15 Jun 2010 @ 6:28 PM 

Ok the title is a very obscure inside reference to som old game stuff I used to do… Anyway… Zemog’s catered lunch today downstairs. I got an order of their Nachos and I have to say: Yum. So I stood in line and made my order, the gal started prepping it with pride. Something you don’t see much in food service in this town. At that moment, her whole focus was that $6 plate of food. She took great care to make sure that each bite and chip had the right amount of beans cheese and meat. We chit-chatted a bit and came to find out that they make their own beans and Tortillas. She passed off my plate to the next guy who put on the garnishes and I manged to snake one of these home made tortillas. They were pretty darn tasty. Thin, light and had good flavor. So far great experience. So then he motions over to the salsas. “mild” “hot” and “Surface of the Sun”. Hearing the last, I scoffed and got a nice big cup of it. I then took a cup of the regular hot, then headed back up to my desk.

I sat down and started to take apart their sauce… I tasted the “surface of the sun” and had to laugh. It was WARM, but not too hot… (please remember, I have a LOVE for hot food and only Taste of Thailand can make things that are too hot for me) I then tasted the regular hot sauce… Tasted about the same. They were ok, but they had the kiss of death when it comes to salsa… they used canned tomatoes. They needed something else too… I can’t put my finger on what, but the salsa was bland. There weren’t enough layers to it. The funny thing is, I just made my salsa last night. Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, fresh serrano peppers, garlic and salt. Finding the perfect blend is important…. I’m not going to go into my ratios and prep… that will give away my Texas State Fair winning secrets. Yes kiddies, my recipe (that I snagged from a restaurant I used to work at) won the Texas State Fair salsa competition 3 years in a row if I have my facts right… Well… that’s at least what I was told by the head chef and the manager. 😉 He could have made it up.

I will be going back to Zemogs when they come back.

Pros: The enthusiasm of the staff and the food quality
Cons: Canned tomatoes

Overall: I liked it. I loves small locally owned businesses. They are doing their best to make a name and I will recommend them until they tick me off. 😉 As I said… I will be going back.

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 11 Mar 2010 @ 10:10 PM 

This week’s battle pitted Sam & Louie’s vs. Roman Coin in a week 6 grudge match.

Ok, it wasn’t much of a grudge match as it was a land slide.  So far, this has been the biggest point spread in the contest.  In the past contests, it has always been within a point… usually .5 or .6 of a point.  This week… Well… See for yourself:

Sam & Louie’s

Roman Coin

2.3

3.533

(Yuk of 3.5)

(Yuk of 1.6)

So as you can see, Roman Coin has taken this in a land slide.

Comments include:

“I was underwhelmed by Sam & Louie’s.  The sauce was very thin and there was hardly any cheese or beef on it.”
“Roman Coin had awesome flavor and the crust was spot on!”
“Sam & Louie’s had good crust, but their sauce and toppings were sub-par!”

Thanks for playing!

My Comments:  I just started a low carb diet this week and I reserved myself to tasting the crust off a small piece and scraping the top off and eating it. (The top, not the crust) Well, I took a bite of the Roman Coin, I was well pleased.  I have eaten their specialty pizza (Buffalo Chicken) before and have loved it.  As a matter of fact, if you see my “Best of” page… you will see Roman Coin is my favorite pizza in Omaha.  So then I wnt for the Sam & Louie’s… I took a bit of the crust and was immediately put off as it was under done.  Then looking at it… the thin cheese and thin sauce make it look like the pizza was covered in slime, not cheese.  I bit into it, picked at the sparse toppings and decided that the best place for it was the trash.  I was actually wishing it was at least Sgt Peffers… It was hands down the lowest I have personally rated a pizza in this whole Super Bowl of Pizza thing.

I would have to say that Roman Coin is my “Hiro” of Omaha Pizza.

~TOC

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 05 Feb 2010 @ 7:06 PM 

You have again picked a winner!!!

 With an average score of 3.002525253….. and a YUK Score of 2.25  DON CARMELO’S PIZZA!!!!

 With an average score of 2.604651163….. and a YUK score of 3.25  FRANK’S PIZZA!!!!

 My co-workers have chosen Don Carmelo’s Pizza in a head to head challenge in week 2.  

 

Frank’s Pizza

Don Carmelo’s

Average Score

2.604651163

3.002525253

Average Yuk

3.25

2.25

Total Score

2.471590909

2.888613861

 Comments from 3 random comments:

“The size of Franks was better, but without a doubt Don Carmelo’s out scored in all categories but ‘YUK’.”

“They Both Taste Pretty Bad, but Don Carmelo’s is much better.  The Spice on Franks made it really bad.”

“Don’s pizza is much smaller than Frank’s.  I also didn’t have any Sauce on Don’’s”

Now… I have to weigh in on the subject.  I am a HUGE Fran’s fan.  I personally feel that it has been the best pizza in town… but lately… something has happened to the sauce…  It’s gotten a little weak.  It used to be strong and well spiced… now it’s too bright and doesnt have any zing.  I’m sorry guys… you are still my favorite and my go-to pizza place… but I need more out of you.

~The Omaha Critic

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 27 Mar 2009 @ 5:40 PM 

Ok, so much for the stupid title.  Bella’s is a little Greek fast food place serving up Gyros, Burgers, Salads, and Philly Sandwiches.  They have more than that too… Just check out their website. 

That being said, I have been in and out of Bella’s as well as through their drive through.   They have a very small dining room, with booths and a bar with stools at the window for those on the go.   Now I don’t have one specific experience that I’m writing about here, since my wife has lived off of Bella’s for the majority of her pregnancy.  She’s brought me home Gyro salad after salad and burgers galore.  I have never once had an item from Bella’s that left me feeling like I got a mediocre meal or not worth what I paid.  I love their cheese burgers I have to say.  Honestly though… I have been eating a ton of their gyro meat salads.  I’m doing the whole low-carb thing and meat and lettuce work for me.  I have about 1 or two of them a week.

One of the things that struck me though, when I go through the drive through and when I dine in, is the fact that their kitchen is always clean.  Not just tidy, but clean.  Aren’t all Greek places supposed to be nasty?  I have never been sick from eating at Bella’s and I hope that never changes.

Ok, I know this isn’t a worth-while review.. I didn’t describe the food, but c’mon.  I am in drive through 99% of the time.  I will say this about Bella’s.  They are generous with their coupons, and the food is always hot and fresh.  I think the anyone wanting a good Gyro at a reasonable price would do well with Bella’s.

Plusses: CLEAN!  Good Value! Nice staff!

Minuses: the double drive through, where you pay at one side and pick up your food on the other is a little confusing.

Overall Impression:  I like the place and I would recommend it to anyone.  The menu is limited, but if you do something well, do over extend yourself.  The staff is nice; they didn’t hire the normal fast food idiots and morons that seem to be multiplying around Omaha. Good job Bella’s.  Keep it up.

~The Omaha Critic

  

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