Sunday, February 20, 2011

First Review

For those of you who spend a lot of time in sites with comments you probably have seen the first post routine. Fortunately I get to the be the first here since it is my site. This will be my first post with a review of a place I have been. Even better, it will have two locations in it. Let's get to it.
Jimi D'S Restaurant
Location: 6303 Center Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Menu Style: Italian home inspired dishes
website: http://www.jimids.com

Jimi D’s is located in a new strip mall in the AKSARBEN Village area of Omaha and it is a little difficult to get into the parking lot from Center Street when approaching from the east. I found it to be a nice place, although a bit on the crowded side. The seating was tight, I mean really tight. I had to squeeze into the booth and our my skinnier friends had the same problem on their side of the booth.

Food-wise, I had the Parmesan Chicken with a cup of the White Bean Sausage soup. The Parm Chicken was quite warm and hard to eat when I first got it because it was burning my mouth with the hot cheese for my first bite. After getting it cooled down a bit the flavor was pretty good and it had just the right amount of cheese on top. One part that I liked about the chicken was that the breading did not try and slide off the chicken while I was cutting it as commonly happens with this dish. The red sauce that came on my dish was a little weak in flavor and a little thin for my tastes since it didn’t stick well to the pasta that was the bed for the chicken. I have to say that the food was pretty good and my dining partners all enjoyed their dishes (Fish Tacos and Grilled Chicken with Steamed Vegetables) as well.

I felt the place had a feel of catering to the locally community which is actually a good thing in that area of town. It had planet of TVs tuned to sports, a large bar with seating, and a shuffleboard table for anybody to play.




AKSARBEN Cinema
Location: 2110 S. 67th St. Omaha, NE 68106
website: http://www.aksarbencinema.com/

The latest Cinema to open in the Omaha area, this place is touting itself as a fully digital theater, and it did seem to be a step up in audio and video quality. First comment about the place? You park on one side of the building and have to walk around the building to the entrance. It’s not that far, maybe a minute or two walk. However, this is in Nebraska, and it gets really cold and sloppy in the winter. It also means that your first view of the building, which is alo shared with a gym and a restaurant, is a 3 story wall with a few solid steel dors. Not the best situation for entering the place.

Once you do come around to the front, you will see very nicely decorated entrance. The full color scrolling marquee over the doors lists the shows and times as well as other information regarding the theater. Upon entering the theater there are large LCD panels to the left that list all the movies and the times. The screens show the times and also reviews for each of the movies playing. Step across the room and buy your tickets from the attendant, and start into the theater. The design of the complex is a hub and ring approach. In the hub is the concessions and, very different for a theater, a bar. Circling the hub are the 10 theaters so access is easy from the hub to the screens.

Seating, ah yes, the seating. Picture high back, leatheresque, seats that recline, and soft arms that lift up out of the way if you don’t want them available to hold your cup or rest your arm. I found them to be very comfy and a nice change of pace from chairs that either high back and stable, or low back and rocking. It made the experience relaxing and enjoyable, especially since we arrived late and sat in the 3rd row. That leads to the final thought. Never watch a move on a full size screen from the 3rd row if you want to watch the whole of the movie. I found myself having to pick areas of the screen to watch because I was too close to the screen and could not see all of the screen at once.



So that is the first of the reviews I have for you my gentle readers. Please comment below with any suggestions for places, or ways to improve my writing of these reviews. Feel free to add your comments about what you know of the places I review since I am by no means the last word on any of the places I have in this blog.

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