Situated beside Lincoln’s Wilderness Park on the 18-hole golf course at Wilderness Ridge, The Lodge serves up gourmet cuisine with extensive pairings of wine, beer, and cocktails. The Lodge cultivates a woodsy vibe with log walls, ceiling beams accented with cut stone, chandeliers made from antlers, and waiters dressed up as grizzly bears. Diners can sup on entrees of duck or salmon while sipping on wines hailing from around the globe after enjoying a round of golf on a nine-hole executive course or 18-hole championship fairway.
The chefs at Fuji Sushi & Grill cook up dozens of sushi options along with other Japanese favorites such as tempura dishes and teppan grill selections. At the sushi bar, they make their hand-rolled culinary creations right in front of diners, honoring requests for custom sushi rolls. Guests can pair their favorite sushi selections with 1 of the eatery's boba teas, or, if they're really, really thirsty, all 14 of them. Flavors include banana, chocolate, avocado, and mango.
When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.
In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.
Inside The Knolls Restaurant and Lounge, which has always been open to the public, windows display views of the Knolls Country Club's manicured golf course. At dinner, patrons may dig into filet mignon and sherried pork chops by the flickering candles on each table or next to the lounge fireplace. Meanwhile, the Sunday morning brunch features a buffet with carving station, salad bar, and dessert island.
Naturally Yours Salon & Spa arms its staff with organic Aveda products to help create new hairstyles and refresh visages during facials. Clients can change their hues with ammonia-free hair color, and Zoya nail polish—which is void of formaldehyde and tolene—marks the edges of fingers, toes, and football fields. The salon itself follows a sustainable standard: most of the furnishings are secondhand, many of the products used are packaged in 100% recyclable materials, and water is filtered rather than bottled or siphoned from a fish tank.
John and Holly McManus preside over three Heidelberg locations, which fill with the jangle of silverware, the snap of ricocheting billiards balls, and the click of toasting glasses. Chefs craft more than 90 items, ranging from traditional fish and chips and rib-eye steaks, to half-pound beef, elk, or bison burgers. They toss dough, which they roll into crusts for specialty pizzas or wrap around a signature burger. The dough forms a crisp shell around the burger, allowing the flavors of bacon and barbecue sauce to bake into the bun and patty. Heidelberg's also promotes revelry with pool tables, video games, and big-screen TVs broadcasting sports or showing the popular show Friends in its original Gaelic.
Lunch and dinner seekers can sneak away to Tandoor Indian Cuisine's charming brick-and-mortar abode for a fulfilling feast. The menu of fresh Indian and Bhutanese fare sports an extensive variety to appease even the pickiest of palates. The available dishes are neatly organized by protein and preparation style to make for easy ordering. If you’re in the mood for sea-sourced sustenance, try a plate of shrimp curry or spicy tuna vindaloo (both $13.95). Alternatively, if you've been diagnosed with the Ariel complex and find yourself romanticizing the fruits of solid ground, try a lamb specialty such as safed maas (lamb with coconut milk and cashews, $12.95) or a classic chicken dish such as chicken tikka masala ($11.95). Herbivores find happiness within the fried pastry shell of vegetable samosas ($2.75 for two) and meat-free specialties such as shahi paneer, homemade cheese, cashews, and raisins submerged in a savory bath of cream sauce ($10.95).