Located at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza is Harvest Cafe and Wine Bar. Opened by owner Tom Sawyer after his wife’s death in 2010, the Cafe in the fulfilment of the couple’s dream. Harvest Cafe serves California Cuisine style food, using locally-sourced organic and healthy ingredients. The soups and sandwiches at Harvest Cafe are very good.
During a recent luncheon stop, I had the gourmet macaroni and cheese meal from the menu. It was yummy. Others in our lunch group had the home made roasted chicken salad on a croissant, and the beef panini. The dining area was spacious, comfortable and clean.
The wait service was stellar. Executive Chef Robert Barr even took time to mingle with clients in the dining area, to make sure their meals were prepared to their liking. The Cafe is open for lunch (Monday through Saturday) and for dinner (Wednesday through Saturday); closed Sundays.
Give it a try when you are in West Omaha. Happy Motoring!
Located at 5203 Leavenworth Street, in the building that formerly housed Wolner’s neighborhood grocery, is J. Coco Restaurant. Opened in March 2012, and named for head chef and owner, Jennifer Coco, the restaurant serves traditional fare using fresh, natural ingredients from local growers. Although the menu is abbreviated, the entree’s are masterfully prepared and there is a robust wine selection. Food plates delivered from the kitchen are artfully organized, tempting diners to photograph their meals rather than disturb them with their forks. The restaurant gets my vote for Omaha’s ”most outstanding meal presentation”.
I especially enjoy the soups and salads at J. Coco. The grilled chicken antipasti salad is delightful. And, fresh french bread is served with the soup of the day.
For a pleasant dining experience, give J. Coco a try when you are in midtown Omaha. The restaurant is typically busy, so I recommend calling ahead for reservations. J. Coco is open for lunch on weekdays, and dinner (Monday through Saturday). Happy Motoring!
Located at 17111 So 138th St. in Springfield, Nebraska, is Soaring Wings Vineyard. One of Nebraska’s best vineyards, Soaring Wings hosts an outdoor concert series that runs through the end of September. Bring your lawn chair. Sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the Platte River Valley while listening to some soothing music. The Winery has a rustic hospitality room where you can purchase the winery’s award-winning wines or beers. The winery is open year round, with special events throughout the year. Octoberfest will be held September 24th and includes a huge BBQ. Check out Soaring Wing’s website for details. Don’t drink and drive. Happy Motoring!
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!!
Located at 120 S. 31st Street, at Midtown Crossing, is Parliament Pub. An English inspired bar with a rock-n-roll theme, Parliament Pub is spacious and relaxed place to lounge and kick-back after a long day or week. Parliament has a large selection of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. It also has an outdoor patio with one of the best views of Turner Park and the downtown Omaha skyline. Sheltered from the Dodge Street and Farnam Street traffic by the Midtown Crossing building designs, Parliament has a casual, enjoyable pace that is hard to find in the heart of the city. Sit on the patio in the evening and watch children play in Turner Park as the sun slips behind the buildings to the West and the beautiful midtown lights flicker on; it’s enchanting. Happy Motoring!
Located at 50th & Underwood Streets is the Dundee Dell. An Omaha icon, the Dundee Dell is well known for its Atlantic cod fish and chips. The Dell feels just like an authentic Irish pub. You’ll be surprised by their extensive menu and strong array of domestic, imported and specialty beers. The Dell is a quaint, yet lively, after work or school gathering spot. The Dell now has two private party rooms for rent; supporting party sizes from 6 to 40 people. My wife and I enjoyed this poem prose from the 1939 Dundee Dell menu: “To those who can drink, yet continue to think, And pleasures Deserved glean from each; May their pleasures be many, Their sorrows not any, Life’s happiness always in reach.” Cheers, and Happy Motoring!
After a brief stop at the Crescent Moon with my co-workers, Chris and Zach, my wife Jodeen and I headed to Village Point in West Omaha to check out brix. Located just off N. 170th Street, brix is a one-of-a-kind wine, beer and spirits store that offers a wine bar lounge area, learning events, and casual shopping. Pronounced “Bricks”, the establishment takes it’s name from the measurement scale used in evaluating the sugar content of foods and beverages. With over 900 in-store selections to choose from, as well as expensive and in-expensive offerings, brix markets to a broad spectrum of consumers. Our greeter and assistant, Brenda, was knowledgeable and friendly. We lounged for awhile and enjoyed a glass of wine. Meat and cheese trays can be purchased for approximately $10. Store hours are located under the brix site link above.
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