Lincoln, the state capital of Nebraska
, is home to a variety of cultural spots, from jazz clubs to innovative art galleries, as well as over 100 restaurants in the historic Haymarket District
. We pick ten of the best spots to enjoy local and international specialties.
The Green Gateau
The Green Gateau takes inspiration from the delicate green cakes found in the cooking journals of artist Claude Monet. The kitchen team provides guests with an insight into contemporary American cuisine through dishes such as coconut shrimp lollipops and truffle fries, enjoyed in European-inspired surroundings. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Green Gateau is a Lincoln favourite, so booking is essential.
The Green Gateau, 330 South Tenth Street, Lincoln, NE, USA , +1 40 2477 0330
Beacon Hills offers homemade American dinner with an East Coast twist right next to the popular Beacon Hills Hotel. The delightful menu ranges from crab cakes to slow-roasted, herb-coated Nebraska prime ribs. The bar also offers signature cocktails, a large wine selection and the chance to relax in front of flat screen televisions.
Beacon Hills, 5353 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2476 5300
Wilderness Ridge Restaurant
Situated on the renowned Wilderness Ridge Golf course is Wilderness Ridge Restaurant. The championship golf course , which has played host to some of the United States’ most prestigious golf events, can be admired while sitting in the Wilderness Ridge restaurant and tucking into award-winning steaks. The dinner menu is determinedly local, changing every month to include produce from neighbouring farms and fresh seafood from Seattle.
Wilderness Ridge Restaurant, 1800 Wilderness, Woods Place, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2434 1800
Located in a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building, FireWorks Restaurant is an environmental pioneer here, and even has its own rain garden containing native plants, shrubs and trees. The restaurant also features a rotisserie, pizza oven and grill, all wood-fired, in keeping with the natural setting. The 21 day-aged prime cut steak is a standout on the menu. The main dining area is dressed in wood and stone and fitted with cosy booths to sit in.
Fireworks Restaurant, 5750 South 86th Drive, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2434 5644
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Toast has a great reputation for serving fabulous light dinner options in an unusual setting: much of the interior decor makes use of reclaimed material. Behind the bar is an antique cabinet dating back to 1898, reclaimed from the historic Burlington Train Station. The restaurant’s windows, door trims and baseboards are made from wood reclaimed from Whittier Junior High School (1923), and the school house lights now hang above the bar. Tasty food options include traditional biscuits in gravy and sugar-glazed meatloaf.
Toast, 570 Fallbrook Blvd, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2261 8859
Restaurant, American, $$$
Dish’s success begins with owner and chef, Travis Green, a local boy who graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School before enrolling in the Western Culinary Institute in Portland. Renowned for the the quality of its Boursin and mashed potatoes, Dish is a must-visit restaurant in Lincoln. The menu includes favourites such as crispy mango duck, steak pommes frites, and pan-roasted scallops.
Dish, 1100 E O Street, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2475 9475
The Oven in East Lincoln, has offered diners award-winning Indian cuisine for more than 20 years. The Oven also has a popular wine cellar as well as a private dining area for special events where guests can enjoy the flavours and colours of India’s finest curries.
The Oven Haymarket, 201 North 8th Street, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2475 6118
Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill
In 1991 Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill opened in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket District, becoming the first brewpub in Nebraska. Lazlo’s serves up home-cooked meals cooked on their custom grill, fuelled by hickory wood, and handcrafted ales, all delivered with efficient and friendly service. The stylish decor comes complete with cosy booths, fireplaces and an outdoor patio.
Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill, Historic Haymarket, 210 7th Street, Lincoln NE, USA, +1 40 2434 5636
JTK is an upscale restaurant located in the Haymarket with a varied menu. Dishes such as American Kobe beef, a Nebraskan version of Japan’s famed steak, and the white Russian, a rich dessert of vodka, Tia Maria and ice cream, are set off against Nebraska classics such as ribs and pulled pork. JTK also has a date night special every evening, when couples can choose from a special four-course menu incorporating an appetiser to share, an entrée each and a dessert for two, as well as a bottle of wine.
JTK, 201 7th Street, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2435 0161
Engine House Café
The Engine House Café is located in Havelock district’s original 19th century Fire Station. As such, it makes the most of original features, including the wooden ceiling and memorabilia from retired and active firemen. The menu too harks back to the old fire team, offering dishes such as the Engine House Burger, a 1/3 hamburger flame-broiled with lettuce, tomato and onion. Engine House Café also offers an excellent breakfast menu.
Engine House Café, 6028 Havelock Avenue, Lincoln, NE, USA, +1 40 2467 2880