I have eaten at Johnny’s a number of times over the years. The last time was more than ten years ago, the night of the Lap Steak Incident. About which no more needs to be said.
Tonight I wanted to get steak. I had driven past Johnny’s on my last trip to Omaha a couple weeks ago around 2000, and it smelled really good, so I made a mental note to try it again soon. This evening we got out of meetings at a decent time so I headed that way. I got there around 1745. There were only a couple other tables occupied.
Johnny’s is one of the Omaha area restaurants that have been around forever; I think it’s been kept up better than some of the others.
I got a T-Bone. This thing was huge, 22+ ozs. The tenderloin part was a perfect medium, and was fork tender. Lots of flavor, it was good eating, and almost a meal in itself. The strip side was just a hair on the medium rare side, and not quite as tender. It also had some gristle in the meat, which was easy to cut out. I left that bone denuded of meat.
They have seven kinds of potato to go with the meal. I got potato au gratin. It was OK. There was real cheddar in with the potato. The only gripe was that the potato was not terribly hot.
So that’s a very basic meal. Meat, cheese, potato.
The meal also came with a salad, just lettuce, some grated carrot, half a cherry tomato, and a pepper (I fished the last two out). I got ranch dressing. It was not bad, but was unique in that it was very thick. You also got a couple rolls, they would have been nice warmed up.
I decided to get dessert since I skipped lunch. I got a Choco Cobbler, which is a warm brownie with a scoop of ice cream, drizzled with chocolate. It was excellent.
The tea was good. The only problem is that it is served in tiny glasses. I might bring my own tankard next time.
Service was perfect, the tiny tea glass never ran out. The steak got to me before I was done with the salad, but it sat and finished cooking while I finished the salad. I was given a mushroom reduction with the steak, but only dipped a couple pieces in it; the meat didn’t need the sauce. It was real mushroom, a lot of rich, earthly mushroom flavor in it.
I left around 1840. My check was $33.92. I think that the huge steak was a good value. I will not wait ten more years to eat at Johnny’s again.