Restaurant Guide

Restaurant Guide Index:

(List of Recommended Restaurants from Various Sources)

Arizona: Phoenix | Tucson

Arkansas

California: Los Angeles | Orange County | San Bernardino/Riverside | San Diego | San Francisco/Bay Area

Colorado: Denver

Idaho

Kansas: Kansas City

Louisiana: New Orleans

Missouri: Kansas City | St. Louis

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico: Albuquerque | Las Cruces

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City | Tulsa

Oregon: Portland

Texas: Austin | Dallas/Fort Worth | El Paso | Houston | San Antonio

Utah

Washington: Seattle

Wyoming


This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others. I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.


Note: Steve’s Restaurant Reviews (the ones I have personally visited) are found  Here

Restaurant Guide–Nebraska

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Bellevue

Adana’s–3604 Twin Creek Dr. (Turkish) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it is authentic Turkish food. It is served fast food style, though, with meals served in styrofoam containers. (5-30-17)

IPho #1–2403 Towne Center Dr. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Some say it is excellent, and some say the quality and menu choices are excellent but some items are lacking in the Vietnamese herbs and flavoring they should have. Still, though, it is inexpensive and good. (5-30-17)

Korean Grill–1408 Harlan Dr. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it has a true Korean taste. (5-30-17)

Quick Bites Soul Food–105 W. Mission Ave. (Soul Food) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say the food has very good flavor and maintains a consistent quality. (5-30-17)

Columbus

Restaurant Vallarta–1153 23rd Ave. (Mexican) Closed Mon & Tue.  This seems to be the most authentic Mexican restaurant in town, but it only serves tacos, tortas, etc. (not plate or combination dinners). (5-30-17)

Fremont

Huey’s Smokehouse BBQ–2204 N. Bell St. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  One of the best barbecue restaurants in Nebraska–a good place to experience Nebraska style BBQ (which I think is close to Kansas City style). Brisket, turkey, ribs, and pulled pork all get excellent reviews. (6-1-17)

Savannakhet–507 N. D St. (Lao).  This is not strictly a Lao restaurant (it has several types of Asian cuisine). However, Lao food is the specialty, and it gets very good reviews (pad thai, lap chicken, curry chicken, and spicy Thai chicken are recommended). (5-30-17)

Gering

Tea Garden–3485 N. 10th St. (Thai).  Reviewers say the Thai food is authentic, and the other food is very good (Chinese, Japanese, even an American breakfast with biscuits and gravy). (6-1-17)

Grand Island

Farmer’s Daughter–105 N. Walnut St. (American).  Described as food that a person’s grandmother would have made. Popular for breakfast, but lunch is said to be equally good (I don’t know if it’s open for dinner). Hot beef sandwich is especially recommended. (5-30-17)

Royal Indian Cuisine–3337 W. State St. (Indian) Closed Mon.  This is the restaurant in Grand Island with the best reviews on Yelp. Reviewers say it is big city quality. Serves Indian and Nepali food. Has a lunch buffet, as well as lunch specials. (5-30-17)

Hastings

Odyssey–521 W. 2nd St. (American) Closed Sun.  Has the best reviews in Hastings on Yelp. Steaks and hamburgers seem to be the most popular items, but menu has a lot of other choices. (5-30-17)

Kearney

Suwannee Thai–1420 W. 24th St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon, and closed Sat lunch.  Good food with fresh vegetables. Most don’t seem to want food spicy or order it that way, so I don’t know if those who want it Thai spicy can get it that way. The problem here seems to be one person in the kitchen turning out orders when there are often more customers than the kitchen can handle. (5-30-17)

The Flippin’ Sweet–203 E. 25th St. (Pizza) Open Daily.  This seems to be the most popular restaurant in town with locals, because they say it actually has flavor (as opposed to what passes too often for good food in Nebraska). The Flippin’ Sweet Burger Joint is also very popular in town. (5-30-17)

Lincoln

Ajora Falls–313 N. 27th St. (Ethiopian) Open daily except Sat lunch.  This is a one man operation who serves the food as if you were visiting his home (you can customize your order and if there is one item you particularly like he’ll give you more of it). Some people seem to think the flavor is so good it really doesn’t matter what you order. (5-30-17)

Amu Manu Ramen Bar–121 Centennial Mall S. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  I am not quoting the reviewers exactly, but what I understand is that this is probably not great ramen by west coast standards, but on a cold day on the Nebraska plains this soup makes an excellent meal. (5-30-17)

Daffodil Mediterranean–5500 Old Cheney Rd. (Persian) Closed Mon & closed Sun evening.  Serves Persian food, and not just kabobs (the plate dinners look very good from the photos). (5-30-17)

Hub Cafe–250 N. 21st St. (New American) Open 7:30 am to 2:30 pm (closed Mon).  This is a “fresh and local” restaurant with both higher prices and higher quality than most other places. Has some interesting items such as Moroccan mint tea, avocado and preserved lemon toast for breakfast, gyro, huevos rancheros. Breakfast is served all day; lunch available after 11 am; brunch on Sat & Sun. (5-30-17)

Imperial Palace–701 N. 27th St. (Chinese) Open daily except Sat lunch.  Has a “secret” menu with authentic Chinese food (just ask for the Chinese menu). Seems to specialize in spicy food (northern Chinese and Sichuan style). (5-30-17)

The Oven–201 N. 8th St. (Indian) Open daily (dinner only).  This is not a buffet restaurant–you order from the menu, and they emphasize quality over quantity. Has specialties from Bhutan as well as Indian food. Malai kofta has good reviews. Several reviewers recommend the vegetarian Thali (sampler plate). (5-30-17)

Vung Tau–2708 Y St. (Vietnamese) Open 10 am to 7 pm (6 pm on Sun)–closed Mon.  Reviewers say the pho is better than in Omaha. Also serves vermicelli bowls, and apparently has other items (but I could not find a menu on line to verify this). (5-30-17)

Norfolk

El Rodeo–107 W. Norfolk Ave. (Mexican).  Serves authentic Mexican street tacos. This and burritos are the most popular items. (6-1-17)

North Platte

Tempura–221 E. 6th St. (Japanese) Closed Mon.  Sushi restaurant that also serves Bento boxes and Chinese food. All have good reviews, but the Chinese food is made to American tastes. (6-1-17)

Ogallala

Golden Village–105 E. 1st St. (Chinese) Open daily except Mon evening.  Probably Peking is the restaurant that serves off-the-menu authentic Chinese food, but I am not sure (so I’m including the name and address of this restaurant in case it is the right one). (6-1-17)

Peking–112 E. A St. (Chinese). A post on Chowhound indicated that there was a Chinese restaurant in town that served authentic Chinese food if you requested it (it may not be on the menu). There was no name given, but it is the one “on the east side of town” (both Chinese restaurants are actually on the east side of town). Reviews on Yelp seem to indicate it is Peking, but I’m not sure. (6-1-17)

Omaha

American GI Forum–2002 N St. (Mexican) Closed Mon. This is a non-profit veteran organization that serves either authentic Mexican food or very good Tex-Mex (according to different reviewers), but in any case they say it is very good, tastes homemade, and is cheap. Hours are erratic (apparently because of being a non-profit and being staffed by volunteers), but it is open much more often than it is closed. (6-1-17)

Canton House–4849 N. 90th St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Authentic Chinese restaurant with dim sum (Shanghai dumplings are included in the dim sum menu). Has a lot of menu options as well (this is a restaurant with hanging ducks and other traditional Chinese touches). (6-1-17)

Crystal Jade–7255 Cedar St. (Malaysian) Open Daily.  Serves several Asian cuisines, but Malaysian food is the specialty. Good dishes include amazing chicken and lemak. Has pad thai which sounds different from the Thai version, but it does not have great reviews. (6-1-17)

Gerda’s–5180 Leavenworth St. (German) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Wed-Sat.  On many people’s list of the best restaurants in the city. The menu changes daily and they have specials every day. Has a bakery and these items are quite popular as well. (6-1-17)

Laos Thai–4520 S. 24th St. (Lao) Closed Sun.  Cash only, but has very low prices. Has several types of curry and has a few dishes not found in many Thai or Lao restaurants in the US. Reviewers say some of the curries are more like a thin soup (so ask about unfamiliar dishes before ordering). (6-1-17)

Lithuanian Bakery–7427 Pacific St. (Bakery) Open 8 am to 6 pm (4 pm on Sat); closed Sun.  Popular for their sweets, but also serves sandwiches and other lunch items. The Napoleonas torte is their specialty. (6-1-17)

Mother India–3572 Leavenworth St. (Indian) Closed Sun & Mon.  The favorite restaurant in town for many who appreciate the delicate herbs and spices of India. This is a no-frills restaurant which is very small and does not have a buffet (they have a large take-out business). The biggest downside for some is that it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer (but an outdoor patio is also available in the summer). (6-1-17)

The Drover–2121 S. 73rd St. (Steaks) Open daily except Sun lunch.  This is a popular old-school Omaha steakhouse with good reviews. Whiskey steak is the specialty (most people say it is very good, and enhances the flavor). Down sides for some people are the service, prices, and side dishes. The salad bar somewhat makes up for the side dishes, though. Steaks run about $45. (6-1-17)

Upstream Brewing–514 S. 11th St. (American) Open daily (open late night).  Some say that if there is such a thing as typical Nebraska food, this is the place to find it. Pot roast, meat loaf, beer cheese soup, burgers, and steak with mushroom sauce are popular. (6-1-17)

Scottsbluff

El Molcajete–1013 E. Overland (Mexican).  Reviewers say it has good food with red and green sauces (not Tex-Mex). I’m not sure it is completely authentic, but it certainly seems to be the closest you will find within a number of miles in NE and WY. (6-1-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Nebraska)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Nebraska)

Zomato (Omaha)

 

Restaurant Guide–St Louis

Restaurant Guide Main Index


Missouri


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alton, IL

Morrison’s Irish Pub–200 State St. (Irish) Closed Mon.  An Irish pub that puts as much emphasis on the food as it does the drinks (has a very interesting menu selection). (4-27-17)

Creve Coeur, MO

Mayuri–12513 Olive Blvd. (Indian) Open Daily.  Very good south Indian food with thali available. However, customers are disappointed if they get the buffet or if they order north Indian food (this restaurant is best for south Indian). Dosas are recommended. (4-21-17)

Edwardsville, IL

Cleveland-Health–106 N. Main St. (New American) Closed Sun.  Serves locally sourced food. Some dishes are Asian (ginger tofu, etc) and Mexican (tacos, etc). The Asian dishes get better reviews, though. Everything here is healthy and good (at least if you appreciate fresh flavors as opposed to things being highly salted or spiced). Apparently Cleveland and Health are the names of the owners (but “health” is also the objective of the food they serve). (4-21-17)

Granite City, IL

Itty-Bitty–512 E. Chain of Rocks Rd. (American). A small diner with good burgers, fish sandwich, chicken and dumplings, etc. Breakfast is also popular. (4-21-17)

Petri Cafe–1416 20th St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only. I found the following information about this restaurant that is interesting: (1) it has been in the same family since 1946, (2) serves a bowl of chili that is very popular and seems to be a good representation of the regional style here, (3) Hungarian cabbage soup is another very popular dish. The bottom line is that it is an authentic diner that may have ethnic roots. The fish sandwich is another recommended dish. (4-21-17)

Mascoutah, IL

Roemer Topf–1415 McKinley Rd. (German) Closed Sun & Mon; closed Sat lunch.  Good German food in a family run restaurant. Has lunch specials. Beer choice is very good. Dessert (strudel) is very good. Some say, though, that it is sometimes closed at non-posted times (so it may be a good idea to call ahead if you have to make a long trip to get there). (4-21-17)

Olivette, MO

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9200 Olive Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but the reviews are more inconsistent than some of the other restaurants. Pulled pork and brisket have good reviews (and many like the smoked turkey). Many say the sauces are one of the big draws, and desserts are a must. (4-27-17)

Overland, MO

Chef Ma’s–2336 Woodson Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  A small restaurant in an old Taco Bell that has a short menu of the owner’s special dishes (mostly Hong Kong and Cantonese style). Braised tofu is popular. Prices are very cheap (probably the cheapest in St. Louis for authentic Chinese food). Note: apparently some items are pictured on the wall but are not listed on the menu. (4-21-17)

Haveili Indian–9720 Page Ave. (Indian) Closed Mon.  Probably the most authentic Indian restaurant in town, based on the reviews of people from Indian. (4-27-17)

St. Charles, MO

Hendricks BBQ–1200 Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  This is considered one of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but Yelp reviews are not quite as high as some others. It is still very good, though. The strength here is that you don’t just go for the BBQ–it is a family restaurant and the total meal (with sides and dessert) is a very good dining experience. (4-27-17)

Spiro’s–2275 Bluestone Dr. (Greek) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Upscale restaurant with Mediterranean food, but the most popular items are Greek (such as the saganaki). I think you have a choice of very expensive dinners or more moderate (but still good) ones. (4-27-17)

Tango–2012 Campus Dr. (Argentinian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Empanadas are the specialty. (4-27-17)

St John, MO

El Comal–8724 St. Charles Rock Rd. (Mexican) Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.  Owner is from Oaxaca and has a few Oaxacan items on the menu, but can prepare a few others by special request (reviewers say they were very happy with this food). (4-30-17)

St. Louis, MO

Anthonino’s Taverna–2225 Macklind Ave. (Greek & Italian) Closed Sun.  Serves both Greek and Italian food, and reviewers say both are excellent. Most go for the Italian food, though, because there are more menu items and many say this is some of the best Italian food they’ve ever had (pizza is the most recommended item). Greek menu is limited. (4-21-17)

Baida–3191 S. Grand Blvd. (Moroccan) Closed Mon.  Good reviews, and it looks as if it has an extensive menu. (4-21-17)

Blues City Deli–2438 McNair Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun; open 11 am to 4 pm other days except that it’s open until 8 pm on Thu.  Very good sandwiches that would bring you here just for that, but it has the added attraction of live blues music Sat. and on Thursday evening. (4-21-17)

Chaparritos–2812 Cherokee St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  A highly rated authentic Mexican restaurant, but one which is not upscale and does not charge alta cocina prices (this restaurant specializes in tacos and similar dishes). (4-30-17)

Italian on the Hill (these are some of the most famous Italian restaurants in the city):

  • Cunetto House of Pasta–5453 Magnolia Ave. Closed Mon; closed Sat & Sun lunch. Best known for its chicken spedini (but locals order quite a few other dishes). The house salad is very highly acclaimed. (4-21-17)
  • Guido’s–5046 Shaw Ave. Open daily (open until 11 pm weekdays and midnight on weekends). Best known for its pizza. People also recommend their tapas and the salad. (4-21-17)
  • Lorenzo’s–1933 Edwards St. Dinner only (open daily).  Northern Italian style. Risotto, penne with eggplant, and gnocchi are some of the specialties.  (4-21-17)
  • Trattoria Marcella–3600 Watson Rd. Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Menu is very representative of “St. Louis style” Italian food. The popular dishes here are the Italian standards–lasagna, ravioli, rigatoni, etc. (4-21-17)

Nixta–1621 Tower Grove Ave. (Mexican) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviewers really like the mole negro, and everything else seems to be good as well. Alta cocina food that is authentic in the “modern” tradition of Mexican food. The menu on Yelp showed the mole as costing $29, but a lot of other dishes are considerably less expensive. (4-30-17)

Onesto Pizza–5401 Finkman St. (Italian) Lunch Fri-Sun; dinner daily.  Has a full menu, but it’s best known for its east coast style pizza. (4-21-17)

Pappy’s Smokehouse–3106 Olive St. (BBQ) Open daily except Sun evening.  World class BBQ, especially the ribs and burnt ends (according to reviewers). Line is long but customers say don’t panic–you will get a table. (4-21-17)

Sidney Street Cafe–2000 Sidney St. (Fine Dining) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Excellent food at expensive prices. The owner is the grandson of the couple who opened La Tertulia in Santa Fe (the best New Mexican food I have ever experienced). Some sources say the restaurant serves some of the dishes from La Tertulia, but the only possible one I see on the April 2017 menu is the Sweetbread Tostada (an appetizer). Still, I’m listing the restaurant in case they have other choices on other menus. (4-21-17)

The Shaved Duck–2900 Virginia Ave. (Soul Food) Closed Sun.  This appears to be a very upscale restaurant but does not have “fine dining” prices. Meatloaf and BBQ (ribs, pulled chicken, etc.) are some of the most popular entrees. Cornbread, mac & cheese, and smothered fries are recommended side dishes. There is not a dish to avoid, but some say the burnt ends are not up to KC standards. (4-21-17)

Wei Hong–3175 S. Grand Blvd. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Tue).  Cantonese food (has authentic Chinese menu). Reviewers recommend the dim sum. (4-21-17)

University City, MO

Cate Zone–8148 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Sichuan style food that can be fiery hot (ask about it if you’re not sure). Reviewers say the food is excellent. (4-21-17)

Dao Tien–8600 Olive Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed between 3 and 5 pm).  Broken rice with pork chop is the favorite. Large menu. (4-21-17)

Private Kitchen–8106 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Some call this upscale, but it is mainly because they have some upscale dishes such as Peking duck. It specializes in Shanghai style food, though, so a good choice is the Lion’s Head soup or the soup dumplings. One diner also mentioned the baby pork rib in plum sauce. (4-21-17)

Salt + Smoke–6525 Delmar Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL. Probably the biggest strength here is that all meats are good, so order something you normally would not choose at other restaurants. (4-27-17)

Tai Ke–8604 Olive Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closed Mon.  Reviewers say this is the real deal. It has cheap prices and a large menu. Dishes are a little different from those in most Chinese restaurants, but they have many “safe” dishes along with the more adventurous ones. (4-21-17)

Wei Hong–7740 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Authentic Cantonese food. Has dim sum, but reviews seem to indicate that the St. Louis location has better dim sum. (4-21-17)

Wildwood, MO

Thai Bistro–2436 Taylor Rd. (Thai & Lao) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sun.  People say the food is flavorful and owner talks to customers to see if they want anything specially prepared. Reviewers say the pad thai is especially good (I see this a lot for restaurants which serve Lao food). (4-21-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (St. Louis)

St. Louis Magazine (St. Louis Italian Food)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Missouri)

Zomato (St. Louis)