Omaha has plenty to offer even when the weather turns foul in late April.
We trekked to the https://www.blackstonedistrict.com/ Blackstone District of Omaha to enjoy a legendary Reuben Sandwich at Crescent Moon before attending the Spring Open House at the Hot Shops Art Center.
Legend of the Reuben Sandwich
Legend has it the Reuben sandwich was created in the 1920s in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that Bernard Schimmel ran the kitchen at the Blackstone Hotel (today known as Blackstone Center), which his father owned and where he would also enjoy a weekly poker game with friends.
As this legend goes, one of the players—local grocery store owner Reuben Kulafofsky—requested a sandwich with corned beef and sauerkraut. Schimmel, who was a European-trained chef, put his own spin on it by draining the sauerkraut, mixing it with Thousand Island dressing, then layering it with Swiss and homemade corned beef on dark rye bread. He then grilled it.
Crescent Moon Restaurant
3578 Farnam Street. Founded in 1996, Crescent Moon names its Reuben for the Blackstone Hotel which is just a few steps away and is credited with the creation of the Reuben sandwich. The Crescent Reuben was awarded Omaha’s Best Reuben by the Omaha World Herald-Omaha’s newspaper.
Man v. Food
On April 25, 2019 the TV show Man v Food (The Travel Channel) a reality TV series about America’s iconic dishes and food challenges filmed an episode there, featuring all items Reuben.
Staff expects the episode to air in late 2019.
Craft beers are generously featured on the menu. The restaurant also offers Sunday brunch.
Hot Shops Art Center
- 1301 Nicholas Street (near TD Ameritrade Baseball Park)
- Hosts Spring + Fall Open Houses for the Public.
- See 80+ artists in 54 studio spaces.
- Check website for demonstration schedules, artist studio locations, parking instructions, etc.
- Shops are open at other times (9AM-6PM and 11AM-5PM) but all artists may not be in their studios.
- Restrooms are on each floor.
- Refreshments can be purchased during the Open House.
- Classes are available.
- Not necessarily kid-friendly. Lots of breakables and stairs to climb.
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