January 11, 2018

Must-Try Restaurants In Omaha

Omaha is a city that loves food. There are a lot of great, locally-owned restaurants producing creative dishes. If you’re short on time and wondering what the must-try restaurants in Omaha are, you’re in luck. I’ve already sought out the answer.

Oh My! Omaha Facebook page followers are pretty opinionated about food and loyal to local restaurants. So, I decided to find out what everyone’s must-try restaurant is in Omaha. See the original post here!

A lot of people had strong opinions, and there was a huge variety. I’ve picked my Top 10 out of the recommendations:

Block 16

1611 Farnam St.

Our Next Adventure recommends the block burger and duck duck goose fries

There’s a reason why there’s nearly always a line at Block 16. It’s that good. I’m partial to the Croque Carcon burger, and not just because Alton Brown deemed it one of the best in the world (though, I do feel like his opinion means something).

 

Dante Pizzeria Napoletana

16901 Wright Plaza, suite 173

“I have a lifelong love of Italy and a meal at Dante really does feel like a meal in Campagna. The pizza is amazing, of course, but what I love even better are Chef Nick Strawhecker’s inventive entrées. Nearly all the food is locally produced, but with authentic Italian preparation, the wine all comes from sustainable vineyards and the service is top-tier. I bring everyone who visits me in Omaha to Dante and they all love it as much as I do.” Jenna G., who wrote about the restaurant on her blog, The Beaspora

Jenna says it much more eloquently than I can, but I concur with her. Dante’s is the real deal.

The Grey Plume

220 S. 31st Ave., suite 3101

“I always recommend The Grey Plume.” Rebecca H.

“Be sure to order the duck fat fries for an appetizer!” – Patty N.

The Grey Plume has one of the most celebrated chefs in Omaha. Dining there is an experience. This one’s better without the kids, FYI.

The Kitchen Table

1415 Farnam St. and 4952 Dodge St.

Recommended by Lindsay W.

This hip farm-to-table restaurant just opened its second location in Omaha. The downtown location is so Instagrammable, and I bet its new location in Dundee is as well.

La Casa Pizzaria

4432 Leavenworth St.

“For pizza, La Casa.” – Marlys N.

Marlys and I have similar tastes, apparently. La Casa is my all-time favorite pizza in Omaha. The crust. The crust is unforgettable. It’s thin, for sure, so if you don’t like that kind of pizza…you’re out of luck. Look at this list for other great pizza joints in Omaha.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante

3001 S 32nd Ave.

Recommended by Christina S. and Brian A.

Come hungry. The portions are huge at this wonderful Italian restaurant. My family has been going here for years.

Modern Love

1319 S. 50th St.

Suggested by Jennifer K.

Omaha has become known for its steaks, but we do venture away from meat from time to time. Modern Love is a vegan restaurant that is top notch, and will impress even the biggest meat eater in your group. It’s seasonally-based, so I’m not sure which dish to recommend (I was impressed with the mac and cheese).

M’s Pub

422 S. 11th St.

Becky W. suggested trying the Thai lavosh, lamb burger or the brie en croute. Also recommended by Diane T. and So Yun G.

M’s Pub is the Old Market darling that suffered a terrible fire, was closed for ages, and is now back open and, from the reviews, as good as ever. I haven’t been back since the fire, but it was a gem before it, so I trust the reviews.

Ted & Wally’s

1120 Jackson St. and 6023 Maple St.

“…save room for Ted & Wally’s!” – Ticha R.

I’ve tried them all and Ted & Wally’s remains my favorite ice cream shop in Omaha. A little tip: The Benson location never has a line quite like the Old Market location. If you’re impatient, head to Maple Street.

V. Mertz

1022 Howard St.

“We are there a couple times a month and love the seasonal menus. Enjoying the tasting menu each time it changes is a must.” – Dana Z. from momsgoodeats.com

 

Be sure to download the app Together A Great Good so you can do good while dining out! Some of these restaurants will donate a percentage of your bill to the charity of your choice. Restaurants on this page that contribute (as of January 11, 2018) include: Au Courant, Block 16, Hiro 88, J. Coco, Railcar Modern American Kitchen, and V. Mertz.

 

Here are the other must-try restaurants of Omaha

Anthony’s Steakhouse

7220 F St.

Recommended by Kathy B.

There are a couple old school Omaha steakhouses on this list, and Anthony’s may be the most recognizable on the exterior because of the giant steer on the rooftop. I’ll be honest, it’s not my favorite of the old school steakhouses, but it’s been around for decades, and it has its fans.

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Au Courant Regional Kitchen

6064 Maple St.

Recommended by Jordan B. and Adam P.

Au Courant has been on my to-visit list for months and months. I’ve heard rave reviews about this Benson restaurant and I’m determined to visit this year.

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery

1350 S. 119th St.

Recommended by Steven W.

This is another great old school restaurant in Omaha, though unlike the others on this list, I can say I’ve been here. It looks and feels like a monastery inside, and the wine list is superb. It’s a memorable restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

Cascio’s Steakhouse

1620 S. 10th St.

“Cascio’s, for one of the last remaining ‘Omaha Italian Steakhouse’ experiences.” – Mark W.

I’ve been on a kick visiting some of Omaha’s oldest restaurants, and Cascio’s is on my list to visit. I’ll be honest with you all, I have not had the best experiences at our venerable Italian steakhouses, but they are still running for a reason.

Cilantros Mexican Bar & Grill

14440 F St. and 640 N. 114th St.

“Cilantro’s – specifically the tomatillo cream sauce chicken enchiladas.” – Abby K.

Cilantros surprised me – I thought it was chain, but it’s not. It’s just more polished than your average local joint. Anyway, I’ve been there. The food is better than average.

 

Crane’s Coffee

5 locations

“Warm up with the “sugar & spice” latte at Crane.” – Ticha R.

Crane’s is a family favorite and locally-run coffee shop without much of the hipster vibe you may encounter at some places (and I like those places – they have great coffee – I just could deal with less of everything else). I like the chai lattes, my husband gets the Crane Special, and the kids always ask for a chocolate chunk scone.

Dinker’s Bar & Grill

2368 S. 29th St.

“Dinker’s is the best!” – Katie T.

I’ve visited my share of burger places around Omaha to figure out who has the best. I haven’t settled on a verdict, yet, but Dinker’s is right up there. It’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but don’t be scared off by the exterior. It’s popular, been around for more than 50 years, and will likely to be very busy when you go.

The Drover Restaurant & Lounge

2121 S. 73rd St.

Recommended by Taylor S.

The Drover is another classic Omaha steakhouse that I have yet to visit. It’s on my list (and actually, at the top of my list).

For reviews of Omaha’s oldest restaurants, check out the Old School Omaha Series.

Early Bird

3824 Farnam St., suite 121

“For brunch – Early Bird brunch! Soooo gooood and different!” – Kaila W.

Early Bird is one of the newest restaurants to open in the trendy Blackstone District. I haven’t been, but I’ve had more than one friend tell me that I need to go (they all know I love breakfast).

FarmHouse Cafe & Bakery

3461 84th St.

Recommended by Mary D.

My extended family loves Farmhouse Cafe, and I have to agree, it’s pretty tasty. Be sure to order a cinnamon roll… and be ready to share.

Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant

513 Fort Crook Road N, Bellevue, Neb,

Recommended by Nichole M.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been to this Chinese restaurant. However, I have a foodie friend, Danell, and he is always eating there (here’s his review), so I’ve got to assume it’s pretty good.

Hiro 88

4 locations

Recommended by Sarah G.

Hiro 88 doesn’t disappoint with its sushi. Time it to coincide with Happy Hour, and you’ll have a happier wallet, too.

Ika Ramen and Izakaya

6109 Maple St.

Recommended by Katrina L.

This is a newer dining spot in Benson that I haven’t made it to yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

J. Coco

5203 Leavenworth St.

Recommended by Allyson H.

I ventured to J.Coco during Restaurant Week one year and enjoyed the dinner tremendously. This is a good date night spot.

Netties Fine Mexican Food

7110 Railroad Ave., Bellevue, Neb.

Recommended by Marcy S.

I’m not too familiar with Nettie’s but word on the street, it’s great Mexican food in Bellevue.

Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare

521 S. 13th St.

Recommended by Carrie M.

I’m pretty partial to this tiny Italian restaurant on the edge of the Old Market. The food is so fresh and so good. Reservations are a must, and if the weather is nice, sit out on the patio.

Railcar Modern American Kitchen

1814 N. 144th St.

Recommended by Lauri  C.

This was a nice date night for me and Mr. Wonderful a few years ago. I wish I had a better memory to tell you what order.

Runza

Various locations

Recommended by Mallory B.

Though technically a chain fast food restaurant, Runza has its roots here in Nebraska. Go here to try the Runza sandwich. You won’t find it anywhere else in the world.

Stokes Old Market

1122 Howard St. and 13615 California St.

Recommended by Kristi M.

Stokes (the Old Market location on Howard Street) is pretty great. Try Sharon’s enchiladas if you go. Delish!

 

Your turn! What’s the one restaurant in Omaha that you think every visitor should go to?

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  1. Very nice, I hope to get to Omaha this year!

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