26 Jan 2011 @ 7:26 PM 

With all that’s been happening in the Omaha lately.. the new restaurant tax, new wheel taxes, recall elections, and the fact that we have become a single income family, we really haven’t had much time or cash to go out and eat. When we do, it’s been to someplace that we regularly go to, like Hiro or Famous Dave’s. It puts a cramp on being able to do reviews for new places. I have, over time, invited other people to post their reviews and experiences on TOC and haven’t had any real response. Today I was sent a link to a site called “The Inner Fatty“, which is about individual things this person eats. He keeps going back to the same Chinese place and I like his photos. This may be another site rework… it may be that I just start copying the format… I don’t know… I miss posting, I miss telling you guys what I’m eating and what I like…

We’ll see how it goes.

~The Omaha Critic

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 30 Nov 2009 @ 10:03 PM 

Hey critics,

Paul here from SDT. Yeah I had to shut the doors. Jan and Feb were freaking BAD! Got a new gig in Dundee, “The 1020″ might want to check it out sometime. American Italian fare.

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Last Edit: 30 Nov 2009 @ 10:04 PM

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 29 Dec 2008 @ 11:41 PM 

So, I seem to have a few moments between server builds and picking up Chinese food from BoBo.  That being said I wanted to open up some conversations on Omaha and cultural and culinary identities.  I know it’s a odd thing, but after taking a few business trips recently, it really got me thinking.  I am brewing up a series called “Omaha Critic on the road”.  Now don’t hold me to it.  I mean as you can tell from my last post… I’m not one to stick to a schedule. 

In this possible series, I am going to cover New York, New Jersey, San Antonio and Chicago food styles and culture.  Not that I am an authority on any of it mind you.  I am merely just a passenger on this planet and a casual people watcher and avid fan of a good meal.

I am going to compare Omaha to Chicago… Neither one, I am going to say is better than the other.  They are… different, in my opinion, but no so very far apart.  I see a lot of the same people, the same attitudes, and the same likes and dislikes between the two cities.  But as I sat in the passenger seat of a good friend’s car, whizzing through the streets of Chicago, I was awestruck by the signs of holiday cheer.  Almost every house I passed by was light up, people were dressed up and singing and making merriment, the likes of which I had not seen in years.  It was almost Rockwell-esque, having women serenade me with Christmas carols in the Chicago airport.  The Zoo in downtown Chicago had to have used more power than all of Omaha with the lights and displays.  Everyone’s attitude was contagious and made my soul warm, remembering the excitement of Christmas, just like I felt when I was a kid.

Don’t get me wrong… Coming home, seeing that Omaha sky-line lifted my spirits more than any Holiday festival, knowing I was home with family, but I was amazed at how the people of Chicago came together to celebrate a season. 

So… Where, as a community, want to take this city?  I say to a place of celebration and camaraderie; A place of community and togetherness.  I  say lets all get together and celebrate that which makes Omaha… Omaha.

Season’s Greetings!

~The Omaha Critic

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Last Edit: 29 Dec 2008 @ 11:41 PM

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 21 Apr 2008 @ 5:26 AM 

Well, they’ve done it.  The Junior Critics have pestered me for their own site to tinker with based solely on the opinions of kids.  So, in the coming weeks I will either incorporate kids reviews into this site or launch a sister to this regarding kid food critics.  My oldest has it in her head that the cleanliness of the bathroom dictates the flavor of the food.  She’s going to have so much fun.

 

Well, I’m going to go plan out my next master plan.  Good ngiht, and good eating!

 

~The Omaha Critic

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 28 Feb 2008 @ 8:50 PM 

I am going to cut this down to a “read more” so you’re not forced to sit through it as you scroll down.

More »

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 22 Jan 2008 @ 4:19 AM 

As you know, this site has been dedicated to Omaha Dining and such.  I have spent the past month at my usual haunts and sad chain restaurants.  So I ask for a little patience.  The good news is, with the holiday season now out of the way and since we’re not having to go hang out at the relative’s houses, we can finally get back to what we do best.  Get out there and get the real FLAVOR of Omaha.

I have received some requests to review some places in Omaha.  I am not going to mention them here until after I review them.  I hope to have these reviews up here in the next few weeks along with a site revamp.

~The Omaha Critic

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 06 Dec 2007 @ 4:44 PM 

I hate to say it, but after the senseless killings in Westroads mall yesterday here in Omaha, the innocence is gone.  The city has a very somber and breathless feel to on what would normally be a nice snowy day.  My children did not wake to the snow, hoping that school would be let out or canceled, but sat in deep contemplation over yesterday’s events as we drove to school.  One of my kids asked me “Why would someone do that?”.  My only answer: “In any society, in any civilization, in any history books, what that person did was inexcusable and there is no real sane reason.  I can only say sweetie, that nobody and no job is worth losing your mind over to the point where you go on a shooting rampage.  God, gods, Allah, Thor, Zeus, or any god in any pantheon or spirit of any religion could condone such a senseless act.  If you hear of anyone joking about doing this or saying anything of the sort, you tell me, you tell your councilor, you run and you tell someone that it was said.”  They nodded and walked dazed into school.
I thank those who called, e-mailed, and texted me to make sure that we were all ok.  Thank you for your support and concern.  Our prayers go to those families and friends who have been affected by this directly.  May God or whatever gods you believe in hold you close and comfort you.  May your families and friends come to you and comfort you.  Blessings be upon you.
From our table to yours: our condolences.  We hold our glasses high to the heroes of that day and the friends and loved ones we have lost.

Love and Light,
~The Omaha Critic (Mourning for our city)

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 21 Nov 2007 @ 1:54 PM 

Dear Omaha (to the people of,  not to the city of),
I would like to bid you all best wishes this Thanksgiving.  Whatever table you belly up to, whether it be at a restaurant, bar, soup kitchen, mom’s, dad’s, kid’s, auntie’s, uncle’s, or grandparent’s, we wish you the best in food, family, fun, and friendship.  No table could be warmer and more cheerful than the people that you love (especially when some of them have their mouth full of the season’s food!).  If you travel, drive safely.  If you are staying home, make it the best ever. 
If you drink, remember it is much “cooler” to hand off the keys.  (It’s hard to eat good food when you’re “Pushing Daisy’s”.)

Sincerely,
~The Omaha Critic

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