Dixie Dash

It’s a restaurant, it’s an art gallery, it’s all around unique! It’s Dixie Quick’s and RNG Gallery, and it’s moving to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Fabulous, unforgettable, and flavorful, Dixie Quick’s is moving to the Hughes-Irons Building in Council Bluffs. The renovated building in the 100 Block of Broadway is home to the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hughes-Irons Lofts, and will soon be the address for the Omaha favorite Dixie Quick’s Restaurant and RNG Art Gallery. Dixie Quick’s owners Robert (Rob) Gilmer and chef Rene Orduna feature a blend of Southern Cooking with Cajun, Tex-Mex, and other Southern elements. Home cooking, comfort food, and great flavors...

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Loft 610 review plus food news

Last week Loft 610 Executive Chef Ben Ackland and the staff invited us to stop in and sample items from the Midtown Crossing restaurant’s revamped bar and cocktail menu. We started with a flight of the bar’s signature cocktails (available for $2 per shot on Thursday nights, if you want to sample them). All were variations on the martini, and most were on the sweet end of the spectrum. Their signature martini, the Loft610 — a Bombay Sapphire-based martini with lemonade, green tea, cucumber and strawberry — was a dead ringer for a Jolly Rancher candy, for example, but their Manhattan Loft — a variation of the classic bourbon-based martini that added a touch of lemon — was a...

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<p>A Reuben, shown here with a side of craisinberry mayonnaise, is featured on Tommy Colina’s menu along with 10 kinds of burgers, 10 chicken sandwiches, four hot dogs and 13 other sandwiches.  </p> ‘It’s All Good’

This is a good time to eat lunch in midtown Omaha. Midtown Crossing brought several restaurants to the area, and now Tommy Colina’s Kitchen has created a new midday choice just up the street. Tommy Colina’s Kitchen opened in October in the old Don Carmelo’s space at 35th and Farnam. It’s a locally owned, mostly-lunch restaurant offering a wide range of traditional favorites with some upscale twists. My wife and I visited on a Monday at 11:30 a.m. You first serve yourself from the beverage area, then seat yourself and order from a server. I tried the T.L.T. sandwich ($6.99), which offers thick-sliced turkey on griddled sourdough bread with craisinberry mayonnaise. The ingredients...

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Moroccan Hospitality

A little Moroccan eatery appeared on what seems to be the ever-transforming Farnam Street a few months back. I noticed it on my way home from class at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Culinary Arts. The restaurant occupies the corner just east of Midtown Crossing at 30th Street. The restaurant had a soft opening three or four weeks ago and plans to open officially with a full menu March 13. On a recent visit I was immediately impressed with the professionalism of the wait staff, decked out in burnt-orange chef jackets, a pleasant surprise in the world of ethnic restaurants. The dining room sports a view of the open kitchen and was spotless though a bit over-bright with...

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Soda under fire from FDA

First it was high fructose corn syrup you had to worry about when it came to drinking soda. Now it’s the caramel coloring, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Last week they urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of the coloring that’s added to colas and other soft drinks. “In contrast to the caramel one might make at home by melting sugar in a saucepan, the artificial brown coloring in colas and some other products is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures,” the agency said in a press release. “Chemical reactions result in the formation of...

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Beer Corner, U.S.A.

The Crescent Moon has not only been Omaha’s specialty beer institution for the last 11 years, it’s the anchor that is known as Beer Corner U.S.A., a cluster of local brew-focused businesses committed to providing the metro with one of, if not the, most diverse selections of quality suds. And if your mother always told you not to drink on an empty stomach, don’t worry. Beer Corner U.S.A. has perfected pub food, too, including an authentic German menu to match the Bavarian biers. A sublime drinking experience begins at the original business, the Crescent Moon Alehouse located on the northeast corner of 36th and Farnam. Inside the door is a warm, friendly bar with wood paneling, dark...

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