<p>  Localmotive Food Truck</p> Local Take on Street Food

Street food in many communities is the shoe leather, browbeaten pride of its citizens’ culinary and cultural makeup. At its best it is humble, utilitarian, authentic and often one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get a true taste of place.  At its worst, it is contrived, contrary and out of touch with its roots.

Only five weeks into its existence it looks as though Localmotive Food Truck is on its way to representing Omaha’s cuisine culture while building its street food credentials.

The menu is succinct with variations of four basic items – rounders (a stuffed dumpling), sandwiches, bowls and street frites (fries). Prices are within reason ranging from $3 for frites to $7...

entered on 05/02/12 at 07:00 AM | read more »


<p>  Tour of Germany at Zum Biergarten</p> German Food Galore

Many Omahans can claim some form of German ancestry, and it really shows, not just in the number of hard-to-pronounce surnames, but also with the popularity of German restaurants. In a quest to find a few German gems in Omaha, I recently visited three distinctive local eateries.

My first stop was on bustling Leavenworth Street, in a modest building with the words “Gerda’s Bäckerei,” or bakery, painted on the side. Customers are greeted by an array of confections in the pastry case. A taste of the orange roll, a type of Danish with a sugary sweet citrus glaze, and the flaky German-style apple strudel proved exceptional.

Lunch choices are limited to cold deli sandwiches and a few...

entered on 03/07/12 at 12:05 AM | read more »


Like My Grandma Makes It - Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano

Being an Italian New Yorker, I’m not only extremely loud and outspoken, but I have a tendency to be over-critical of Italian restaurants who claim to be “authentic” and say that their dishes taste like my grandmother’s Sunday dinners.  So when walking into Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano, I was prepared to criticize each dish and see how it stood up against my Grandma Ida’s creations.  Well, sorry Grandma, but I might have to start spending my Sunday afternoon’s at Zurlo’s now.

Located at 132th and Maple Street, Zurlo’s has been opened since February of 2010.  Owner and chef Enzo Zurlo, started his culinary experience in his uncle’s kitchen making pizza as a teenager in Bronx, NY. He describes...

entered on 02/23/12 at 01:54 PM | read more »


Flourless Chocolate Cake Takes The Cake

The first bite of flourless chocolate cake and you’re wondering just what flour ever did for cake anyway. If it’s done right, the fudgy goodness will coat your fork, and possibly your teeth a little as well. Just don’t smile at your date.

M’s Pub does flourless in the form of a Mocha Fudge Torte, swimming in a luscious strawberry amaretto sauce and topped with airy whipped cream. Firm and fudgy, the torte is perfect to split, but you risk having to battle your beloved for the last bite.

At Brix Wine Bistro at Village Pointe, two generous triangles of fluffy flourless cake rest atop a drizzle of chocolate ganache and raspberries. While others scurried around sampling the 64 wines from...

entered on 02/07/12 at 10:46 PM | read more »


<p>  American Gi Forum</p> A South Omaha Best-Kept Secret

The unpretentious, homey American GI Forum restaurant at 2002 N Street is a Tex-Mex bargain whose popular specials make this a busy joint.

But unless you're a South Omahan or get tipped off to the place by someone, this best-kept-secret is likely to remain unknown outside its loyal following. After all, it has no website or Facebook page. You won't find ads for it anywhere. It's low profile is a shame, not because it starves for business – quite the opposite is true. But proceeds from this non-profit help support the activities of the veterans club under whose auspices and roof it operates.

The Omaha chapter of the American GI Forum, a national Hispanic veterans organization founded...

entered on 01/24/12 at 11:51 AM | read more »


Missing Marks Love

The necessity of trying their famous “mac-n-cheese” first brought me to Marks Bistro almost six years ago. After trying their steak variation, I was hooked.  It was like a cheesesteak (without the bread) in your mouth – flavorful meat and four different cheeses melting together to form a perfect union. It was one of my first loves moving to Omaha.

So when I had heard that the restaurant had made three chef changes in the past year, I wanted to check in. Their current chef, Zeb Rogers previously worked at the Paxton Chophouse as well as the now closed Loft 610, and has been with Marks since August.

Founder Mark Pluhacek credits Rogers with helping the restaurant finish one of its best...

entered on 01/19/12 at 12:45 PM | read more »


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