Dining at Dolce

While dining at Dolce Cafe, my husband and I got into an interesting conversation. When you open a menu at a restaurant and the prices of the dishes are more expensive than average, are your expectations higher for the meal? Such was the case with Dolce Café. Entering the restaurant, you are a bit confused. The tables and chairs look like they should be at a casual lunch café, the middle of the restaurant has an open prep area with tea boxes and pastry glass containers that looks like a counter at a coffee shop, and the front of the restaurant is a closed off area with an exposed sink and utility cart of canned food. Unsure about the motif of the restaurant and the ambience it was...

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Benson is buzzing with Lot2

When I moved to Omaha five years ago, I have to admit, Benson scared me a little bit. Lots of hole-in-the wall bars, and that crazy maternity shop with the world’s largest bra in the window. However, recently, Benson is buzzing. You can almost feel the tingling in the air – change is a brewing and new businesses are adding a light to the area. A major reason for that new glowing sensation is Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Since its opening two months ago, I have heard people starting to talk about it more and more. It was time to see it for myself.

Walking in, you feel a sense of natural beauty to the restaurant. Its light walls and large window are balanced well with the dark wood of...

entered on 07/17/12 at 02:54 PM | read more »


Caribbean Delight-ful

Is it kar-uh-BEE-uhn or kuh-RIB-ee-an?

Let’s not worry about the pronunciation. Caribbean Delight is a smaller eatery and novelty shop, tucked away in a strip mall just north of 72nd and Blondo. The hip Benson strip, pulsing with art, booze, and a rash of new restaurants, is just a few blocks away.

But here, the food and atmosphere are just as interesting.

Inside, original folk art shares space on the walls with the occasional Red Stripe poster. One wall is devoted to the shop, where you can get a Jamaica swimsuit, a Bob Marley t-shirt, and yes, even a Rasta hat. Dueling televisions reported the news and reality TV headlines at first, but were later muted in favor of some reggae.

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entered on 07/12/12 at 07:46 AM | read more »


Much More Than Curry at Curri

The last time I saw a menu with more than 75 items must have been at a chain diner. As I read the menu at Curri, I realized there is much more to it than simply cramming every dish under the sun into one place. Co-owner Varma Dhanalakoti and his wife Mani Deepa wanted to incorporate at least a few traditional dishes from each region of their native India, originally opening the restaurant with more than 100 choices. Their capacity to make everything in-house from scratch is certainly a departure from your average greasy spoon.

Nestled in a strip mall, the interior at Curri, which opened in March, is neat and uncomplicated. The point-of-sale system is handled entirely on the ubiquitous...

entered on 06/20/12 at 07:17 PM | read more »


Looking for the best food at the CWS…

The College World Series has turned Omaha into the place to be and a place to eat for two weeks in June. With the second year in its new home at the TDAmeritrade Park, the city and visitors look to be loving it. And everywhere I looked people were eating.  I am a CWS newbie and have only heard stories of what the CWS was like around Rosenblatt so I can only imagine. But I can tell you what the CWS looks like now, in the north end of downtown. The tradition is very strong, the food booths are a plenty and I was excited to be there. 

I went with my husband and my father-in-law to eat and take in the scene. And we did eat. Parking is very expensive for Omaha considering that most of the...

entered on 06/18/12 at 02:14 PM | read more »


Review of J.Coco

I was conflicted with the news that Jennifer Coco would be leaving the The Flat Iron Cafe to start her own restaurant, J. Coco. At first I was excited to try the new dining experience and enjoy her cuisine, however then I became nervous – what if it wasn’t up to the culinary level of The Flat Iron? What if she couldn’t execute her new dishes in the same way she used to do? We recently dined at The Flat Iron and it still is one of my favorite upscale restaurants in Omaha. How would J. Coco compare?

Well, Jennifer Coco, you can rest assured that you are living up to your reputation. You alleviated my fears not once, but twice now and I’m excited to add you to my list of favorite dining...

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