Comfort food keeps bellies warm, placates restless souls, and gives crockpots a reason to live. Enjoy uplifting eats with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American comfort fare for dinner at Heartland Cafe in Elkhorn.
Head chefs Marty Graves and Dennis McCaul combine their culinary chops to create Heartland Cafe’s full dinner buffet ($18.95 per person)–a smorgasbord heaped with beef, chicken, pork, and fish entrees, two pasta dishes, two potato dishes, two vegetable dishes, dinner rolls, and a salad bar. The a la carte dinner menu also tempts with its bevy of homestyle American comfort fare. Hot spinach artichoke dip ($6.95) with its crispy chaperones of lavash crackers opens nicely for the philly cheese steak ($9.75), whose juicy grilled meat sits pillowed on a soft hoagie roll, smothered in green peppers, onions, and melted swiss cheese. Still more hearty sandwiched fare is on the menu, including the hot roast-beef sandwich ($9.25), which arrives with an entourage of mashed potatoes and gravy. Couples or fearless strangers can elect to share the Elegant Sweetheart Tray ($24.95/serves two), laid out with gourmet cheeses, chocolates, fresh fruit, jams, bread, and cheesecake. Dinner is served on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., which, according to the constitution, is the only time you can legally eat dinner.
Named business of the year in 2010 by Heritage Nebraska, patrons sit down at the Heartland Cafe for breakfast and lunch amid traces of local history inside a building constructed in 1919. In this setting, diners dig into fresh-made pancakes and made-to-order omelets, conversing and creating new memories. The quiche florentine brims with bacon, spinach, and mushrooms baked in a housemade pie crust and covered with hollandaise. For lunch, the cooks whip up reuben sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, and elk burgers. Heartland Cafe's owner, Sharon Janovsky, was also named 2012 business person of the year by the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce for the cafe's active role in the community, such as hosting the annual tree lighting ceremony.