Discovering Lincoln

July 16, 2008 at 3:15 am

Originally Posted by Well Fed on the Town ( on May 4, 2007.

State Capital TowerWhen most people think of Nebraska’s state capitol they think of college football, great steaks, and our twelfth President. Old Abe never visited Nebraska, but if he did he would be amazed at its cultural multiplicity. Sure Lincoln boasts all of the things that come to mind when you think of America’s heartland; eateries like Buzzard Billy’s Armadillo Bar and Grill, Huscker Bob’s and Brewsky’s Sports Bar are exactly what one would expect, but Lincoln is also a modern metropolis with a lot to offer the worldly traveler.

If gyros are your thing, then Ali Baba’s on North 14th and The Pita Pit on “O” Street are just a couple of the dozens of gyros stands in town. Inna’s Pirogi offers Eastern European cuisine, the Green Gateau is a classic European Sidewalk Café and Dish is a contemporary metropolitan meeting place with a multi-ethnic menu. Other world cuisines represented include Ethiopian, Cambodian, Sudanese, Pan African, Brazilian, and German.

The Haymarket District serves as the cultural epicenter of Lincoln and is brimming with bars, bistros, bakeries, and specialty shops. Among the noteworthy Haymarket refectories is The Oven which specializes in Tandoori cooking and Northern Indian cuisine. The Tandoor is a special clay oven which uses an open flame and is used to cook yogurt-marinated chicken, shrimp and fish to assure the tenderness of the meat. The Tandoor is also used to bake handmade breads. Also featured is Moghul cuisine, which is known for vast array of its lamb dishes. The Oven features an amazing wine selection. How good?  Ask Wine Spectator, who gave it their Award of Excellence.

Also in the Haymarket is Fireworks, which bills itself as “A Celebration of Wood-Fire Cooking.”  Fireworks combines all that is Lincoln: handcrafted beers, great cuts of beef, and a menu that reflects the diverse culture of the city. The 50 seat private banquet hall known as the Brewery Room at Fireworks provides a view of the neighboring Brew House via a glass wall. The varied menu includes Korean wraps, Southwestern Crab Cakes, Backdraft Brisket, wood fired pizzas, and, of course, the steaks that Nebraska is famous for.

As you can see there is a lot more to Lincoln than just wagon trains and touchdowns.


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