It's hard to miss Wooden Windmill when driving down Broad Street. That's because, true to its name, there's a two-story wooden windmill at the front of the building. According to an article in the Fremont Tribune, the restaurant's previous owners bought this vintage contraption at a Silver Creek auction in 1982 and had it hauled to their eatery. The current owners made some renovations to add a party room in the actual windmill, making it a truly unique dining spot in the area.
The menu here has always featured home-cooked comfort food, with recent additions of Mexican dishes and recipes from Baby Huey's BBQ. Owner Kevin Hulett is one of the original creators of Baby Huey's, a style that's proven itself in regional barbecue circuits and condiment wrestling matches.
Alotta Brownies' glass cases reveal sweet morsels of succulent handmade baked goods. The inviting confectionery is owned by New York–trained pastry chef Michelle, whose former stomping ground had her baking cakes for the sweet-toothed likes of Madonna, Mary Tyler Moore, and Yoko Ono. She and her lovingly prepared sweets migrated to the Midwest, where a 100-year-old sugar-cookie recipe mingles with more than 20 varieties of brownies alongside a sweeping selection of peanut butter rolls ($2.25), scones ($2.25), Norwegian school breads ($2.25, only available on Saturdays), and more. Sweets-seekers can also opt to customize a cake, mixing and matching layers with frosting and decorations to craft a comestible masterwork ($24.99+).
The aroma of fresh-baked bread and muffins draws diners into the cozy Rumor Mill Cafe and Coffee for breakfast and lunch. Deli sandwiches, paninis, and wraps form the backbone of the menu, crafted with slow roasted meats and seasonal produce. Diners can eat alfresco or snuggle up on microsuede armchairs to catch up on work with free WiFi and a cup of coffee. The café's 42-inch flat-screen television communicates the latest news, sports scores, and values of Beanie Babies.
Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pastas champions customization, spreading build-your-own sandwich and pasta creations throughout the Great Plains and beyond. At each location, including their new downtown location at 201 N. 14th Avenue opening on October 25, sandwich-stackers pile fresh-baked white or wheat bread with sliced-to-order meats such as pepperoni, salami, capicola, and roast beef. American, provolone, and pepper jack cheeses tuck in the fillings, keeping them warm and providing a blanket to hide under if the boogeyman comes. Then, more than 20 deli toppings, including pickles, peppers, spicy mustard, and vinegar, finish off the creation. Customers can also decide between pasta entrees, each tossed with meatballs or chicken and tomato marinara or cheese-based alfredo sauce.
Beacon Hills is Lincoln's aptly named beacon of inventive, homemade, new American cuisine, spread across a variety of menus. Dinner centerpieces are varied and eclectic; nibble herb-coated Nebraska prime rib ($9.99 for an 8-ounce, $13.99 for a 12-ounce), or nosh on red jammin' chicken breast ($12.99). BH crab cake platter, a crowd favorite prepared according to an old Maryland cookbook recipe, boasts lightly grilled crab cakes served alongside veggies and potatoes ($13.99). Cocktails and an abbreviated yet thorough lunch menu are also available to aid emoticon designers who need a noontime break from trying to depict impolite courage. Elizabeth's decadent devil cake ($3.99) brings hot-poker-fueled closure to a fiendishly delicious meal.
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.