The cuisine artists behind Henry’s On South whip up a seasonally updated menu that features modern European and American cuisine that makes use of the freshest produce and meats. They grab handfuls of the fresh herbs that hang in the kitchen while crafting white truffle macaroni and cheese, New Orleans–style Cajun shrimp, or flat iron steaks.
Round-Abouts Restaurant's signature 3-inch Rounds—featuring a fluffy, homemade crust—conceal savory fillings such as cheese steak, roast beef, or pepperoni with pizza sauce ($2.25 each). Combo meals cater to hunger-pang decibel levels with a choice of up to three pies with a drink and a side of green salad, fruit salad, a cup of soup, or chips ($5.50–$8.25). For a more angular entree, sandwich fixings such as pulled pork and chicken salad nestle into fluffy ciabatta buns ($2 for half; $3.50 for whole). Sweet-teeth can delve into 1.5-inch yo-yo dessert pies, which pervade mouths and unlicked fingers with chocolate and fruit treats.
For more than 30 years, O'Rourke's Tavern’s friendly barkeeps have poured an array of mixed drinks, on-tap brews, and daily drink specials to the beat of an electrifying jukebox-supplied soundtrack. Parched patrons can play pool or darts and quaff one of O'Rourke's 15 beers on tap, including PBR and Busch Lite ($2.25/pint, $7.25/pitcher), or tipple one of six domestic microbrews ($3.75/pint) and imported potations, such as Guinness and Newcastle ($4.50/pint). Nibble on free popcorn between sips from well drinks ($3.25), Jägermeister ($3.75), and Goldschläger ($3.75), or construct a scaled replica of the Louvre Pyramid with the glimmering glass of a Miller High Life bottle ($2.25).
Burgers and sandwiches are the crux of Randy’s Grill & Chill, where patrons can grab a flame-grilled handheld and relax amid the cozy spot’s comfortable atmosphere. The concise menu is made up of 11 kinds of 8-ounce burgers, 10 types of sandwiches, and 5 of Randy’s original Grillers. Customers can stick with what they know and order a classic burger—left completely naked—or enjoy several fully dressed options, such as the Western burger blanketed in applewood bacon, pepper-jack cheese, and barbecue sauce. As far as sandwiches go, Randy’s prepares french dips, clubs, and prime-melt toasters, and plates Grillers, such as the ultimate grilled chicken, which carries a load of bacon, onion rings, and housemade mustard sauce. As they dine, patrons can kick back with a chilled Rolling Rock beer and catch a Huskers game. Karaoke is available Wednesday through Saturday nights until 2 a.m., and Randy's Grill & Chill is also home to the Lincoln Comedy Tour, bringing in comedians from all around the country to perform.
Lincoln Calling provides a yearly rendezvous point for Nebraska's art-loving masses. Last year's gathering drew more than 3,600 fans and more than 100 bands, and the 2010 celebration aims for people pools just as deep, with more than 80 bands and counting. The festival kicks off on September 28 with Kinetic Brew's local music-video-themed Homegrown Movie Festival at the Bourbon Theatre, which is also where you will pick up your tickets. The live music begins on Sept. 29, with music at venues including the Alley, Duffy's Tavern, the Black Market, and Tavern on the Square, where fur-coat-wearing bands may play their final live show before going their separate ways toward solo careers of varying critical and commercial success. A vast lineup of groups, all of varied genres and tax-exemption statuses, provides a running soundtrack to the four days of community-bolstering art appreciation. On Oct. 1, Lincoln Calling will feature local photographers' work in an exhibit in the halls of the Parrish Project.
Captain Jacks pours a plethora of liquors and cocktails in a comfortable nautical-themed environment. During the liquor tasting, parched patrons receive a flight of four samples of their choice of scotch, vodka, rum, or bourbon, after which they choose a favorite based on taste, color, or flammability. The bartender blends the lucky liquor into one of several cocktails—such as the Corpse Reviver or the Scorpion—and serves it alongside a steaming, gooey 12-inch pizza. Captain Jacks is headquarters for the American Outlaws U.S. Men's Soccer Support Organization, attracting a multitude of fervent fans and bestowing the bar with boisterous ballyhoo and unparalleled people-watching. Convenient paid parking resides above the building for bar-goers that feel secure knowing their cars can be reached by ejector barstool.