When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.
In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.
The owners of Brewsky’s Food & Spirits know that the best way to get friends and family together is to create a vibrant space filled with live music, all the best sporting events on TV, frosty brews, and a menu of comfort foods. While taking pride in being the spot to gather for Huskers games, as well as all other major sporting events, the owners also take immense satisfaction in serving a selection of juicy steaks, flame-broiled burgers, and wings that their chef concocted exclusively for the restaurant. The team also entertains patrons with trivia nights and shows such as dueling pianos or quarreling xylophones at the Haymarket location.
The brewers who keep Keg Creek Brewing Company afloat in fermented fare began as homebrewers. Though they now operate an entire company, their experimental, do-it-yourself philosophy remains the same. From mash tanks and fermentation vessels come the brewery's lifeblood, a lineup of expertly crafted beers that flow forth daily in the onsite tasting room. The brews include Wabash Wheat, a light-bodied wheat beer that honors the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, and Breakdown Brown Ale, a malty brew named after the communication breakdown that resulted in East Dakota’s statehood. As the seasons change, Keg Creek's brewmasters rotate their output with it, brewing beers both big and small to fit the weather.
Every day at BrewBurgers, Chef Yves Menard prepares hunks of beef in a style passed down from Jewish immigrants in Montreal, Canada, in the late 1800s. He soaks the meat in brine, then smokes it over maple wood, creating a richly flavored brisket that has earned his restaurant a spotlight on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Chef Menard prepares the rest of his menu in the same meticulous fashion: he infuses certified Angus beef with portabella mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese, and hand-forms lamb and bison patties into miniature busts of each patron’s head. True to its name, BrewBurgers maintains an enthusiasm for fermented beverages, suggesting a beer pairing for every menu item, including selections from Pyramid, Left Hand, Boulevard, and Samuel Smith.
Spotlights and lasers in shades of blue, green, and purple ricochet around Capitol Lounge and Supper Club, illuminating guests for an instant as they shimmy on the dance floor. A menu boasts a drink selection from Miller Lite to Grey Goose and Cristal to re-energize these revelers, who have three levels of club to explore and plenty of exposed brick and shiny metal ducts to admire. The lounge hosts weekly special events, bringing in prominent guest DJs for weekend preparties, staging Thirsty Thursdays, and setting up seasonal get-togethers, such as back-to-school bashes and G8 Summit celebrations.
Sports commentary—and the occasional cheer—echo throughout the dining room at The Good Life Sports Bar and Grill. Across its walls, 25 flat-screen TVs broadcast NFL, MLB, and college games. Meanwhile, the kitchen ensures that the bulk of the bar's food is made fresh in-house, and never frozen or teletransported in. Here, chefs mix and press burger patties by hand, pile vegetables and meats onto pizzas, and toss breaded chicken wings in five styles of sauce.