When drinking from a traditional Spanish porrón, diners must precariously funnel a stream of wine into their open mouths through a spout. Fortunately, at Espana, gracious staffers provide the daring drinkers with a glass of soda water to clean any spills from their shirts.
Porrón wine is only one of the Spanish traditions visitors encounter at the authentic Mediterranean restaurant, where more than 40 varieties of hot and cold tapas pair with pitchers of sangria amid the strains of a guitar. In the kitchen, chefs assemble exotic spices, fine meats, seafood, and vegetables onto small plates, drawing inspiration from generations-old Spanish recipes. They also prepare paella, a family-style rice dish that typically includes veggies, saffron, and meats. In 2009, an Omaha World-Herald writer lauded their paella a la tierra for its "earthy and rich, yet light and delicate" snails and "perfectly cooked" rice.
Out in the dining room, tapas plates speckle colorful red and yellow tables beneath the vivid abstract paintings that hang from sea-green walls. Each month, the dining-room stage hosts live cultural performances, which allow guests to enjoy Spanish guitarists, Spanish dance shows, and Spanish renditions of popular scenes from Good Will Hunting.
Amid bright green walls, hardwood floors, and natural light streaming through windows, Tangerine’s staff of five experienced stylists reinvigorates frayed head threads with well-trained scissors and careful dye-brushes. One of these master hair shamans will sense your innermost hair-yearnings and then direct scissors in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting his or her creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp for a haircut that revolutionizes the way you look in the mirror—inside and out. After your hair has been cut, it’ll change colors like a head-top chameleon and be styled to your specifications. You'll wander into the streets with a chic coiffure, which often translates into a youthful strut and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats.
Front Porch Eatery is a community-centric restaurant that helps highlight the local history, food, and arts from Cass County. Customers stepping inside are greeted by both the inviting family atmosphere along with the rich scents of American home-style dishes wafting through the space. In addition to serving food and coffee, the caf? serves as a space for community meetings and special events, and also offers catering services.
For its part in doling out authentic Mexican food, Abelardo's has collected its fair share of accolades?including an award for Best Burrito from readers of Omaha magazine in 2014. Across multiple locations in Nebraska and Iowa, Abelardo's enlivens mealtime with those award-winning burritos, as well as tacos, quesadillas, and Mexican sandwiches stacked with diced steak, shredded pork, and chorizo.
But Abelardo's also excels at the intangibles. It serves hefty portions in a swift fashion, and its drive-thru remains open around the clock, making it the ideal stop for diners with late-night cravings and storks who get hungry while delivering babies around town.
Salgado's menu brims with a bounty of bites to appease appetites on both sides of the border, with plenteous à la carte options to mix and match Mexican and American eats. A plate of camarones diablos ($11.99) finds bands of shrimp turning cartwheels through lagoons of peppery hot sauce, veggies, and rice and beans, whereas American tacos ($1.99) bundle a choice of meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes into a floury shell that can be easily eaten with one hand while the other exercises its right to keep and bear fresh guacamole ($4.99). Picky palates can pick and choose from a number of combination platters ($8.99–$9.99), which harmoniously merge complementary items such as enchiladas, burritos, and tamales. Or, build your own meal by opting to combine several smaller servings of fresh, sandwich-like sopes ($3.99), authentic tacos ($2.29) served with fresh cilantro on corn tortillas, and a shrimp cocktail ($9.99) tossed with spicy jalapeños, smooth avocado, and tomato juice fresh from the tap.
Taco John's swiftly serves an assortment of tangy Mexican fare and bold-flavored innovative snacks. The edible oeuvre includes the eatery's signature super potato olés®: black olives, beef, sour cream, and melted cheese smothering a helping of golden-brown tater nuggets ($4.59). Those who create Venn diagrams to decide between soft or crunchy tortillas can choose the middle ground and get both with the taco bravo® ($1.99). Taste another victory for American and Mexican relations with the taco burger, featuring tacos' usual contents nestled between two fresh buns ($1.59). The chicken quesadilla ($3.79) awakens groggy taste buds with its strong chipotle cream sauce and fresh pico de gallo.