Sycamore-Mike Odette, chef was nominated for the James Beard award
Flat Branch-packed and noisy-good food
Chim's Thai Kitchen @ Cooper's Landing --funky
If you don't mind a drive
Glenn's Cafe @ Frederick Hotel in Boonville-Great food but last time we were there we asked for grilled chicken added to a salad, which they have on the menu as a sandwich and we were told no special items. Also Sundays are a limited family style menu-fried chicken or roast beef and maybe one more entree and choice of sides.
There are lots of great places in Columbia.
Frederick Hotel & Cafe
810 O St, Loup City, NE 68853
Great pizza at Shakespeare's or Tony's.
Murry's has good food and sometimes Jazz, south end of town.
Sophia's is also south and had a great variety on the menu. Last time I enjoyed the horseradish crusted Salmon there.