The quiet corner of Southwest Nebraska is full of pleasant surprises for adventurous souls. The dining options don't disappoint. Homey fare embraces the area's pioneer spirit, but there are also plenty of trendy brewpubs and even some southern-style barbecue joints. Less expected is the abundance of great authentic Mexican food and upscale Italian cuisine. If the Mexican menu looks so good that you're having a hard time deciding what to order, get a special like enchiladas banderos, which offers a little bit of everything. No one's counting calories here with hearty entrees like three-meat barbecue platters and chicken alfredo bread bowls.