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Hot Eats for a Cold Winter: 3 Places to Warm up Around Council Bluffs
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Hot Eats for a Cold Winter: 3 Places to Warm up Around Council Bluffs

1.) Primos Mexican Restaurant

Do you want to sweat? This is your source for hot sauces to warm you from the inside out. Not spicy enough?  Just ask for the hot stuff. Favorite menu items include carne asada (marinated thin-sliced steak), served with rice and beans, and a margarita. The restaurant has daily specials and a kid’s menu, too. Primos was conceived by three “primos” (cousins) who wanted to revive their family’s 100-year-old recipes to share the flavors of their relative's cooking. Opened in 2011, it is located at 930 Fifth Avenue. For the hours and other details, visit them online

2.) Mad Ox Bakery

Karris and Matthew Mattox put a creative twist on their last name when they made their shared dream come true and launched a new bakery in 2013, at 215 West Broadway. Patrons know they aren't entering just any ordinary bakery right away. With walls painted in rich colors and posters of comic superheroes hung throughout, this place immediately feels out of this world. Not to mention, the aromas permeating from the oven are incredible. The bakery serves a fantastic assortment of specialty breads, cakes, brownies, and donuts, all of which are rumored to be blissfully addictive. The Mattox’s delight in creating one-of-a-kind cakes for weddings and other occasions as well. They offer soups and daily lunch specials too. For its hours and other info, visit

3.) Stay Sweet Nicola’s

Discover Council Bluffs' newest bakery and coffee shop at 805 South Main Street. Start by warming up with homemade hot chocolate or a coffee creation. Then you’ll be tempted by an extensive array of cakes, cookies, and other specialty baked goods. No doubt, you’ll want to remember to take something home to the family. The bakery is part of Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare in Omaha’s Old Market and has been a long-held dream of Nicola Nick-Shartrand. Another unique aspect of the bakery is how it has perfected gluten-free, paleo, and vegan baked goods that taste superior. They're seriously undistinguishable from regular baked goods. For its hours and more information, visit them online.


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