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.
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.
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.
At E’Z Place, big-screen TVs glow with action from college sports as diners peruse a menu brimming with classic American pub fare and bottles of domestic brews. A slew of appetizers, including fried pickles ($6.95) and warm mozzarella bread sticks coated with butter and garlic ($6.95), kicks off mealtimes better than a coin toss held inside a loaf of bread. The deep-dish Chicago-style Super pizza sends forks on a voyage through pepperoni, green peppers, and mushrooms ($14.95–$17.95), and the hand-tossed Aloha pie cradles pineapple, canadian bacon, and black olives like a refrigerator that moonlights as a hula dancer ($12.95–$17.95). Parmesan and mozzarella shield the meatball sub from a downpour of spaghetti sauce ($6.45).
At La Paz Mexican Fare & Cantina, your palate will be greeted by complimentary chips and fresh, homemade salsa while your hands are introduced to the menu of traditional Mexican favorites. Rev stomach engines with jalapeño poppers (5.95) or black-bean soup topped with cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions ($2.95 for a cup). Then, fuel up on sizzling steak-and-chicken fajitas ($11.50), shredded-beef flautas ($9.75), a chimichanga ($9.25), a beef-and-pork burrito royal ($9.25), or nearly any other specialty invented south of the border. La Paz also offers more than 10 vegetarian entree choices, including the guacamole taco and cheese enchilada ($7.95), and creative plates such as cream-cheese chicken enchiladas, which are smothered in spicy green-chili and pork sauce ($9.75).