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La Buvette

511 S. 11th St.
Omaha  Nebraska  68102
United States
(402) 344-8627
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
This bustling market/wine bar offers a little taste of France through fresh breads and charcuterie, but service can be spotty.

Elegant continental small plates are the order of the day at this compact restaurant and wine market. The short menu touts European staples like charcuterie, cheeses, house-cured gravlax, pate, rilettes and bresaola (crusty house-baked bread and butter accompanies each order). A chalkboard advertises rustic, hearty specials like pork cheek terrine, duck egg gratin with Paris ham, and braised rabbit over polenta.

The hummus ($7) is smooth and nicely spiced, and an open-faced grilled sandwich ($7.50) comes with lightly dressed greens, black olives, tomato and Gruyere. With a slice of optional Paris ham, the sandwich feels like something you’d eat at a French sidewalk cafe. Desserts include pastries, fruit and granita, and the huge wine selection accounts for three bottle-lined walls.

Don’t come here if you’re in a rush; service can be disappointingly slow—perhaps an unwitting nod to traditional European bistros. The sidewalk tables are a popular seating choice; inside tables can sometimes get in the way of busy wine shoppers who find themselves having to squeeze around. All in all, La Buvette makes a great location for wine lovers, outdoor dining and Old Market people-watching.


September 15, 2012

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