Red9 will feature the city’s food trucks in its outdoor performance area on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, beginning this Saturday.
Minh Nguyen called to say his truck, Heoya, along with the GUP Kitchen, A La CARTe and Totally Nuts will begin dinner service at 5 p.m.
The trucks will remain on site until the bar closes, with free admission to all ages from 5 to 8 p.m.
Red9, 322 S. Ninth St., routinely has live music on Saturday nights beginning around 9 p.m. when it begins to collect a cover charge.
Nguyen said the trucks continue to look for options for the first and third Saturdays of the month after losing their site at 27th and N streets last month.
The trucks are forced to operate at privately owned locations because a city ordinance prevents them from setting up shop in public spaces for longer than 10 minutes.
City officials have said they plan to address the ordinance. Hopefully, it will be soon, especially since the weather has turned nice.
I was in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, where I saw six trucks parked bumper to bumper on a public street near the Washington Monument during the lunch hour.
If it can be done in the nation’s capital, it surely can be done here.
* Pancheros Mexican Grill is scheduled to open Tuesday in SouthPointe Pavilions at 2910 Pine Lake Road.
To celebrate the grand opening Pancheros will hold a “dollar burrito night” the following week on May 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Founded in 1992, the Iowa-based, fast-casual Mexican franchise serves burritos, quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls and salads. It has more than 50 stores in the United States, including one in Omaha.
* Relish, a small deli and caterer in the skywalk at 10th and O streets, opened Monday.
Open during lunch, Relish features a daily sandwich, side, soup and dessert.
Wednesday’s menu, for instance, included an egg salad, chilled roasted asparagus salad with tomatoes, gazpacho and angel food cake with fresh berries.
* The UNL Dairy Store will serve P.O. Pears burgers again this summer, beginning Friday.
Half-pound burgers are $6.99 and include a trip through a buffet line serving potato chips, baked beans, macaroni salad, pickle spears and burger condiments. Gourmet burgers, including the popular Jiffy burger, are $7.49 each.
The Dairy Store, 37th and Holdrege streets, will feature P.O. Pears cookouts on May 11, June 15 and 29, July 13, Aug. 3 and 17 and Sept. 7. Individuals are encouraged to stop in as early as 8 a.m. to prepurchase lunches.
* Before heading Washington, D.C., my wife and I joined friends in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed Peruvian food, including fried yucca and plantains, for the first time.
For my entree, I ordered a baked tilapia pan-sauteed with red onions and spices and served with rice, boiled eggs and black olives.
Our group was impressed with Inti, located near the Delaware Water Gap, and we believe Peruvian cuisine would be a welcome addition to the Lincoln dining scene.
* While in D.C., my wife and I visited Clyde’s, a bar and grill in the Georgetown area, where I hadn’t been since 1986 when I was a college student.
So enamored of the place back then, I bought a poster featuring a donkey and an elephant enjoying a meal together. I had it framed, and it hangs in my rec room -- one of the few items left over from my college days.
The restaurant was just as I remembered. Quaint. Charming. Rustic. Inviting. One room featured a historical nautical theme, while the back courtyard, where we ate, focused on aviation history, with several replica planes hanging from the ceiling.
The food is good, too, especially the seafood selection. I enjoyed the crab cakes. It’s worth a visit if you're ever there.