Back to Basics at Baxter’s

I heard mixed reviews from friends who tried Baxter’s shortly after their December 2012 opening. As Benson’s newest pizza place, I had hoped not to hear such things as: “The wait is long,” “It’s expensive,“ and, perhaps the most foreboding warning, “It’s by the slice, but it’s nothing like New York style.”

Happily, I was able to debunk some of these notions.

But let’s back up a moment.

As the second offering from restaurateurs Johanna and Brad Marr along with Scott Stephens, Baxter’s has a tough reputation to live up to. Its sister restaurant, Lot 2, opened just one year earlier a few doors down the street, and was hailed as an instant classic by critics and hungry citizens of...

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According to the Center for Disease Control's most recent statistics on binge drinking and Trulia's list of cities with the most bars per capita, Business Insider name Omaha, the Most Hungover City, out of 25 other contenders like, Denver CO, San Antonio TX, and New Orleans LA. Omaha was listed at the top based on 8.3 bars per 10,000 households and 19.5% admitting to binge drinking. It has been a long winter. 

BIG day here! BIG! The love of bocce is here and in Omaha with the creation of BIG O BOCCE! It's a recreational bocce league that is now open for registration! Games are played every Tuesday night at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing for six weeks starting May 21. After playing...

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Opening Echo Coffee

Justin Schaffner is very laid back. Have a conversation with him and you’ll undoubtedly hear him say, “Oh, no worries!” at least two or three times because he says that a lot. It’s amazing that he’s so calm considering the past two years have been filled with uncertainty and frustration as he tried to open the doors to his coffee shop.

He remembers when the idea to start a business first came to him; it was during a party where he and his friends joked about getting together to open a coffee shop. What he didn’t know was that one of the people listening in on the conversation just so happened to know a woman who was looking for someone to open a coffee shop in a new building. What...

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Tickets for the 11th annual Winefest Des Moines are on sale now at The festival, presented by Dahl’s, celebrates the wine and culinary industries in Des Moines, Iowa with an entire week of events from June 1st through June 8th, 2013. The Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation has planned eight days of wine-related events for its annual June celebration. This year’s festival includes new events such as Toasting Tuesday, an evening toasting sparkling wines at the Hub Spot Plaza on the Riverwalk, and Bacon & the Bottle, a partnership with Baconfest & Café di Scala.


Join the Dundee Community at Marks Bistro, 4916 Underwood Ave., for a buffet style brunch to benefit...

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Table Grace Café: Doing Good and Filling Bellies



I had to wait a few minutes before chef Matt Weber was available to chat, so I took some time to wander around and get a feel for this place. What I already knew about Table Grace Café is that it’s a place that offers food for a free-will offering. They don’t suggest a certain amount of money as a donation – you just give what you feel like giving and nobody knows how much you donated because it all goes into a wooden box at the counter. Just learning that was enough to prompt me to stop in and have a look around.

I’m not sure what I was expecting to find at Table Grace Café. I suppose I envisioned a soup kitchen type-vibe, but instead what I found was a quaint restaurant filled...

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Good news for fans of the Surfside Club. After The Surfside closed their doors from the Flood of 2011, there has been a vacancy for restaurants along the Missouri river. Now, new owners are taking over and the Surfside will reopen by early May. Favored for its fried chicken and hush puppies, new menu items will be added but the recipes for Surfside favorites will be the same. In addition, you can expect some major renovations to the club such as new restrooms, new ceilings and a new bar area. The Surfside Club is located at 14445 North River Drive. Their new phone number is 402.457.4000

Earth Day Omaha has been planned for Saturday, April 20th in Elmwood Park. This is a free event that...

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