11 Worth Cafe

February 2nd, 2013 No comments

11Worth CafeLocated 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!

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Jimmy’s Egg

January 24th, 2013 No comments

Jimmys Egg_001Jimmy’s Egg is a restaurant franchise that started in Oklahoma in 1980.  Known for its excellent breakfast menu, Jimmy’s now has 35 locations throughout the Midwest, including four stores right here in Omaha.

The Omaha locations are: 1) 17003 Evans Plaza; 2) 205 N. 80th St., Suite 119; 3) 2904 S 132nd Street; and, 4) 5106 S. 108th Street.  Jimmy’s has traditional breakfast fare on their menu, but changes things up – serving breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos and burritos, and their specialty item… Jimmy’s Garbage Breakfast, a compilation of all your breakfast favorites tossed together into a huge meal. The dining areas are well lit with plenty of seating. The decor is understated, with emphasis on function. My wife and I like the waffles and pancakes at Jimmy’s. Give one of the Omaha locations a try! Happy Motoring!

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Ralston Arena

January 12th, 2013 No comments

DSCN0549DSCN0544Located at 7300 Q Street in Ralston, just west of 72nd & Q, is the Ralston Arena. Opened in October 2012, it is the Omaha metro’s newest and most modern such facility. The arena is home of the UNO men’s basketball team, the Omaha Lancer’s hockey team, the Omaha Beef football team, as well as the Omaha Rollergirls. On the day of my visit, a high school basketball tournament was being held. Ralston mayor Don Groesser was also present and offered to give me a quick tour. Don said that the main arena will seat 3,500 people. The facility can also support two concurrent events. Adjoining the main arena is a second venue (presently an ice arena that is available to the public for “open” ice skating). Skate rental is available, and there is additional seating for for up to 500 at the rink. A bar and lounge area provides seating for about 80 people, and can be rented for special occasions. I was very impressed by the service and hospitality at the arena. There are many concession choices, including Maria’s Mexican food, Domino’s pizza, Famous Dave’s BBQ, International fare, and Omaha Steaks… which seemed to be the fan favorite. This is an awesome entertainment facility you will enjoy visiting again and again. Happy Motoring!

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Holy Family Shrine

February 20th, 2012 No comments

located between Omaha and Lincoln off I-80 exit 432-south on Hwy 31 (1.3 miles) and west on Pflug Road (1 mile) is Holy Family Shrine. This lovely chapel has a fascinating architectural design and a scenic view of the Platte River Valley that beckons travelers to take the short jaunt required for a free tour. Maintained by the Catholic church, the chapel is open to the public and to persons of all faiths.  Inspired by a dream, the fascinating story of the chapel’s construction is told in plaques and displays located inside the underground bunker that houses the chapel’s visitors center. A stream flows through the center of the structure adding to its peaceful, powerful, mystery.  If you have the time, it is worth a detour at the Gretna exit. Happy Motoring!

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The Brass Armadillo

February 19th, 2012 No comments

Located at 10666 Sapp Brothers Drive, just off I-80 exit 440 in West Omaha, is The Brass Armadillo antique mall. A massive facility with over 30,000 square feet and featuring items from over 375 Nebraska dealers, the Brass Armadillo is Omaha’s top shopping spot for antiques and collectibles. Here, you can literally get “lost in time”, experiencing the history, nestalgia and fascination of the display case contents. The Armadillo is one of 6 locations in the midwest; with other stores in Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona. The Omaha store has thousands of Omaha aritifacts, jewalry, furniture and collectibles.  Ask for it… and they have it.  It is simply an incredible place to spend a morning or afternoon. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, The Brass Armadillo is an absolute Omaha “must see” attraction. Check it out and Happy Motoring!

Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food

December 28th, 2011 1 comment

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!

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Mormon Trail Visitor’s Center – Gingerbread Display

December 28th, 2011 No comments

Located at 3215 State Street is the Mormon Trail Visitor’s Center.  For the past 26 years, the Mormon Church has hosted a gingerbread house display at this location.  Starting around November 19th and running through December 31st, the display is free to the public, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Our family attended the 2011 event.  The children especially loved the scavenger hunt activity, searching for items hidden among the gingerbread display.  The displays are beautifully hand-crafted and creatively arranged.  And, they include more than just houses – castles, snowmen, stores and trees – all made out of gingerbread. Make a trip to the Mormon Trail Center a part of your annual holiday tradition.  Happy Motoring!

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Chick-fil-A Express

November 30th, 2011 No comments

Located inside the Mutual of Omaha Bank building at 3333 Farnam Street in the heart of Midtown Crossing is Chick-fil-A Express.  In business since 1995, Chick-fil-A, is one of the most recognizable brands in the country – the cows in its commercials encouraging the public to “Eat Mor Chikin”.  Now, at the midtown location, Omaha locals can enjoy the signature chicken sandwiches and waffle fries that have appealed to the restaurant’s patrons throughout the U.S.  During my visit, I had the nuggets and they were terrific.  Having a Starbucks in the same facility makes this place “dope”.  There is parking on Farnam for a quick to go order, and plenty of seating if you decide to dine-in instead. Happy Motoring!

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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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Firewater Grille

September 19th, 2011 1 comment

Located inside the Comfort Inn and Suites at 7007 Grover Street, just North of I-80 at 72nd Street, is Firewater Grille.  A quaint lounge with an island theme, Firewater Grille is a nice meeting place for an after-work event or to take in a Nebraska Football game. For Husker games, the grille often offers 25 cent wings $7.00 Bud, Bud Lite, & Coors Lite pitchers. The grille serves gourmet pizza, appetizers, soups and salads from its menu. With plenty of seating and good acoustics, the Firewater Grille is an excellent place for a retirement celebration.  The facility can easily accommodate groups up to 100. Give it try and Happy Motoring!

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