16 Feb 2011 @ 4:49 AM 

Hey everybody. Hope everyone is not getting to worked up over the nice weather we are getting. The worst part about spring peeking around the corner is the possiblility of a blizzard. Anyway, this is Chef Paul and I really have wanted to post some eatery experiences. I go out to eat very little. Unless it is something quick. My fiancee and I splurge once in awhile at Smashburger. I freaking love everything about the place except I wish they had fresh cut fries, the kind served at Broncos. Tip: the one on “L” Street is better. Just like everyone else I am pinching pennies. Dinner at home is one of my favorites, a steak on the grill, butter roasted lobster and a cold beer in my hand. I know that this site and many other sites are about eating at restaurants, but we all like good food and probably prepare some damn good stuff at home. Can we share some of those things?

I can’t wait for the warmer weather and what everyone is eating!

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Last Edit: 16 Feb 2011 @ 04:49 AM

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 23 Jun 2010 @ 5:46 AM 

For year’s I’ve been hearing about Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe in Millard, located on the Northwest corner of 156th and L/Center/Bob Boozer/whatever it is at that point. (Sorry, no website or we’d link!) I’ve heard time and again that Vidlak’s had the best breakfast in Omaha. But, to be honest, the best breakfast in Omaha is made by my husband right here at home on a fairly regular basis – so we don’t go out for breakfast much!

Regardless, I wanted to try Vidlak’s out and see what all the hype was about. We stopped in on a week day morning, around 10 AM. The restaurant was busy, but not overly crowded, and we had no problem finding a table. I overheard one of the servers saying that they had just had a rush, and everyone who was there had come in within the last 10 minutes. Ok, I thought – it may be a bit to get our food, if everybody just got here.

We ordered quickly – a selection called the “gut buster”, which included two sausage patties, two eggs, two potato pancakes, and choice of toast or regular pancakes, all for $6.95. I also ordered a cup of coffee, as I find that’s almost always a good barometer of a “breakfast joint”! If they can’t get the coffee right, forget the rest.

As I sat and waited for our food to come, I watched how the servers buzzed around the room and interacted with the other customers. Buzzed is very much the right word – as the main server in my section was constant in her trips from table to table, making sure everyone had what they needed. Now – Vidlak’s isn’t all that fancy. I stop short of calling it a diner, because…well…because I guess it feels just a step above a diner. It’s just a nice, middle of the road kind of place.

To my surprise, the food actually came out rather quickly, and piping hot! The sausage was great, the potato pancakes were awesome, and the eggs…well…they were eggs. Scrambled, by my selection, and there was nothing wrong with them. Eggs just don’t thrill me, so I admit I avoided them. They looked good, however, and my dining companion enjoyed some of mine.

What I really loved, though? The regular pancakes! They were served as a side to my meal, and…wow…the were sensational! Great flavor, cooked to a beautiful golden brown, served with warm syrup and softened butter…the were pancake perfection! I will definitely be back!

My overall rating…it’s a good 4 napkins. I can’t find much to argue against it actually being the best breakfast in Omaha. It was pretty darn good. The ony slight problem I saw was that the person sitting across from me never got her food, and there was confusion over who had put her order in. HOWEVER – three of the servers immediately worked to make the situation right. I left before she received her food, so I don’t know how that ended, but it was the only less-than-perfect thing I saw. Given the actions of the staff, I can’t even fault them for it.

I can’t wait to go back for some Eggs Benedict. Or maybe a potato casserole. Man, I don’t know – I just want some more pancakes!

~The Critical Wife

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 29 Jan 2010 @ 6:10 PM 

Omaha Critic and I **might**  (I STRESS might) actually get to have a date night tonight.

We really can’t review Hiro again.  We really can’t.  It’s just awesome.  Eat there.  Maybe even camp outside their new restaurant, which isn’t open yet, but I’m sure will be equally yummy, since we know their reputation for excellence in sushi.

So where should we go?  We want to try something new, something hot, something AWESOME, since this is the one night out we’ve had since…um…well it’s been awhile.

Any idears?  (Yes, IDEArS!)

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