Issue 30

A Spin on Comfort Classics

A Spin on Comfort Classics

Food is a big part of tradition, and Fall is the time of year for comfort foods. The long, cold winter is not far away, and we crave something warm and familiar for dinner. There are many places to find the great classic dishes in Omaha, and here are Food & Spirit’s top choices for great takes on American standards.

Granite City’s Grilled London Broil with Bourbon Sauce is the classic London Broil with a twist. Cooked to perfection, it rests on a bed of crispy onion strings and is topped with a delicious bourbon sauce. Priced at $16.50, this dish is worth every penny.

Nothing is more satisfying than a great sandwich and a piping hot bowl of soup, and the Italian Grill at M’s Pub is top notch. It has a stack of salami, capicola, pepperoni, red onion, tomato and provolone on herb roasted sourdough. The best part is that it’s grilled so all the ingredients are warm and toasty, with gooey cheese holding it all together. Try it with soup or alone, at $8.25 it’s the ultimate comfort food lunch.

The Reuben sandwich is an Omaha tradition. Menus all over the city boast “Omaha’s best Reuben”. We found the real deal at Joe’s Café on 65th and Maple. Joe’s is a true old style café, with a Reuben so good you’ll dream about it at night. The corned beef melts in your mouth, and it has just the right amount of sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese. It truly is Omaha’s best, and at only $6.25 it’s a steal.

The homemade pie at Petrow’s. Whether it’s fruit or cream pie you crave, you can get a huge slice of the best you’ve tasted for only $2.99.

Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of the great classics, and no one does it better than Biaggi’s. For $11.99, the spaghetti sauce and giant meatballs are satisfying for adults and kids alike.

One of Omaha’s best kept secrets is the fried chicken at Shirley’s Diner. There really is nothing like it. This just might be the best fried chicken in the country, and it’s priced at $6.95. It’s only available on Monday, and it sells out fast.

Nothing is more comforting than fresh homemade bread. The Italian Loaf at Orsi’s Bakery is perfect, and a steal at $1.95 a loaf.

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