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Calling all Lincoln, NE, hounds

Kitchen Imp Apr 17, 2011 10:23 AM

I'm about to move to Lincoln, NE, and I'm sad (and a little worried) to see how little action there is about that town here.

Are there any people from Lincoln on Chowhound? If so, can we all promise each other to start posting? There must be good food there!

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  1. Kitchen Imp RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 4, 2011 06:37 PM

    Wow, this is seriously depressing. Is there no one else out there in Lincoln?!?

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      Mushroom RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 13, 2011 06:50 PM

      I wish there was! I'm heading there in a couple of weeks for a wedding and was hoping for a few recommendations.

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        atom12 RE: Mushroom Jun 14, 2011 05:55 AM

        I know people have posted here about Lincoln before. You might have better luck on Yelp. I live in Omaha, so my experience with Lincoln is limited. Firebirds and Laslo's are okay. They occasionally do some cool stuff at Venue out east and the "fancy" place on O st. There's some good Vietnamese to be had, and the Green Gateau (if it's still around) has a pretty good breakfast.

        For bars, my favorite is Barrymore's, though the new owners felt compelled to add a TV.

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        Green Gateau
        330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508

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          Kitchen Imp RE: Mushroom Jun 15, 2011 09:53 AM

          Mushroom, I just spent a week there in preparation for moving there permanently. Here's what I discovered:

          * Super Taco, on Holdrege at 56th, in a strip mall. If you're interested in a totally casual taqueria with fantastic tacos -- adobada, carne asada, chorizo, cabeza, lingua, etc -- this is your place. Ate there twice in four days and can't recommend it highly enough. Soft tacos are $1.35 each and come with lime, cilantro, chopped onion, and a couple slices (sauteed? grilled?) of nopales. Bliss. (You can read many reviews of this place on Yelp - uniformly loved.)

          * Vung Tau, on Y St at 27th. Vietnamese - hole in the wall kind of place - very good pho, with clearly homemade stock. Haven't tried their other dishes yet, but I'm a fan. Also well-regarded on Yelp.

          * Lazlo's in the Haymarket - the service is really excellent. Went there twice in a week, had their Pub Club (really, really good sandwich) and a NY strip steak. Both were perfectly prepared. I'd definitely go back for their feel-good, upper-end midwestern fare. (Not fine dining, but not pub, either - it's sort of the high end of the mid range for Lincoln.)

          * Vincenzo's in the Haymarket - "Italian" - nothing Italian about it, totally Americanized with sauces that taste suspiciously like they came out of a jar. I'll never go back. (Will post more details if anyone wants them - but seriously, this was a 1-star out of 5 experience. Truly awful. A lot like eating at Denny's.)

          * The Oven in the Haymarket - upscale Indian - excellent. Can't go wrong with this one, from what the locals tell me and from my one meal there. Complex flavors, great atmosphere, friendly servers.

          * Tokyo Steak and Seafood House on 27th - Japanese - meh. Not bad, but not great, either. The sushi was fresh enough, but pretty pricey compared to what I'm used to (San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto) for such a mid-range place. I'll keep searching for a good sushi source in Lincoln. Any suggestions?

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          Super Taco
          5501 Holdrege St, Lincoln, NE 68504

          Vung Tau Restaurant
          2708 Y St, Lincoln, NE 68503

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          mander RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 15, 2011 03:04 AM

          Search is your friend. There are many posts on Lincoln. To update some of my previous posts,

          Venue has a new chef but I haven't been. The old Venue chef is now at Lincoln Country Club and doing a great job. I also have become a fan of Blue Orchid of late. Their panang salmon is quite tasty.

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            Kitchen Imp RE: mander Jun 15, 2011 09:37 AM

            I have searched - was trying to generate *new* posts, since things are so quiet on this board. (Or maybe you were talking to Mushroom?)

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              Mushroom RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 15, 2011 01:50 PM

              Cool. We'll only be there for one meal - dinner on Friday and maybe lunch on Saturday (depending on what the rest of the wedding crew is doing).

              For what it's worth the following three were recommended to me by my husband's co-worker:

              Blue Orchid - Thai

              Bison Witches - Pub

              Green Gateau - French Bistro

              Good luck with your move!

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              Green Gateau
              330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508

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                Kitchen Imp RE: Mushroom Jun 16, 2011 07:58 AM

                I've heard great things about Blue Orchid, and there are some reports about Green Gateau on this board. Never hear of Bison Witches. Have fun!

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                mander RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 17, 2011 05:54 PM

                Fair enough. Mushroom is spot on in her/his assessments. I am not a fan of Green Gateau but many are, similar fan base as Ideal Grocery (I prefer Leon's). Have never understood Bison Witches. The sandwiches are large and good but nothing special.

                Another place I have become a fan of lately is Kinja. It is at 70th and Pioneers and is the best Japanese in town.

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                Green Gateau
                330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508

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                  Kitchen Imp RE: mander Jun 17, 2011 10:00 PM

                  Thanks for the rec re: Kinja, Mander. Just out of curiosity - was it my assessments that you meant were spot on? (Not an ego thing, I'm genuinely wondering which of us you meant, since Mushroom didn't really give any assessments, just a list that other people had recommended, and since I'm new to Lincoln I'm eager to know whether my first impressions were correct.)

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                    mander RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 18, 2011 05:39 PM

                    OOPS. Misread your note. Yes Kitched Imp your assessments were spot on.

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                      Mushroom RE: mander Jun 19, 2011 05:46 PM

                      Hahahaha! I was thinking the same thing! (Gotta love the chowhound "view" of threads.)

                      As it is, through the grapevine, I've heard the rehearsal dinner is going to be held at Green Gateau (my souce is not the most reliable so it could actually end up being held at a greenhouse). Anyway....don't want to crash the party and my hubbie is making noise about "just ordering pizza". This would be the same husband that said "do some Lincoln restaurant research".

                      Going to push for Blue Orchad as I've had a hankering for Thai.

                      God help me...we'll probably end up with Pizza Hut.

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                      Green Gateau
                      330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508

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                        mander RE: Mushroom Jun 20, 2011 09:03 AM

                        Indeed on the Chowhound view.

                        Sam and Louie's for pizza in Lincoln BTW.

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            Mushroom RE: Kitchen Imp Jun 27, 2011 10:03 AM

            We ended up going for wings at The Watering Hole down on O Street. It's a real dive bar - loved it! We all ordered wings so I can't comment on any of their other food (though I heard their burgers are quite tasty, too).
            The wings were great - especially the grilled ones. They also had a very respectable array of beers on tap. They are remodeling in a couple of weeks...not sure if they are completely shutting down for it or not.

            Also had my first Runza...perfect for a hangover (which I'm not admitting I had). Tastes a lot like a hoagie verson of a White Castle slider.

            Had good reports from fellow wedding guests about Lazlo's Brewery and Green Gateau. But can't comment on them personally.

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            Green Gateau
            330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508

            Watering Hole
            1321 O St, Lincoln, NE 68508

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              mander RE: Mushroom Jun 28, 2011 07:13 AM

              Good call on wings from the Watering Hole. Remodeling? Say it ain't so!

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              holdthecow RE: Kitchen Imp Oct 1, 2011 09:02 AM

              Having been to Lincoln several times, I always look forward to the next trip and the eats. I consider Lincoln an oasis in the desert when it comes to being a foodie. You'll be surprised, pleasantly, by the wide range of options and choices. The presence of all of the feed lots and agricultural conglomerates has resulted in a high number of immigrants in the city doing the work. You'll find Indian, African, Vietnamese markets, and restaurants ranging from more upscale, ie The Oven for sublime Indian food (two locations) to Sher-i Punjab (more low-key, tucked away, and just as yummy.) Blue Orchid is good, the Parthenon is decent (having lived in Athens I'm a bit picky about my Greek food). Nebraskans are open and welcoming people. Talk with them and you'll get all kinds of tips on interesting places to eat. When you find yourself traveling west on the highway someday, be sure to stop in Cozad and try the Italian restaurant and report back, it's Bella Italia.

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              Bella Italia
              114 W 7th St, Cozad, NE 69130

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