Block 16 is a great little hole-in-the-wall restaurant located downtown, “hell-bent on creating fresh, fun, street-style food” (from their website). On my past two lunch visits, it was packed with business men, hipsters and families alike, all crowding in to enjoy delicious food at amazing prices. Daily specials are posted on a chalk board and include unique items that would definitely be considered rarities in Omaha (vegan jackfruit tacos last time I was there). Standouts on the menu include the block burger, croque garçon, and duck duck goose fries- fries smothered in cheese, duck confit, crispy duck skin and a fantastic gooseberry gastrique, at the unbelievable price of $5.50. Its difficult to find items on the menu to pass up, as everything we have had so far has been delicious- you really can’t go wrong here. I have had an irrational craving for fried chicken over the past few months, so when I saw locally sourced buttermilk fried chicken I jumped at the opportunity. The chicken was perfectly cooked and had a great crunch to the batter- my only critique would be that it was a bit too salty for my taste, but this was tempered perfectly with a glass of white wine. Block 16 is a downtown gem, and if you’re in the area definitely make the trip. And if you’re out west and whining about the drive (I’m looking at you, Kayla), just do it because you certainly will not regret it.
philly sandwich with steak