The LOCAL food and drink magazine serving London, Stratford & Southwestern Ontario since 2007
28 | May/June 2017 eatdrink.ca |@eatdrinkmag Hedy Lamarr’s 1958 Cadillac at the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska. Crescent Moon Ale House in Milton, Nebraska. (Photo courtesy the restaurant) the Joslyn’s marquis piece. Equally impressive is the Durham Museum, as much for its building as its collection. The Durham is inside the former Union Station, an spectacular 1931 art deco passenger rail station saved from demolition. In its heyday, the building served seven different railways, including Union Pacific, peaking during the Second World War when over 10,000 passengers a day passed through. The last train left in 1971 and the building was donated to the city two years later to become a museum focusing on Omaha’s history as the Gateway to the West. Visitors enter through the Great Hall, which once served as the main passenger lounge, Most exhibits are downstairs at track level, including those highlighting the story of the Mormon movement west and explorers Lewis and Clark. There’s a nod to Omaha’s railway heritage with a hands-on steam locomotive exhibit and a row of restored rail cars to step inside, including a luxurious Pullman and caboose. Upstairs, there’s an authentic 1931 soda fountain serving sundaes, malts, and oldfashioned phosphate sodas. The Omaha craft beer scene is served by the likes of Benson Brewery, where instead of flagship beers there’s a constant rotation of recipes and styles, and Infusion Brewing, both in the city’s northwest. The owner of Infusion also owns Crescent Moon Ale House in Midtown, home of the 100-beer draft taps and the Blackstone reuben, chosen best in the city by the Omaha World Herald newspaper. (Locals will tell you the stack of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread was invented in Omaha in the 1920s by Jewish grocer Reuben Kulakofsky, who was looking to feed hungry poker players at the Blackstone Hotel.) An hour away in Lincoln, the focus is on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football WIN A LEXUS FOR A WEEKEND! Plus get your own car cleaned and detailed! eatdrink & Presented by Enter at www.facebook.com/eatdrinkmag Contest ends June 23, 2017. Complete details online. Congratulations Lori Bork, winner of our March/April Draw!
The LOCAL Food & Drink Magazine and basketball teams, the latter of which play at the new 15,500-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena in the historic Haymarket District. As you might expect, the thousands of hungry fans arriving in Lincoln help feed an excellent and diverse food and beverage scene. Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill in the eight-block Haymarket District was the first brew pub in the state. Outside the district and a 20-minute drive from downtown, MoMo Pizzeria and Ristorante puts a little bit of Italy into the Midwest. Pasta and pizza ingredients are either imported from Italy or sourced locally. ALWAYS a 3-course prix fixe menu option LUNCH Wed to Fri 11:30–2:30 DINNER from 5pm daily Blue Orchid in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo courtesy the restaurant) Reserve Now HOLIDAY PARTIES One of Lincoln’s favourite restaurants is Blue Orchid, a Thai restaurant owned by university professor Witawas Srisa-an and wife Malinee Kiatachikow. Lincoln’s most testosterone-friendly attraction is the out-of-the-way Museum of American Speed. Located in an industrial park, the three-floor museum is diverse but focused on racing and hot rodding. There are hundreds of racecars, dating from the 1920s to more modern Indy cars. Collectible production cars include actress Hedy Lamaar’s seductive 1958 Cadillac. But there’s also an eclectic side to the 150,000-square-foot museum with a wall of racing-related LP album covers, rooms full of children’s pedal cars, and a collection of Buck Rogers toys. As destinations go, there’s a bonus to visiting both Omaha and Lincoln. Each has a population of less than 500,000, making them big enough for fun, yet small enough to get around without feeling intimidated. It all helps make Nebraska a drive-to, not a drivethrough, state. WAYNE NEWTON is a London-based freelance journalist and photographer. 432 Richmond Street at Carling • London NEW MENUS 117 King Street across from Budweiser Gardens 519-434-2272 (CASA) www.lacasaristorante.com www.davidsbistro.ca Come HOME to La Casa! Lunch & Dinner “Enjoy consistently outstanding Italian and International cuisine enhanced by local and seasonal ingredients.” Perfect for Weddings, Rehearsal Lunches & Dinners, Bridal Showers & Groups! A London Landmark for 23 Years! Extensive Scotch Bar Open Mon–Sat Lunch & Dinner