Wooden beams and stone walls set a traditional scene inside Catfish Lake, and that ambiance meshes well with a menu of fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, and other classic American cuisine. In addition to crisp fillets of fried walleye and catfish, diners can savor hand-breaded fried chicken, alaskan king crab legs, and slow-roasted prime rib au jus that's carved onto sandwiches.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the "International House of Pancakes." Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001. Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
At Sina Way Chinese Cuisine, diners lift the lids of bamboo steamers to find plump dumplings filled with shrimp or bok choy simmered in garlic sauce. Choosing from an extensive list of house specials—including traditional and non-traditional dishes such as lo mein, mongolian beef, and peanut butter chicken—customers can create a family-size dinner with egg rolls and soup to feed their clan or their third and fourth heads. Sina's full bar features a selection of wine, domestic, and imported beers to accompany appetizers and entrees.
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.
A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves. For $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Mexican fare and drinks at El Dorado, which is located in South Omaha. Customers can toss two Groupons onto the table for parties of four or more.
Unlike the lost city of El Dorado, the menu at El Dorado is loaded with tangible treasure troves of family-style plates that perplex flavor explorers and anthropologists alike. Grab a Parrillada Isla del Farallon—an overflowing platter piled high with breaded shrimp, bacon-wrapped shrimp, crab legs, clams, oysters, filet of fish, plantains, green onions, octopus, more shrimp, a kitchen sink, fish broth, and abalone ($15.99 per person, minimum of two people). Subtle, less-herculean efforts include tacos ($1.79), tortas ($4.99–$5.99), and burritos ($4.99), which can easily be compiled under a bed of crab legs stuffed with bacon-wrapped shrimp covered in fish upon request.
Stop in for a hearty and authentic Mexican breakfast or steak dinner any morning or night of the week. Monday through Wednesday you'll receive a free appetizer with your Groupon. Or, swing through on a Friday or Saturday night when the live mariachi band provides the soundtrack for blossoming lovers and competitive eaters to float majestically into the night on the dance floor, which has a suspicious lack of bacon-wrapped shrimp.
Eighty percent of Urbanspooners like El Dorado, and three Yelpers give it three stars, saying:
- It is short on decor but still long on local flavor. Good seafood and other specialties. Very reasonable prices. – Captain Napkin, Urbanspoon
- My favorite dish is the Cochinita Pibil. Perfectly seasoned slow roasted pork thats [sic] wrapped in a banana leaf is hard to beat. – Bob H., Yelp