Wahoo, Nebraska — A Pleasant Surprise

Wahoo, Nebraska — A Pleasant Surprise

For the last few years, we’ve enjoyed purchasing half a beef from one of Steve’s colleagues who is also a local farmer. This year, they had the beef processed at the meat locker in Wahoo, Nebraska, so we thought we’d make the 55-mile drive from our home in Crete to pick up our packaged beef one Saturday morning.

Perhaps most recognized as the former “home office” of The Late Night with David Letterman Show, we were somewhat surprised to find Wahoo a quaint town and a great place to spend the day.

The Wahoo Locker was fantastic. Not only do they process and sell meat, they also make and sell fresh soups and salads and operate a catering business. The store is just the kind that entices a visitor to shop around and we enjoyed seeing all of the kitchen supplies, food items, and even wine.

We purchased a few kitchen gadgets we don’t know how we ever lived without, and couldn’t resist a package of the Wahoo Wieners we’d heard so much about, accompanied by freshly baked buns. They did not disappoint.

We are so excited to fill our deep freeze with half an all-natural Nebraska beef.

We are so excited to fill our deep freeze with half an all-natural Nebraska beef.

After loading the back of our truck with boxes and coolers full of meat, we decided to stay in Wahoo for lunch and drove over to the Wigwam Cafe.

The Wigwam Cafe is unique because it has been open and continuously operating since the 1930’s. Through the years, many owners have put their personal touches into the business, but all seem to have respected the idea that quality food is most important

Tubes of popular kolache fillings like poppyseed, apricot, and lemon.

Tubes of popular kolache fillings like poppyseed, apricot, and lemon.

for a restaurant. Ann had a grilled chicken club sandwich, and Steve had a hot beef

sandwich. For dessert, we split a piece of their famous banana cream pie. We would recommend this as a nice place for a meal should you ever be in Wahoo and want to have good food while enjoying some of the friendliest service around.

After lunch, we noticed an interesting-looking store nearby called Warehouse Surplus and Variety. It piqued our interest, and we went inside.

So glad we did! What an interesting store, filled with five-and-dime-type items and in the back, warehouse food supplies including everything you’d need to make kolaces (a Czech tradition) and a huge variety of spices at great prices.

We picked up some poppy seeds, crushed Rosemary, and sesame seeds and were on our way.

Spices galore!

Spices galore!

What we thought would be a quick trip to Wahoo to pick up some meat, ended up being a wonderful Saturday spent exploring this great Nebraska town. If you’re looking for something different to do off the beaten path, swing through Wahoo–it has a lot to offer.