Polish immigrant Frank Kawa founded Johnny’s Cafe in 1922, improving upon an existing saloon with an expansion, the addition of electricity, and a rule that forbade ketchup fights. However, despite its renovations, the restaurant still surrounds guests with old-fashioned saloon decor, including moose heads and slick leather chairs, and sates guests with hearty steakhouse fare. Hewn from corn-fed, USDA-choice beef, hand-cut and aged steaks include options such as porterhouses, rib eyes, and prime rib, served with salads, freshly baked rolls, and potatoes. Broiled lobster tails and half chickens round out the menu paired with wines and classic cocktails such as the old-fashioned, the Manhattan, and the martini.
Since 1964, Misty's has served a hearty combination of USDA premium beef and house-brewed beer, dubbed the Modern Monks Forbidden Ales. The menu lists a slew of quality steaks and chops, plus seafood, pastas, and sandwiches that satisfy even the most ravenous mad-griffin appetite. Spend your lunch hour cozied up to a smokey blues burger (topped with blue cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, and chipotle mayo; $8.95) and a pint of preservative-free Kolsch, a dry and crispy ale with fruity aromas ($4–$4.20). Hearty dinners heaped with aged Angus prime-rib, soup, salad, and a potato ($15.95–$29.95), along with a pint of Robust Porter ($4–$4.20), leave stomachs stuffed and pitched forward as their operators blissfully mosey home on chestnut mares. Seated amid warm décor with dark wood furnishings and trompe de l'oeil stone walls, you'll feel as comfortable as a snake in a luxury-sized can. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in streams of natural light and provide ample opportunities for people watching. In the warmer months, take advantage of al fresco dining.
It's hard to miss Wooden Windmill when driving down Broad Street. That's because, true to its name, there's a two-story wooden windmill at the front of the building. According to an article in the Fremont Tribune, the restaurant's previous owners bought this vintage contraption at a Silver Creek auction in 1982 and had it hauled to their eatery. The current owners made some renovations to add a party room in the actual windmill, making it a truly unique dining spot in the area.
The menu here has always featured home-cooked comfort food, with recent additions of Mexican dishes and recipes from Baby Huey's BBQ. Owner Kevin Hulett is one of the original creators of Baby Huey's, a style that's proven itself in regional barbecue circuits and condiment wrestling matches.
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.
Anthony’s offers a range of cuts, all hand-selected, Certified Premium Black Angus slabs of beef. Anthony’s dry-aged steaks are aged for at least 21 days to offer a superior concentration of flavor as well as a tender beef that’s succulent enough to cut through with a dull spoon. The meticulous meat preparation is a tradition that reflects the restaurant’s 42-year history. The welcoming setting emanates the elegance and casual comfort of a tuxedo T-shirt and encourages all meat-lover and meatless-lover friends to unite.
Backed by a cavalcade of positive press, Vincenzo's has been serving up tongue tantalizing Italian dishes for years. Its menu contains a cornucopia of comforting classics to pacify the palate. Appetizers include delicately fried calamari ($6.95) and shell-clad escargot ($7.95), prepared slowly to mimic their speed in nature. Penne Diavolo, a house favorite, combines tubular pasta with spicy Italian sausage, onion, black olives, and mushrooms in a rich roasted-red-pepper cream sauce ($11.95). Vincenzo's also serves a selection of chops, steaks, seafood, and St. Louis–style pizzas to satisfy hunger or jog ancient memories of eldritch arch-shaped structures.