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7 Unique Restaurants To Try In The Midwest

2. Brother Sebastian’s Steak House And Winery

Omaha, Nebraska

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House and Winery harkens back to the days of the Spanish missions, with the building resembling an old mission you might find in California, including a bell atop the building. Monks chanting plays over speakers, preparing you for a special experience as you approach from the parking lot. Once inside, Brother Sebastian’s looks like a monastery, with dining rooms designed with specific themes, such as a library and wine room. The staff’s outfits even resemble monks’ robes. As one of Omaha’s best steakhouses, you can expect an outstanding dining experience. With choice Angus beef, you’ll savor the New York strip, ribeye, filet, and sirloin, prepared to your preference over an open flame. The aroma tells you that you’re in for a treat. Brother Sebastian’s also has the best prime rib in Omaha. A throwback to the days of the classic steakhouse, the restaurant features an impressive salad bar, complete with chilled plates. You may also want to consider sampling the wine, as the restaurant has strived to create an outstanding wine collection.

Editor’s Note: In the mood for Italian? See Tim’s picks for the best Italian restaurants in Omaha here.

3. Surf District Rock ‘N Roll Grill

Clear Lake, Iowa

Located in Clear Lake, Iowa, Surf District Rock ‘n Roll Grill celebrates rock music along with its casual food menu. It’s a short walk from the venerable Surf Ballroom, where young rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper performed at the annual Winter Dance Party before their fateful plane ride that crashed in a nearby farm field, killing the young musicians and their pilot in 1959. The Surf Ballroom has been a place of reverence over the years. That musical history influenced the Surf District Rock ‘n Roll Grill, where you’ll find music posters, photos, and more while you enjoy a meal featuring unique burgers, sandwiches, wings, and beyond. With headers such as Sound Checks and Headliners, the menu features delicious items such as the Love Me Tenderloin (featuring Iowa’s famous pork sandwich) and the Sweet Caroline Burger, topped with pulled pork and Carolina barbecue sauce. The dimly lit restaurant provides a concert vibe during your meal with colorful lighting and music playing. The musical stage’s backdrop features music icons, with images of the Bee Gees, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, and the Beatles joining the three rock legends.

Editor’s Note: Passing through or headed to Clear Lake? Read up on why clear Lake, Iowa, is worth a visit here.

4. JoDean’s Steak House And Lounge

Yankton, South Dakota

Yankton is home to South Dakota’s best salad bar and buffet. JoDean’s Steak House and Lounge dedicates a room just for the buffet. Its hand-carved ham is succulent. The roast beef is moist and delicious. Along with fried fish and fried chicken, the buffet includes vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, as well as rotating specials. The 50-foot-long salad bar is a dining experience unto itself. With fresh lettuce, quartered tomatoes, and other add-ons, the salad bar includes fresh cottage cheese, macaroni salad, potato salad, sliced beets, and a couple of choices of soup. While most diners tend to opt for the buffet, available for lunch and dinner, others enjoy ordering one of JoDean’s choice steaks or fresh burgers. With a decor that resembles Grandpa and Grandma’s farm, you’ll enjoy checking out items such as old farm tools, bicycles, feed bags, and school memorabilia. After your meal, you can press your luck with a visit to the on-site casino (what South Dakota dining establishment doesn’t have one?).

Editor’s Note: For more area inspiration, consider these 12 incredible experiences in Yankton, SD.

5. Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

Kansas City, Missouri

Your meal arrives by train at this railroad-style restaurant at Kansas City’s Crown Center. From the moment you see the locomotive and railroad crossing sign at the entrance to Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, you feel the train vibe. Your booth resembles sitting in a train car, with your own view of a famous Kansas City icon, such as the World War I Museum and Memorial, painted in your window. Check out the menu featuring a variety of burgers, from a single patty to a quad patty burger, sandwiches such as pork tenderloin, chicken, and fish, and hot dogs. Enjoy a side of fries, onion rings, or chili with your order. You phone in the order on a direct line from your table. The order arrives by a miniature train running along a rail above the serving area. The train stops above your table, and your order is lowered using a tray located behind the locomotive. After polishing off your sandwich and sides, consider topping off your Fritz’s train experience with a root beer float or sundae. Fritz’s also has locations in Shawnee and Kansas City, Kansas.