10 Dec 2007 @ 4:54 AM 

Well, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday with B & G Tasty Foods.  I was going to paint Christmas ornaments with the family, and we wanted to catch a quick bite before our ‘appointment’.  There were a few places in the strip mall where ‘That Pottery Place’ was and I had been to some of them (in different locations) but, I wanted to try something else that was local.  I had heard some bad things about B & G Tasty Foods, but being the adventurer that I am, I wanted to try it.

I dragged the family in and looked about.  There was a 50’s style diner sprawled out right before my eyes.  There were stools and a counter and classic pictures in the wall depicting things in Omaha history and some 50’s art.  My wife and I looked at each other and took a seat with the kids.  We were the only ones in there besides the guy at the counter and who was ever in back.  Being our first time in there, we expected the guy at the counter to come over and give us menus and take our order.  Instead of coming over, he just stood there staring at us.  We looked at him, he looked at us… Nothing was said.  Then my wife leans over and whispers to me that we should probably stroll up to the counter and get some menus, so she went up and got a few.

After perusing the menu, I realized that they didn’t have much: Burgers and the ‘BeeGees”, with fries, malts and shakes.  You could have different combinations of each, but the selection was limited.  I had the ‘T’ stacker, fries, and a root beer float, the kids had ‘BeeGees’ fries and float, and my wife had a ‘ham and cheese’ sandwich, fries and a soda.  We got our own ‘BeeGee’ with everything just to try it.  The food came rather quickly and we brought it to the table.  The girls mowed through their ‘BeeGees’ quickly, the boys not so much.  As for myself, I was presented with this triple cheeseburger.  The patties seemed pre-formed, but the flavor was fantastic.  I am a burger lover.  I adore a great burger, and believe it or not, was one of the best I had ever had.  The meat was seared on the outside and juicy and flavorful on the inside.  The patties were thin, and the cheese dripped from this thing like molton gold.  Wow.  I was really taken back  The fries?  They were ok… hot and crisp and super skinny.  They were nothing to blog about.  The root beer float, seemed to go with lunch perfectly.  All in all that was really good.  After I finished licking the paper tray that my burger came in (not really, it was just very good) my wife and I turned our attention to the ‘BeeGee’ to give it a whirl.  As far as my loose meat sandwich experience, this was my first.  It wasn’t bad.  I thought it a bit grainy, and needed a little salt.  I would give it a 3 on a 5 scale.  I would eat one happily again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.  The way to go really was the burger.  As we sat, ate and talked about what kind of paintings we were going to do, the place just seemed to fill up around us.  When we left, there were people just waiting in line for our seats.

So, B & G Tasty foods?  You do good work.  You must be doing something right.  Keep it up!  You have a new customer now.

Plusses: The Burger was good!  The root beer floats were tasty and the ‘BeeGees’ were tasty.
Minuses: Bubba behind the counter could tell people they need to order from the counter instead of staring at them.

Overall impression:  This has been an Omaha institution since 1956.  I would urge everyone in Omaha who likes burgers to give this place a whirl.  Oh, their sign makes me think of Jamaica or Brazil.  They really need a good Neon sign to reflect the places heritage. 

The Omaha Critic (Unexpected fan)

P.S. Hey Tom G. you were WRONG!  This place was great!

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Last Edit: 10 Dec 2007 @ 04:54 AM

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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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 11 Nov 2007 @ 7:26 AM 

I would like to say that I have made the rounds of all the “Sushi” places in Omaha.  I am sorry to say that Matsu may never make it on the list.  I  dragged the family out for a “Friday Night” dinner and went from West Omaha, getting ready to head into Tanduri Fusion, to thinking that I needed to review something Italian.  I took the family to Lo Sole Mio and tried to get a table.  It was a 90 minute wait.

As if it were on queue, the oldest son suggested that we do Sushi.  Being as I did not want to drive out to the northwest corner of Omaha after driving from southwest Omaha, I figured we would try and subsequently review Matsu Sushi down in the “Old Market”.

I have a little hint for the management of Matsu.  If a couple bring their kids in and there are tables everywhere, don’t tell us that it’s going to be at least 10 to 15 minutes because you have to “clean tables” and then disappear to back of the restaurant leaving us to stand there.  We’ll leave and spend our $175 someplace else.

Overall impression:  Your service stinks, your wait-staff were aloof to people waiting, and I was completely unimpressed with all the dirty tables that were just left there as we waited for you to “clean one off” for us, which you never did.  After standing there for 20 minutes we got angry and left.

Pluses: It’s in the old market? (None really, I had to find something good about it)

Minuses: Enough room for 3 people to stand and wait.  Nobody to buss tables, dirty tables, and a bad sense of “you don’t matter”.  You should also watch out for the low hanging door chime.  I hit my head on it 3 times waiting with my back pressed against the door. 

(You’re wondering why I didn’t rag on Lo Sole Mio.  Because they were swamped, with a line out the door, the hostesses were attentive and tried to accommodate the 40 people waiting in line.  An attempt at service will bring understanding, ignoring me or blowing me off just tends to make me rant.)

~The Omaha Critic

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Last Edit: 11 Nov 2007 @ 07:29 AM

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 30 Aug 2007 @ 6:19 PM 

You live in a city for years… spend vast amount of time on the internet looking for food sites.  I have Googled a multitude of phrases trying to find something in Omaha worth looking at.  I finally found something awesome!  It’s another web site;  Kindred spirits if you will.

That site is “Gastronomic Fight Club”. 

I start reading it, trying to see what they have and it’s fantastic.  They had a contest to see who could do Omaha in $40 a day.  It was great.  They are all Foodies!  I have yet to really get into the meat of the site, but what I saw was an awesome example of people not being led around by the sleek glamour of chain restaurants.  These were people who enjoyed food for what it is… beautiful happiness on a plate or in a bowl.

Thanks to G.F.C. for giving us something good for Omaha!

~The Omaha Critic

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