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Monday, July 30, 2012

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Johnny’s Cafe

The original Johnny's Cafe in South Omaha.
Who is Johnny you may ask? population-we™ (pop-we) foodie Conrad answered the question as we went to Johnny’s Cafe at 4702 South 27th Street in Omaha, NE. Johnny’s Cafe opened in 1922, which makes it the second oldest restaurant in Omaha. Johnny's also holds the designation of being the oldest and original steakhouse in town. Originally a 10-seat saloon, Frank Kawa bought the place made some changes including; banning guns and adding electricity. Throughout the years the restaurant has seen many changes but their focus on service and quality food has not changed. In 2001, Johnny’s was even a shooting location for the movie “About Schmidt” starring Jack Nicholson.

When you arrive at Johnny’s, you are greeted with a couple very heavy and huge scenic doors that lead into the lobby. The lobby is a big open space fashioned with red carpeting that has their logo in it. On one wall they have a few of their menus from the early days. During the hay day of the stockyards Johnny's was open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily with a coffee shop. They also have old photos in the bar from different eras. I always enjoy when a place has been around this long they show the history of not only their place but the area around it.

Tonight, I ordered the filet mignon that comes with salad and a potato. Meals come with complimentary cottage cheese spread, liver pate, also steaks come with a ‘from scratch’ mushroom wine sauce. The steak I had was done perfectly; medium so it was pink in the middle very juicy and tender.

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Johnny's Cafe: 4.07 star average on a scale of 1-5.

History in a bottle.
Atmosphere/Decor – 4.18


Wait Staff


Food Presentation – 3.9

Food Portions – 4.27

Food Taste 

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) - 3.45

Noise Level – 3.81

Overall Experience

If you would like more information regarding Johnny’s Cafe and about their wine tastings on Wednesday’s check out their website at

Want to do this yourself? To review how to start your own dinner club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends’ tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.
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