Word-of-mouth joint cranks out the tortillas and other Mexican staples

Sam's Leon Mexican Foods and Tortilleria is one of this word-of-mouth joints that doesn't really advertise.

This combination dine-in and take-out restaurant, catering service and tortilla factory at 5014 South 20th Street has churned out Mexican staples for decades. It's just a block south of another little known spot for honest, no-frills, not exactly authentic Mexican fare, the American GI Forum.

Nestled among bungalow residences, Sam's brightly colored awning sets it apart.

It's been through several owners and according to present proprietors David and Araseli Murillo, who bought the place in 2008, the unusual name belongs to the man who opened it, Sam Rocha, and his partner,...

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Holiday Under Glass

Stop by the Joslyn Art Museum and enjoy Holiday Under Glass, a holiday luncheon concert series held in the Museum’s glass atrium. The 2013 series is scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays, through December 20, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Joslyn’s Café Durham is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The concerts will feature holiday favorites and classical arrangements performed by area musicians, including high school, university and other music groups. ConAgra Foods Foundation is a sponsor of Joslyn Art Museum’s 2013 Holiday Under Glass concert series as part of its Shine the Light on Hunger campaign this holiday season. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items...

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Bounty abides at Minne Lusa House

Whether preparing and preserving food or discussing neighborhood concerns, bountiful activity goes on at this clubhouse meets social settlement house at 2737 Mary Street in northeast Omaha.

An endeavor at sustainability and community building, it takes its name from the neighborhood, Minne Lusa, it sits smack dab in. Minne Lusa runs east of 30th Street, between Miller Park and Florence, Two women residents of the area, Sharon Olson and Beth Richards, bought and restored an old, run down house there for the express purpose of making it a place of social engagement. It's an expression of their shared love for people, conversation, canning and community.

The tan, stucco, California...

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McAlister’s Deli Opens in Omaha

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announces its first location in Omaha. The restaurant will kick off a week of Grand Opening festivities on Monday, Dec. 9. beginning at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with The Greater Omaha Chamber.

“We are very excited to introduce Omaha to McAlister’s great food and genuine hospitality,” said McAlister’s Deli owner George Pendleton. “McAlister’s offers a wide array of menu items from sandwiches and salads to our giant spuds and our famous tea.  We look forward to celebrating our grand opening and encourage guests to come and join in the fun.”  Pendleton currently owns two McAlister’s locations in Colorado and plans to open...

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Food Focus: French Fries

When I first started asking people about their favorite French fries in the Omaha area I was ready to learn about a bunch of obscure places I’ve yet to visit featuring French fries that are prepared with an impressive variety of exotic herbs and spices. To the contrary, I was quite surprised that even some of the most foodie friends I have are quick to defend some of the more common fast food varieties available.

I did an informal, non-scientific poll among some of my friends to find out what their favorite French fry place is, and the overwhelming majority said Runza. “Runza is part of our fast food trifecta,” says Christine Williams. “A burger from Don & Millie’s, a shake from...

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Side Door Lounge Has New Owner

The Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St., will welcome Tyler J. Johnson as owner/operator starting Dec. 1. The Side Door Lounge was formerly owned by Steve Jamrozy, who was the original owner of the Flatiron Restaurant. According to a statement issued by Johnson, the Side Door will offer a fresh drink menu and more event opportunities for area musicians and visual artists. The Side Door Lounge will be closed the first week of December and will reopen with new hours starting Dec. 10. New hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to close, and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to close; Mondays are closed.

Brix Beer Bar is Now Open

The long awaited Brix...

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