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The Office

The Office

Scott Rager met another visionary in this month’s Rural Foodie feature when he stumbled upon a local watering hole in Alma that epitomizes the phrase “a place where everybody knows your name…

Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant

Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant

If you need another way to beat the wintertime blues, look no further than Betty Sayer’s feature on Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant in Grand Island. Since we can’t send everyone on a holiday trip to sunny Mexico, Mariscos Villarreal is the next best thing…

Main Street Cafe

Main Street Cafe

It was a strong Nebraska wind, and a dedicated diner’s high praise, that drove Scott Rager to Main Street Cafe in this month’s Rural Foodies trek. When he blew in the door, he found a port in the storm serving comfort food to rival Grandma’s…

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

After just one visit to Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, Scott Rager has his own tall tale to tell, one that features The Best in the West chicken fried steak, Omaha-worthy Ruebens and the Best Burger in the State…

Tru Cafe

Tru Cafe

Tru Café is a unique family-owned restaurant which seamlessly melds five businesses into one. Roberta and Mark Loescher and their family run Tru as a place where diners find artful plates of wholesome and flavorful seasonal menu items…

Sustainability – Thomas Tomas

Sustainability – Thomas Tomas

All food, ultimately, comes from the soil and, when you think about it, Tom Tomas’ philosophy of “feed the soil rather than the plant” makes a lot of sense. This month on the Rural Foodies, Scott Rager gets the chance to meet Tomas, a noted authority on sustainable agriculture, and tour his garden in Orleans…

The Rocket Inn

The Rocket Inn

Pizza came to the U.S. along with Italian immigrants in the late 19th century, but it remained pretty much confined to Italian neighborhoods until after WWII. One soldier who returned to Indianola, Nebraska after the war must have really developed a taste for pizza. He brought home not only a love for these savory pies, but the means to an endless supply: an Italian bride who made great pizza…

Town Talk

Town Talk

When Richard Barnes moved away from his home Cambridge to pursue his education and career, he had no plans of coming back. Ever. Yet small towns can exert a great pull on the heart, and when a restaurant business opportunity presented itself, he came back from Los Angeles…