Canopy Grill deals swiftly with hunger and thirst, defeating them with lunch and dinner menus that feature American fare dunked in a tasty pot of tropics. Begin your munch session by chowing on the cravo, a deep-fried avocado half stuffed with crabmeat, peppers, and onions ($9 for lunch, $9.50 for dinner).
When Max Gill and Grill moved into its current location—a building constructed in the early 1900s—it joined a neighborhood institution. The building was originally home to a marine-themed tavern, a popular spot in the Washington Park neighborhood. The restaurant's throwback decor is in keeping with the spirit of the building, while also evoking seafood shack that was plucked right from the beaches of Key West. Today, the restaurant’s rustic, waterfront feel creates the ideal atmosphere in which to bring a homesick pirate, or enjoy blackened ahi tuna burgers and Alaska king crabs. You can even build your own seafood dishes and customize it right down to the cooking technique, such as pan-roasted, grilled, or blackened.
Warmth emanates from both the decor and the staff at The Inglenook Restaurant. Owner Rod Brubacher and his wife Pam designed the restaurant’s pale-gold and burnt-orange dining room, dotted with contemporary art and small, open archways, through which mellow jazz music lilts and flows. Rod himself is often on hand to greet guests and welcome regulars back by their name or social security number.
As guests take in the traditional, tranquil vibe, they choose from a creative menu that merges classic and modern tastes. Shifting weekend specials and adjustments for dietary qualms, including gluten allergies, enable diners to experiment around the meal mainstays. Rod and his wait team amble past tables to suggest wine pairings and the necessary number of fork prongs for various entrees, which include gourmet meat and seafood plates such as pecan-encrusted salmon and rack of elk.
Famous for its inspiration of Stephen King's The Shining and claiming a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the 101-year-old Stanley Hotel is a bastion of comfort and stateliness, and well-known for its supernatural experiences. The approximately 138-room hotel is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the verdant countryside, giving nature buffs and Nebraskans who don’t believe in the existence of mountains a stunning sight from every direction. Most rooms are regaled with 42-inch flat-screen televisions and complimentary WiFi, and lucky lodgers have access to decadent dining and a coffee shop during their stay.
The Pourhouse entertains appetites with a symphonious menu of burgers, pasta, grilled fare, and more, accompanied by toe-tapping live jams most weeknights. Guests can reenact the glory days of Little League with specialty sliders (three for $6.50 or six for $12) in four flame-licked flavors, including traditional Angus beef and white cheddar, italian meatballs and marinara, and texan hand-cut pork with honey barbecue. The Pourhouse's grills sizzle with a variety of bovine cuts, such as the Pourhouse Burger, fashioned from three half-pound all-natural certified Angus patties topped with bacon, gorgonzola, havarti, onion rings, and guacamole, served on a signature pretzel bun with a forklift, extra napkins, and choice of side ($16.75). Capture the spirit of Charles Lindbergh sans kidnapping charges with St. Louis–style ribs, a full rack of spice-rubbed, slow cooked ribs served with brown-ale barbecue sauce ($16.25), or opt for a lighter fix with the veggie pizza loaded with roasted tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, olives, and zucchini ($9.25).
Though Black Bottle Brewery hosts guest drafts on its lengthy line of taps, its own creations are immediately recognizable by the matte black bottles that serve as handles. These beers bear names matching the oddball humor of their creators, such as the "Mexican Hipster," an IPA aged in tequila barrels, and the "Social Insecurity," a low-alcohol Belgian session ale. The brewers may be seen tending to the fermenters in fake mustaches and Batman briefs, but their craft is entirely serious, extending to the use of a true copper kettle and locally sourced ingredients. The brewpub's menu shows off a similar level of artistry, from the savory flavors of a meat and cheese plate to the pure efficiency of a fresh-shucked oyster immersed in a shot of the house's beer.