I had the pleasure of visiting Raising Cane’s in Lincoln when we went up to watch Creighton crush the Fuskers, so when I learned one was opening up here in Omaha, I was excited to say the least!
The thing I love about Raising Cane’s is the back story. In a nutshell, it’s founder, Todd Graves, presented his plan for the restaurant while in business school at LSU. His professor basically scoffed at it and said it would never work! Obviously today we know who came out on top! You can read more about here, but suffice to say maybe my plan for domesticated squirrels can work out after all!
Anyways, they basically chose the coldest day of the year to open the Omaha location, as in -30 degrees with the windchill! I got there around 9:30, but people at the front of the line where there since 7:00 AM! It was so cold my iPhone could not keep a charge… in fact I had to run it under the hand dryer in the bathroom for it to turn back on!
The doors opened promptly at 10:00, and everyone was glad to get out of the cold and start chowing down on chicken! We were rewarded with awesome T-shirts, a coupon for free chicken on our next visit, and were entered into a drawing for free chicken for a year… totally worth it! The chicken was of course, amazing…crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. The Canes sauce takes that and makes it even better! To wash it all down, delicious sweet tea! I love the fact that you can even buy a gallon of the stuff to take home with you should you desire.
I even made the Omaha World Herald’s online coverage… you can see me here with my trademark Creighton hat taking a photo! Speaking of photos, here are mine (not too many since it was so cold!):
Thanks to the Creighton Alumni Association, I was able to score a 4-pack of tickets to today’s game against the Indiana State Sycamores (or better known around the Valley as ISU-Blue!). I brought along Mrs. Douglas and we met up with my buddy Steve and his gal Cassie. The Alumni Association was even kind enough to provide a nice pre-game event in which many free nachos and buckets of popcorn were consumed. It also nice to see the many familiar faces I used to work with at University Relations… I was touched that they remembered me despite me having what was described as “Jihadi Terror Beard.”
We had great seats in the student section, and I’m glad we did because we had a barn-burner! ISU-Blue’s pressure defense really disrupted our offense. We only scored 27 points in the first half (WAY below our average), and even that took a miraculous run of stops to get us tied.
Thankfully we make some adjustments in the second half, and that combined with sheer willpower (and a little help from our bench) we were able to pull away and end up with a 79-66 win. It was definitely a gritty win, and it really showed the mental toughness of our team. There was absolutely no way we would have won that game a year or two ago! In the post-game show, Coach Mac revealed that sickness is ravaging the team right now with the flu and strep throat. Austin didn’t even warmup before the game because he was on the bench ill! Hopefully a few days of rest before Drake on Tuesday will get everyone back on track.
Doug walked away with 25 points and 9 rebounds, and moves within a mere 27 points of passing Nate Funk on Creighton’s all-time scoring list. With the win, Creighton improves to 14-1 on the season!
With the recent demise of our favorite Chinese place, Mrs. Douglas and I have been searching for a suitable replacement. I have driven past Dragon Cafe numerous times, and several of my friends had eaten there as well, so we decided to bite the bullet and go on a Foodventure!
Dragon Cafe is pretty cool in that in addition to having Chinese food, they also have sushi available as well (complete with a bar). There were several flat screens around which was also a nice bonus. The wheels were already turning with the thought of watching a CU away game and chowing down on Chinese food!
We kinda went overboard, ordering a little bit of everything:
Overall it was a pretty solid meal! The portions were actually big too, so we went home with leftovers. I guess my only gripe was the tea… it tasted pretty weak, and it was served in tiny expresso cups! Other than that, everything was pretty legit!
Definitely looking forward to trying this place out a couple more times.