Thursday Jun 25 2009
For a terrific Tuesday, head to Kim's
By: Cearra Cannon, Youth Beat
It’s not often that you walk into a restaurant, local or otherwise, and have other customers greet you and the owner herself takes your order and sits down for a chat. But this is exactly what is in store for you at Kim’s Country Kitchen. I decided to start my day there as a crime of convenience, located right in the heart of Lincoln (537 G St.). So I shuffled in and was immediately greeted by several seated diners, as well as Kris Rioux, who said, “it’s the funnest place to work ever!” and that she and her husband even come in on her off days “for the customers, the people are everything.” A charming taxidermy-preserved moose watched as Kim Strong herself, the owner extraordinaire, told me she wouldn’t open a restaurant anywhere else because of the friendships she’s made and the “closeness” of the town. Then, the ominous question came up, Taco Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. “It was actually my husband’s idea” Kim said while laughing, “it was kind of the idea of bringing Old and New Lincoln together for a good time.” And as Kris told me earlier, “Taco Tuesday rocks!” You know you want to know how your neighbors have spent their summer! And what better way to spend your Tuesday night than chatting with friends and listening to local bands tear up the log-cabin feeling décor. After Kim’s, I would strongly suggest a long walk because the restaurant’s portions are anything but dainty. Stroll along the main part of G Street, and around the corner, you’ll find the perfect tree-lined street. Little businesses adorn the sidewalks of 5th Street and create a postcard-perfect image. A block down, the Lincoln Carnegie Library stands tall over the other businesses and has served as a place of sanctuary since its modest early days as a “Reading Room” at the beginning of the 20th century. Check out a book and head outside to enjoy the summer day, whether it’s an adventurous day at Auburn Ravine Park or reading in the shade of the old oak tree behind the library. Embrace the calm of a day off. You’re going to need the energy for socializing and rocking out at Taco Tuesday. Cearra Cannon is 17 and a high school senior.