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Who Feeds the Farmer? Favorite eats around the Midwest

Who Feeds the Farmer? Favorite eats around the Midwest

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It’s time to dip into the mailbag and recall some recent social media comments about eating around the Midwest.

Cammie Poppe of Hastings, Neb., says The Derby Café in Arapahoe, “is our employees’ favorite place to eat. Buttermilk marinated fried chicken is on the buffet daily along with another meat selection. Homemade dinner rolls, mashed potatoes and country gravy and from scratch desserts are included with the meal. They are open for breakfast and lunch every day except on Tuesdays. Bill and Ann are the owners and are wonderful people! Prices are very reasonable. You need to check it out!

Reader Mary E. Teten from Talmage, Neb., recommends Lorton Lounge, in Lorton, just west of Nebraska City, and says it’s “a great place to eat.” And it has many special nights throughout the month.

Every Wednesday is Burger Night with fish every Friday and wings on Sundays. The first and third Mondays of the month feature Italian food, and the second and fourth Mondays have Mexican food. Steaks are featured on Saturday nights, with prime rib on the first and third Saturdays.

Lorton Lounge is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Mary’s son, Tom, says Zach’s Bar and Grill in nearby Peru is good, too, with Wing Night Thursday, Fish Night Friday, and Steak and Prime Rib Night Saturday.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Longtime family friend Jon Nelson lives in Omaha’s Midtown area.

“There are so many great places to eat in our neighborhood, and we are discovering new ones all the time,” he posted recently on Facebook. “After driving by for years, tonight we stopped in at Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub and Grill. Great food, friendly service, and laid-back atmosphere. We will definitely be back!”

The Barleycorn is at 4322 Leavenworth St.

Will Rogers recommends Cafe Dodici in Washington, Iowa. It’s not in our coverage area, but there are certainly some who travel through Iowa who might want to get off Interstate 80 near Iowa City and head south to Washington.

“This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Iowa,” Rogers posted on Facebook. “I always try to make an effort to stop there if I am ever in the area for lunch or dinner. I put it on my highest recommendation list.”

Café Dodici is clearly not a bar and grill. The place’s website says it’s “more than just a place to eat! Our goal is to provide you with a fulfilling dining experience with quality food, skillfully prepared and enjoyed in a welcoming, refined dining environment.”

We’re written before about an unexpected dining pleasure, an East Indian restaurant at a convenience store/filling station in the most surprising location, an Interstate exit near very rural Overton, Neb.

Now we hear about another one, but this time it’s in far southeast Lincoln. Biji’s Best, 5640 Hidcote Drive, is part of Suraj’s Place Valero station and convenience store. It’s open 6 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends, closes nightly at 8 p.m.

Biji’s has a modest menu with a few entrees and sides. The dishes change daily to retain some variety, with samosas and naan (bread). Call in orders to go or take a ready-to-heat meal from the cooler,

So that should keep our readers busy for a while, but we really need your recommendations. The rules are quite simple:

 Eateries need to be in our coverage area, which includes all of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, western Iowa and nearby counties in Colorado and Wyoming.

 Breakfast, dinner, lunch (morning or afternoon), supper – it doesn’t matter.

 No chain restaurants unless they are based in our coverage area.

 Tell us what makes your recommended place special: menu, service, personnel, history, atmosphere.

Send your recommendations to me at:


Terry Anderson

News Editor

Midwest Messenger

Box 239

Tekamah NE 68061-0239

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