We discovered if you're traveling on I-80 in the vicinity of Grand Island and want some great mid-western food, Uncle Eds is the place. It was getting full on a Friday evening but we got a dining room table with a view into the bar. The entertainment in the lounge was a guitarist named Mike Wayne. He had an unbelievable repertoire. Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, Marty Robbins, Jim Croce, Simon & Garfunkle, Beach Boys, Otis Redding, etc.
Our waitresses name was Audrey, and although it appeared her area was understaffed, did an excellent job of checking on us and delivering all the courses in a timely manner. She was very personable and kept us laughing. She even apologized ahead of time since she knew she & the kitchen were super busy and likely something might get messed up. Since we both ordered wine, she suggested if we wanted more than one glass apiece; a bottle of house wine would be cheaper. Since Nebraska is a recorkage state, we ordered the house pinot noir by Robt Mondavi.
Ed's menu is several pages long with a huge variety of lunch and dinner selections to choose from. The salad greens were fresh (not out of a Dole bag like alot of places these days), with carrots, tomatoes, cukecumber and a radish. There are nine different potato sides to chose from, I went with the roasted garlic mashed potatoes, although the cheesey Delmolnico potatoes sounded good.
Since Ed's Premium Reserve choice Angus steaks are advertised as personally selected and an aged quality only awarded the TOP 5-8% of all Angus beef, thats what I ordered. I usually order my ribeye medium-rare but our waitresses description of how Uncle Ed cooks a medium-rare medium steak sounded closer to what I wanted. It was one of the better ribeyes I've ever had, flavorful and as the old saying goes, so tender you could cut it with a butter knife. Our other order was the Chilean sea bass with a basimanti rice pilaf side w/black beans & pine nuts and a lime mango salsa. It also was perfectly grilled. Although we were both full, we couldn't resist ordering the Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. It came warm with 3 scoops of ice cream.