Naturally Yours Salon & Spa arms its staff with organic Aveda products to help create new hairstyles and refresh visages during facials. Clients can change their hues with ammonia-free hair color, and Zoya nail polish—which is void of formaldehyde and tolene—marks the edges of fingers, toes, and football fields. The salon itself follows a sustainable standard: most of the furnishings are secondhand, many of the products used are packaged in 100% recyclable materials, and water is filtered rather than bottled or siphoned from a fish tank.
The chefs at Fuji Sushi & Grill cook up dozens of sushi options along with other Japanese favorites such as tempura dishes and teppan grill selections. At the sushi bar, they make their hand-rolled culinary creations right in front of diners, honoring requests for custom sushi rolls. Guests can pair their favorite sushi selections with 1 of the eatery's boba teas, or, if they're really, really thirsty, all 14 of them. Flavors include banana, chocolate, avocado, and mango.
Founded by twin sisters Denise and Kim, TwoTwins Café satisfies both of the body's stomachs with a menu of fresh, homemade recipes cooked from scratch and a tasty selection of European-style bakery goods. Break fasts with a three-egg omelet with Swiss cheese and smoked ham ($7.95), sidekicked by your choice of breakfast potatoes or signature breakfast rice and a biscuit or toast. Or traverse the towering heights of three fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($5.95), served with TwoTwins' tasty maple syrup. Exhausted existentialists can stir awake soul-searching with a mocha ($4.25) made from fresh-ground coffee beans while also pondering the absurdity that is the universe over a four-inch pecan roll ($2.99). TwoTwins Café also satisfies midday cravings with a lunch menu featuring items such as a Caesar salad ($5.95), moistened by drops of homemade Caesar dressing dew. Or try the Big Red Reuben ($8.25), a marble-rye-sandwiched collection of homemade corned beef, grilled sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, classic Russian dressing, and Husker pride. Beverages anxiously awaiting deglutition include Lipton iced tea ($2), specialty beers ($3.95), and various red and white house wines ($4.50–$5 per glass).
Food has always been important to the Knudson family. Kal Knudson built a career as a leader in the restaurant industry and, with the rest of the family, established a holiday tradition of serving meals to the homeless. When his son, Kevin Knudson, decided to open a restaurant of his own, he named it Greenfield’s both for the rolling pasture beyond the building’s big, covered patio and as a nod to a piece of scripture that reminded him of his dad. The menu and the ambiance also carry on the family tradition in their way, designed to appeal to families of all kinds and give even large groups enough options for everyone to go home full. Homestyle staples include roast beef, meatloaf, and pasta, but the chefs aren’t afraid to put their own twists on the classics: the grill turns out a euro burger topped with basil pesto and feta cheese along with a peanut-butter burger, voted 1 of the top 10 burgers in the state by the Nebraska Beef Council and the Nebraska Peanut Gallery.
Nature photographs by John Coffey line the dining-room walls, creating a rustic atmosphere with help from decorative grasses and wrought-iron pendant lamps. But Knudson and his team don’t confine their food to the handsome dining room—all these years later, they still follow in Kal’s footsteps by occasionally warming the bellies of the community with random doses of hot chocolate and chicken soup.
Anthony Hensley and his wife, Rosie, have gone to great lengths to offer something for everybody at B&J's Family Restaurant and Lounge. As a result of working in bars and restaurants for more than 30 years, Hensley believes he knows what people like to eat when they dine out, which is why he offers such an eclectic menu of American comfort food. There’s pasta for those who like a little Italian, homemade strudel, battered cod, even puerto rican tacos made with picadillo––a latin american hash traditionally made from ground beef and tomatoes.
But no matter what people order, Anthony and Rosie have ensured that the food is as fresh as possible. "We cut our own lettuce for salads," he explained. "Mostly use Omaha beef. Order local bakeries. We try and shop local for everything."
Anthony describes B&J's dining room as having a "kind of a small town, hometown feel," complete with diner-style booths, pinball machines, video games, and antique parking meters that only accept gold doubloons. It’s the type of place where regulars frequently gather, shooting the breeze at the full-service bar or whacking balls around the pool table. "Some of the regulars," he said, snickering, "my son, Tony, beats them at pool. I taught him how to play when he was 7. The thing is, he's only 12 years old."
According to executive chef Nader Farahbod, Billy’s Restaurant owes its name to local politician and three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Though he is now remembered for speaking passionately against the gold standard and slam-dunking over William McKinley in an early debate, Bryan also harbored a notable fondness for his country’s cuisine. His stumping tours allowed him to sample many of America’s regional dishes, which Chef Farahbod has re-created or reinterpreted on a menu that features pan-seared crab cakes and Dijon-glazed grilled salmon. Though the dishes’ origins span the country, the restaurant’s setting in the historic Noble-Dawes house—home to former vice president Charles Dawes—is firmly entrenched in Nebraskan lore.
Bryan’s keenness for Prohibition has not carried over to the restaurant that bears his name. Behind the Chautauqua Bar, bartenders craft shaken cherry martinis and other signature cocktails. In keeping with the restaurant’s deep connection to Lincoln’s roots, they also pour pints of locally brewed Empyrean beers. Photographs of notable lawyers line the dining room, where the tables are sturdy enough to play host to large groups and post-dinner stump speeches.