11-Worth joins list of best for breakfast
Omaha's 11-Worth Cafe now is on a list of the 20 best breakfast places in the country.
People from LocalEats, a digital dining app available for iPhones and iPads, traveled around the country looking for the best neighborhood diners and breakfast joints.
The tasters liked the chicken fried steaks and “rib-sticking breakfasts and other diner standards” the restaurant has been serving since 1976.
Breakfast specials at the cafe include corned beef hash and eggs, strawberry pancakes, country potato casserole, and chicken fried steak and eggs with gravy, hash browns and toast. The 11-Worth Cafe is at 2419 Leavenworth St. Visit Omaha.com for the full list of winners, and for more information on the app, visit www.LocalEats.com.
Dundee's Agave appears to be closed
Agave, the Mexican restaurant in the heart of Dundee, appears to have closed.
No one answered the phone at the restaurant Monday.
Agave is the third restaurant to operate at 5013 Underwood Ave. Before Agave, the space was the 1020. For many years previous to that, it was Trovato's Italian Restaurant.
Hollywood Diner adds new special
The Hollywood Diner now is serving a daily blue plate special.
The special will start at $6.99 and will be available all day Monday through Friday, or until the diner runs out. Specials can include chicken fried chicken, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and pork chops, among other items.
The diner also now has homemade pies and cakes.
Hollywood Diner is at 2214 Abbott Drive.
Events for lovers of chocolate
If you're into sweets, take note of two chocolate-fueled events.
The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival lets participants taste samples of chocolate from many local vendors, including Greenwood, Neb.-based Baker's Chocolates, which will unveil three new flavors of its meltaway candies at the event. Kids can participate in hands-on chocolate activities, students from Iowa Western Community College will do live baking demonstrations and more than 40 vendors will give away samples.
The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival takes place Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Field House. Tickets are $5 per adult and include five samples. Admission for children ages 2 to 10 is $3, and they get three samples. You can buy additional samples for $1 each.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of the National Council of Jewish Women. Purchase tickets at omahachocolatefestival.com.
And Omaha pastry chefs are creating edible clothing and accessories this weekend at Sweet Couture, a benefit for the Omaha Restaurant Association.
This year the event will feature work by Tina Tweedy, pastry chef at Vivace; Lorraine Howard, pastry chef at Horseshoe Casino; Katie Murphy of the Chocolates Bar; Katie Arant, pastry chef at M's Pub; Melissa Stephens of the Cordial Cherry; and pastry students at the Metropolitan Community College Institute for Culinary Arts.
The event will feature a chocolate fashion show with dress designs from Omaha designers, dessert “accessories” for sampling, demonstrations and complimentary champagne. The event takes place Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Institute for the Culinary Arts, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Tickets are $35. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 402-493-4739 or visit dineoutomaha.com.
Barbecue restaurant celebrates opening
Dickey's Barbecue is celebrating the grand opening of its downtown Lincoln location today.
Both the new location, at 1226 P St., and the existing one, at 27th and Cornhusker Highway, will serve $1 pulled pork sandwiches all day. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the downtown location, diners can enter a contest to win free barbecue for a year.
Dickey's is a Dallas-based chain that serves slow-smoked barbecue. For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.
Wine dinner at The Zin Room
The Zin Room is having a wine dinner Oct. 2.
The Wente Family & Wine Estates dinner focuses on food and wine tailored to the change of season. The menu includes Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc paired with antipasto, Wente River Ranch Chardonnay paired with scallops, Reliz Creek Pinot Noir paired with cherry-glazed duck breast and Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon paired with dark chocolate cherry truffles.
The dinner is $59 per person without tax or tip and begins at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 402-991-0660.
Goldberg's closes for kitchen updating
Goldberg's in Dundee is making some kitchen upgrades and will be closed next week from Monday through Thursday. Owner Richard Duda said the kitchen is getting a new hood and exhaust system. The restaurant reopens on Sept. 28.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen
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