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Review: Jams in Omaha

SmalLCap | Jul 19, 200401:00 PM

Having eaten at Jams in Omaha about half a dozen times, I figured it was finally time for a Chowhound review.

This strip-mall establishment in mid-town is evidently somewhat of an institution, consistently one of the city's most popular indie spots. It is definitely (by midwestern standards) a place to "see & be seen," & that goes for both lunch & dinner... lots of beautiful Omaha yuppies & the after-work crowd... I've never been there & not seen the restaurant busy & the wall-long bar even busier.

The menu is part-staples (combo of lunch/dinner) & a page of chef's specials that rotates frequently. The food is always passable or better... they do nice "twists" on comfort food (ribs, meat loaf, etc.) more successfully than some other items... interesting (albeit oversized) salads... & the appetizers are excellent, as befits a restaurant with such a popular bar.

The atmosphere (although pretty nice for its location) wouldn't be defined as cozy or romantic... I am never a fan of those tables in which one side is a booth & the other a chair... & service, although competent & efficient, has never been what you'd call overly friendly.

Notwithstanding, I seem to end up at Jams frequently. It's one of those places that seemes to come to mind when you're driving around in search of somewhere nicer than Applebee's but not so nice that you'd feel uncomfortable in jeans. Well, some people *never* feel uncomfortable in jeans, but that's another story... anyway.

Kudos also go to Jams for their hours -- I've frequently found them open during blizzards when everywhere else was shut down, & their kitchen serves later than many. It'd also make an excellent first-date spot, IMO.

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