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Restaurant Review: Hunger Block

Lauren Kugler, Staff Writer

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As the restaurant hype continues to grow in Omaha, an authentic Latin American restaurant in Rockbrook Village opened. You may know them for their outrageous milkshakes but Hunger Block is much more than that.

“We wanted to bring a different concept into Omaha,” bartender Justin Bentciger said. “There is a lot of Latin American food [in Omaha] but a lot if it’s the same so we brought in South American food, Latin American food, stuff from Argentina, Peru, etc.. Food that people have never seen before.”

They have many unique items on their menu that include Patacon which is fried plantains served with meat, slaw, and cheese. Another item on the menu is Arroz Chaufa which is latin style stir fried rice with meat of your choice, served with egg, sesame oil, green onions and bell peppers.

“Our most popular dish is a Colombian dish called Bandeja Paisa,” Bentciger said. “It has three meats, red beans and rice, a fried egg, and an arepa biscuit.”

Another popular item is their milkshakes, stacked high above the glass with donuts and other sweet treats.

“We were all figuring out what to do for dessert and we wanted something fun and easy so we made a milkshake and then we decided to get creative and put a donut on top and from there everyone added their own thing,” Bentciger said.

Traditional Latin American food is made with corn masa, making many of their options gluten free.

“Come in and try something traditional. We have tex-mex items made with flour but we also have gluten free items made with corn masa. We also have a lot of vegan options,” Bentciger said.

Not only is their food good but they also have excellent service. “Their food is great but their service was incredible,” sophomore Anna Henningsen said. “From the moment we walked in we were instantly greeted with a smile.”

With recipes from all over Latin America and South America, according to Bentciger, Hunger Block “is unique from anything you’ve ever tried.” If you are looking to try something new, this is the place.

 

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Lauren Kugler, Staff Writer

Hi my name is Lauren Kugler! I am a Staff Writer for Westside Wired this year. I am currently a sophomore and this is my second year on Wired. If you have...

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