By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, August 10, 2017
Shevy’s Sports Bar and Grill
Where: 2607 N. Main St., Elkhorn, Nebraska
When: Bar hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Information: www.shevyssportsbarandgrill.com or 402-315-9951
Like many Nebraskans who have since moved to Omaha or Lincoln, I was raised in a more-rural hometown.
I’ve seen my fair share of small-town Nebraskan watering holes and I’ve noticed they always have a few things in common: pickups in the parking lot, plenty of domestic beers on the menu and burgers large enough to satisfy even the hungriest of customers.
Shevy’s Sports Bar and Grill in Elkhorn delivers on all three counts. Plus, it has the warm, welcoming atmosphere that most small-town bars strive for, but some never achieve.
The service at Shevy’s is fast and friendly, and the atmosphere is unfussy and comfortable. Shevy’s offers seating at tables and booths, at stools along the large bar and at tables on its patio out front.
As with most sports bars in Nebraska, Shevy’s décor is heavy on football, and there are plenty of televisions so you never miss a game.
Shevy’s also has all of the standard sports bar beers — plenty of domestic brews and a few craft beer options from local breweries like Benson’s Infusion Brewing Company and La Vista’s Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.
I got an Infusion Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Blonde, which is one of my go-to summer beers. A lighter beer, at 4.8 percent alcohol by volume, the vanilla bean blonde has an obvious, but not overwhelming vanilla flavor. It’s pretty darn good, and a pint of it at Shevy’s costs $5.
In addition to all of the expected domestic beers — Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. — Shevy’s offers the usual imports like Corona, Guinness and Newcastle.
They also serve up cocktails like Moscow Mules, Bloody Marys, a Shevy Bomb cocktail which comes with Crown Royal, Malibu and peach schnapps, and a Grape Ape cocktail made with Grape Pucker, Absolut Citron and Sierra Mist.
Shevy’s serves up drinks from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. During their happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can get domestic bottles for $2.75, domestic draws for $2.25 and well drinks for $3.
Their kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and based on what my dining companions and I saw during our visit, I’d recommend stopping in then. The food is worth it.
Shevy’s has all the sandwiches, burgers and wraps you’d expect from your local sports bar. Plus, since Shevy’s bills itself as a “Sports and Steaks” bar, it has steak options across the menu — prime rib sliders on the appetizer list, steak salads, prime rib potato soup, gyros stuffed to the brim with steak, and Kansas City strips and sirloins on the entrée menu.
Almost everything on Shevy’s food menu costs less than $15, and even the steak dinners cost less than $20.
My dining companions and I ordered burgers and gyros. All of it came in the kind of generous portions you’d expect from your hometown watering hole with the small-town prices to match. Plus, it tasted good.
So, if you’re looking for a homey, laid-back burger-and-steak joint, look no further than Shevy’s on Elkhorn’s North Main Street. They do small-town right.