Restaurant Notes: Indian Biryani Restaurant Opens in West Omaha | Omaha dinners


A new Indian restaurant is set to open in West Omaha in early June.

Bawarchi Indian Cuisine will be located at 17902 Pierce Plaza. It is part of a chain that has over 45 locations, including several outlets in the United States, one in Ontario, Canada and one in Australia.

There are two other locations in the Midwest, in West Des Moines, Iowa and Overland Park, Kansas.

The extensive menu emphasizes its multi-flavored biryani specialties, including paneer, egg, lamb, chicken, and goat, among others. Other entrees include chicken vindaloo, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala and goat curry, and there are also a number of Indochinese fusion dishes. Learn more at

Hook & Lime has vegan options on the menu

A Mexican restaurant north of downtown offers vegan dishes that might make you want to change the way you eat.

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Here’s a sampling: vegan rice bowl, crispy sweet potato tacos, poblano and onion tamales, and potato empanadas.

To drink, they have a cilantro-lime margarita. And for dessert, there’s a vegan coconut-lime cheesecake.

The restaurant, at 735 N. 14th St., is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s closed on Mondays.

For a full menu, visit

Cakes and cookies take the place of canoes at this summer camp Baked by Sweet Melissa, an artisan baking company, is hosting a three-day baking camp for kids in mid-June.

Participants aged 8-12 will learn how to work in a kitchen, how to cook safely and how to bake cookies and cakes, including decorating techniques.

Kids will walk away with half a dozen cookies and a 6-inch cake.

Camp registration, $260, is all-inclusive, covering instruction, equipment, supplies and kitchen rental. Camp runs from 2-4:30 p.m. June 17-19. It will be held in a commercial kitchen at 8502 N. 30th St.

Other one-day camps and courses are planned.

To register, go to

Council Bluffs Vineyard and Orchard open for the season

A mini bucket full of donuts? You have our attention.

It will be available this year at Ditmar’s Orchard & Vineyard, which opened on Thursday.

Besides donuts, it offers apples, pumpkins, strawberries, apricots, peaches, and cherries, as well as a variety of native Iowa wines.

A food stand sells savory items such as hot dogs, pizzas and nachos. Cider, salsa, jams and jellies are also on sale.

The orchard is at 19475 225th St. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More information is at

Popular Irish pub now offers Sunday brunch

Brazen Head Pub, 319 N. 78th St., now serves Sunday brunch.

The restaurant has also changed its Sunday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The brunch menu includes breakfast items such as bacon and eggs, as well as fish and chips, Irish coffees, and a mimosa bar.

The Irish Peanut Butter Cup coffee, pictured on Brazen Head’s Facebook page, is particularly fabulous. You can see it on

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