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...

entered on 12/09/13 at 11:03 AM | read more »

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...

entered on 12/02/13 at 12:40 PM | read more »


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...

entered on 11/23/13 at 07:21 AM | read more »

Fine Dining Done Right: A Review of Salt

Everyone can be a critic. From food bloggers to Yelp-ers, people everywhere have taken it upon themselves to publicly judge a new restaurant. Too upscale? Then too snobby. Too casual? Then too dirty.

To open a place where class groups can co-mingle over martinis and murmuring babies? Usually, too difficult.

Then, there was Salt.

“I wanted to have a restaurant where people could truly enjoy their experience,” said owner and head chef John Horvatinovich. “I want people to feel like this is a place where they can indulge and enjoy themselves.”

Described as a modern American restaurant with a Mediterranean twist, Salt is a brand new baby. Open for 6 months, it was born into a...

entered on 11/22/13 at 10:10 AM | read more »


Vote for The 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Calling all opinionated diners. Would you like to participate in the James Beard Foundation Awards process? Give your name, e-mail address and state of residence and submit your suggestions for nominees in up to 20 categories, ranging from Best New Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year, at The deadline for entry is December 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Isa Does It Again

If you haven’t already heard, Omaha’s own Isa Chandra who has charmed the nation with her recently released vegan cookbook, Isa Does It, is opening her first meat-less restaurant in Omaha off 50th and...

entered on 11/19/13 at 08:35 AM | read more »

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Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar : Hummus is Yummus

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Food Focus: Movie Theater Food

Years ago, before movie theaters began to realize that people like to eat real food while they watch movies, I was the world champion ... more »

Fine Dining Done Right: A Review of Salt

Everyone can be a critic. From food bloggers to Yelp-ers, people everywhere have taken it upon themselves to publicly judge a new ... more »

Sinful Burger

I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I visited Sinful Burger. I had heard rumors from my friends that this place wasn’t ... more »