Plenty of Hops to go around, The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is having a Brew and Blues at the Zoo night for ADULTS only. On July 28, you can sample local beers from Thunderhead Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewery, Gottberg Brewing as well as others while listening to some Nebraska blues from music champions Lil’Slim Blues Band. Brats and Burgers will also be available. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Your ticket includes three drinks and admission to event. You can visit the Lincoln Zoo’s website at www.lincolnzoo.org for more information or to purchase advance tickets. The Brew and Blues runs from 6p.m. to 10p.m.
Dante Pizzeria is offering a happier Happy Hour Menu. Happy Hour is between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the new items are a mini meatball panino for just $3 each and antipasti selections that include sea salt and balsamic vinegar chips, zucchini fritti and the crostini and fresh house-made ricotta with seasonal jam. The Dante flatbreads are favorite appetizers and the new flatbread menu includes: coppa with rosemary, garlic and mozzarella; sausage and ricotta; sopressata; tre formaggi (three cheese); and peppers and garlic varieties, each affordably priced at $5. The Happy Hour drink menu has expanded also. All the drinks on the Happy Hour Menu are value-priced at $5. Special summer martinis include the peach blossom, a refreshing blend of vodka, peach liqueur, amaretto and limejuice, the lemon drop (vodka and lemon juice), the cosmopolitan and the classic dirty. Specialty cocktails on the Happy Hour menu this summer are: Peach Bellini, Classic Manhattan, Long Island iced tea (it wouldn’t be summer without it), and Margarita. Dante Ristorante and Pizzeria is at 16901 Wright Plaze in the shops of Legacy.
According to Forbes.com, Five Guys Burgers and Fries is the fastest growing chain in America. The private burger chain has over a thousand restaurants in the US and Canada and has committed to opening another 1,500 spots within the next year. Since 2006, the company has grown 792% according to the Technomic, a Chicago based food industry research group.The entire chain will surpass one billion dollars in revenue this year. Omaha is home to three Five Guy restaurants and Lincoln currently has just one. For all locations, visit www.fiveguys.com.
TASTE ALERT: J.Coco has a menu item that is above and beyond the norm from a taste and flavor perspective. The “Bouillabaisse” Style Whitefish Sandwich which can be found on both the lunch and dinner menus and is a sandwich that should not be missed (rather we should be beating down the doors, so to speak.) The fish is lightly seared, flakey and perfected with a touch of salty seasonings then served on top of a brioche bun with roasted peppers and saffron aioli. The flavors are overly complimentary to each other and create a smooth and buttery sandwich that leaves you licking the juices from your fingertips. Priced at $12, this Taste Alert sandwich comes with fries or a house salad. J.Coco is located in the old Wolner’s Grocery store at 5203 Leavenworth Street.