Wednesday June 15
Waking up early I had another 100 miles or so to go, mostly on 2 lane highways before hitting my first spot of the day. Sehnert's Bakery
in beautiful downtown McCook NE. This bakery has been around since the 1950's
and it has an adjoining café called the Bieroc Café
and there’s even live entertainment there in the evenings.
Today is the first day that I’m going to have a formal breakfast (if you can call it that)
Although I was extremely tempted to tear into this beauty of a cinnamon roll in the glass display case...
I was a man on a mission and the first reason is, you have to ensure an early arrival so that they don’t run out of their Peanut Butter Rolls.
Like a cinnamon roll but with peanut butter icing instead and yes it was worth the drive. Of course I also came here for one of their famous cabbage burgers. They were still in the oven when I arrived. The young blonde farm girl behind the counter asked if I wanted mine with or without cheese, I advised no cheese, I was also given the option of “kraut” or cabbage. I asked which was more traditional, and she replied kraut. Ok, I’ll go with that. As I waited, I also ordered probably one of the best iced coffees I ever had and also went to town on my peanut butter roll.
Finally my kraut burger arrived,
and it was everything I dreamed of. It was nothing like the nightmare I had at the Homemade Hell sandwich shop
in Ogallalla 3 years earlier. Kraut n Beef encased in a steamed bakery fresh bun, pure heaven, mustard and ketchup packets were provided, I didn't need either.
It was now off to lunch # 2- Heading back east towards Omaha to Back Alley Bakery
in Hastings NE. I had reviewed their website prior to visiting and noticed that they occasionally offered cabbage burgers (bierocks) as specials on their lunch menu. I e-mailed proprietor, Charlotte Hamburger prior to visiting and she assured me they would be on the menu on the day I arrived.
When I arrived, I introduced myself to Charlotte who advised me that her daughter was up early, cooking the cabbage and the bierocks were ready to go.. I ordered the Cabbage Burger with a side salad..
Another winner. The cabbage was soft, limp and soulful, similar to cabbage you might find at a southern meat n three and the meat comparable to what one might find in an Iowa maid rite- pebbly and spiced. The bun was “breadier” than that at Sehnert’s
, but was still soft and bakery fresh.
Leaving, I lamented after seeing the carrot cake in the glass display case. It looked amazing (and I didn’t get a photo), unfortunately I had to save room for dinner. Three hours later I arrived back in Omaha and had some time to kill before dinner.
One thing I promised myself is that when I got to Omaha, I would hit at least two steakhouses- one "tried and true" and one "new" (The Redwood
doesn’t count since it was still in Pork Country) I thought about visiting Warren Buffet’s old haunt., Gorat’s
but even though Warren loves the place, apparently most people on Yelp and Urbanspoon don’t..One “old school” steak joint that surprisingly got rave reviews was Farmer Brown’s Steakhouse
in Rural Waterloo Nebraska about 18 miles west of downtown Omaha. Arriving just as they opened, there were others also waiting to get in as well.. Classic “old school” atmosphere,
and there was even an old fashioned phone to go along with it!
I started out with a salad,and went with the house dressing and roquefort crumbles.
If the rest of the meal is half as good as this salad, I’d be satisfied. Even the fresh warm bread that followed was quite good
Everyone on the internet raved about the prime rib at Farmer Brown’s, so that’s what I went with. The meal comes with hash browns and yes, a side of spaghetti- apparently this is traditional at many of the steakhouses in the Omaha area.
Anyway, more about the meal, the hash browns were perfectly crispy and the Prime Rib was perfect- just the way I ordered it medium, even the spaghetti was good served with a rich, thick almost sweet tomato sauce.
If Gene and Judes
was my best meal on the trip and the Redwood Steakhouse
was #2, then Farmer Brown’s
definitely takes third place. It certainly exceeded my expectations.
It was now time for my last ballgame of the trip. The Omaha Royals used to play at Johnny Rosenblatt
Stadium in Omaha. Well, the Royals are now the Omaha Stormchasers and they just moved into their new stadium, Werner Park
about 10 miles away in suburban Papillion, and wow, what a disappointment. This generic stadium looks like it was plopped into (you name that town in suburbia) There is nothing unique about this ballpark that screams (or even whimpers) Omaha and there is every tacky contest imaginable in between each and every inning. Ok, let’s get to the game, the Storm Chasers were playing the Iowa Cubs. It was a pretty quick game with the Stormchasers winning, until the 8th inning when the Stormchaser’s pitcher tanked, and let’s just say at that poiint, I left, I simply couldnt take the torture of sitting there anymore. I found out the Cubs beat the Stormchasers 8-5.
Overall, I think somehow, some way the Stormchasers (IE the Royals) should have worked something out with a a downscaled renovation of Rosenblatt Stadium
, but hence Rosenblatt stadium
will become part of the Omaha Zoo.
I have one more anticipated baseball place to visit before the end of the trip, however this is the last of my professional ballpark visits for this trip.
After the game, I stopped at a surprisingly decent brewpub, the Nebraska Brewing Company,
housed in an upscale shopping mall in Papillion. Afterwards I headed back to my hotel for the evening.
The two final chapters to come before the end of the week.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/07/05 18:42:06