Heilman's Nuts & Confections uses 90-year-old recipes to create a varied assortment of house-roasted nuts, tempting confections, and delicious treats. From gift baskets to individual assortments of candies and nuts, customers are sure to find a thoughtful birthday present, celebrate special events, or start grassroots movements to turn March 4th into Rain Check Valentine’s Day. Pay sweet-tooth ransoms with a half-pound box of cherry cordials ($12.25), a one-pound box of home-made caramel corn cooled on marble slabs ($7.75), or a box of hand-stretched peanut brittle ($8.75). For a sippable supplement to classic Heilman's bites, pair a one-pound box of presidential mixed nuts ($17.25) with a pound of fresh, flavored or blend coffee ($13.50 and $12.50 respectively).
Founded in 1917, Omaha Steaks has spent nearly a century perfecting its delivery system. The company flash freezes its quality meats to keep them fresh and flavorful, and then the custom-cut pieces are slipped into individual vacuum-wrapped bags for added protection and convenience once it's time to start cooking. Lastly, the gift combos are nestled into coolers filled with dry ice and plenty of unsolved crossword puzzles before they're ready to begin their trip to your door. Upon arrival, the combos offer an array of mouthwatering proteins complemented by delicious side dishes and desserts, all perfectly preserved and ready for cooking.
Proprietor Giti Henrie entices gourmands with delectable locally sourced café fare and cupcakes, sans added hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Fork into breakfast with the crab-cake eggs bennie, a dungeness crab cake layered with canadian bacon, poached eggs, avocado, and a lemon-hollandaise sweepstakes prize ($12), or savor the oven-baked french toast with brandied caramel sauce and fresh blueberries ($8). The mushroom bacon burger ($10) or the Surf's Up burger, with spicy shrimp, pancetta, avocado, and chili sauce ($12), melt the mouth and inspire the plastering of bovine pin-up posters around one's kitchen. If sharing is on the agenda, opt for the tuscan pizza ($10), a bubbly-baked dough disk slathered with marinara sauce, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and a feta-mozzarella cheese blend.
Couched in newly expanded quarters, People’s Food Co-op's cooks draw on a community-minded business model and sate customers’ hunger with a toothsome array of nutritionally sound fare. Locally grown and organic foods shine in a cornucopia of house-made deli concoctions, including a fresh bulk-food bar heavily laden with hot stews, cold salads, and just-right porridges ($7.99/lb). Slabs of corn-polenta torta ($2.16 each) swaddle herb-kissed bundles of kale, red pepper, and feta cheese. A gallery of pre-wrapped options showcases stratified edibles such as breakfast burritos, vegan tempeh Reubens, and reams of roasted veggies sandwiched in Zingerman’s bread ($4.68–$12.99). Tubs of roasted-red-pepper and garlicky raw hummus lend creamy aplomb to al fresco outings on the shop's patio (up to $9.99 each), and nut-studded muffins ($3–$5) and diminutive rounds of raw cashew cheesecake ($3.99) fuel mobile-eating competitions.
Bedizened with dishes from every corner of the globe, the Oakwood Bistro’s menu transforms dining into a world-traversing adventure with ingredients culled from local and organic sources whenever possible. After a widely traveled culinary career, Chef Ryan Soule has settled back in his home state replete with regional cuisine know-how and hours-long vacation slideshows. Taste buds can travel to tropical locales with the pineapple-dotted caribbean paella ($23), trek to the misty northeast with lobster mac and cheese ($18), or holiday in North Africa with the curried eggplant tagine ($15). American classics meld with worldly flavors in bistro sandwiches, which include asparagus cheese melts ($8) and salmon BLTs ($12). Thin-crust pizzas ($9+) let diners customize their meals with 24 topping options ($1.25–$2.75 each), and each dough disk is available in gluten-free ($4 extra) or merrily skipping carefree versions.
Lenny's is a known in lands near and imaginary for premium deli meats that are sliced to order, chicken and tuna salad made from scratch, signature hot pepper relish, and hearty portions. A regular-sized Lenny's Club Sub, which costs $6.25, is 7.5 inches long and has about half a pound of meat and cheese. The large, $10 versions are 15 inches long and pack about a pound of protein and veggie vitamins. Lenny's service is always fast and friendly. Check out the menu for a full list of options including the famed Italian sub with provolone, ham, prosciutto, capicola, and genoa salami.