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Omaha highlights.....

joypirate | Jun 30, 200512:38 AM

Jacobo's Grocery Inc
4621 South 24th Street, Omaha, NE 68107
(402) 733-9009

In the name of all that is good and wondrous, I have long been a fan of this South Omaha staple (at least since it opened in my latter high school years) and sweet leaping crap if they don’t make salsa for which I would happily sacrifice my unborn children. A quick run down:

· Carnitas sing in my mouth. A few dry pieces but these are steam-table carnitas and not to be compared with the freshly roasted sort.
· Chicharrones are solid. Didn’t get a chance to warm them up and throw chili powder on them, a trick I haven’t got around to trying yet.
· For like, no money, you can get their homemade chips (as you face the deli area, these are directly behind you) and the aforementioned salsa, which sits in a magical vat of bliss behind their counter, waiting to be ladled out lovingly by my glorious Mexican people. In terms of spiciness, it falls somewhere between supermarket medium and supermarket hot though my salsa-addled sisters say it is batch-dependent and the heat seems to be creeping up. The freshness is impeccable. Like a freshly made salsa cruda, but juicier. I had chips and salsa for breakfast. This was the reason.

13851 Fnb Parkway, Omaha, NE 68154
(402) 431-0023

Your brother only gets married once, so the least you can do is buy him a steak, a fine, flame-licked piece of bovine. He recommended this place, and despite my knee-jerk hesitation towards its quasi-chainy feel, this was a superb place to come and eat beef and speak as men do. All my limp-wristed liberal arts education melted away as beef blood, liquefied fat and au jus sauce trickled down my chin as I ate some damn tasty prime rib. Had a glass of 7 Oaks Cab Sav, which was, unsurprisingly, oaky. The steaks (not the prime rib) are hardwood grilled and you’d be out of your mind to not pair one of those with one of these oaky reds. It was very difficult explaining to my non-redmeat-eating wife that the expression, “it was like eating freshly cut sawdust” is, oddly, not always said in the pejorative sense. I asked for anchovies on my Caesar Salad and the waitress of impossible Nebraska blondness found this not unusual in the slightest and was tipped accordingly.

Maggie Moo's
12241 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 758-6667

A cursory googling has revealed that this is a chain and that there is not only one on West Center Road, but elsewhere you can find 160 other locations. Just none where I’ve lived. For what it’s worth, this is better than Cold Stone Creamery as the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream is too sticky, though I found the service here equally as incompetent as many Cold Stone Creameries I’ve visited. I ordered the Cheesecake with the butterfinger and it was fine. Also in our group the cheesecake w/graham cracker was tried, as was some sort of berry/oreo mixture. All were good but not amazing.

Don & Millies Restaurant
8405 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 593-6099

I think I remember this being better than it is. Or, more likely, the quality of the cheese frenchie has gone down hill. Now it seems to be a deep-fried cheese-sandwich made with uncrisped very dry white bread. I am almost certain it was previously a crispy-breaded deep-fried grilled cheese. Though, my mother informs me I may be muddling in my memory the now-defunct, “Kings” cheese frenchy and the Don & Millie’s cheese frenchy. I think I disagree as I think the King’s restaurant predates my conscious memory. Though really, if I still lived in Omaha, 99 cent beer is 99 cent beer, and a 99 cent margarita is a 99 cent margarita.

Harkert's Bar-B-Q
4865 Center Street, Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 554-0102

Most Omaha BBQ is closer in style to KC or St. Louis, so, therefore, more saucy and more tomato-y. The rib meat was fantastic but the sauce was a bit much. Again, the brisket sauce was too sweet and unfortunately it prevented me from really tasting the brisket. The rib meat was the stand out; good smoke flavor, perfect texture, just order the sauce on the side.

Guaca Maya Mexican Restaurant
5002 South 33rd Street, Omaha, NE 68107
(402) 330-3062

Usually I like to get my Mexican at the GI Forum on South 20th but it’s closed on Monday so we went here, to the new location (previously on ‘L’ right?). Easily the best carnitas taco I’ve had in many, many moons. The menudo was decent but the chili broth was too easy on the spice and I think I prefer hominy in my menudo. It came appropriately adorned with diced white onion, lime wedges, and chopped cilantro. Tasted the wife’s enchilada and it was also pretty tasty though the sauce could have used a smokier, more chili taste, but that is a personal preference. Rice was sublime, could have eaten piles of it. Beans were pinto beans, as I like, with a bit of crumbled queso fresco for good measure. Chips and salsa were mediocre (chips a bit stale, salsa nothing compared to the tastebud hymn of Jacobo’s). A very big menu in a big, big room where a moustached Mexican could wear a cowboy hat without irony if so inclined (and some were).

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