La Buvette, Omaha
I may have had rose-colored glasses on when I went to La Buvette in Omaha, Nebraska — driving across the Great Plains during a deep freeze with a long-lost love at your side tends to drown your senses in all shades of warm — but I was surprised to find such great food in a fine-dining setting in the middle of the country.
I had a great lamb and new potato stew served in a miniature dutch oven while my companion had a carrot soup. When the bill came to less than $10 per person even with wine, I was positively swooning. Situated in an old brick brick building in the Old Market district of downtown Omaha, La Buvette is a hip establishment featuring an extensive wine list and a range of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie — a great and surprisingly affordable place to live it up a little when you’ve eaten nothing but huevos con chorizo for a few weeks.