Review: Black Oak Grill

First off, apologies for the absence. Between getting sick for the better part of a week with the flu (ick!) loads of deadlines and lots of other stuff going on, the blog has suffered. But I’m back this week with two posts about recent reviews and lots of other stuff. I’ve been cooking for the Chinese New Year and I’m excited to share that with you too.

But first, Black Oak Grill.

I went to Midtown Crossing’s newest restaurant three times, and I didn’t love it.

The short form: For me, Black Oak felt generic. I was underwhelmed by nearly everything I ate — the exception being the Kahlua Ding Dong, pictured above. I also took issue with the restaurant’s “farm to table” sign, an of-the-moment claim I thought was a stretch once I looked at the menu and tried the food. Prices were right at the restaurant — value is important. I would say, however, that originality, concept and execution are as important as value. And I’m not sure savvy, food-loving Omahans are ready to bypass their favorite local places for a restaurant that has a lot of work to do across the board.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Turkey burger and fries

Mom’s meatloaf, potatoes and broccoli

Spinach and artichoke dip

Trout with rice pilaf

Chicken Parmesan, pasta and red pepper flake toast

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