Restaurants & Bars

Dario's (Omaha) -- brief recap

SmallCap | Jan 16, 200812:31 PM

I thought I'd take a moment & give a positive plug for Dario's Brasserie in Omaha -- for those of you familiar with the Dundee area, it's virtually next door to Mark's, same side of the street, I can't remember what used to occupy that spot.

(It seems like a lot of restaurants -- most of them pretty good! -- come & go in that area, so I don't know how long Dario's has been there, but this was my first trip.)

The website (www.dariosbrasserie.com) bills itself as French/Belgian, & although I cannot speak to how exactly I would interpret that combination, everything we ordered was excellent. It's a mid-sized menu of 3 or 4 sandwiches, 4 or 5 appetizers, & main courses that I must admit we didn't try since we are "small plate" eaters; there are nightly special features/prices as well, but It was "mussel night" the evening we dined, & I am not a big mussel-eater.

(It had actually been my intention to try at least one of their crepe dishes, since I am a HUGE crepe-fan, but the 2 appetizers & 2 sandwiches we ate left no room for the poor crepes! And although I usually hesitate to recommend specific menu items, since that is such a matter of personal preference, I will say the lamb/beef sausage sandwich was EXCELLENT. I would still love to hear if their crepes are as good as they sounded, though...)

Dario's actually reminded me in some ways OF Mark's -- an unassuming atmosphere (classy yet casual, if that is not an oxymoron?), the menu a bit unusual & very reasonably priced (somewhere between casual & fine dining), with a "neighborhood-place" kind of feel, etc. It was a very comfortable dining experience for lack of a better word.

I was also reminded -- for any of you familiar with Des Moines -- a bit of La Mie, the provincial French bakery/restaurant located here where I live. Dario's menu is more-expansive than that, but the preparation & presentation was similar in some respects.

There was a nice little bar area toward the back of Dario's long dining room, which I'm sure would be a lovely little spot to catch a drink after work, & their wine list appeared diverse & not overpriced -- although, alas, my dining companion & I are "corkage fee" (aka, bring your own wine) people. But for any beer drinkers out there, that seems to be a specialty of Dario's as well... perhaps that is the "Belgian" part of "French/Belgian"! :-)


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