Locally owned and operating in Omaha for 10 years, Bob Monkey's Noodle Zoo delights thousands of diners with Asian- and European-inspired pasta bowls, grilled sandwiches, and salads. Guests savor forkfuls of flavorful thai chicken pasta or herb chicken fettuccine, or dig into hearty muffuletta sandwiches on focaccia bread and signature salads made of fajita chicken, grilled veggies, or seasonal fruit. Warm, multi-toned walls and festively patterned floors create a vibrant yet laid-back environment for light lunches and wine tastings.
At the Omaha location, owners Laura and Mark Jost garnish their gourmet deli feasts with community involvement, such as their regular fundraisers for Ted E. Bear Hollow or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
As a massage therapist for 19 years, Barbara Frank knows the ins and outs of muscular tension. Using her experience, she kneads out stress and chronic pain, enhancing circulation and improving mobility with soothing strokes. She can add heat or ice to massages upon request of the client or weatherman’s prediction, and can add pampering services with pedicures, facials, and body scrubs.
China doesn’t seem so far away from Omaha thanks to Dragon House, which serves authentic Chinese food in Clocktower Village. The menu has a smattering of traditional Chinese dishes such as kung pao beef, fried rice, and chicken teriyaki. The chefs here also show off their creative side with some of the spicy house specialties such as deep-fried wings in dragon sauce, jalapeño chicken, and rice fried in magma.
A gray-and-yellow 88, which pays homage to Pana 88, is painted on the eatery?s dining-room wall, reaching from floor to ceiling. The eatery?s design?an industrial modern blend?features simple white chairs that sit atop a brushed concrete floor. The minimalist decor allows Pana 88?s menu to shine, with classic teriyaki dishes alongside signature items such as mongolian beef and peanut-butter chicken.
Aloha Tea Room brews tropically tinged loose-leaf tea and pairs it with genteel fare in a serene and stylish setting. Savor soothing beverages hot or iced (a $2 value), suavely complemented by a soupcon of soup and a fresh half sandwich (a $5.75 value for soup/half-sandwich combo). Kindle flavor receptors with a cup of chicken vegetable or asparagus provencale before appeasing jealous teeth with solider sustenance, such as egg salad or albacore tuna salad on a crisp croissant. Glide your repast in for a silky sweet landing with samplers of gourmet Hawaiian desserts (a $4.25 value), including lava cake, crème brûlée bars, and a cherry-covered ukulele.
Some 1,500 miles separate China and Vietnam. But on True Asia’s menu, all it takes is a turn of the page to get from one place to the other. Egg rolls, spring rolls, and pan-fried noodles populate the Vietnamese section of the menu, as does the bun bo hue, a spicy lemon grass soup served with thinly-sliced beef. The Chinese section offers an even more diverse assortment of spicy dishes. In fact, one-third of the entrées pack a fiery punch. Among them is the hot garlic shrimp, a dish that lets diners soak up hot garlic sauce with various veggies before taking the remaining sauce home to fill up their water pistols.