It was early evening and a rare opportunity to stop by Dolce Cafe in Omaha. Dolce dishes feature local produce, pork, beef, chicken, and cheeses. These purchases support local and regional farmers and keeps the best tasting foods close to home.
Not having much time, it seemed a good idea to get advice on ordering and get everything to go. Bread pudding is not an expected dessert when asking a server, “What do you have for dessert on the menu that you really like.” But when listening to the description of said dessert, it has to be the singular best option on the menu to order. It is full of flavor, real vanilla, golden raisins, slightly crusty but totally warm, soft and inviting. Sounds like something to dive into with two utensils or bare hands. And it is served with some of the best vanilla ice cream. Not devouring each morsel but taking the time to savor is a difficult task – truly a memorable culinary experience.
The cupcakes are well known and spoken about gleefully at different gatherings. There is a quote on the walls and it refers to a member of the deity making the cupcakes. These cupcakes do glisten if one looks really closely. On the day of the visit, there were vanilla and chocolate; both found their way into a to-go container. Another diner cleared the cake pedestal of cupcakes with her order.
Not satisfied with only desserts but understanding priority, the server also suggested a soup of the day: cauliflower. The preparation with cream and herbs resulted in a smooth and rich, full bodied soup. Crusty French bread with warm olive oil and butter plus garlic and basil poured on top, rounded out the treats for the evening.
Soup and dessert was just enough for an evening meal and the flavor was ‘turned up’. The chefs outdid themselves. On the way out with two lovely bright green bags full of goodies, a quick glance confirmed that the room full of patrons agreed.