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.
Nestled in the historic Haymarket area, JTK Cuisine & Cocktails works to preserve the traditions of American cooking. Chefs keep their menus short, using only fresh ingredients that are in season. As they follow the cooling or warming of the air throughout the year, they change up the menu three or four times to introduce new weather-appropriate dishes and plot twists in the story of Appetizer and Entree. Their menus have focused on elements of modern American cuisine from both land and sea, while accommodating vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets. Culinary teams shape burgers from American Wagyu beef, marinate cuts of New York strip and flatiron steak, and sear duck and chicken breasts. They also drizzle glazes and seasonings atop scallops, Atlantic salmon, and shrimp. These dishes pair with the restaurant's wines, which include bottles from around the world that represent a range of grape varietals and regions.
At Tobey Jack’s Steak House, seasoned grill masters dish up a menu of succulent, handmade fare and serve it in the newly remodeled dining room. Warm up jaw muscles with an order of hand-breaded onion rings ($6.99) fried to a golden brown to launch taste buds into a lightly battered planetary orbit. The hand-pattied double cheeseburger ($7.99) fills cavernous appetites and weighs down important tax documents with more than a full pound of beef blanketed in american cheese and served with a choice of potato or cup of soup. Meanwhile, the tenderloin ($6.99) pleases palates with a tenderized center-cut pork loin breaded, deep fried, and topped with bacon, sautéed onions, and american cheese. Tobey Jack’s also features prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights ($13.99–$24.99), providing a slow-roasted option for celebratory dinners, first dates, and reunions with long-lost imaginary friends.
It's hard to miss Wooden Windmill when driving down Broad Street. That's because, true to its name, there's a two-story wooden windmill at the front of the building. According to an article in the Fremont Tribune, the restaurant's previous owners bought this vintage contraption at a Silver Creek auction in 1982 and had it hauled to their eatery. The current owners made some renovations to add a party room in the actual windmill, making it a truly unique dining spot in the area.
The menu here has always featured home-cooked comfort food, with recent additions of Mexican dishes and recipes from Baby Huey's BBQ. Owner Kevin Hulett is one of the original creators of Baby Huey's, a style that's proven itself in regional barbecue circuits and condiment wrestling matches.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Most popular offering: Steak-grilling kit
Pro Tip: For tender steaks, sear both sides first, locking in the natural flavors.
Madison Taylor Entrees' butchers collect meats from throughout the Midwest and seafood from both coasts. They put their knives to work, paring each delivery down into individual portions, which they then age to the peak of flavor. Then, they flash freeze and vacuum seal each portion, packing the serving-sized cuts for delivery. Customers can always recognize the delivery truck coming, thanks it's bright yellow paint job, commercial sub-zero freezer bed, and rows of people lining the streets, slow-clapping as it drives by.
The chefs of Shevy's Sports and Steaks simmer slow-roasted prime rib in the kitchen, and the restaurant's five dining areas steep patrons in sports nostalgia. In the Heisman Lounge, photos of all the Heisman Trophy winners smile upon servers as they Hail Mary menu items, such as chicken-fried steak, onto diners' tables. Classic baseball memorabilia crowds the walls of a rustic-style dining room, and outside on a 750-square-foot paved patio, guests sit beside a bustling downtown street as they decide what toppings to draft for their custom Black Angus burgers. Throughout the restaurant, high-definition televisions broadcast games available through NFL and MLB packages, as well as all Nebraska pay-per-view football games and checkers matches.