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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

First Annual Best Eatin' in Lincoln Awards

This blog's been up and running for over six months now and has a fairly steady readership developing so I think it's time the readers of Eatin' in Lincoln weigh in on all their favorites. We'll be accepting nominations in the categories below for the until Sunday, April 30. Voting for the top 4 or 5 in each category will commence on Wednesday May 3 with the winners and runners-up to be announced on Wednesday May 9, just in time to make plans to take your mom out on Mother's Day to one of Eatin' in Lincoln's best restaurants.

So in the comments or by email, nominate your favorites in the following categories. Please let me know if I've missed any.

  • Mexican
  • Pizza
  • Bar Food
  • Sandwich
  • East Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese)
  • Indian
  • Steak
  • Burger
  • Fine Dining
  • Casual Dining - there's a line between Fine and Casual, help me draw it.
  • Sushi
  • Fish
  • Fast Food
  • Chain
  • Other/Mish-mash
  • Best in Show


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still thinking about my nominees, but I want to say right now that if anybody nominates Applebee's, so help me...


8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican -- El Chaparro

Pizza -- Yia Yia's

Sandwich -- M13

East Asian -- Blue Orchid/Pho Nguyen

Indian -- The Oven

Steak -- Misty's Havelock

Fine Dining -- The Oven

Sushi -- Kabuki

Fast Food -- Oso Burrito

Chain -- Papa John's

Middle Eastern -- Sindbad's

J.J. Harder
Daily Nebraskan Food Critic

9:01 AM  
Blogger Swoof said...

I hear you, Mr. Wilson, although I'm more worried about Val's getting multiple pizza noms.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

# Mexican
La Mexicana

# Pizza

# Bar Food
The N-Zone

# Sandwich

# East Asian
Vincent's House of Hunan

# Indian

# Steak
The Steak House

# Burger
P.O. Pear's

# Fine Dining

# Casual Dining

# Fish
The Venue

# Fast Food
Ali Baba's

# Chain
T & R's Garden

# Best in Show

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T&R's Garden is neither a chain nor a quality establishment.

J.J. Harder

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican: La Mexicana
Pizza: Piezano's
Sandwich: M&N
East Asian: Thai House
Indian: Tandoor
Steak: [who the hell orders steak out in Nebraska that can't do it better at home?]
Fine Dining: None exists in Lincoln
Sushi: No good sushi can be found here, either
Middle Eastern: Ali Baba's
Best in Show: The Oven

6:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

In response to Mr. Harder's comment, I believe T & R's Garden is a chain. "A national chain of one."

1:02 PM  
Blogger Dusty said...

I'll try to weigh in later with more, but:

Burger - Russ's Market on 17th & Washington

Trust me on this one.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Swoof said...

Sarah, you listen to too much sports talk radio.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I appreciate most about T&R's Garden Restaurant is that they'll stay there 'til you're done.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

# Mexican
La Mexicana

# Pizza
There is no good pizza here. Closest was a place on 27th that closed ("mama D's". Best is yia yias)

# Bar Food
No idea.

# Sandwich
Depends on sandwich, Highnooner's or Danny's Deli.

# East Asian
China Inn

# Indian
I guess the Oven

# Steak
All the same.

# Burger
Papa John's

# Fine Dining
The oven I guess

# Casual Dining
La Mexicana

# Sushi
Don't know

# Fish

# Fast Food
Don and Millie's

# Chain
Samurai Sam's

# Other/Mish-mash
Ali Baba's chicken kabobs

# Best in Show
China Inn for the Win!

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Original list, along with more commentary, here.

* Mexican: La Mexicana
* Pizza: Yia Yia’s
* Bar Food: I plead ignorance
* Sandwich: Bison Witches
* East Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese): Blue Orchid
* Indian: The Oven
* Steak: Outback
* Burger: Grandmother’s
* Fine Dining: No favorite
* Casual Dining: Lazlo’s Downtown
* Sushi: I plead ignorance
* Fish: Beacon Hills
* Fast Food: Oso Burrito
* Chain: Panera Bread
* Other/Mish-mash: Crawdaddy’s
* Best in Show: By virtue of the consistency of its excellence over the years, The Oven retains its crown

Now for some categories Swoof missed:

* Ice Cream: Ivanna Cone
* Character: Crawdaddy’s
* In Memoriam: Garden Cafe
* Italian: Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet. It’s just like the old country. But with more sugar. And chicken nuggets.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican-El Portrero
Bar food-Watering Hole
East Asian-Thai House
Indian-Indian Oven
Burger-Merle's (technically that's Emerald)
Fine Dining-Billy's
Casual Dining-Lee's Chicken
Chain-Lone Star
Best in Show-Vincenzo's

A sub-category that would be nice is best service, especially since good service is often rare in some places here. I would give the nod for consistency of good service to Lazlo's in the Haymarket.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Thomas Irvin said...

Mexican: La Paz
Pizza: Yia Yia's
Bar Food: The window into Ali Baba's from Duffy's
Sandwich: (?)
East Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese): This one place on about 27th & Y on the east side.
Indian: The Oven, no contest
Steak: (I'm counting this as the prime rib category): Misty's
Burger: My dad's grill
Fine Dining: Lincoln Country Club
Casual Dining: Lazlo's maybe?
Sushi: Others may scoff, but I still love Wasabi. It's the only place that serves ninjin.
Fish: I wish there was something good
Fast Food: Tastee
Chain: Taco John's
Other/Mish-mash: Sinbad's
Best in Show: The Oven. Honorable mention to Lee's Fried Chicken.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican: El Rancho
Pizza: Yia Yia's
Bar Food: Fat Pat's/Big Sal's
Sandwich: Maggie's (Haymarket)
East Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese): Thai House
Indian: Shere-E-Punjab
Steak: I plead vegetarianism
Burger: Fat Pat's/Big Sal's Black Bean Burger
Fine Dining: I plead ignorance
Casual Dining: Vincenzo's
Sushi: Wasabi
Fish: See "Steak"
Fast Food: El Rancho
Chain: Panera
Other/Mish-mash: Holyland
Best in Show: Crane River, but it's gone. My vote goes to Shere-E-Punjab

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops - scratch my nominee for "fast food." While El Rancho is excellent, the nod for fast-type Mexican must go to OSO BURRITO :)

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I still vote? ... if so here are my picks... Ash

Mexican - LaPaz
Pizza - Piezano's
Bar Food - Watering Hole
Sandwich - Manhattan Deli
East Asian - Blue Orchid
Indian - The Oven
Steak - Misty's
Burger - P.O. Pear's
Fine Dining - Venue/Dish
Casual Dining - Yia Yia's
Sushi - Kabuki
Fish - Lincoln Country Club
Fast Food - Oso Burrito
Chain - Old Chicago
Italian - Vincenzo's
Other - Lazlo's
Best in Show - The Oven

12:06 PM  
Blogger Thomas Irvin said...

I'm amending my burger answer. Ash is right--P.O. Pears has the best burger in town.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Beerorkid said...

Mexican- el charro
Pizza- ramos bosco stix?
Bar Food- fried mozz stix, or watering hole wings
Sandwich - pastrami at manhatten deli. The meat rulez, everything about it meh...
East Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese) - no clue
Indian- ?
Steak- outback (worked at misty's)
Burger - used to be stauffers cafe (when they were handmade) now randy's grill and chill (muchos bacon)
Fine Dining
Casual Dining - there's a line between Fine and Casual, help me draw it.
Fish - OSO
Fast Food - OSO
Chain - outback (sorry the shit is good)
Best in Show - OSO

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican-El Portrero
Pizza-Yia Yia's
Bar food-Mulligan's
Sandwich-Jimmy John's
East Asian-No thanks
Steak-Ribeye at Wilderness Ridge
Burger-P.O. Pear's
Fine Dining-Wilderness Ridge
Casual Dining-Whiskey Creek
Fast Food-Culver's
Chain-Famous Dave's
Best in Show-Lazlo's

8:35 PM  
Blogger Jeff Korbelik said...

Mexican -- La Mexicana
Pizza -- Yia Yia's
Bar Food -- Brewsky's
Sandwich -- M&N
East Asian -- Blue Orchid/Vung Tau
Indian -- The Oven
Steak -- Wilderness Ridge
Burger -- Parkway Pub
Fine Dining -- Wilderness Ridge
Casual Dining -- Dish
Sushi -- Kabuki
Fish -- Venue
Fast Food -- D'Leon's
Chain -- No comment
Other -- Crawdaddy's
Best in Show -- Wilderness Ridge

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican - In lincoln? Maybe Mazatlan.

Pizza - Who cares, because it's not real chicago deep dish

Sandwhich - M&N

East asian - Blue Orchid since The green papaya has been long closed.

Indian - Sher e Punjab, because the oven is too pretentious

Steak - Misty's on Havelock

Fine Dining - Billy's

Fast food - Why bother

Sushi - Wasabi, or Cafe di mai

Chain -

Best in Show - Billy's

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican - El Chapparro
Pizza - Yia Yia's
Sandwich - Barry's
Indian - The Oven (Hands down, all Indian restaurants in Lincoln were born from The Oven)
Steak - Home
Fine Dining - The Oven (I take my girlfriend here)
Sushi - Wasabi
Fast Food - Tie OSO - Ali Baba
Chain - Why Bother
Middle Eastern - Used to be Jerusalem Cuisine
East Asian - Blue Orchid (although terrible wine list)
Bar Food - Barry's
Burger - PO Pears and Barry's

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican: El Portrero
Indian: The Oven
East Asian/Thai: Blue Orchid
Fast Food/Burrito: Oso Burrito
Other/Cajun: Buzzard Billy's
Pizza: Yia Yia's or Lazzari's

10:47 AM  

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