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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

REVIEW: Bailey's Breakfast & Lunch - Omaha, NE

posted by Foodie-E
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Breakfast at Bailey's
In my family, I am the breakfast maker, because if it were up to my husband we would have cereal or scrambled eggs and toast every weekend. So, once in a while my wonderful hubby takes making breakfast off my hands and takes us out. Now, you have a ton of choices if you want breakfast in Omaha, however, we have a young child and our list of options then become more like a strategic tactical plan than a list of places to eat. We have to consider general noise of the restaurant, atmosphere, speed of service, the restaurant's acceptance of tables with young children, and of course food. Lately, our breakfast joint of choice has been Bailey's.

Bailey's is the type of diner that most of it's patrons would like to keep a secret. (Sorry everyone, they are too good not to write about.) When you're sitting at your table and look around, you can see couples, families, friends - this is an awesome place for families. Their menu is adventurous enough for the adults with things like Guerrero Benedicts with chorizo sausage, refried beans, and cotija cheese and they still have awesome standbys for the kids like pancakes and waffles. We've been there 3 times since we found it, each time with our daughter and each time has been a great experience. The waitresses all loved her and smiled at her even though she gave them the stink eye. The first time we went, they surprised us by bringing a dish of Goldfish crackers. At first, I was mad, because I am the type of mother that is overly prepared for everything so I already had things for her to munch on and I would prefer that my daughter eat freeze dried apples or raisins instead of cheesy Goldfish crackers before breakfast. But then I was able to see the intent of the waitress and appreciated the thought that the establishment puts into serving their customers and I calmed down. (For those of you that want to know, my daughter ate Goldfish before her breakfast that morning...she had already seen them and it wasn't worth the tantrum for what was meant to be a nice gesture.) The second time, she was already eating something when our order was taken, so it wasn't an issue. The third time we went, I was able to have my husband head the waitress off on her way to our table so we didn't get any Goldfish crackers but made sure that my nephew did - he loves his Goldfish. :)

The menu offers options from Belgian waffles, to a bagel with lox, to a beef tenderloin Benedict. None were overly done up as they could have been and all were delicious. The food is simple, but the flavors are well thought out and interesting. I tend to order the more plain or traditional items off the menu so I can share with our daughter, but that leaves the others at the table to be more adventurous in their ordering...which I get to taste of course. I will recount our most recent trip first and then follow up with some key things I remembered from our previous trips.

The waffles are light and fluffy, not too sweet and not too plain. My daughter enjoyed them thoroughly as she packed over a quarter of it into that 17 month old tummy of hers. The waffles also came with 2 eggs any style and 2 pieces of bacon or sausage so I definitely wasn't lacking any food. Also among the traditional entrees ordered were the classic trucker's breakfast and a sausage omelet with a biscuit. Both were as to be expected, which in a way is a good thing, because our expectations are not just to have the food 'not suck,' but to actually taste good and be cooked correctly. I am happy to report that our expectations were met.

Crab Benedict
Another diner at our table had the crab and avocado eggs Benedict and they were delightful. The mixture of the creamy avocado and the sweet crab was a combination that made me wish I made my husband order the waffles. I would also like to say that the Hollandaise sauce is made fresh daily and is very thin, light, and zingy unlike your typical thick and gloopy sauce in chain restaurants. I normally shy away from eggs Benedict because of the subpar Hollandaise sauce in most establishments, but I love them here. One bite was not enough. I wanted more. I couldn't have more, because it wasn't my plate. Humph. Moving on.

Also at the table was a bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onion, and capers. Delish! I could eat a pile of it. The smoked salmon was firm and had just the right amount of smokiness and you know it's fresh since Bailey's is owned by the folks at Absolutely Fresh which is a nice thought to think about while you order seafood from a restaurant in the middle of the country. Here's a little Omaha fish fact, Absolutely Fresh also owns Shucks which just opened another location at Legacy out West.

spinach and cheese quiche
On our first visit, I had the special which was a spinach and cheese quiche, a fruit cup, and a muffin. The quiche had good flavor, however, I did not expect the texture which was more like a custard or silken tofu than a quiche. In my experience quiches tend to be more of a dense omelet type of a texture, but this one was light without air, but none the less light. The fruit cup was as to be expected, same old restaurant fruit cup with honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and grapes. The muffin was a Morning Glory muffin which had carrots, raisins, and walnuts in it. It was very moist and I probably could have eaten 3 of them, but I love anything baked and bready. You see, I am hard core and I have the 'nads to order cake for breakfast. (Anyone know where that came from? Leave a comment if you do!)

Some last words of advice. Go early and beware of the Goldfish if you don't want them. We usually get there before 9 am and we have yet to wait, but usually within a few minutes of being sat and ordering the waiting area is full of people salivating over your food and trying to decide what they want to order for themselves. If you find yourself in need of a breakfast place for company or just plain don't want to cook, this is a definite recommend.

Rating: 90

Bailey's Restaurant
120th & Pacific

1259 S. 120th Street (Map)
Omaha, NE 68144

Phone: (402) 932-5577


Hours of Operation
  Monday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bailey's on Urbanspoon

RELATED LINKS:
Photos from Bailey's - 3 separate sets
Breakfast and Brunch in Omaha
Omaha Brunch Bunch: Part 1
Omaha on $40 a Day

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Omaha Brunch Bunch: Part 1

posted by snekse
As part of an ongoing investigation, we will be uncovering various brunch options in the Omaha area in hopes to increase awareness. Our photo reconnaissance has documented the following locations peddling eggs, waffles and other nefarious not-quite-breakfast/not-quite-lunch items to local diners.

Taxi's Grille & Bar
Probably one of the best places for brunch in Omaha. Their menu features about 6 different variations of eggs Benedict along with some non-standard offering such as a seafood enchilada. The sides are a little ho-hum, but everything else is very tasty. Reservations are highly recommended.


Upstream Brewing Company
Within the last couple of months, Upstream added a buffet to their brunch options. Far from the standard, this buffet offers bread pudding French toast, made-to-order omelets, prime rib and many other selections along the same lines. Orange juice, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages are included, as they should be for $16.95!


The Cheesecake Factory
Basic fare. Nothing special, but if you like The Cheesecake Factory, then you'll probably enjoy their brunch. As usual with TCF, the portions are huge, so there is good value here. I just wish their menu was a little more creative. As usual, reservations are not taken, so show up early if you have a large party.


Darwin Bistro
Darwin just started offering brunch. (***UPDATE*** Darwin Bistro is now closed.) Like 3 days ago. Their menu is fairly interesting and closely mimics the dinner menu, though I was hoping to see a little more creativity and whimsy on the brunch menu. For better or worse, it leans a little more toward lunch compared to other brunch menus. From the two dishes we had, I'd say they have firm ground to build off of. I'm interested to try the "oeuf cuistot" with seared foie gras, so I'll be back again soon.


RELATED LINKS:
LISTS: Brunch in Omaha
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Darwin Bistro & Catering

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Breakfast and Brunch in Omaha

posted by snekse
Recently I've noticed a proliferation of brunch options in the Omaha metro. So I've compiled a quick list of places that are known or rumored to have a weekend brunch. If you have more details about these or other various brunch options in Omaha, please .
  • 7 Monkeys
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): 156th & Maple
  • Bailey's
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
    Location(s): 120th & Pacific
    Reviews: GFC
  • Big Mama's Kitchen
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
    Location(s): Fontenelle & Bedford
  • Bistro 121
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  • Blue Planet Natural Grill
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
    Location(s): 6307 Center St.
  • Brunettes Bistro
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): 120th and Blondo
  • Charlie's on the Lake
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  • Come On Into My Kitchen
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  • Cracker Barrel
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
    Location(s): All
  • Dario's Brasserie (Starting in September)
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): Dundee
  • Dixie Quick's
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
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  • Farm House Cafe
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
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  • Finicky Frank's
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): 9520 Calhoun Road
  • French Cafe
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): Old Market
  • Grand Fortune
    Type(s): Dim Sum
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  • Grandmothers
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  • Granite City Food & Brewery
    Type(s): Sunday Brunch Buffet
    Location(s): Westroads
  • Grisanti's
    Type(s): Unknown
    Location(s): Omaha, Lincoln?
  • Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): 305 N. 170th St.
  • Le Peep
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu
    Location(s): All
  • Liberty Tavern
    Type(s):
    Location(s): Qwest Center
  • Market Basket
    Type(s): Breakfast Menu, Sunday Brunch Menu
    Location(s): 90th & Pacific
  • Mark's Bistro
    Type(s): ???
    Location(s): 50th & Underwood
  • Mimi’s Café
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  • Miracle Hills Cafe
    Type(s): Breakfast
    Location(s): 627 N. 114th St.
  • New Gold Mountain Restaurant
    Type(s): Dim Sum
    Location(s): 156th & Maple
  • Prestige World Class
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  • Ryan's Bistro
    Type(s): Sunday Brunch Buffet
    Location(s): 180th & Center St.
  • Sage Bistro (? Call first)
    Type(s): Sunday Brunch Buffet
    Location(s): 30th & Fort St.
    Reviews: GFC
  • Summer Kitchen Cafe
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  • Taxi's
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
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    Reviews: GFC
  • The Cheesecake Factory
    Type(s): Brunch Menu, Lunch Menu
    Location(s): Westroads
    Reviews: GFC
  • Upstream Brewing Company (Old Market)
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): Old Market
  • Upstream Brewing Company (Legacy)
    Type(s): Buffet, Brunch Menu
    Location(s): Legacy @ 168th & Center
    Reviews: GFC
  • Valentino's
    Type(s): Buffet
    Location(s):
  • Vivace (Starting June 1 2008)
    Type(s): Brunch Menu
    Location(s): Old Market
  • Wheatfields
    Type(s):
    Location(s): All

RELATED LINKS:
Omaha Brunch Bunch: Part 1
Sage - Sunday Prime Rib Brunch Buffet

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