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."
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).
Salgado’s Mexican Grill pleases palates from both sides of the border with a menu featuring fajitas, pick-your-own-sauce enchiladas, and build-your-own burgers. A reviewer for the Omaha World-Herald praises the salsa’s “balance and kick” and concludes that “someone in the kitchen knows flavor,” a talent also evident in the carne asada plate’s skirt steak ($11.99) and Mexican burritos ($4.99).
The recently opened Chef Delights Mexican Cuisine treats palates to a menu of authentic dishes from south of the border. Ring the meal’s opening bell by dipping chips into guacamole ($6.99) or pico de gallo ($5.99). Rice and beans escort entrees in combinations such as two homemade tamales with poblano peppers and cheese ($8.75), and scallops sautéed in butter, lemon juice, and a shot of tequila ($12.99) combine seafood and spirits better than a séance conducted by mermen. Youngsters tip tiny sombreros in the direction of the kids' menu to nosh on a classic quesadilla ($3.95) or corn dog ($3.90). Saunter up to the full bar and sling a bevy of beers or margaritas against a backdrop of the motorcycle wall hanging used to chase off tumbleweeds under the age of 21.
Burgers and sandwiches are the crux of Randy’s Grill & Chill, where patrons can grab a flame-grilled handheld and relax amid the cozy spot’s comfortable atmosphere. The concise menu is made up of 11 kinds of 8-ounce burgers, 10 types of sandwiches, and 5 of Randy’s original Grillers. Customers can stick with what they know and order a classic burger—left completely naked—or enjoy several fully dressed options, such as the Western burger blanketed in applewood bacon, pepper-jack cheese, and barbecue sauce. As far as sandwiches go, Randy’s prepares french dips, clubs, and prime-melt toasters, and plates Grillers, such as the ultimate grilled chicken, which carries a load of bacon, onion rings, and housemade mustard sauce. As they dine, patrons can kick back with a chilled Rolling Rock beer and catch a Huskers game. Karaoke is available Wednesday through Saturday nights until 2 a.m., and Randy's Grill & Chill is also home to the Lincoln Comedy Tour, bringing in comedians from all around the country to perform.
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).