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Excellent food and spirits

Excellent food and spirits

Review of: Prestige Spirits & Catering
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
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Living in San Francisco, sometimes you take for granted the quality of lunches available at a fair price. Here, it can sometimes be a struggle to find something better than Quiznos or Subway without paying an arm and a leg.

On my last trip to Omaha, I was introduced to the folks at Prestige Spirits and Catering – a small strip mall storefront that combines a spirits shop, catering operation and small restaurant.

Today, I had a very nice cajun shrimp appetizer – spicy well cooked shrimp on a slice of garlic toast. This was followed by a classic patty melt with bacon and pesto which goes down in my book as one of the top 10 burgers I’ve had in recent memory – well worth the $10 they charged.

If you’re in Omaha, it’s highly recommended.

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Great steak with all the trimmings…

Great steak with all the trimmings…

Review of: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
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I’m back in Omaha for a quick business trip and was taken to Fleming’s, a small steak chain on the same scale as Morton’s.

Since it’s a steakhouse, there is one thing to talk about: the beef – and here it was very well done. I had a 22 ounce bone-in ribeye cooked just the way I like it – on the rare side of medium rare. The perfectly prepared beef was joined by two potato sides and two vegetable sides. For the potatoes, we went with a parmesan mashed and a “Fleming’s Potatoes” – an au gratin with jalapenos and cheddar. The veggies were sauteed spinach (not bad, but I have had much, much better) and some steamed mixed vegetables that looked a little limp and overcooked, so I declined to partake in them.

The highlight of the meal: the steak, hands down. The big miss: the “cappuccino” which was a barely passable cafe au lait (though I was warned that there were some problems with the cappuccino maker after receiving the coffee).

It’s a good steak – one of the better ribeye steaks that I’ve had in a long, long while.

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Gut, aber nicht Sehr Gut

Gut, aber nicht Sehr Gut

Review of: Suppenkueche
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 3
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Having lived in Munich for two years, there’s something comforting about Bavarian cuisine. When it’s done exceptionally well, it’s a play of tender roasted meats, rich sauces and handmade dumplings that can’t be beat. When it’s done any less than perfect, it’s a heavy, gloppy mess that sits like a bowling ball in your gut for the better part of the week.

There lies the dichotomy of Suppenkueche – over the past 13 years, I’ve had amazing Bavarian dinners there that could stand up to Munich’s best, and I’ve had meals that left me searching the medicine cabinet for an Alka Seltzer.

The good news is that yesterday’s meal was back on the good side – Jaegerschnitzel, a pounded pork cutlet pan fried with a mushroom sauce, with spaetzle that were light, fluffy and perfectly buttery. I accompanied this with a selection of beer ranging from a northern Koenig Pils to a Muenchner Maibock from Hofbraeuhaus.

Can I give the restaurant four stars? I’d love to as the menu is traditional, and every German I bring in agrees that it smells like home. However, high prices for beer and inconsistency in the food quality keeps me from giving that elusive fourth star.

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Barely better than average steak

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Decent Irish Bar

Decent Irish Bar

Review of: O’dowd’s Little Dublin
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 3
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I wonder if the largest Irish exports are just Irish bars, or at least the pseudo-memorabilia that seems to line the walls of every Irish bar. I say pseudo-memorabilia in this case because O’Dowd’s is owned by a bar/restaurant chain and is probably less than 20 years old – and the historical relics laid out everywhere were purchased from a wholesaler, not from the owner’s travels through the emerald isles.

With that said, the Murphy’s was good, but served incorrectly in a British pint glass, not an Irish stout glass – and the Jameson’s, well, it was Jameson’s.

I could see myself sitting in the corner of this bar, drinking whisky and stout while listening to the seisun (this time a bodhran player and a guitarist) play old Irish songs. It’s nothing special, but sometimes that’s what makes places like this so inviting.

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Perfect Pulled Pork

Perfect Pulled Pork

Review of: L C’s Bar-B-Q
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
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You know you’re heading into a great barbecue joint when the owner’s “office” is the formica table in the corner – stacked with paperwork, half finished bottles of soda and coffee and maybe a baseball cap or two. You don’t come here for the decor or the widescreen television playing CNN in the corner. You come here for the ‘cue.

Unlike the fru-fru ‘cue shops in cities like San Francisco and New York, this joint puts the meat dead center… as in right behind the cash register – and when the smoke pit’s black iron doors open up when one of the chefs puts in or pulls out some sort of succulent meat, all you can smell is sweet smoky goodness.

The ribs look amazing, but the combo sandwich – half sliced brisket and half pulled pork with a side of fries is how I roll. The fries? Fantastic. The pulled pork? The best I have ever had, hands down. The brisket? Honestly, I’ve had better – not that it was bad – but compared to the pulled pork, it just wasn’t spectacular. Next time, I’ll try the burnt ends – they looked amazing.

If you have a craving for the Q, the whole Q and nothing but the Q – jump in the car and head on over. You won’t regret it.

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