Owners and chefs Roberto and Ana Meireles pile plates high with meticulously crafted dishes of beef, pork, poultry, and seafood made to order from fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Fried plantains, tropical fruit shakes, and Cuban sodas serve as plane tickets for the palate as lush foliage, cabana decor, and a working baggage claim evoke Caribbean climes. Libations from a brightly colored bar balance the subtle spice of the restaurant's signature red Cuban creole sauce. Gusto Cuban Cafe's patio bustles during the warmer months, and salsa dancing on weekends, like getting stuck on a slide, gives people an excuse to shake their hips.
Nosh Wine Lounge's valiant experts curate a diverse list of vinos for at-home enjoyment with the wine club. Induce heightened senses of fermented nirvana with two carefully selected wines each month, which in the past have included Australia's Ringbolt cabernet sauvignon and Oregon's Foris pinot noir. The four bottles of wine arrive in monthly pairs accompanied by a fact sheet that details tasting notes, suggested pairings, and a photograph of the wine's childhood home. Club members dining at Nosh receive a mélange of extra benefits, such as a coupon for a free appetizer from the lounge's chef-created menu, which includes a delectable crab-cake or caprese salad. Waived corkage fees on club bottles of wine whet appetites, and invitations to an annual wine tasting help to prepare members to decide how to use discounts on future events and on bottles of wine from the retail shop.
Jazz serves up the tasty, authentic fare and festive party atmosphere one typically finds while strolling down Bourbon Street. Creole and Cajun cravers can browse the restaurant's massive menu, featuring fresh seafood, po' boy sandwiches ($7.49), zesty pastas ($12.99/full order), and spicy blackened entrees. Diners are immersed in a hodgepodge of New Orleans–based décor and swinging live music throughout the week as local bands perform blues and jazz standards, helping visitors let the good times roll while keeping the bad times safely encased in electrified lock boxes.
At Oasis Hookah Bar, couches, a circular bar and a combination of cocktails, drinks, and hookah work together to create a relaxed environment. Customers can breathe in the chilled air of a large variety of shishas, taking in flavors such as berry, blueberry grape, lemon tea, or even varieties without tobacco. Meanwhile, they can sip on a number of drinks, such as whiskeys, sodas, or cocktails.
Mingling choice drinks with heavy house beats, Nomad Lounge's art-encrusted walls play nightly host to the carousal of Omaha's head-bopping artistic community. With this package, revelers gain entry to a private cabana, where they slosh the premium liquor of their choice together with all the mixers required to create about 20 drinks, quaffing in time to trip-hop and dub like Beowulf in his strobe-lit mead hall. On weekends and special occasions, the music selection expands as the stable of resident DJs welcomes guests from all over the world to share the stage. Shelves lined with candles set Nomad Lounge’s exposed-brick walls aglow, and rough-hewn wooden pillars, combined with the exposed pipes of the high ceiling, contribute to an edgy, loft-like feel that neatly contrasts with revelers’ cozy, cushy cabanas. Call to reserve your party date.
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).