Spezia Is Not Just for Lunch

Spezia is easy to overlook, because it’s so consistently good.

I work down the street from Spezia, and it’s the popular choice for our holiday parties and going-away luncheons.

Its back rooms are often filled with professional groups, so I am probably not the only one to think of Spezia as a “business lunch place.”

My wife and I experienced Spezia after dark for the first time on a recent Saturday, and we came away predominantly pleased.

We started with the somewhat disappointing Artichoke Crab Dip ($9.95). The dip was a little too cold, and the crab tasted like it was from a can.

The bread, however, was warm and crusty, and our hard-working server must have spent 45 seconds...

entered on 12/04/11 at 11:51 PM | read more »


Steakhouse Tradition Going Strong at Brother Sebastian’s

Eating at Brother Sebastian’s is like taking a trip back in time to Omaha’s past. I mean that in the nicest possible way.

 

If you are of a certain age, you might recall the restaurants that once dominated the local dining scene. Lengthy menus offered numerous versions of steak. Entrees came with multiple side dishes, and the dining rooms were dark and woody.

 

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery proudly upholds that heritage. It opened in 1977, and has been following a successful formula ever since.

 

I first visited Brother Sebastian’s for my high school senior prom in the ‘80s, and was interested to return and see how the place was holding up in a changing world.

 

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entered on 11/02/11 at 11:05 PM | read more »


Bella Vita Bella Elkhorn

Although snow flurries are in the distant past, I have fond memories of last winter when in February I set out to find some of the best places in the Metro area preparing the brilliant dish, Osso Buco. The traditional Italian dish is comprised of braised veal shanks, loosely translated as ‘hollow bone’ or ‘whole bone’ for the prized bone marrow inside the shank.  On a recommendation, I tried Bella Vita to test their version of Osso Buco.

When I arrived in the afternoon, snow flurries began to swirl around the historic buildings of downtown Elkhorn.  Clearly, this was a sign; it was a perfect day to have Osso Buco. The atmosphere was very comfortable and inviting - attractive chairs with...

entered on 08/24/11 at 10:42 PM | read more »


Safe Adventure

Tanduri Fusion is a small Indian restaurant hidden among the ever-changing and expanding shops of Lakeside Hills Plaza. I heard about Tanduri Fusion from friends who live in that part of Omaha.

The restaurant is in its fourth year, and Kishor Karki has been the sole owner for two years. Tanduri Fusion offers authentic Northern Indian cuisine in addition to menu items that have a special twist of flavor. If you are afraid to experiment in new flavors and cuisines, then Tanduri Fusion may very well be your connection to a superb Indian meal here in Omaha.

I left the ordering to our friends. I’m easy to dine out with because there are very few items I don’t like, much less won’t try. We...

entered on 08/03/11 at 06:07 PM | read more »


Good Pub

Walking into the Jackson Street Tavern, what guesses would you make about the establishment? It’s in the Old Market, and has an outdoor dining area decorated with beer signs. The word “tavern” is featured in the name. You’d probably guess it’s a bar emphasizing brews, burgers and chicken wings. You’d be wrong. Jackson Street Tavern does sell drinks, but it also features an ambitious food menu, with prices to match. My wife and I visited on a quiet Sunday night. We started with the Tuna Not-Chos appetizer ($12), featuring small tuna slices with wonton chips, avocado and mango salsa. The fish was well seasoned and the flavors worked well together, but there was only a tiny...

entered on 06/15/11 at 09:59 PM | read more »


There Goes My Gyro

El Basha Mediterranean Grill is an inconspicuous place, but those who find it will likely enjoy it. The small restaurant at 75th and Pacific serves expertly prepared Mediterranean food at reasonable prices in humble surroundings. I visited El Basha on a Saturday night with my family. We started with Baba Ghanuje appetizer ($5.50), featuring smoked eggplant pureed with sesame, garlic, and lemon juice, and served with pita bread. I’ve had this dish at a few other places, and this was my favorite version so far, with a strong lemon flavor. I ordered the Falafel Wrap ($5.99), with falafel patties, salad greens and tahini sauce in a pita. Falafel is sometimes overwhelmed by sauce, but this...

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