I am a member of Collective Bias and they came up with a fun idea that I wanted to take part. Bloggers from around the country are writing about their favorite restaurants in their hometown and surrounding areas. Soon, we will all link up our blogs so you can check out some of the favorite restaurants from places all over the US. This will be a great list to use if you are heading out of town and want somewhere good to eat!
Below you will find my first 8 favorite restaurants in the Omaha Metro. I would love for you to leave a comment below and let me know your favorite places to eat!
Don & Millie's
Not only are they the home of $0.99 Margaritas, Don & Millie's also offers the most delicious Cheese Frenchees I have ever had! A grilled cheese dipped in batter and fried to perfection. Paired with a pile of fries and a Strawberry Margarita on the rocks or blended. Other tasty items on the menu include the Don and the Double Don that feature USDA Certified Beef and an onion ring on top. You will also find hot dogs, chicken and taco salad. They don't leave the kids out either. Kid friendly meals include items like grilled cheese, hot dog, cheesburger, and it was recently coming with M&Ms!
Dixie Quicks has been open in Council Bluffs for about 2 years now and their Fresh to Table approach is still rocking. The menu is a chalkboard and changes daily based on what is fresh. They offer both lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on Sunday They are not open on Monday. This is a place you will want to make a reservation for as it doesn't seat many. The decor is pretty sweet though!
A restaurant that offers breakfast all day long is a winner in my book. Grab a table at Village Inn on Wednesday and you will also get a Free Slice of Pie with your meal. Not only do they have killer pancakes but the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese is to die for! If you are bringing your child along, order the Smiley Face Pancake for a fun tummy filling meal.
Spaghetti Works in the Old Market is a favorite of mine, not only for the memories, but also for the plates piled high with spaghetti. Build your own bowl of pasta with your choice or noodle and sauce. They have a rockin' salad bar that makes for a meal in itself as well as lots of other goodies on the menu! On a nice evening it's wonderful to sit out on the patio. Makes for the perfect place to recreate your own Lady in the Tramp scene!
Stroll through the Old Market and do some sight seeing or shopping, then stop into Old Chicago for a bite to it. All sorts of pizzas with almost any topping your taste buds desire. They also offer a nice selection of beers and participate in the World Beer Tour where you can try 110 different brews. Little Man loves getting a sundae for dessert when we take our mommy/son lunch dates there.
California Tacos & More
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with hottie Mr. Fieri, this is one taco joint to hit up. Just don't try to hit them up on Sunday because they don't open up on that day. You will more than likely be greeted with a line but it's well worth the wait at California Taco. Not only do they offer tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, but they also have sandwiches and a vegetarian menu.
Barley's Bar & Grill
This popular bar on the Historic 100 Block in Council Bluffs is a busy place, for both drinks and food. Plenty of seating is available at tables and the bar but it does get pretty busy, especially on the weekends. Barley's offers daily specials for lunch and dinner, as well as a salad bar. They are known for their pizza and often feature flavors like Thai Pizza, which is excellant. If you are there on a night when they are offering Chorizo Tacos, you must try them! You can also get the usual cheeseburger, patty melt, chicken strips, and other favorites. If you are looking for a fun night that includes dinner, stop in on a Wednesday for Trivia Night!
This isn't a local restaurant but it made the list because it's a place we go. A lot. Their steak is good. Their pork chops are good. Their giant baked sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and brown sugar are amazing. Not to mention the delicious free bread and buckets of peanuts in the shell to munch on. Try a Razzlesnake if you go and are of age to drink alcoholic beverages!