The extensive menu at Clancy’s offers filling pub fare for lunch and dinner. Start with an order of chicken wings ($7.99 for 10), available in five levels of spiciness, or opt for a basket of breaded cauliflower ($5.99) and dunk the crispy-fried treat into a creamy cheese sauce. Entrees at the eatery include a bountiful selection of hearty hand-held burgers ($7.49 and up), pizzas (starting at $4.50 for a six-inch individual pizza), and specialty sandwiches. Try the jumbo tenderloin sandwich ($7.99), with a deep-fried pork loin slumbering in a bun bed, or Clancy’s classic corned-beef sandwich ($6.99), sure to evoke memories of long days in the kiting fields of Kilkenny. Plated portions of the beer-battered fish and chips ($9.49) or the classic chicken-fried steak ($7.99) promise to please even the most discerning diner, while a meal-concluding slice of Clancy’s Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake ($4.99) offers a stomach-warming conclusion to the meal.
Eschewing fancy trappings for a simple, everybody's-welcome atmosphere, The Foundation's lurid neon lights, exposed brick, and oak-beamed ceiling are a means to an end—and that end is the bar's 25 beers on tap and 100+ bottled varieties. Say the word and The Foundation's bartenders will slice off a frothy cut of Fat Tire, Goose Island, Skinny Dip, or Boulevard Ale and magically capture its thundering majesty inside a pint glass ($4). Or venture further into the realm of crafts and imports with a bottle of Purple Haze, Saint Bridget's, or Summit Pale Ale. To offset the usual side effect of carbonated beverages––weightlessness––a hearty menu of classic pub grub will keep you tethered to earth. Pre-game for the Huskers with an avalanche of Foundation nachos ($7.95, or keep one hand open for celebrating touchdowns by munching on an Omaha Reuben ($7.59), served with a side of fresh-cut fries ($8.59 with fries). Gamblers who are short on cash after foolishly taking the long odds against the sun rising tomorrow can find solace in the Cheapskate (two sliders and fries, $3.99).
Two Fine Irishmen's grub gurus bedeck plates with a menu of hearty sandwiches and pizza and tap masters fill chalices with imported and domestic imbibables amid the jovial din of live music, billiards, and darts. Kick evenings off with bacon-speckled irish nachos, an architectonic heap of seasoned beef, onion, and cheese atop a mountain of crispy fried potato rounds ($7.57). Then treat tongues to an authentic taste of cowboy life aside from horse-flavored breath mints with a half-pound western burger that's saddled with barbecue sauce, american cheese, and an onion ring ($8.97). Savants of spherical spreads can bolster their vampire-repellant powers with a Masek’s pizza, a pie sporting grilled chicken, mushrooms, and tomatoes cavorting in a font of garlic-butter sauce ($13.97 for 12", $15.97 for 16"). Wash down your banquet with a selection from the cache of brews, such as Smithwick’s or Lucky Bucket.
The newly remodeled and reincarnated Goldeez invites patrons to sample an array of ales and lagers at one of its Monday-night beer tastings. The Goldeez brewmeisters cull an ever-changing eight-dram cross-section for connoisseurs to connoisseur on as the knowledgeable bar staff takes tongues on a thirst-quenching journey. Palate pilgrimages start with a light beer, such as a Corona, travel down the spectrum from Agave Wheat to ales including Hazed & Infused and Fat Tire, and finally traverse into the darkness of porters and extra stouts. Groupon redeemers can keep the party going well into Tuesday morning with a take-home six-pack built from their favorite brew of the eight tasted that night.
Patrons demonstrate support for sports teams with The Dugout's collection of MLB and NCAA caps and College World Series apparel and flaunt their school pride with Nebraska, Creighton, and Iowa team merchandise. Fans can outfit noggins with a Nebraska Cornhusker fitted cap ($19.99), which is equipped with a fly swatter to protect precious hotdogs at ballgames. A New York Yankees garment-washed visor ($19.95) shades brows in sunny stadiums, and a Husker car flag ($14.99) informs passing pedestrians of a driver's team preferences. A Florida Commodores 2011 College World Series Omaha T-shirt ($19.99) blankets torsos in the soft blend of cotton and team spirit.
Grilled over a wood fire, baked with buttered breadcrumbs, served raw with a touch of horseradish—when it comes to oysters, the chefs at Plank Seafood Provisions have nearly every preparation covered. Updated daily, their oyster bar's menu sports catches flown in from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts several times a week. And Omahans have taken notice. One busy weekend, Plank Seafood Provisions had to order 2,000 oysters to meet demands, reports The Reader.
But beyond oysters, the eatery—named 2013's Best New Restaurant by Omaha Magazine—celebrates all kinds of seafood delicacies, from potato-crusted calamari to pan-seared diver scallops served with creamy farro and braised kale. It even steps on land with smoked beef short ribs and Angus burgers topped with fried oysters. And to complement such feasts, bartenders pour plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails as well as six varieties of spiked lemonade.
The interior of Plank's dining space derives its inspiration from some of the cooking methods in the adjoining kitchen—namely the wood-fire grill. With nautical accents, retro-style booths, and stools, hard wood furnishes dominate. The tables are hard wood, as well as the stools, the door, and a massive boat frame hanging overhead to remind diners of the sea's bounty and sunken boat skeletons.