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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Omaha on $40 a Day

posted by snekse
We've all seen the show. Pick a city and see how well you can eat for just $40 a day. Well, we decided to throw a little contest to see who could do it best. And now we have a winner!

I'd like to truly thank all those who participated. I really wish I had enough prizes to give to everyone because they really all were great menus for different reasons. But alas, we had to make a decision. Before we reveal the winner, let me present the menus we received. In no particular order, here is Omaha on $40 a Day.

By Nan T

Breakfast @ Summer Kitchen
  • Prince Charles Omelette: 3 egg omelette with grilled chicken breast, broccoli, almonds, onions, Monterey Jack cheese, and hollandaise, served with hashbrowns or fruit and toast or a fresh-baked muffin - $7.99
  • 9-oz juice of your choice - $1.59
Cost : $11.79 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Jaipur
  • Vegetable Curry with Rice, served with Mulligatawny soup and salad. - $7.50
  • Mango Lassi - $2.75
Cost: $12.62 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Morning or Afternoon Snack @ Crane Coffee
  • Turtle Latte - Espresso, steamed milk, chocolate, caramel and praline, whipped topping ($3.30 for 16-oz size)
Cost: $4.00 with 7% tax and $0.47 in tip bucket

Dinner @ Mediterranean Bistro
  • Combo Kabob - 3 pieces chicken kabob & 2 pieces of shish (beef tenderloin) with grilled fresh vegetables, served with basmati rice & choice of soup or salad - $7.75
  • Persian Hot Tea - $1.50
Cost: $11.39 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Total: $39.80

By Brian O'M **

Breakfast @ Miracle Hills Cafe
  • Anything - Between $5 to $7
Cost: Less than $10.00 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Stokes
  • WORLD FAMOUS (ALMOST) SHARON'S CHICKEN ENCHILADAS:
    chicken & cheese enchiladas with white sauce, poblano sauce, beans & rice - $8.65
  • -OR-
  • YAYA'S SAUSAGE:
    andouille & chorizo sausages with cowboy beans, green chile & tortillas - $8.95
Cost: ~$11.00 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Dinner @ Surfside Club
  • Fried Catfish - $12.00
  • -OR-
  • Fried Chicken - $10.00
  • Corn Fritters - FREE
Cost: ~$15.00 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Total: ~$36.00

By Stacy W

Breakfast @ 11-Worth Cafe
  • Biscuits and Gravy (really any breakfast item on the menu is excellent) - $4.50
Cost: $5.54 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Stella's
  • Cheeseburger - $3.25
  • Fries - $1.00
  • Ice Tea - $1.00
Cost: $6.46 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Dinner @ Nicola's
  • Tortellini al Formaggio & Prosciutto - $12.95
    (includes salad and bruschetta)
Cost: $15.93 with 7% tax and 15% tip

After Dinner Dessert @ Jobber's Canyon
  • Chocolate Bread Pudding - $4.50
Cost $5.54 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Total: $33.47 (Allowing for a couple of drinks in there somewhere)

By Amy P

Breakfast @ Radial Cafe
  • One can't miss this traditional diner in the heart of midtown. Must try the gut-busting Radial Raft, a huge plate of hashbrowns, biscuits, gravy, and eggs cooked to order - $5.95
Cost: $7.35 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Bohemian Cafe
  • As if the huge breakfast wasn't enough, a trip to the "Bohem" is a must for anyone with roots in eastern Europe. The Czech goulash is ridiculously good, and make sure to add a side of dumplings and gravy for the full experience. A favorite of my grandmother, the Bohemian is in my rotating cycle of where to take guests visiting Omaha for the first time.
  • Goulash - 6.75
  • Side Dumplings - $2.15
Cost: $10.95 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Dinner @ Darwin Bistro
  • Run by culinary students, this bargain restaurant gives the glamour of fine dining without the pricetag. Great service and high quality food, even with a free amuse bouche, Darwin is somewhere to come again and again. Great entree choice- Crispy Duck, a bargain at only - $17. [ED: Darwin has recently raised their prices, this dish is now $21 ]
Cost: $25.84 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Total: $39.35 [ED: $44.14]


By Foodie E **

Brunch @ Taxi's
  • Belgian Waffle with strawberries and whipped cream served with fruit or potatoes $7.50
Cost: $9.23 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Barrett's Barleycorn
  • Famous Pork Tenderloin sandwich: pork tenderloin lightly breaded and served with cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions. Served with chips and a pickle. Only served on Thursdays and Fridays - $7.95
Cost: $9.78 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Happy Hour @ Bianco's
  • Spedini di calimari: skewered squid with seasoned bread crumbs, grilled, flash-fried with fresh lemon, tomato basil sauce - $4
Cost: $4.92 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Small Dinner @ TasTe
  • Beet & Goat Cheese Salad - $5.5
  • Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Aioli -$4.5
Cost: $12.31 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Dessert @ Gelato Jo's
  • Small cup of any tasty gelato - $2.50
Cost: $2.95 with 7% tax and 10% tip

Total: $39.19

By snekse

Brunch @ Taxi's Grill
  • Blackstone Eggs: Poached eggs, tomatoes, bacon on English muffin with jalapeño hollandaise - $8.95
Cost: $11.02 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Lunch @ Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob
  • Doner Kabob & Curry Fries: Thin sliced lamb, fresh vegetable salad and choice of garlic or spicy sauce in toasted bread - $7.50
Cost: $9.02 with 7% tax and $1 tip

Dinner @ Spezia
  • Gnocchi Alla Pollo - Seared chicken breast, cremini mushrooms and fresh baby spinach served over gorgonzola cream - $15.95
Cost: $19.63 with 7% tax and 15% tip

Total: $39.67


And the winner is...

Stacy W

We liked his off-the-beaten-path/not-in-many-tourist-guide-books selections, yet finishes elegantly at Nicola's which is said to be one of the more underrated places in the Old Market. Congratulations Stacy!

For all of his hard work, he had won a snazzy Omaha Prime Discount Card.

Other dishes mentioned as potential contenders included Cinnamon rolls at Sweet Magnolias, Imperial Chicken at the Rice Bowl, pizza at Mama's, the Bo-Pork or the Ranchera Enchiladas at Rivera's Mexican, Steak Philly and Fries at PepperJax, Chocolate Gelato at Gelato Jo's , The Bagel Bin, Donut Stop on 13th, a Little King 6" sandwich, the Prix Fixe menu at Sage Bistro and an enthusiastic "Runza, Runza, Runza!"

If you'd like to submit your own version of Omaha on $40 a Day, send your menu to us and we'll add it to this list.

** These people were not eligible to win, but we appreciate their participation.

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