The Nowhere Bar on Cornhusker Highway had a visibility issue, so owner Amy Shaffer took steps to address it.
Since taking over the former Dawg House bar and grill in May 2011 at 20th Street and Cornhusker Highway, Shaffer has added a deck to the front of it as well as a bright, yellow awning.
“We’ve had a few new people in here who’ve told us they never knew we were here,” Shaffer said. “They like sitting on the front deck, having drinks and stuff.”
The Nowhere Bar reminds me of 501 Bar & Grill on West A Street. They are blue-collar bars, where patrons can unwind with some adult beverages.
They both also have food, although it’s not their primary source of income.
The Nowhere Bar features typical bar-and-grill fare, with an emphasis on burgers and sandwiches. Also on the menu is a must-try pizza. Steaks are planned soon for a weekend night.
Try the pizza.
In an email to me, Shaffer noted that she’s had customers tell her the bar is serving a great pie.
Indeed, it is pretty good. I enjoyed a personal-sized pepperoni and cream cheese pizza and would recommend it, especially on Tuesday nights when single topping, personal-sized pies are just $2.99 each.
The crust is from Sysco, a food distributor, but the sauce is homemade with 16 ingredients. The sauce, a semi-spicy, deep red marinara is what makes the pizza so tasty. The Nowhere Bar also is generous with toppings. My pie burst with pepperoni, cream cheese and mozzarella.
My friend Curt ordered the one-third-pound bacon cheeseburger ($6.25) with onion rings ($1 extra). He said he should have had the pizza. The burger appeared to be frozen and not hand-pattied. He did like the bacon on it. The rings were plentiful, but greasy. Grade: C+
In addition to the exterior work, Shaffer has replaced the dance floor and torn up some of the bar’s carpet.
The interior features a bit of a horse-racing theme, with photos of race horses and jockeys covering the walls.
The deck is nice and spacious. It fronts the bar, allowing patrons to watch traffic pass on Cornhusker Highway.
Warning: The wind, at times, carries the smells from nearby Salt Creek, and it’s not pleasant.
Again, the place is more of a bar than a restaurant. Grade: B
Shaffer apologized. She had cut back her staffing during the slow summer months, and that’s why we found the bar with only one person -- the bartender -- working.
We sat at a table in the open area near the dance floor before realizing we may not be helped and moved to two open seats at the bar. From there, our experience went smoothly. Grade: C
It’s bar food, so vegetarians are pretty much limited to appetizers, such as onion rings and jalapeno poppers. Grade: D