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.
The chefs of Shevy's Sports and Steaks simmer slow-roasted prime rib in the kitchen, and the restaurant's five dining areas steep patrons in sports nostalgia. In the Heisman Lounge, photos of all the Heisman Trophy winners smile upon servers as they Hail Mary menu items, such as chicken-fried steak, onto diners' tables. Classic baseball memorabilia crowds the walls of a rustic-style dining room, and outside on a 750-square-foot paved patio, guests sit beside a bustling downtown street as they decide what toppings to draft for their custom Black Angus burgers. Throughout the restaurant, high-definition televisions broadcast games available through NFL and MLB packages, as well as all Nebraska pay-per-view football games and checkers matches.
Named business of the year in 2010 by Heritage Nebraska, patrons sit down at the Heartland Cafe for breakfast and lunch amid traces of local history inside a building constructed in 1919. In this setting, diners dig into fresh-made pancakes and made-to-order omelets, conversing and creating new memories. The quiche florentine brims with bacon, spinach, and mushrooms baked in a housemade pie crust and covered with hollandaise. For lunch, the cooks whip up reuben sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, and elk burgers. Heartland Cafe's owner, Sharon Janovsky, was also named 2012 business person of the year by the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce for the cafe's active role in the community, such as hosting the annual tree lighting ceremony.
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.
As a boy, Jeff Bledsoe anxiously awaited autumn, when the pumpkins he planted each year warmed to an orange hue along with the falling leaves. Eventually Jeff also bloomed, married wife Maria, and spawned five pumpkin-planters of his own. But he never lost his childhood fascination for all things autumn, namely the events that come alive every year on October 31. At Skinny Bones Cornmaze & Pumpkin Patch, he, Maria, and their brood have converted Jeff’s interest into their lifeblood. Jeff personally maps out and plants the 10-acre corn maze with 10-foot stalks each year, according to an Omaha.com feature, but he leaves Saturday-night spooking up to the staff of scarers that haunts the field after hours. After meandering through the maze, guests can pick their own pumpkins, enjoy hayrack rides, or make lifelong friends with goats that rarely talk back at the petting zoo. That’s in addition to the haunted-barn maze, Mad Cow ride, bounce house, and Nerf-gun war zone that also offer entertainment on crisp fall afternoons.
The Cazual Cup serves up a menu of leafy salads and build-your-own sandwiches that come with a choice of bread, meat, cheese, and greens. Keep things simple with a standard garden salad (a $4.95 value), or add some protein to avoid the necessity of a peanut-butter body wrap by ordering a club, chicken, or tuna salad (a $7.95 value each). Cazual Cup’s sandwich engineers can construct their tasty structures on a croissant, wheat bread, or kaiser roll foundation. A choice of turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken, or tuna salad then decorates its bready abode with a selection of cheese and veggies.