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Ryan's Bistro: Enduring Quality

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Entrees include ribs, pastas, chicken and beef dishes served with a choice of fries, garlic mashed potatoes, Gouda mac and cheese, onion strings, white truffle risotto and pesto corn.  Land-locked though we are in Nebraska, Ryans Bistro nonetheless offers plenty to tempt the seafood lover.  Cioppino, a stew of mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops in a Miso sauce is a favorite of Gish. You dont have to spend a lot or you can, says Gish, The menu allows people to spend what they want.

In the last year, Gish has changed the menu three times according to the season. He likes to adjust his offerings to fit the season. Braised short ribs, a perfect cold weather fare, have been recently reinstituted.  Pork osso bucco is another winter staple that took the summer off but has found its place on the menu now that the air is crisp and the temperatures have dipped.

The wine list is extensive, offering labels from France, Germany, and Italy to Argentina and Australia and points in between. California wines feature heavily, along with bottles from vineyards in Oregon and Washington state. Much like the bistros menu, there are wines to fit every taste and price point. You can sip a $5.00 Australian Shiraz to accompany a casual weeknight dinner or commemorate a special occasion with a bottle of Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon. If your tastes run more to whites, there are several California Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs from which to choose as well as Pinot Grigios from Italy and sweeter German Rieslings.

Though primarily a restaurant, Ryan's Bistro also is a full-service catering business. It can provide box lunches for corporate meetings or accommodate a 300-guest wedding. Of the 13 years Gish has been in the food business, ten of those years have been with catering operations.

Ryan's Bistro is open seven days a week, from 11:00 am until the last customer leaves. Business has been brusque. The restaurant fills up every night. But not to worry; Gish says he accepts reservations for both big and small parties. 

To make reservations, call 614-2202,  or check out the menu at www.ryansbistro.com.  Whether you stop in to share a bottle of wine with a friend on $12 Tuesdays, channel your inner Rat Pack with a martini and Michael Walkers music, or nestle in by the fireplace with a plate of tenderloin medallions, Ryan's Bistro is a cozy spot to banish winters chill.

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