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Bella Vita Ristorante

September 20th, 2011 No comments

Located at 2620 North Main Street in downtown Elkhorn, is Bella Vita Ristorante.  Bella Vita is a pleasant fine dining experience.  We have enjoyed the comfort of the inside dining hall, but much prefer sitting at one of the patio tables out back at sunset when the weather suits. Choose from their large selection of Italian wines. Start with some antipasti/appetizers. We like the bruschetta and hard breads. Bella Vita has a large selection of authentic Italian dishes on their menu. The food is good but not great – but the ambiance and service is superior.  Bella Vita serves dinner daily at 3:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Give it a try when you are in Elkhorn. Happy Motoring!

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Jason’s Deli

July 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Located at 7010 Dodge, on the North side of the street next to Family Fun Center, is Jason’s Deli.  A franchise that started in Tucson, Arizona in 1988, Jason’s now has locations in 28 states. 

In 2011, Jason’s was voted one of the nation’s healthiest by Family magazine.  The restaurant’s food contains no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or MSG.  It even offers a gluten-free menu, to supplement its deli and catering menus

During our stop, I had their Turkey Reuben sandwich.  Others in our group had the all-you-can eat salad bar (with an impressive array of choices), the Chicken Club Salad, and the Egg Salad Sandwich. The portions were large and delicious.

Jason’s has a second Omaha location at 12320 ‘L’ Street.  They are open for lunch and dinner.  Phone: 402-551-2233 for store hours. Happy Motoring!

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Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill

July 2nd, 2011 No comments

Located at 501 N. 13th Street, just a block West of the Qwest Center and a block South of TD Ameritrade Park, is “The Matt”, the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill.  Renovated from an 1883 grocery store, the Mattress Factory preserves and extends the rich history of Omaha’s North Downtown area. And, if you are looking for a high-energy sports bar, with good food and plenty of seating, the Matt is your kind of place.  Even when the facility is full the noise level in the dining area is very reasonable permitting patrons to have conversations without yelling. On the menu you will find traditional fare, including hot wings, burgers, BBQ and pizza. But you’ll also find heart healthy choices such as soups and salads.  The Matt is open daily for lunch and dinner.  They also have a huge party room on the second floor that can be rented for special occasions. When you are downtown for an event, stop at the Mattress Factory.  You won’t be disappointed! Happy Motoring!!

Bonefish Grill

April 3rd, 2011 No comments

Located at 120 Regency Parkway inside Regency Court, next to Borsheim’s Jewelry, is Bonefish Grill.  Serving fresh seafood from around world, prepared wood grilled, Bonefish is a delightful upscale dining experience.  The first Bonefish Grill opened in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2000, and they now have locations in 28 states.  In 2010 Bonefish was rated #1 by Zagat in its survey of full-service chains.  When our family visited Bonefish, we had the Wild Alaskan Salmon with Mango Rum sauce. The service was excellent and the drink and wine selection strong. In addition to seafood, Bonefish has marvelous grilled steaks, chops and chicken entrees on their menu.  Bonefish is open daily at 4:00 p.m., and reservations are strongly suggested because it is always busy. Happy Motoring!

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Cold Stone Creamery

April 2nd, 2011 No comments

With 4 Omaha locations at 17304 Davenport Street, 8714 Pacific Street, 2055 N. 120th Street and 3320 Farnam Street, Cold Stone Creamery is well positioned to sell a lot of ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes to satisfy Omaha’s sweet tooth. An international franchise, Cold Stone has store is 17 countries in addition to its U.S. locations. I and my team from work visited the Midtown Crossing location of Cold Stone Creamery. The workers there were friendly and engaging. They even sang songs in appreciation of the tips guests left for them. The store was meticulously clean and spacious which we greatly appreciated.  And, the cake and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory candy displays were arranged to tempt customers to buy, buy, buy. If you want to cool off on a hot Omaha afternoon try Cold Stone.  Happy Motoring!

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Amato’s Cafe & Catering

March 27th, 2011 No comments

Located at 6405 Center Street is Amato’s Cafe and Catering. Owned and operated by 70 years young, Sammy Amato, Amato’s may be THE best place in the midwest to dine for breakfast. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show, Amato’s continues to get accolades from the television shows host, Guy Fieri, as one of his personal favorites. Here is a link to a short clip from the show.  The business at Amato’s is always bustling, and it no wonder.  Sammy makes his sausage fresh daily and it is delicious. But it is more than the menu that makes Amato’s a fun dining experience.  It is the friendly and gregarious owner and his wait staff.  You are made to feel like family. Stop at Amato’s when you are in the midtown area. Tell Sammy that Omaha Driver sent you. Happy Motoring!

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Cantina Laredo

December 4th, 2010 No comments

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!

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Delice European Bakery & Cafe

September 30th, 2010 No comments

Located at 32nd and Farnam Street in Omaha, at Midtown Crossing, is Delice European Bakery and Cafe.  Delice serves an assortment of pastries, as well as brunch, lunch and dinner menu items. The cafe is a casual and fun place to relax with friends, and possesses extensive outdoor seating.  Read the newspaper and sample their large assortment of flavored coffees. Or, enjoy a cookie, croissant, or torte cake.  The mocha torte and the opera desserts are very good; but, the almond croissant really releases the food enjoyment endorphins IMO. The coffee is also noteworthy – always fresh-brewed to my liking.  We sampled the quiche selection for breakfast one morning and found them to be excellent.  Give Delice a try and enjoy a stroll through the midtown redevelopment.  You will be very impressed by the entertainment options available in the rapidly growing community. Happy Motoring!

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Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering

August 28th, 2010 No comments

Located at 3223 N. 45th Street, on the Turning Point campus at Building A, is Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering. Owned and operated by Patricia “Big Mama” Barron, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for dining-in or carry-out. Featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” show with Guy Fieri, Big Mama’s has a strong reputation and a strong menu to back it up. My buddy Chuol Tuach and I had breakfast at Big Mama’s. I had the “Big Mama’s Omelet” and he had the “Lake Street Special.”  Chuol loved the french toast, and my bacon omelet with fresh tomatoes, green peppers and American cheese was oh-so-tasty. After breakfast we wandered through the spacious dining area and admired the many family pictures and patron photos on the restaurant walls. Big Mama Patricia has been active helping others in the Omaha community; receiving many recognitions for her charity work.  I love this quote from her business website, “Peace begins when the hungry are fed.” Indeed. The next time we visit, we’re going to have some Big Mama’s original Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream. I’m guessing that’s a flavor we’ll not experience anywhere else. Give Big Mama’s a try. They’re open daily (closed Mondays) and their hours are listed on their website. Happy Motoring!

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Ozark Smoked Meat Company

July 11th, 2010 No comments

Located at 114th and West Center Road is the Ozark Smoked Meat Company. Ozark is a delightful little barbecue restaurant in West Omaha that serves delicious hickory smoked meats from their own smoker.  Choose a sandwich, dinner plate, or by-the-pound from their menu.  Our family enjoys the pulled pork BBQ sandwiches with the Ozark spicy potato wedges. Ozark also specializes in beef jerky. During our last visit, a customer stopped in to buy $40 worth of the jerky. Dine-in or use their catering service. It’s a nice, quick luncheon stop. Prices are available on their website. Happy Motoring!

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