century absence and locals are lapping up the suds with gusto.

Two Storz family relatives, cousins Tom and John Markel, are reviving the brand as a beer and as the Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery in the former Rick's Boatyard on Omaha's downtown riverfront. Chef-restauranteur Yves Menard (Charlie's on the Lake) is a partner in the new eatery and micro brewery slated to open Nov. 15.

A cylindrical brick chimney is all that's left of the old brewery on North 16th Street. The smokestack can be seen from the restaurant's upper floor, where a Storz memorabilia museum is planned. Tom Markel says he's been deluged by...

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Food Focus: Buffalo Wings

Ask my eight year old son Abram where the best buffalo wings are and he will tell you with complete confidence that the very best buffalo wings are served at Buffalo Wild Wings. I think there are two reasons why he’d respond that way; the first is that Buffalo Wild Wings has a candy machine, and the second reason is because –in my experience- the best buffalo wings are served in somewhat obscure bars, and I don’t make a habit of taking my young son to bars even if the food is good.

So don’t take my son’s word for it unless you’re a big fan of candy machines. Instead, check out some of the other places in the Omaha area that people swear have the best buffalo wings around.

Old Mattress...

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Oils, vinegars and other food accents core of new midtown store

Jim Trebbien has been knocking around the Omaha food scene awhile, the last 25-plus years as dean of culinary arts, hospitality and horticulture at Metropolitan Community College. During that time he's seen the local food culture evolve from parochial to cosmopolitan and Omaha diners and home cooks grow more adventurous in kind.

"Omaha's always had good food," he says. "It was just more simple food. You know, a great steak prepared very well. Now, what type of food can't you get here?"

He says thanks to a strong chef community, the Food Network and the  farm to table movement "people have learned to love good food again and are just fascinated with exploring new foods and flavors.""


entered on 08/19/13 at 09:43 PM | read more »

Discovering Dishcrawl

Reading the chalkboard at Kitchen Table, I sipped on a fennel bourbon and listened to the excited chatter of the crowd behind me, anticipating a dinner unlike one I had ever participated in. The first course would be served on Farnam St., the second on 10th St. Bourbon at every stop except dessert. Our walk between each of the four courses made me anticipate the next mystery stop and new food adventure. Three hours later, I had made new connections and sampled some of the best vegan food in Omaha.

This is Dishcrawl.

Dishcrawl, a three year old San Jose startup, organizes events and gatherings for people who love to explore meals in their cities. Dishcrawl is walking tour with a theme....

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