Benson is buzzing with Lot2

When I moved to Omaha five years ago, I have to admit, Benson scared me a little bit. Lots of hole-in-the wall bars, and that crazy maternity shop with the world’s largest bra in the window. However, recently, Benson is buzzing. You can almost feel the tingling in the air – change is a brewing and new businesses are adding a light to the area. A major reason for that new glowing sensation is Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Since its opening two months ago, I have heard people starting to talk about it more and more. It was time to see it for myself.

Walking in, you feel a sense of natural beauty to the restaurant. Its light walls and large window are balanced well with the dark wood of...

entered on 07/17/12 at 02:54 PM | read more »


Caribbean Delight-ful

Is it kar-uh-BEE-uhn or kuh-RIB-ee-an?

Let’s not worry about the pronunciation. Caribbean Delight is a smaller eatery and novelty shop, tucked away in a strip mall just north of 72nd and Blondo. The hip Benson strip, pulsing with art, booze, and a rash of new restaurants, is just a few blocks away.

But here, the food and atmosphere are just as interesting.

Inside, original folk art shares space on the walls with the occasional Red Stripe poster. One wall is devoted to the shop, where you can get a Jamaica swimsuit, a Bob Marley t-shirt, and yes, even a Rasta hat. Dueling televisions reported the news and reality TV headlines at first, but were later muted in favor of some reggae.

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entered on 07/12/12 at 07:46 AM | read more »


Much More Than Curry at Curri

The last time I saw a menu with more than 75 items must have been at a chain diner. As I read the menu at Curri, I realized there is much more to it than simply cramming every dish under the sun into one place. Co-owner Varma Dhanalakoti and his wife Mani Deepa wanted to incorporate at least a few traditional dishes from each region of their native India, originally opening the restaurant with more than 100 choices. Their capacity to make everything in-house from scratch is certainly a departure from your average greasy spoon.

Nestled in a strip mall, the interior at Curri, which opened in March, is neat and uncomplicated. The point-of-sale system is handled entirely on the ubiquitous...

entered on 06/20/12 at 07:17 PM | read more »


Looking for the best food at the CWS…

The College World Series has turned Omaha into the place to be and a place to eat for two weeks in June. With the second year in its new home at the TDAmeritrade Park, the city and visitors look to be loving it. And everywhere I looked people were eating.  I am a CWS newbie and have only heard stories of what the CWS was like around Rosenblatt so I can only imagine. But I can tell you what the CWS looks like now, in the north end of downtown. The tradition is very strong, the food booths are a plenty and I was excited to be there. 

I went with my husband and my father-in-law to eat and take in the scene. And we did eat. Parking is very expensive for Omaha considering that most of the...

entered on 06/18/12 at 02:14 PM | read more »


Review of J.Coco

I was conflicted with the news that Jennifer Coco would be leaving the The Flat Iron Cafe to start her own restaurant, J. Coco. At first I was excited to try the new dining experience and enjoy her cuisine, however then I became nervous – what if it wasn’t up to the culinary level of The Flat Iron? What if she couldn’t execute her new dishes in the same way she used to do? We recently dined at The Flat Iron and it still is one of my favorite upscale restaurants in Omaha. How would J. Coco compare?

Well, Jennifer Coco, you can rest assured that you are living up to your reputation. You alleviated my fears not once, but twice now and I’m excited to add you to my list of favorite dining...

entered on 06/13/12 at 02:38 PM | read more »


<p>  Localmotive Food Truck</p> Local Take on Street Food

Street food in many communities is the shoe leather, browbeaten pride of its citizens’ culinary and cultural makeup. At its best it is humble, utilitarian, authentic and often one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get a true taste of place.  At its worst, it is contrived, contrary and out of touch with its roots.

Only five weeks into its existence it looks as though Localmotive Food Truck is on its way to representing Omaha’s cuisine culture while building its street food credentials.

The menu is succinct with variations of four basic items – rounders (a stuffed dumpling), sandwiches, bowls and street frites (fries). Prices are within reason ranging from $3 for frites to $7...

entered on 05/02/12 at 03:00 PM | read more »


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