Lincoln's Cuisine Runs the Gamut and Spans the Globe

By Michaela Jackson on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

If you’re the kind of person who orders chicken fingers at every restaurant, Lincoln’s culinary opportunities might be lost on you.

If you head straight for the international aisle of the grocery store, though, and love to order dishes you can’t pronounce, you’ll be salivating before you even decide where to have dinner.

Among the top 10 recommended Lincoln eateries on TripAdvisor, the popular online dining guide, seven different cuisines are represented. High on the list are French Bistro jtk cocktails & cuisine, Thai joint Blue Orchid, and Indian and Pakistani favorite The Oven.

Another popular ethnic option comes just once a year. The annual Czech Festival, hosted by the Nebraska Czechs of Lincoln, will be in its 40th year next spring. That’s four decades of Slovak culture – and four decades of Slovak food. The event is hosted by the Nebraska Czechs of Lincoln and is free to the public.

The popular Historic Haymarket District also holds a crowd pleaser, the Haymarket Cork & Ale Festival, featuring Nebraska-produced beer and wine from more than a dozen breweries and wineries throughout the state.

Historic Haymarket is also home to the city’s farmers’ market, the largest in the state, which is open between May and October and hosts nearly 200 local vendors during peak season. Standard fare includes baked goods, homemade root beer, jams, hot sauces and just about every fruit and vegetable you can imagine. Shoppers can also find a variety of meats, seafood and kabobs.

Whether you’re hungry for a hearty Nebraska steak, a delicate French dessert or a stout pint of ale, Lincoln will serve it up with style. The hardest part is deciding what you want.

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