New Stokes location opens Saturday
Stokes Grill and Bar is moving west, and its new location opens Saturday.
The restaurant is moving from its 114th and Dodge location, in Miracle Hills, to the former Blue Agave location, at 13615 California St.
Chef and owner John Ursick said the menu will feature new items, including habanero meatloaf, syrah-braised short ribs, pasilla chile mole pork shoulder, spinach salad with chorizo, butternut squash potato enchiladas, a Guinness chocolate malt and a cocktail featured at the Emerging Terrain Elevate Omaha dinner — a bourbon-coffee-tobacco drink.
“The menu still features all our classics,” Ursick said. “We are excited to open our next chapter.”
A range of Reubens
If you're in the mood for some kraut and corned beef — and with this weather, who isn't? — you're in luck because this weekend is Reuben Fest at the Crescent Moon.
The Moon's Blackstone Reuben won the Reuben Food Prowl in January and is, in our opinion, the best in Omaha.
Starting on Monday the Moon is celebrating the Reuben all week long, culminating on Nov. 3, National Sandwich Day., Invented by Bernard Schimmel at the nearby Blackstone Hotel, the sandwich is named after Reuben Kulakofsky.
A special menu will be available all week and it will include the delicious Blackstone Reuben, the classic sandwich, our favorite.
The rest of the menu includes a bunch of riffs on that classic sandwich: A smoked corned beef brisket Reuben sandwich served on marble rye with sauerkraut; a spicy California Reuben burrito, which includes shredded, seasoned corned beef stuffed in a tortilla with cooked diced potatoes, cheese, onions, peppers and cilantro; and a fresh ground corned beef burger, which is a patty made from ground hamburger and corned beef served on a pumpernickel Kaiser roll with the diner's choice of cheese and toppings.
Two more special sandwiches will be available only on the weekend. Friday features the Reuben Calzone, a baked Bierock made with marble rye dough and filled with corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Saturday, the Moon will serve Reuben Pizza with a marble rye thin crust and topped with the usual toppings.
The Crescent Moon is at 3578 Farnam St.
Doors closed at Zum Biergarten
Bellevue's Zum Biergarten has closed. The owners decided to close the restaurant so they could spend more time with their family.
The German restaurant was at 513 Fort Crook Road North.
The Omaha Public Library's second annual culinary conference is back this fall.
This year's conference features an intriguing mix of Omaha restaurant history, culinary demonstration and tips on healthy eating.
The conference features a discussion on the history of Omaha restaurants with a display of vintage menus; a cookbook exchange; a vegan cooking demonstration from Isa Chandra Moskowitz; a presentation from Christy Pooschke, who created grocerygeek.com, on how to avoid toxins at the grocery store and how to save money while buying healthy foods; and a demonstration by Carrie McKenzie, chef and writer at savour-cuisine.com, who will show how to create beautiful foods.
The Read it and Eat conference is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free. It takes place at the W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 4th Floor.
Lincoln restaurant makes "Food Paradise"
A Lincoln restaurant is appering on the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise.”
Round-Abouts Restaruant will appear on the show's “Pot Pie Paradise” episode on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.
A crew was at Round-Abouts in May to film how the restaurant makes it pot pies. It features 13 flavors of “rounds,” plus five desserts and cinnamon rolls. The three-inch round pies are filled with flavors such as Reuben, cheesesteak, broccoli cheese and pepperoni. The dessert pies are filled, too, with cherry, peach, banana cream, chocolate and cheesecake, among others.
Round-Abouts is at 70th and A Streets in Lincoln, in the Clocktower Shopping Center. The restaurant has a small stage and often features live music on Friday night during dinner, and is decorated with paintings by local artist Joyce Jacobs.
For more information, visit www.roundaboutsrestaurant.com.
Dario's Brasserie, in Dundee, is now open for lunch.
The restaurant will serve Tuesday-Saturdat from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is serving a new fall menu.
The restaurant is at 4920 Underwood Ave.
Witching Hour at Wohlner's Grocery
Wohlner's Grocery in Midtown Crossing is celebrating Halloween with a Witching Hour for kids.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m., kids and their parents can walk through the store collecting treats, can participate in games and eat from the Witch's Cauldron in the dining room, which will feature a menu of mummy fingers, monster mash meatloaf, mac and cheese “brains,” fresh fried spud skins, and Franken-beans. For dessert, dig through the worms and dirt graveyard bar full of chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs and other sweet surprises.
The event is free for trick-or-treaters and parents can get specially priced items in the deli. The event only takes place at the Midtown Crossing location of Wohlner's, at 33rd and Dodge Streets.
Tas's Thai Pepper has a new name: Tas's Thai Taste.
The restaurant has the same menu and location, at 12775 Q St.
Cantina Laredo gets new bar menu
Cantina Laredo has a new bar menu with two new items. A trio of crab cakes served with white butter sauce and poblano peppers and chicken empenadas with roasted poblano peppers and Oaxaca cheese are both half-price during the restaurant's happy hours, weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
Cantina Laredo is in Midtown Crossing at 120 S. 31st Ave.
Tequila tasting event at La Mesa
La Mesa is having a tequila tasting event in celebration of the Day of the Dead on Friday, Nov. 2.
Samplings of Premiun Espolon Tequilas which are from the regions of Jalisco, Mexico, and are synonymous with Day of the Dead celebrations.
The dinner is $50 per person and seating is limited. It takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the 110th and Maple Street location.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-496-1101.
“The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln”
If you're already doing holiday shopping, food writer Sarah Baker Hansen's book “The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln” makes a great gift for foodies. It includes her take on more than 150 restaurants in both cities. Buy it online at owhstore.com or in the lobby of The World-Herald building at 13th and Douglas Streets.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen
Contact the writer: