Meet-the-Parents in Omaha
I'm bringing my fiancee home to Nebraska to meet the folks in a few weeks. I haven't been home for a couple of years (yeah, I know, but it's a long drive from NC!). My parents asked me to pick a place for supper on a Sunday night, and I have no idea where to even start. What recommendations do y'all have for a nice, non-threatening place to meet? Soon-to-be Mr. Organic and I are pretty open to anything, my folks not so much (as an example, they think that Jack and Mary's take out is the best thing for dining in Omaha). Thanks for all your help!
You'll be amazed at how the city's changed (especially West O) as well as the multitude of chains. They're taking over. Since it's on a Sunday, your choices for local stuff will be limited as almost all locally owned (i.e. actually unique) restaurants will be closed.
That said, I'm pretty sure "O" on 82nd and Dodge (Asian fusion, reasonably priced) is open Sundays. There's always bar/pub stuff like Brazen Head as well.
First of all, the object of the trip is for the folks to meet the fiancee - not the meal. So that being said, you want the folks to be relaxed and feeling comfortable. I wouldn't take them to a trendy Sushi Bar or a trendy & noisy mexican restaurant like Roja, for Asian/Fusion or even a Bar/Pub. Sounds like the folks are not the adventurous types so.......La Casa would work (older family-style place with good food & low-key). How about Gorats for steaks, or Johhny's Cafe in South Omaha? Carraba's has good Italian (might be a chain) or Lo Solo Mio (locally owned & great Italian) the folks would be in their comfort-zone in either place also. Be sure to post after you get back to let us know how it all turned out!
I know I'm replying REALLLY late...and thanks for all the recs!!! We ended up at Gorats. Mr. Organic wanted to try a "real and for true" Nebraska steak, since he'd heard so much about them. And MaryJane, you were absolutely right that we wanted to be relaxed and able to talk to each other. Gorats was perfect. No, they're not trendy, and they don't have the latest and greatest techniques. They're just a straightforward Nebraska steakhouse. And MAN do they know how to treat a good hunk of meat. We had the basics, steaks and sides and a bottle of wine that Dad ordered (no idea what it was, even, I was just having too much fun watching Dad and Mr. Organic interacting for the first time).
You know, now that I'm home, I've realized THIS is what my adopted home of Raleigh NC is missing....a very traditional steakhouse, where most of the servers are 40+ years old, the sides are simple (creamed spinach, pasta with red sauce, that sort of thing), and almost a gravitas to the whole thing.
Again, thanks for all the suggestions! The meeting went quite well, and the wedding is still on!