Jerzes pairs its plentiful pours with simple, unpretentious bar fare replete with delicious house-made preparations. Warm up a stiff palate with a few pre-dinner stretches of dragon wings, which are 10 jumbo wings served au naturel or tossed with mild, hot, barbecue, Buff-a-Que, or Stupid Hot sauce ($7.75). Much to the delight of visiting herbivores and healthy eaters, an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar ($6.50) delights a lighter appetite with fresh trimmings daily. Bread-and-meat specialists can partner tall, frosty drafts with hearty sandwiches and eight signature burgers, all served with hand-cut fries. The Big Party Burger is a monument to bovine splendor, its cow-meat patty swathed in shaved prime rib, melted provolone, and horsey sauce ($9.25), while the Patriots Ultimate BLT ($6.95) or the buffalo-style Chieftain Chicken sandwich ($7.25) are sure to please pundits of pork and poultry. Overeager eaters can unclog gullet pipes with one of six on-tap domestic and imported beers or a less-malty glass of wine.
When it opened in the late 1970s, Fun-Plex enticed patrons with a single go-kart track. Since then, the park has accumulated a wealth of attractions, including a tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats, and Nebraska's only roller coaster. Kiddie Land accommodates youngsters with a mini coaster and express train; Wet & Wild Water Park soaks visitors with a lazy river, kiddie pool, and two five-story water slides every summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
After toweling off, guests can take to the 18-hole miniature-golf course to putt past water hazards, sand traps, and gophers on vacation. Visitors craving indoor fun can try their hand at pinball or Pac-Man in the arcade or wander through a haunted house during the Halloween season. When it's time to reenergize, patrons can choose from four restaurants with food ranging from carnival snacks to pizza and breadsticks.
Mingling choice drinks with heavy house beats, Nomad Lounge's art-encrusted walls play nightly host to the carousal of Omaha's head-bopping artistic community. With this package, revelers gain entry to a private cabana, where they slosh the premium liquor of their choice together with all the mixers required to create about 20 drinks, quaffing in time to trip-hop and dub like Beowulf in his strobe-lit mead hall. On weekends and special occasions, the music selection expands as the stable of resident DJs welcomes guests from all over the world to share the stage. Shelves lined with candles set Nomad Lounge’s exposed-brick walls aglow, and rough-hewn wooden pillars, combined with the exposed pipes of the high ceiling, contribute to an edgy, loft-like feel that neatly contrasts with revelers’ cozy, cushy cabanas. Call to reserve your party date.
Owners and chefs Roberto and Ana Meireles pile plates high with meticulously crafted dishes of beef, pork, poultry, and seafood made to order from fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Fried plantains, tropical fruit shakes, and Cuban sodas serve as plane tickets for the palate as lush foliage, cabana decor, and a working baggage claim evoke Caribbean climes. Libations from a brightly colored bar balance the subtle spice of the restaurant's signature red Cuban creole sauce. Gusto Cuban Cafe's patio bustles during the warmer months, and salsa dancing on weekends, like getting stuck on a slide, gives people an excuse to shake their hips.
DJs spin and weekend crowds clamor within the Hive lounge’s walls, which are festooned with murals by local artist Maggie Webber and décor inspired by owner Jake Gardner’s road trips. Glass-tile panels admit streetlights’ golden shimmer indoors, where large-screen TVs glow with entertaining broadcasts alongside live games of darts and shuffleboard. At the bar, drink slingers pour frothy pints from a rotating selection of craft brews and domestic beers and set specialty cocktails on turntables to be mixed as a DJ scratches over obscure Raffi LPs. Game days fill the lounge with the roar of athletic competition from fans watching displayed collegiate and professional football, basketball, and hockey games. The Hive lounge hosts regular events such as Saturday and Sunday hangover recovery parties, during which patrons sip more than 20 mimosa flavors and shout “bloody mary” three times in front of a cocktail shaker to summon custom libations from a build-your-own bloody-mary bar.