Plank Seafood Provisions

Plank Seafood Provisions
1205 Howard St.
Omaha, NE 68102

I have always loved seafood. One evening in Omaha a friend and I were looking for a place in Omaha’s Old Market to enjoy a late dinner. We happened to see the restaurant Plank Seafood Provisions as we walked around. We both wanted seafood so we decided to try out the offerings at Plank.

Gulf Shrimp en Brochette

My friend tried the Gulf Shrimp en Brochette. This is wood fire grilled shrimp wrapped in applewood smoked bacon covered by melted jalapeno and jack cheese. A toothpick held bacon to the shrimp. He said that it was absolutely amazing and the best shrimp that he has ever had. The bacon really added a wonderful flavor to the shrimp, a slight sweet taste mixed with the already slightly tart taste of the shrimp. it came with dirty rice, sautéed baby green beans and could have also came with grape tomatoes, which he declined. It was served with chive horseradish remoulade. He would rate his food and the experience 5/5 or even better if that was possible and he can’t wait to go back.

Southern Seafood Platter

I had the Southern Seafood Platter which is a mix and match of fried oysters, fried shrimp and catfish. I had all three accompanied by tarter sauce, cocktail sauce, French fries and Cole slaw.

Southern Seafood Platter at Plank
Southern Seafood Platter with oysters, catfish and shrimp, French fries and cole slaw.

I would give the give every morsel of food on the Southern Seafood Platter a 5 out of 5 rating except for the oysters which I would only give a 4.5 rating. The reason for this is that I expected them to be more crispy as with fried oysters which I have ate in the past.

The lighting of the restaurant was rather dark for my taste making it difficult to read the menu. Therefore for the atmosphere I would rate Plank Seafood Provisions only a 4 out of 5. However, the service was good and the waiter checked on my friend and I several times, therefore earning service a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.

The overall experience for the evening I would rank a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. I would like to go back and try some of the other delicious sounding meals and appetizers offered at Plank.


Neal’s Cafe Review

Neal's Cafe
Neal’s Cafe

Neal’s Cafe

After driving all over Springdale’s main thoroughfare this is the first original restaurant that we came across in Springdale, AR. The building housing the restaurant isn’t much to look at as it was the original building.

Their website is

Neal’s Cafe started way back in 1944.

We started out the experience at Neal’s Cafe with water and iced tea. The waitress asked us if we wanted sweetened or unsweetened tea; I chose sweetened and my friend chose unsweetened tea. Our dinner rolls came first and they were very good.

Beef Liver and Onions

I had the Beef Liver and Onions. This was only $10.99 for an 8 oz portion and it came with three sides. I chose fried pickles, fried squash, and grilled broccoli. The large size of the meal’s portions was quite satisfying.

The liver and onions was great and if you like liver and onions, you couldn’t go wrong with ordering it at Neal’s. I would give it a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. A great choice in my opinion.

The sides were great. The fried pickles were excellent, the best ever, and I gave them a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. The broccoli, more like steamed broccoli than grilled brocolli, only received a 4, and the squash gets a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. I like zucchini, however, I was expecting a different type of squash.

Pork Chop Dinner

According to my friend the Pork Chop Dinner was delicious, and cooked to perfection. Each pork chop was 4 oz which may not be enough if you are one to eat a lot of food. My friend gave them a decent 4.2 on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best.

The salad was nice and fresh. My friend stated that he was confused as to why there are not many places around that come with a Caesar salad dressing option. Caesar dressing not being available caused him to decide to get the vinegar and oil which he would rate a 4.

The service at the restaurant was excellent as it could be considering Neal’s was completely filled up for Sunday Lunch. The food arrived quickly to the table despite the fact that there were several customers at the cafe. The experience at Neal’s Cafe was quite satisfying based on the food, the service, and the atmosphere.

The cafe is still in its original 1944 location which contests to the popularity of the establishment.


Risky’s In Beatrice

On Sunday May 3rd a best friend and I on a journey back to Lincoln from Fairbury, NE decided to stop at the Risky’s Sports Bar and Grill in Beatrice, NE for a late supper. Risky’s in Beatrice, NE is located at 2317 N 6th St. The website is shared by Lincoln and Beatrice locations.

The venue of the Beatrice location is larger and the interior is more well lit.


Both my friend and I wanted appetizers which we agreed to share. I wanted breaded mushrooms which were good, however, on a scale of one to five with five being best I would only give them a four. The breaded mushrooms could have cooked a little longer. My friend wanted mozzarella sticks which were served with marinara. I would rate these as a five on a scale of one to five with five being the best. After sharing the mozzarella sticks our main course arrived.

Mozzarella Sticks at Risky's
Mozzarella sticks with marinara.
Breaded mushrooms at Risky's in Beatrice
Breaded mushrooms at Risky’s in Beatrice

Breaded Shrimp Salad

We both ordered the Breaded Shrimp Salad which contained a bed of lettuce mixed with 7 ounces of breaded deep-fried popcorn shrimp, green olives, tomatoes, black olives,bacon bits, croutons, shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese mix. The cost of the salad was $7.75. As a matter of preference my friend opted to leave out the black olives and tomatoes for his salad. We also got shrimp cocktail sauce to use with this because there were so many shrimp.

Breaded Shrimp Salad at Risky's in Beatrice
Breaded Shrimp Salad at Risky’s in Beatrice

I would give this salad a five except instead of the Italian dressing I ordered, next time I would get ranch. My friend also enjoyed his salad and liked the Italian dressing.

The waiter was helpful and I would rate service as a five on a scale of five with five being the highest. He checked our drinks at least three times during our meal.

I would definitely go back and try other menu items.


Mr. Hui’s

Mr. Hui’s

Mr. Hui’s is a new Asian restaurant in Lincoln, NE that opened in October of 2012. It is located at 3255 Cornusker Highway, Suite B6, Lincoln, NE 68504. This review is written after my second time visiting this establishment.

If you are a fan of Chinese food. especially with an authentic flair, be prepared for great flavors as this restaurant definitely has them, although there are foods per my own tastes that I would recommend and others that I would not.

Upon my first visit I was not prepared for a review but just for the sake of giving an example of their various Asian cuisine I had the Crispy Salted Frog Legs on that occasion. They were cooked with white onion and cilantro. The taste was great but I am used to Chinese food that has a sauce and I wasn’t prepared at that time deal with meat that had bones in it. I may get it again in the future as it was indeed tasty, just not what I was quite expecting on that particular occasion.

My latest visit was on the evening of February 2, 2013. At that time I went alone to Mr. Hui’s. I was promptly greeted by a waitress who seated me immediately and she was back in less than five minutes to take my order. I ordered seaweed salad, seafood hot and sour soup, and sizzling beef. For a beverage on this occasion I ordered hot taro milk tea.

My Order

The waitress came back in another five minutes and informed me that they were out of seaweed salad. That could be a positive in that it is so popular that they sell a great deal of it or it could be a negative in that they were not prepared to sell much of it. I will try it the next time that I am there and add a comment to this post. I replaced this item with two spring rolls.

Spring Rolls

About ten minutes later the spring rolls came. Different than what I expected as I am used to spring rolls not being deep fried and just having their ingredients wrapped in rice paper. They were good however and I enjoyed them with some Sriracha hot chili sauce. On a scale of poor to fantastic, I would say that the taste in my opinion would fall between good and great.

Taro Milk Tea

Next my opinion of the taro milk tea. Iced this may be enjoyable but to have it as a hot drink, which was actually closer to lukewarm than hot, I was not impressed. It reminded me of warm strawberry milk in taste. Next time I will have their hot passion fruit green tea that I had tried in the past as a take out beverage. It was quite good if you like a fruit flavored green tea that is very sweet.

Seafood Hot and Sour Soup

The seafood hot and sour soup in my opinion was fantastic. I usually like hot and sour soup anyway except from buffet style restaurants. This hot and sour soup is especially spicy as I like and in addition it has shrimp, scallops and mock crab meat. I would highly recommend it.

Mr. Hui;s Seafood Hot and Sour Soup
Mr. Hui;s Seafood Hot and Sour Soup

Sizzling Beef

The last dish to be reviewed is the Sizzling Beef. I wouldn’t say it was fantastic which is the highest praise that I would give any particular dish but it was great, which is on the cusp of being fantastic. The presentation was great with the server bringing it my table on a metal plate on a wooden base with the food sizzling and steaming hot. The sauce was reminiscent of beef with broccoli. It was loaded with several vegetables such as red and green bell peppers, broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, and white onion.

On a scale of one to ten I would give the entire experience of the food and atmosphere of Mr. Hui’s a ten. Until someone shows them up I now consider Mr. Hui’s the best authentic Chinese food in Lincoln, NE.


Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Review

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

5424 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 488-0357

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is a popular restaurant chain across much of the United States. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen came to Lincoln, NE several months ago. I didn’t try it for quite some time due to the death of my best friend Ray Sollenberger who often accompanied me on culinary journeys.

I finally went for the first time about four months ago with my friends K & L (real names not given). I must admit we were underwhelmed. The broccoli and cheese casserole that “K” and I had was cold. The rice pilaf that accompanied my steak and shrimp combination was sickly sweet. K said that her loaded baked potato was lukewarm, and the cheese was not melted and was hard. L felt that his meal was just average. At that time we all had an experience less enjoyable than we had expected.

With some hesitation that I decided to go again on Sunday September 9, 2012 and give Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen a second chance. Giving Cheddar’s another try was on the spur of the moment and I went by myself. I went in at approximately 2:15 PM and was seated immediately.

Within less than 5 minutes after being seated I was greeted by a very polite and charming young waitress named Ashley. She asked me what I wanted to drink. I already had glanced at the menu and decided that I wanted lemonade. Ashley asked me if instead I would like to try Strawberry lemonade or raspberry lemonade, rather than plain lemonade. Flavored lemonade sounded intriguing so I ordered the raspberry lemonade. Ashley asked if I was ready to order,and I said yes, so she sat down on the other side of the booth ready to take my order. I ordered the lunch portion of the grilled salmon and two accompanying sides, those being the loaded baked potato and the broccoli and cheese casserole. I also ordered a Caesar salad for an additional $1.99.

To my surprise the Caesar salad came with a sweet yet tasty croissant. The Caesar salad was quite delicious, with the freshly grated Parmesan flakes being quite large, a bit salty and very tasty. This was by far one of the best Caesar salads that I have eaten.

My main course came in record time; in fact I was not even done eating my salad, which I did finish before eating my main course. With my main course I first tried the broccoli and cheese casserole which consisted of cheese, broccoli and rice. The experience with this dish was much different than my first experience with this side dish at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as it was actually a “hot” dish this time and you could pleasantly taste all of the ingredients. I next tried the loaded baked potato which was also quite delicious and just the right temperature.

The grated cheddar cheese was melted and with just the right amount of sour cream as to not be overpowering, the potato was as the saying goes “just what the doctor ordered.” Next came the grilled salmon which rested upon a small helping of buttered rice containing a few peas and carrots. The salmon was cooked just right and flaked apart as it should and the rice and vegetables that came with it and that were seasoned perfectly were an added delight.

I must also say that Ashley made the meal even more enjoyable with her smile and positive attitude. On my first visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen I would have only given them a four on a one to ten scale with ten being the best. On this visit I would truthfully admit that they earned a ten on a one to ten scale.

Very Good. ***