Located at 2419 Leavenworth Street is Tony Caniglia’s 11 Worth Cafe. Now managed by Tony, Jr., the 11 Worth Cafe continues the tradition of Omaha restaurant excellence that is associated with the Caniglia name. The 11 Worth Cafe has been in this location since 1976. The reason… repeat business. Whenever you eat at the cafe, you will witness the down-home, friendly interactions between the management, wait staff, and patrons. But the restaurant delivers more than friendly service. The meal portions are plentiful, delivered hot and delicious. On my most recent breakfast visit, I had the number 11 menu item (just had to do that); hash-browns, scrambled eggs and toast and coffee. The waitress made sure that I had jelly, hot sauce and coffee refill offers at every sip. Without a doubt, this is one of the best managed restaurants I’ve visited in a while. The servers know their craft well and seem to enjoy their work. If you are looking for a great breakfast gathering place in Omaha, I highly recommend the 11 Worth Cafe. Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Happy Motoring!
Located in South Omaha, just off the Kennedy Freeway at 7110 Railroad Avenue, is Nettie’s. Arguably, one of Omaha’s best Mexican restaurants, Nettie’s is well known for its spicy-hot and delicious chili. Nettie’s also serves soft-shell beef “toad” tacos that are enormous. The shells are light and airy. Nettie’s always brings the heat – the hot sauce, salsa and chili will all make you sweat. There is not alot of seating at Nettie’s and as a result there is sometimes a short wait. Brightly colored parrots and beer signs adorn the walls of the cozy dining hall. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.; Nettie’s is closed Sundays and Mondays. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!
Located at 120 S. 31st Ave. in Omaha’s Midtown Crossing neighborhood is Cantina Laredo, a gourmet Mexican restaurant that overlooks the Omaha downtown area skyline and fabulous Turner Park. Cantina Laredo is an international chain with locations in 13 states, the United Arab Emirates and the U.K. Without a doubt, Cantina Laredo is Omaha’s premier fine dining experience for Mexican food. My wife and I think the food is among the most spicy hot; and we love it. The wait staff is attentive, and the chips, salsa and refreshments are never allowed to run out. We like the Enchilada Veracruz entree from their dinner menu. On our very first visit to Cantina Lerado, our waiter recommended a flavored margarita to a member of our group. When they didn’t care for the taste, the waiter replaced it free of charge. It is clear that Cantina Laredo is interested in a great dining experience for each customer and they’ve won our family’s business. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!
Located at 17010 Wright Plaza (just off 168th and West Center) is Roja Mexican Grill. Voted “Best of Omaha” in 2007 and 2008 by Omaha Magazine, Roja’s has a prompt, courteous wait staff and some of the finest Tex-Mex food in Omaha. The inside of the restaurant is spacious, with high ceilings and artfully crafted metal chairs. Small fountains of water flow through a trough that extends the length of the dining area. Roja’s has a sizable bar stocked with over 80 different Tequila’s; and, they boast that they to have the largest Tequila selection in Nebraska. The strawberry margarita’s are flavorful. The meals begin with freshly heated corn chips and Roja’s house salsa. The salsa is mildly spicy hot and delicious. The menu at Roja’s has a decent selection of appetizers, soups & salads, specialties, combo platters and desserts, as well as traditional Mexican fare such as enchiladas, tacos and fajitas. I recommend the Roja Caesar Salad and Tortilla Soup. However, be prepared to take some food home because the salad portions are enormous. Dine in or carry out. Roja’s is open daily at 11:00 a.m. Happy Motoring!
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant is a popular Omaha chain with 5 metro locations. Our family has typically eaten at the 84th and Tara Plaza location in Papillion. La Mesa’s food is good, but not memorable. La Mesa provides free corn chips and salsa appetizers, but the salsa is very mild. I prefer salsa with a little more kick to it. Their menu includes traditional Mexican dishes. The Nacho Fajitas is a popular entree choice. They also provide dine-in and take-out options, as well as catering services. La Mesa offers a large selection of Tequilas and Margaritas from which to choose. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!
Serving authentic Mexican food using Baja style cooking, Hector’s is a pleasant dining experience and destination. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Hector’s has a mid-city (3007 S 83rd Plaza) as well as a west (1201 S 157th Street) Omaha location. Seating is cozy, but the service is prompt and friendly. Hector’s boasts a broad array of appetizers, soups, salads, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and Ala cart items on its menu. Our family enjoys the corn chips with hot and mild salsa. Give it a try. Happy Motoring!
One of my favorite luncheon spots in Omaha is California Taco. Located at 33rd and California, the restaurant has some of the best soft shell tacos in the city. California Taco is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Send me a tweet or e-mail me if your looking for a lunch partner… I love this place! Have you checked your engine coolant levels lately? A low coolant level can cause engine overheating and lead to serious engine damage. Check your coolant overflow tank; the coolant level should be between the “low” and “full” marks. If the level is low, top it off. Never open the radiator or coolant overflow tank when the engine is hot! Happy Motoring!!