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.
Traditions, formerly known as Indigo Joe's, maintains a devotion to large frosty brews, colossal dishes, and the art of displaying gentlemanly brutes on multiple screens. Their 49 high-definition TVs show all the popular sports, and Traditions provides a radio at every table in case you need to hear your event's play-by-play or Coach Roosevelt's halftime fireside chats. The comfortable cushioned chairs pamper posteriors during marathon clashes, and there’s a bulked-up bar-food menu. Hulking specimens may wish to try the onion rings with barbecue sauce ($7) or the juicy bacon cheeseburger ($9), which comes in a half-pound slab of certified Angus beef. Wash it down with the monolithic 34-ounce beer, served from an extensive bar that features 20 beers to wet all frequencies of whistle.
Big Red Restaurant & Sports Bar slings a menu of hot sandwiches and loaded salads alongside more than 50 TVs, an outdoor patio, and two brand new sand volleyball courts. Patrons can don a bib for a game of shirts versus potato skins ($6.99), or quiet cheese cravings with a heaping order of Macho nachos ($9.99). The fresh 1-pound Big Red bacon double burger ($10.99) pairs with any free-weight set or choice of hearty sides. Entree fans can take a peek inside a Kentucky gentleman’s flask with an 8-ounce, charbroiled Whiskey River steak ($13.99), or go green with a Cajun-spiced chicken salad ($7.99). Big Red carries a vast inventory of beers, mixed drinks, and sodas to quench thirsts or splash in the face of a blind date whose mustache catches fire.
An Omaha theater fixture since the 1920s, the Omaha Community Playhouse flash-cooks acting chops with acting and stage performance classes taught by committed, experienced instructors. Beginners and experienced performers can take part in a variety of adult and youth courses, including acting, improv, musical-theater dance, youth acting, and speaking in iambic pentameter at work. Learn new skills or revisit old passions at weekly classes that last six weeks, with new courses starting on April 18, 2011. The creative drama/movement class offers youngsters acting games coupled with creative movement interventions, and culminates with a showcase of the skills learned in both areas. Classes are first come, first served, and you can go online for detailed class descriptions or to register for an upcoming course.
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.
McKenna’s Pacific Street location provides a dining experience filled with soulful tunes and meats smoked silly. Opened in 1991, the joint has been whipping up down-home menu items that would make your grandma try harder. Start off with appetizers such as the black-eyed-pea dip with chips ($5.49) and a full pound of smoked chicken thighs ($6.79), or opt for an order of 12 McKenna’s wings ($8.79) that come in flavors such as Louisiana double dip, Jamaican jerk, and three others. Sandwiches include the Virginia smoked ham with pepper jack cheese ($7.39), smoked pork loin ($7.39), and barbecue smoked sausage ($7.29).