Nebraska

 

Above, A Runza

Lincoln, Nebraska

Museum-
Frank H Woods Telephone Museum
2047 M Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 436-4640

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha is a college town and border city.  It borders Council Bluff, Iowa, where the bars close a little later.  Last time I was there, Omaha bars closed at 1 am, while in Council Bluffs they close at 2.

Omaha is also a roadtrip town.  People there think nothing of Driving 10 hours to Chicago, or 4 hours to Kansas City, where the amusement Park Worlds of  Fun is.

Gallery-

Petshop Gallery -Art gallery/Group creative space in Omaha, Nebraska
: 2727 N 62nd St, Omaha, NE 68104

The Local weekly is the Omaha Reader.  Also check out Omaha weekly, though their link was not active last time I checked.
Other music links:
Fast Lane Magazine-local entertainment links.
Slam Omaha-Good links on music and local art.
The Wadman report on local bands.
Omaha Bands-a pretty good roundup of local stuff.
Lazy Eye-non specific local band info.

Eats-
Nebraska has a local specialty aside from Meat known as the Runza.  They have all sorts of varities, but the basic and original is a roll filled with a beef, cabbage, onions and spices, sort of like a knish,  but with regular bread dough instead of pastry.  And you can find them at a chain calledRunza, with tons of locations throughout the state.
Johnnys Cafe-4702 S. 27th St.-Omaha, NE -402-731-4774-Steak, and for dessert-Turtle pie.
McKennas Blues, Booze and BBQ-7425 Pacific Street – Omaha, NE-402-393-RIBS
The last time I was in Omaha, which was over a decade ago, the best value for a steak dinner was at  Caniglia’s Original 1114 S 7th St  Omaha, NE (402) 341-7778-It was one of a number of Italian Steak houses around, combining Spagetti and steak.  It was quite good, but I dont know how they are this decade.
Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room ,1915 Leavenworth St.-whole mess of comfort food with a twinge of mexican, crazy website too.
Gorat’s Steak House 4917 Center St  Omaha, NE (402) 551-3733 seems to get high marks now from the locals.
Big Mamas Kitchen, 3223 North 45th Street, Turning Point Campus, Bldg A, Omaha NE 68104-old school soul food restaurant in an former school building.  They have a unique item called an afro burger which is a highly spiced Tubular beef patty dipped in bbq sauce.
Amato’s – 6405 Center Street, Omaha, NE, 68016 (402) 558-5010-red sauce italian, home made sausage, featured on diners drive ins and dives, also berry ricotta pancakes!

The Drover -2121 S 73rd St, Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 391-7440-Old steakhouse with “omahas first salad bar” virtually unchanged since 1968 and “famous whisky steaks”

Live music-

Reverb Lounge – 6121 Military Ave, Omaha, NE 68104 til–2AM  (402) 884-5707
O’leaver’s-1322 S Saddle Crick Rd-Omaha, NE, 68106
The Ranch Bowl -1606 South 72nd Street -Omaha NE 68124
402.393.0900
Cog Factory-2224 Leavenworth St.-Omaha, NE  (404) 553-5626-Omaha’s main punk rock venue.
The Music Box Live -777 Cass Street-Omaha, NE-relatively new 450 person capacity club.
Sokol Underground at Sokol Auditorium,  2234 South 13th Street, Omaha, NE
Westfair Ampitheater-Westfair is located on Highway 6, just 2 miles east of I-80 on the East side of Council Bluffs.  Council Bluffs is just over the river from Omaha.

Record stores-
Antiquarium,1215 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Homer’s Record Stores, 13533 “I” Circle, Omaha, NE 68137

 

Town House Inn Omaha 1963, formerly at 7000 Dodge Street

Indianola, NE

Eats-

The Rocket Inn – 117 4th St, Indianola, NE 69034  (308) 364-9906-Trashy travel is a pizza snob and refuses to eat it outside of NY or New Haven, CT.  That being said, this lost in time Nebraska joint has a hyper-regional variation that is thick and loaded.

McCook, NE

Eats-

Mac’s Drive-In – 809 W B St, McCook, NE 69001  (308) 345-2420-Drive in restaurant with a dining room with phones to call in your order.  Hand cut onion rings, pizza burgers.

Paxton, NE

 

Eats-

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse -1933 casual steakhouse with big-game trophies.123 N Oak St, Paxton, NE 69155 (308) 239-4500