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@ Lincoln’s New Railyard: Breakfast at the Doughnut Hole

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Ever since I read about the Doughnut Hole in the Lincoln Journal- Star this summer I knew I wanted to try it!  Initially they could only be found at the Farmer’s Market.  But as of the end of September, both my breakfast AND lunch recommended places can now be found at the Public Market.

Railyard Public Market

Think downtown food court.  This place is full of tables, so you can grab a bit from each little shop and enjoy it all together.  Besides doughnuts, you can buy specialty meats, gourmet popcorn, shaved ice/ice cream and desserts and more from a French bistro (more on that soon).  There also happens to be a handmade jewelry store too.  Back to breakfast.

Doughnut Hole coffee sign 2

I finally decided that our son’s 5th birthday was a good excuse to venture down.  Plus we could bring a treat to my sister who shares the same special birthday.  This was the menu the day that we went down.  A few of the doughnuts remain standard, and then several vary each day.

Doughnut Hole chalkboard sign

We all shared a maple bacon – that is considered their specialty.  I forget to take a picture of that one – could also be that it was gone fairly quickly.  We all decided that one was rather delicious – the crispy bacon was intriguing with the maple frosting.  I let the kids each pick out their own – 3 went with Chocolate cake with Oreo Crumble.  The birthday boy went with Vanilla Bean sprinkle.  I tried the coconut.  That was the best doughnut I have ever had.  I decided in advance that I would save a few bites for my husband since he was not on that adventure.  I do think that was a bit of a sacrifice on my part – the doughnut was that good.

Doughnut Hole Collage

Evidently they are also known for their coffee.  (Having not known that, I had brought my own down).  Maybe next time?  They post their daily menu on their Facebook page.  Just discovered they had Creme Brulee doughnuts yesterday.  That would have been rather yummy!

Doughnut Hole drink options

They are open primarily morning hours into early afternoon.  Although they have been known to be open during evening Arena events.  And they close shop when they sell out.  Which happens, especially on Husker home football game days.  That is when you arrive early to avoid standing in the line that goes out the door.

Doughnut Hole price sign

As you can see, you can get a discount when you buy in bulk, so grab a few friends and head down to the Doughnut Hole in the Public Marketplace at the Railyard.  You will NOT be disappointed!

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@ Lincoln’s New Railyard

Railyard

I really was not sure about adding a new area to Lincoln.  And if you are a Lincoln resident, when you go down the new Railyard area, you feel like you are in a whole other town.  Maybe even another state.  But now that I have been down there a few times, I really LIKE all that they have brought to our town.  Granted, there are a few inconveniences right now.  Such as continued construction and parking.  But gradually this will all settle down.  I definitely think they are bringing exciting new opportunities to our city.

Railyard Courtyard

For one thing, there is a really cool outdoor courtyard (especially this time of year!).  And that building to the right actually holds a GIANT big screen television.  Yesterday the television was showing historical Lincoln photographs in a powerpoint of sorts.  Often the television is showing a sporting event – especially if the Huskers are playing!  Rumor has it that they plan on turning part of the courtyard into an outdoor ice skating experience this winter.  Then you can even skate up to the counter for a hot chocolate/doughnut break (more on that in my next post!)

Railyard Street View

What the area has to offer the most so far is new dining adventures.  I  have not been to Gate 25 yet, but I have tried out a few places already.  In fact, today I plan on taking on you on a dining tour of the new Railyard – presenting a new place to eat for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.  Plus tomorrow I will write about a fun place to watch the Husker game and while being a part of the atmosphere.  And if these four Railyard possibilities are not enough, I posted a few other pictures of places on my Nebraska Odyssey Instagram page.  I hope you enjoy the tour!

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@ The Pinnacle of Lincoln: The New Nebraska Arena

Arena Closer Up

When I completed my first half marathon in 2010, I agreed to become a running billboard.  (Now, before you are that impressed, I finished my 2nd and probably final half last spring.  I am not exactly speedy, but I am glad that I “ran” them both times!)  Anyway the race happened to be days before a big vote was happening that would affect Lincoln.

Yes to Arena

While I doubt my shirt had anything to do with the outcome, Lincoln did vote for a new arena to be built.  And now that that building feat has finally be completed, I personally feel this beautiful structure has added a wonderful element to downtown Lincoln.

Arena

The possibilities that have been added for downtown Lincoln life are tremendous.  Concerts, expositions and ball games in a quality setting.  I think the building lives up to the hype.

Arena Grand Opening

On August 28th, my oldest son and I went down for the ribbon cutting.  We were some of the first of several hundred community people through the doorways.  I knew that I wanted to be able to explore and experience.  Since my oldest is a HUGE sports fan, I knew that he would get my excitement over this monumental opening.  (Thanks, my Kyle, for watching our 3 other kids.  Keeping track of one this time was definitely easier!)

Lincoln in the Arena

Lincoln himself welcomes you to this newest Lincoln venture.  Sort of.  At first when the Lincoln Journal-Star revealed that the arena would feature a giant chocolate wall sculpture, I was a bit unsure.  But having seen the artwork in person, I have to say the result is impressive.

Chocolate Art

Even the big “O” is represented.  Since the abundance of “chocolate” might make you hungry, the fact that a concessions stand is nearby is a bonus.

Pinnacle Haymarket Place Food

I have heard that the food is outstanding – not your typical game fare.  They had limited concessions available for their opening afternoon, so I did not try any of their featured meals.  But we actually did enjoy eating a snack there – $1 Valentino’s pizza and $1 pop.  Can’t beat that!  (I told my son to enjoy his possibly one and only arena eating experience.  For normally we will may not get to eat a meal there – especially if all six of us attend an event!)

Arena first views

Finally we got to see our first views of the arena.  People could go out on the floor and try out the new hoops.  We both enjoyed being able to say that we have made baskets at the new arena.  My son was in hardwood heaven!

Arena featuring G

His other highlight was definitely meeting Coach Miles.  He seems to be a genuinely nice guy.  Excited to see what happens with the Husker men’s basketball program in such a great atmosphere!

Arena seats

We made a point of exploring everywhere including trying out the typical stadium seats.  (Fairly roomy rows!)

Pinnacle Box Seats

And admiring the box views.  (The “exclusive” box areas were not open for public perusal.  But they do have a few box-type areas anyone can access.   Leaning a bit allowed me to capture the luxury way to watch games!  🙂  )

The View from the Pinnacle

We also climbed up to the VERY top row.  This is what the floor looks like from above (no zoom applied).  Almost vertigo-causing height, especially since hardly any people were up to there to stabilize the view.

Pinnacle Go Huskers

Due to time and other constraints, we have not attended an official Pinnacle Bank Arena concert or sporting event yet.  But I know that I definitely hope we will be able to take in at least one Husker game this year.  The men’s basketball team has a lot of potential, and the women’s team is already fantastic.  Go Big Red!

Arena thankful

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