A decent portion of my work life is spent traveling around the United States, but not always to “destination” spots. I’ve recently taken two trips to Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA, they’re basically sister cities.
Do you think I got excited for a trip to Council Bluffs/Omaha? No. No, I didn’t. HOWEVER, while Omaha/Council Bluffs aren’t the most exciting places on earth to visit, I will say that I never had a bad meal there.
The first restaurant I ate at in Omaha, Indian Oven, was recommended by a friend in Chicago.I’m glad I went, I LOVED pretty much everything about the place. If someone goes out of their way to make a recommendation to me, I typically try to take them up on that recommendation. I absolutely hate it when I make a food recommendation to someone and I am ignored.
Dixie Quicks was recommended to me by a different friend, one who lives in Omaha. The restaurant is located in downtown Council Bluffs, but was once located in Omaha. Back in the day when Dixie Quicks was located in Omaha, they were featured on the Food Networks popular show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The place didn’t look like much in the DDD clip I saw, but they seem to have stepped up their game with the new location in Council Bluffs.
(speaking of, did you know that the Food Network has an app that allows you to search for restaurants in your surrounding area that have been featured on their network? It is a must have in my opinion).
I expected this place to be a dumpy-dive, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful, modern diner connected to an art gallery. The first time I visited DQ, I was with a group of 10-12 people. We found the big chalkboard displaying our food choices and after ordering, we wandered around checking out artwork and discovering a GIANT squirrel. (photo ops) The second time I went to Dixie Quicks, I didn’t even have to look at the menu – I wanted to order the exact same thing I had the first time (so good!!) Well, I got hungry for brunch (at dinnertime). I discovered that DQ’s SERVES BRUNCH ALL DAY LONG so I ordered brunch AND dinner.
^^ The menu, displayed on an old school chalkboard, varies from day to day because they purchase fresh ingredients every day. (swoon) ^^
^^House Salad with Ancho Vinaigrette ^^
^^ Brussels Sprouts ^^
^^ Black Bean Corn Quesadilla ^^
^^ Sexual Chocolate (french toast w/chocolate syrup, banana slices, nuts and whipped cream ^^
Somehow, I failed to get a photo of the amazing cornbread served with honey that comes to every table as an appetizer. We probably ate it too quickly
Another item I loved, not pictured here is the BREAD PUDDING.
Obviously, the food we ate was not vegan, but their menu is completely vegan/vegetarian-friendly.
157 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503