In Love With Lot 2


Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar

On Wednesday, August 8th, Brian and I had a double date with our foodie pals, Richard and Erin, at the Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar.

I was past overdue to go to Lot 2, a new, locally-owned, Modern American restaurant in Benson. I consistently heard wonderful things about Lot 2 via word-of-mouth and the press. Sarah Baker Hansen, food writer of the Omaha World Herald and Omavore blog, declared Lot 2 as “One of Omaha’s best new restaurants“. FoodMeOmaha full-heartedly agrees.

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar is my new restaurant-love in town.

Lot 2 has a modern, wood-natural, inviting environment and friendly, helpful service. They only have ten tables in their restaurant so reservations are recommended. We had a reservation for 6pm and we were immediately seated when we arrived.

 

This was our first time at Lot 2. We studied the menu and we were tempted by many different dishes. For our primers/starters, we got the 1/2 board, mussels, and scallops.

1/2 Board

  • Description: Choice of 3 items of meats and cheeses served with spiced nuts, garlic config, tomato jam, dijon mustard and Le Quartier baguette.
  • Price: $9.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10

We had a choice of 3 items from a list of different meats and cheeses. We unanimously selected the prosciutto, then immediately selected the chevre once we learned it was goat cheese. (I’m a big fan of prosciutto and goat cheese!) Our third selection was something new to our palettes, the pate grand mere. Our waitress advised that it was very popular. And, oh yeah, I understand why. The pate grand mere is a beautiful blend of pork shoulder and chicken livers that I savored.

The entire board was a delight to the taste buds. I enjoyed every component including the complimentary nuts, garlic (Mmm from the garlic lover), mustard, pickles, and onions. The board was a great variety and balance of simple and sophisticated flavors and textures. In the end, the only remains was some mustard until Brian helped himself to spoonfuls of straight mustard…  Chuckle. The board was enjoyed and demolished between all of us.

Next time, I want to order the full board (6 items for $18)!

Scallops

  • Description: Scallops with succotash, parsley, chive, and lemon.
  • Price: $10.00, additional scallop for $5
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.75 out of 10

The scallops were so lovely and the succotash a wonderful complement. The scallops were cooked just right with a seasoned, seared outside and melt-in-your-mouth, smooth inside. Sensational! These are some of the best scallops I have ever had. The succotash brought it to another level with the creamy, sweet flavor and contrasting texture.

Mussels

  • Description: Mussels with sweet corn, bacon, buttermilk bleu, and scallions
  • Price: $7.00 (half order)
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.75 out of 10

I love mussels and happily introduced Erin to mussels on previous dinner outings. So, of course, we had to get the mussels. It was another hit. Both Erin and I, plus the boys, enjoyed the mussels. I had flavorful combination bites of the mussel body, warm broth, sweet corn twist, salty bacon pieces, bleu cheese flavor, and scallon accent. Mmm… Plus, you get a lot for just a half portion for $7!

The starters made us all happy. Our main entrees was another happy round of sharing and savoring. I ordered two primers, the roasted bone marrow and kale salad, as my main course.

Roasted Bone Marrow

  • Description: Roasted bone marrow with pear shallot jam
  • Price: $10.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10

The roasted bone marrow is rich, savory, melt-in-your-mouth heaven. Decadent goodness… I enjoyed both pure bites of bone marrow and combination bites of bone marrow, refreshing pear shallot jam, and red onion on top of a toasted baguette. Holy deliciousness!!! The roasted bone marrow is the bomb!

When the roasted bone marrow dish was set before me and I saw the big bone, I immediately blurted, “I feel like a dog!” Alas, I didn’t bark out loud, but I did salivate a little over the bone marrow goodness. And, in fun, posed in dog-fashion with the bone…

Kale Salad

  • Description: Roasted cauliflower, capers, walnut, golden raisins, parmesan, and yogurt dressing
  • Price: $5.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8 out of 10
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The Kale salad (pictured above on the left) was a nutty, earthy salad that was a nice balance to the rich bone marrow. I enjoyed the unique combination of the walnuts, parmesan, and kale.

Bangers & Mash

  • Description: House made sausage, mashed potatoes, and stout onion gravy
  • Price: $14.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Brian ordered the Bangers & Mash. My dude loves sausage (the food variety)! The sausage was good! It was flavorful, medium-spiced house made sausage which tasted great with the creamy mashed potatoes and onions. I favored the slightly-sweet stout onions which enhanced the dish.

Our waitress recommended that we at least get one of the following main dishes: Steak and Frites, Plum Creek Chicken, or the Pork Belly. Richard ordered the Steak and Frites and Erin ordered the Pork Belly. They were awesome recommendations so next time I may try the chicken.

Steak and Frites

  • Description: Flatiron steak, shallot butter, kale salad, and rosemary house frites
  • Price: $18.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

The steak was ordered medium rare but was cooked a little under for Richard’s taste. However, for me, it was just right. The couple of pieces of steak that I had was steak goodness. I didn’t taste the rosemary in the fries, but I enjoyed them with the homemade honey mustard sauce. The fries reminded me of Darios’ pommes frites that I like.

Pork Belly

  • Description: Pork belly with sweet corn polenta, crispy shallots, swiss chard, and maple balsamic
  • Price: $18.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.75 out of 10

The pork belly was the top favorite dish of the awesome dinner by all four of us. The pork belly was magic and the most tender and flavorful pork belly that I have enjoyed. Match the savory goodness of the pork belly with the cream polenta and maple balsamic, and oh yeah… Marvelous.

I am in love with Lot 2. This place is my new favorite restaurant in town. Stellar food, atmosphere, and service for a great value. Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar is highly recommended!

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar

  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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