OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Some call it a hidden treasure. But those who live in Ponca Hills know all about Finicky Franks and the woman behind the restaurant’s lovely dinners.
If you have not been there, 3 News Now Anchor Serese Cole tells us it’s worth the trip.
It’s Ponca Hill’s best kept secret.
Finicky Frank’s was named after owners Brian and Kesa Kenny’s neighbor.
“We have a neighbor named Frank. When we first got ready to open, he persistently asked what to cook, and I said something, and he said, ‘Oh God, stop making it. , ‘and at last he said,’ What is the name of the place? ‘ and I looked at him and I said, ‘Finicky Franks’ and it just stuck, and we’re still referring to our neighbor as Finicky Frank, “laughed Kesa.
Fifteen years later, Kesa Kenny is still whipping up sheets of happiness.
“I love food. I love seeing people happy, hearing everyone just ‘mmm’ and the plates clinking is the most rewarding job,” she said with a smile.
In winter, her soups are popular.
“People come to get her soup. She always makes soup and it’s always great. People call, ‘what’s the soup tonight?'” Said her husband and co-owner Brian.
All year round, Kesa comes up with new creations.
Her bowl of brown rice is one of them.
It is packed with vegetables and flavors from her chili crunch oil.
“It has chili and ginger and garlic and shallots and a little bit of sesame seeds in it,” she explained.
The rice is topped with salmon and then a poached egg.
“It’s so good. It’s to die for,” she admitted.
Kesa takes pride in making everything from scratch, like her truffle fries and onion rings.
They are spicy, deep fried and served with their famous frank sauce.
You can get a piece of her mouth-watering meatloaf every Wednesday. It is served with cheese au gratin potatoes and fresh broccoli.
Thursday’s special is Walleye.
“If you do not have a Thursday reservation, you may not get pikeperch. It is very popular,” she said. “And with that, we serve really nice baby red tomatoes. We like them lovely crispy with caramelized onions. They are so good. People love the potatoes,” she added.
A side of freshly made coleslaw makes it complete.
Kesa’s secret is simplicity.
“You can not go wrong with a few simple ingredients and fresh,” she said.
For her, food is art.
“It’s the smells, it’s the senses,” she said.
Like her paintings.
The self-taught chef is also an artist.
Finicky Franks is creative, charming and delicious.
Because the owners know that there is nothing picky about good food.
“It’s love. Food is love,” Kesa smiled.
By the way, their neighbor Frank is still with. Kesa and Brian say he still holds on to them to this day.
Finicky Frank’s is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.
Here are the specialties:
Wednesday: Meat bread dinner
Thursday: Walleye dinner
Friday: Pasta evening
Saturday: Fried Chicken Dinner
The fried chicken is served with mashed potatoes and gravy, cream corn, warm dinner rolls and French vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Kesa suggests making a reservation at (402) 451-5555. Finicky Frank’s is at 9520 Calhoun Road just north of Florence.
To see the full menu, go to finickyfranks.com.
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