Coffee & Treats in Nebraska


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  • The Tea Smith
    The Tea Smith owner Tim Smith searches out loose-leaf teas from all over the world—and he says he has to consciously limit himself as he fills the shops' stock of about 150 teas. But it wasn't long ago that Tim didn't even like tea. "I thought tea was brown water and a bag," he confesses. It took a gift for his wife to change that. "I was traveling for business, it was around Valentine's day, and I was married long enough to know that you don't come home empty-handed," he says. So he bought her some loose-leaf tea and the right accessories to brew it. "She made me try it, and it was surprising," he says. "It was not that stuff in a bag. It had some character and some taste to it." He began researching, and realized that tea—already the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water—was experiencing a resurgence in the United States. While many tea spots have British or Japanese themes, Tim decided to open a tea shops with a "comfortable contemporary" vibe, where people could enjoy hot, iced, and bubble teas with friends. For at-home brewing, visitors can shop for classic teas such as Earl Grey, sample more unusual flavors such as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” (an oolong), or browse seasonal blends such as pumpkin spice, cranberry cream, and fireside chat. The shops also stocks travel tea mugs, teapots equipped with infuser baskets, and unglazed Chinese YiXing clay pots that enhance the tea’s flavor. Tim knows that many people who walk into the shop are unfamiliar with loose-leaf tea and may not be sure what they'll like—which is why he only hires tea enthusiasts. "Part of their training is to come in and drink each of the teas, and make notes on the flavor profiles," he says. That way, the staff can recommend blends suited to each customer's palate, rather than having to analyze a Rorschach tea-blot test. In addition to events including an annual blending contest, they also run periodic Tea 101 sessions that introduce attendees to the "history, the myths, the legends, and the lore of tea," says Tim.
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    1118 Howard St.
    Omaha, NE US
  • Sam and Louie's
    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.
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    1332 P St
    Lincoln, NE US
  • Union Orchard
    Although it may be open for visitors year-round, the fall is when Union Orchard is at its most vibrant. Morning fog hangs low to the fields, depositing drops of condensation on the ripening apples; apple-cider donuts emerge from the fryer for a dusting in sugar; and tart ciders bring out the flavors of apple varieties grown onsite. A wagon trails behind a rumbling tractor, carting families through the trees and off the premises to perform ancient rituals in the pumpkin patch. The plot, now over a century old, also gives rise to the makings of fragrant wines, preserves, and fruit butters. In September 2014, Union Orchard's Central Apple Market store opened in downtown Nebraska City. The building, dating from 1880, has been restored and offers gift items including wines, ciders, spa products, and goods such as glasses, party platters, and wine racks as well as orchard products.
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    2405 S Highway 75
    Union, NE US
  • Sin City Grill
    Take a trip to Sin City Grill in Grand Island and make your next meal a good one. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Sin City Grill's delightful drink menu. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Sin City Grill. When the weather is nice, hurry to Sin City Grill to grab a spot on the patio. Getting your food to go is also an option. null You won't break the bank at Sin City Grill, with a meal typically hovering below the $15 mark. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    410 W 3rd St
    Grand Island, NE US
  • Dairy Queen
    For a tasty treat, head out for a few scoops on an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen. Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Dairy Queen, a local favorite. Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Dairy Queen. Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Dairy Queen for a group meal. Put the suit away when heading to Dairy Queen — dress is casual, as are the vibes. Or, take your food to go. Dairy Queen is just steps away from a parking lot. Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Dairy Queen's kitchen. Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Dairy Queen since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    224 4th Ave
    Holdrege, NE US
  • Alotta Brownies
    Alotta Brownies is a true-blue neighborhood bakery where glass cases reveal sweet morsels of handmade decadence. The inviting confectionery is owned by New York native Michelle, whose former stomping grounds had her baking cakes for the sweet-toothed likes of Madonna, Mary Tyler Moore, and Yoko Ono. She and her lovingly prepared sweets migrated to the Midwest, where a 100-year-old sugar-cookie recipe mingles with more than 20 varieties of brownies and bars and a full menu of edible rewards. If you don't see your consummate confection, opt to customize a cake. Choose the filling, layer-count, frosting, and decoration, such as an eight-inch, three-layered creation smothered in cream-cheese frosting for $29.
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    317 N Main St
    Fremont, NE US

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