A Gastronomic Tour of Lincoln, Nebraska

So we went on a little road trip. It would have been more pleasant if there wasn’t a blizzard in Oklahoma and southern Kansas on Saturday. Luckily, I listened to the travel warnings and we left on Sunday. Unluckily, there was was some snow and freezing here on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Short plea to Texas drivers: Please DO NOT brake every time you see ice. I know it’s scary, but slamming your brakes on ice only creates more problems. We have ice here at least once a year. Why can you not learn from experience? If it is simply physically or mentally impossible for you to not brake, then please stay home. Thank you. This has been a Tucker service announcement on Texas ice driving.

Now for food! Since I was not at home and did not have access to my kitchen, I got to eat out. And I had some great experiences. On Sunday evening after finally making it out of Oklahoma (don’t worry, I’m not going to start in on OK drivers:), we stopped at Runza in Beatrice. I know Beatrice is 30 or 40 minutes south of Lincoln, but they have Runza in Lincoln, too. I’m so glad we did stop at the one in Beatrice. It was great and not greasy. The last couple of times we’ve been to Runzas on the south side of Lincoln, it’s been really greasy. So Runza makers in Lincoln, go to Beatrice and re-learn how it’s supposed to be done! For those of you who have no idea what a Runza is: It’s a bread pocket filled with seasoned hamburger and cabbage and in my case, melted cheese. There are several different varieties. They also have great fries. It’s a “must eat” for us every time we go home.

On Monday we got to eat lunch at the fairly new Capital City Grill (good pick, Ken), in the Haymarket at 8th & Q. Loved it! The decor is nice and the service is really good. But the star of the show was the food. I had the Sacramento Capital City Bowl with three cheese risotto. It was awesome! Everyone we were with really liked their meals. I would definitely recommend it. For dinner on Monday, we ate at La Paz. It’s quite popular in Lincoln and with good reason. The food is good, the prices are reasonable and the servers are nice. I had the Taco La Paz with chicken – yum. I love the chips and salsa they put on the table. Everyone at our table loved their food. The chicken and cream cheese enchiladas got extra raves.

Two more “must eats” that we missed this time are Valentino’s and Venue. There are lots of good restaurants in Lincoln. These are just a few that we really like. Venue is especially good and we usually get to eat there every December.

Special note to friends and family that we didn’t get to see: We were only in town for 38 hours (which makes the 20.5 hours of driving we did seem even worse). Most of our time was spent at our Nephew’s confirmation (as was our intention). We hope to see you next time. And Aunt Sue: I did see you for about two seconds, but you didn’t see me. Love your new car!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kristin on March 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I have Runza envy! We love to hit the Beatrice location coming and going if possible. So much for avoiding snow in March!


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