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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sage - Sunday Prime Rib Brunch Buffet

posted by snekse

$15 Prime Rib Brunch Buffet

Seriously. And it's good. I've been a fan of Sage Bistro since our first visit. Last fall they started serving a Sunday brunch, but most sessions were closed to the public. The good news: there will be 4 Sundays this semester that they'll serve brunch. The bad news: you've already missed the first one. That means you only have 3 weeks left to get your butt down there to see what all the fuss is about (and that's assuming they have room for you in their reservation books).

So why the fuss? Well, as is always the case with Sage, you can't beat the price.Or the selection. A Sunday brunch buffet with prime rib, an omelet station, house made cured meats, a rotating selection of pancakes, waffles or crepes, various other side and main dishes, pastries galore, and real fresh squeezed orange juice gives you plenty to choose from. The highlights include the prime rib, biscuits, orange juice, the savory mushroom salad (if they have it) and everyone had a favorite version of the bacon which was prepared in 3 different ways. That's not to say everything is perfect; these are students after all. Issues ranged from several proteins being slightly overcooked, greasy potatoes and more minor issues like the gravlax being cut too thick, the mousse being thick like pudding, and the crepes being thick and chewy.

The staff, comprised of students, is friendly and, for the most part, attentive. The food presentation is both attractive and functional, but the dining room is lacking in that warm inviting appeal. That appears to be more of a funding issue though and should be addressed when the new ICA building is complete. Besides, I'm far more interested in the food. And while I can't honestly say Sage has the best brunch in town, I can say it's a good option with a couple of touches you won't find elsewhere - at least nowhere near this price range.

Brunch Rating: 84+

Sage - Make a Reservation

N 30th St & Fort St. (MAP)
Metro's Fort Omaha campus - Building #10
Omaha, NE 68111
(402) 457-2328

BRUNCH HOURS (Jan 13th - Feb 3rd):
Sunday ~ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

RELATED LINKS:
OFFICIAL SITE: Sage Bistro's Sunday Brunch Buffet
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Sage Bistro
LIST: Breakfast and Brunch spots in Omaha

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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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