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Chez Bubba Café

Chez Bubba Café

At Chez Bubba in Goehner, you’re as likely to run into a businessman in a suit as you are a farmer who has just stopped in after checking his crops. Chez Bubba serves one and all at the family-centered barbecue joint an easy commute from Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s just the way owners Matt and Julie Howe envisioned it…

Jay Bros. Truck Stop

Jay Bros. Truck Stop

Many travelers traverse Interstate 80 through Nebraska, but there is one stop that is rare among the gas pumps and usual convenience store snacks found along the thoroughfare. Betty Sayers leads us to Jay Bros. Truck Stop in Overton, Nebraska, where diners can get a tank of gas and tasty, transformative Indian food all in one stop…

Speakeasy Restaurant

Speakeasy Restaurant

The Speakeasy Steak House in Sacramento, Nebraska, has been busy for decades making sure that people won’t forget Sacramento. Fine food and full flavor keep pulling foodies to the out-of-the-way restaurant…

Plainsman Steakhouse

Plainsman Steakhouse

Rumors of fine food or craft beer will lure the Rural Foodies to the most hidden niches of rural Nebraska. This month, the promise of great food with excellent service sent them on a hunt for the Plainsman Steakhouse in Juniata…

House of Memories

House of Memories

The House of Memories in St. Paul, Nebraska, is a charming restaurant, catering, and gift shop business run by the mother/daughter team of Brenda Janssen and Dee Patten. Brenda and her husband, Keith, purchased the business early this spring…

Nebraska Mushroom

Nebraska Mushroom

It’s all about fungi in this month’s Rural Foodies find. Betty Sayers explored the fascination that led Ash Gordon to grow and promote Nebraska mushrooms. She dives deep and gets her hands dirty to dig up the scoop on the many forms of mushrooms…

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

August and sweet corn go hand in hand here in Nebraska. With the tall green plants swaying in the breeze, there was no way the Rural Foodies could forego a chance to pick up a bag of the candy sweet treat. And of course, Betty Sayers is sharing with us…

Tu Casa

Tu Casa

When the Center for Rural Affairs contacted the Rural Foodies about two brothers in rural Nebraska with a prosperous food truck business, the Foodies were hooked. They had to go check on this tantalizing food truck in Norfolk, Nebraska, and they came back with rave reviews and a hunger for more…

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Writer Michelle McCormick has a special talent for finding the most extraordinary places to explore in rural Nebraska. Again this month, she doesn’t disappoint. She’s found a greenhouse that’s oh so much more in Merna, tucked into Nebraska’s beautiful Loup River Valley…

SOZO American Cuisine

SOZO American Cuisine

Readers’ reviews led the Rural Foodies to Kearney, Nebraska, where they found that SOZO American Cuisine is featuring locally grown products. In rural Nebraska, you are often just minutes from the producers growing the food to feed our nation…

Between The Slices

Between The Slices

We started with dessert. We couldn’t help it. The pies called to us from the counter like Sirens in a Greek myth. Coconut cream, key lime, mixed berry. We tried to look away, tried to ignore their sweet aroma, tried not to eavesdrop on customers coming in early to secure their favorite kind, but hey, we’re only human…

The Enchanted Bakery

The Enchanted Bakery

A cake draped in a layer of dark chocolate and topped with chocolate-covered cherries sits next to a cheesecake adorned with a flower made of fresh peach slices and kiwi in the cake display at The Enchanted Bakery in Grand Island…

Bella Italia Restaurant

Bella Italia Restaurant

During the gray of January, writer and Rural Foodie adventurer Betty Sayers headed to Cozad where she knew a tasty pick-me-up was waiting. There she indulged in the rich and hearty Italian dishes served up four days a week at Bella Italia…