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Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

If you love tailgating at Husker football games, you may have met Captain Todd Morgan, or “Captain Morgan” as he likes to joke. A firefighter for the Grand Island Fire Department for almost 29 years, Todd has been tailgating and sharing his locally famous Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce with fans for years…

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

When the Rural Foodies heard about David Vetter and Grain Place Foods from organic growers near Bertrand, Nebraska, they had to find out the scoop. So they headed to Marquette, Nebraska, where they were greeted by the homespun smell of fresh grains the minute they walked in the door…

Eustis Pool Hall

Eustis Pool Hall

The legendary Eustis Pool Hall on Railway Street in Eustis, Nebraska, is approaching 100 years of delivering food, beverages and good times for families in the Eustis, Cozad, Lexington, and Johnson Lake region…

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…