June 18, 2018

Billy’s 10 Favorite Restaurants In Omaha

I’ve been a fan of Billy McGuigan ever since I was reviewing theater for The Daily Nonpareil and I heard him sing the first few notes in “Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience.” He’s gone on to perform in other great shows too, including “Rock Twist,” opening Aug. 1 at Omaha Community Playhouse. So I have this chance to ask him anything about Omaha…and my mind goes to food. Typical. I’m so glad I asked him what his favorite restaurants in Omaha were, because, you guys, McGuigan’s list is stellar.

Billy McGuigan Rock Twist

Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Twist” runs Aug. 1-12, 2018 at Omaha Community Playhouse. Photo courtesy Christine McGuigan Photography

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rave On Productions. All thoughts and opinions below are Billy’s. 

Here’s Billy’s take on the Omaha food scene, in his own words:

I would never classify myself as a foodie. Let’s start there. But, after touring the country and world for the past 15 years, I started noticing that I judged a city by its local restaurants and the food in a city in general. San Francisco’s Dungeness crab, New Orleans’ crawfish and any restaurant in Albuquerque are some of my favorite spots in the U.S. Omaha is no exception and I’ve come to love the local flavor of this town. With that, I’ve put together my 10 favorite food spots in Omaha in no particular order. If you haven’t tried these places, please do!

list of favorite restaurants in Omaha

Billy’s favorite restaurants in Omaha

10. Stokes (Old Market and West Omaha)

Billy McGuigan orders an off-the-menu hot sauce to go with the Sharon’s (World Famous) Enchiladas at Stokes. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

I first had Stokes when it was located in the 114th and Dodge streets area. After having Sharon’s chicken enchiladas with a side of inner beauty (their off-the-menu hot sauce), I was immediately hooked. Spicy and fresh and delicious. I’ve eaten at Stokes more than any other restaurant in my life.

Favorite Menu Items: Sharon’s (World Famous) Chicken Enchiladas, Koko’s Harvest Salad, Stokes Tenderloin Pueblo

9. Wilson & Washburn (Downtown Omaha)

Wilson & Washburn is located in downtown Omaha. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

This place is an experience. It feels very Chicago, very New York. The drinks are finely crafted and the food is so great. The bartenders tend to remember you after a few visits and they learn the way you like your drinks made and typically how you ordered your food the last time you where there. Bonus party room upstairs for private parties as well!

Favorite Menu Items: Scotch Egg, Beet Chips (seriously!), Beet Burger (again, seriously), Braised Short Rib

8. Early Bird (Blackstone)

Billy McGuigan and his kids in front of Early Bird, a favorite brunch spot for his family. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

My kids would kill me if this all-day brunch place wasn’t included on this list. It opened last year and I think we’ve been here six times already. Be prepared for a wait because this place is super popular. It is totally worth it. A unique brunch menu filled with both traditional and non-traditional breakfast items (check out the Ka-Bob’s) as well as sweet and savory. The service is also fantastic!

Favorite Menu Items: Ka-Bobs, Corned Beef Hash, Cereal Killer Pancakes (my son Ciaran’s favorite), Morning Pot Pie (my daughter Cartney’s favorite)

7. Mula (Blackstone)

Mula makes borracha beans like Billy McGuigan’s grandmother used to make. Photo courtesy Mula

I’m a complete and total sucker for Mexican food. My grandmother was a Garcia and she made borracho beans so good they could make you cry. Mula makes these and after the wave of nostalgia I got from eating them here, I choked up a bit. A massive tequila selection and a varied selection of unique tacos and tortas.

Favorite Menu Items: Any of their Guacamoles, Camaron Tacos, Carne Asada Torta, Jalapeño Margarita

6. Block 16 (Downtown Omaha)

Billy McGruigan promises that Block 16 is worth the wait. Photo courtesy The Mullers via Block 16

The first time I came here, I nearly didn’t go in because there was such a long line. The guy in the back of the line looked at me and told me it was well worth the wait. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re under the impression that vegan food has no flavor, you should go vegan here. I love this place so much!

Favorite Menu Items: Vegan Sloppy Nick, Vegan Dragon Fries, Vegan Poutine Burrito

5. Yoshitomo (Benson)

Sushi at Yoshimoto is as good as the best Billy McGuigan has tried across the U.S. Photo courtesy Yoshimoto

I’ve been a huge sushi fan since the late ‘90s when I had it for the first time at Sushi Ichiban when it was on the corner on Dodge street. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to try it all over the country and Yoshitomo is as good as any I’ve ever had. Super classy environment and a menu that rocks!

Favorite Menu Items: Sake Nigiri, Hamachi Nigiri, 3 Kings Maki, Aburi Wagyu

4. Pitch (Dundee)

Pitch in Dundee

Pitch manages to make pizza without cheese so good, you don’t miss the cheese. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

Full disclosure: I have a dairy allergy. I know, pizza with no cheese? Yeah, it’s hard to find. Pitch’s pizza is so good, it works without the cheese. Try it! Also, those Brussel sprouts. Have you not had these? They are ridiculously good.

Favorite Menu Items: Shrooms Pizza (no cheese), Roasted Brussel Sprouts, House Made Fennel Sausage Pizza (No cheese)

3. Coneflower Creamery (Blackstone)

Coneflower makes a wickedly good, dairy-free ice cream. And a tip from McGuigan: Always add Spanish peanuts. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

Speaking of no dairy, do you have any idea how hard it is to find really good, dairy-free ice cream? Look no further. This place is an absolute gem. There’s nearly always a line, but again, totally worth it. The vinyl records and great taste in music also add to the ambiance of this wickedly good ice cream shop!

Favorite Menu Items: Vegan Golden Milk Ice Cream, Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter, always add Spanish Peanuts

2. Red Lion Lounge (Blackstone)

McGuigan’s choice for a place to hang out with friends and enjoy a good cocktail. Photo courtesy Billy McGuigan

“Friends” had Central Perk. “How I Met Your Mother” had McLarens. You know, the iconic place to hang out with friends and have a drink or two. I always wanted one of these and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it in the RL. Limited snack items and amazing craft cocktails. Amazing “Mad Men”-esque decor with iconic black and white photos throughout. If you find Roald Dahl, you’ll find me.

Favorite Menu Items: Candied Cashews, Local Heirloom Popcorn, Rusty Nail, Infusion Vanilla Bean Blonde

1. Farine + Four (Midtown)

The spicy chicken sandwich at Farine + Four. Photo courtesy Farine + Four

You ever hope and dream there’d be a place you could wake up and walk to and grab a great coffee and a sandwich? Farine and Four is this place for me. Nestled in the heart of my neighborhood is this gem. Farine + Four means Flour + Oven in French. It also means they only use four ingredients as the base for all of their breads: flour, water, salt, and levain (yeast). It’s so amazingly good and you have to try it. They open the garage door in the summer and you won’t be able to resist the smells coming from their kitchen.

Favorite Menu Items: Spicy Chicken Sandwich (best you’ll ever have), Egg Sandwich, Peanut Butter Cookie

Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Twist”

If you didn’t know Billy McGuigan before this post, you’ve got to hear the music of this foodie-that’s-not-a-foodie. You can see him in the show, “Rock Twist,” which will be at Omaha Community Playhouse Aug. 1-12.

The show features McGuigan and a 13-pice band performing the music of artists who have impacted McGuigan’s life. There’s everything from Frank Sinatra to The Doors and Chuck Berry. 

Performances of “Rock Twist” are Aug. 1-12, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $42 each and are available at by calling the box office at 402-552-0800 or go online to www.omahaplayhouse.com.

 

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June 15, 2018

15+ Fun Outdoor Activities For Families In Omaha

Summer is a great time to get outdoors as a family, and while I have my favorite go-to spots (like these nearby hikes), I love finding new things to do. One of the best resources I’ve come across is the list of the 2018 Cub Scouts’ outdoor activities that are open to families In Omaha and in areas just outside the metro. These summer activities aren’t only for Scouts and their families – you don’t have to have a Cub Scout in your family to attend. These activities are open to EVERYONE.

Fishing derbies are held throughout the summer and offer a free chance to try out fishing as a family. Photo courtesy Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Boys Scouts of America Mid-America Council. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

This summer is all about finding ways to Get Out and Scout. My family has only dabbled in Scouting, and I think all of these events are a great way for my family (and yours) to learn more about Scouting and have a ton of fun. Girls are definitely welcomed to participate, because now they can become Cub Scouts.

And the best part of all the events below? A lot of them are FREE!

If you see an event that interests you, visit the Cub Scouts calendar for more details or to register.

Complete list of 2018 Summer Programs

Cub Scouts is a program for boys and girls grades K-5 to experience the outdoors together as a family. The following programs take place in Omaha unless otherwise noted. You may find Scouts from your school at these activities, but know that you are welcome to join in the fun as a guest.

Storm Chasers Overnighter

When: June 22-23

Where: Werner Park in Papillion, Neb.

What: The Omaha Storm Chasers are excitement enough – but we celebrate the game all night long by camping out on the baseball field and watching movies on the mega-tron!

Cost: $19

 

Carter Lake Fishing Day

When: June 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Carter Lake in Carter Lake, Iowa

What: Grab your pole (or use one of the provided poles) and join us for a relaxing evening of catch and release!

Cost: FREE

 

Dutch Oven Cooking

When: June 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Louisville State Recreation Area

What: Learn to prepare and enjoy a tasty outdoor meal.

Cost: $10

 

Wildlife Safari Hike

When: July 1, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Neb.

What: Feel like you are on an actual safari, coming face-to-face with North American plants and animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison and waterfowl.

Cost: $15

 

Wakonda Day Camp

When: July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Camp Wakonda in Bellevue, Neb.

What: Enjoy a day of Scouting with a raingutter regatta, Scout skills obstacle course and campfire with patch trading (patches provided)!

Cost: $5

 

Campmaster Radios

When: July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Camp Wakonda in Bellevue, Neb.

What: Utilize radio technology to find a hidden transmitter and learn more about this method of communication.

Cost: FREE

 

Zorinsky Fishing Day

When: July 17, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Zorinsky Park

What: Enjoy the beautiful setting of Zorinsky Park while we play a game of catch and release.

Cost: FREE

 

NE Highway 66 Concourse Classic

When: July 21 & 22

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb.

What: This premier classic automobile show featuring exclusive vintage and collectable cars, hot-rods and motorcycles – all nestled among the historic aircraft of the museum.

Cost: $6 youth/$11 adult

 

Elmwood Twilight Camp

When: July 26, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

What: Take your passport to adventure out of this world with a visit to UNO’s planetarium, climbing the moon rock wall and ice giants experiments with liquid nitrogen!

Cost: $10

 

Cunningham Day Camp

When: July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lake Cunningham Park

What: The ultimate experience with trail rides, shooting sports and much more!

Cost: $30

 

Waterfront Weekend

When: Aug. 3-4

Where: Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Little Sioux, Iowa

What: Make a splash with this single overnight experience packed with swimming and boating activities!

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Carnival

When: Aug. 4

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

What: Experience the Big Top with magicians, face painting, bounce houses and more!

Cost: $6 youth/$11 adult

 

Think Like a Citizen Scientist

When: Aug. 5, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Neb.

What: Get a better understanding of the world around you and what you can do to protect it.

Cost: $15

 

Campmasters Shooting Sports & Pool Party

When: Aug. 10-12

Where: Covered Wagon Scout Ranch in Cedar Bluffs, Neb.

What: Shooting and swimming…two favorite outdoor activities in a single overnight experience!

Cost: FREE

 

Fishing Derby

When: Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Viking Lake near Stanton, Iowa

What: Catch some rays and some fish on this relaxing morning!

Cost: $10

 

Scouts for Wildlife Conservation

When: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Henry Doorly Zoo & Lauritzen Gardens

What: Recognize the importance of wildlife and the conservation of its natural habitats in this two for one experience

Cost: $18

 

World of Water

When: Sept. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Chalco Hills Park

What: Learn about the importance of water conservation from experts in the field while having fun in the great outdoors.

Cost: FREE

 

 

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June 4, 2018

Everything To Know About Railroad Days 2018 {Giveaway}

Railroad Days 2018 celebrates trains and the railroad history of Omaha and Council Bluffs. Held on July 14 and 15, you have two days to explore each of the five venues participating in the event. I’ve taken the kids to Railroad Days in the past, so I can vouch for it being it being an affordable event for families. Keep reading – there’s a giveaway ahead!

guide to Railroad Days Omaha

Railroad Days 2018 venues

This event is definitely one for train aficionados, but even if trains aren’t your thing, you’ve got plenty to see and do. I always think of Railroad Days as a great staycation option to see Omaha and Council Bluffs attractions for one price.

Each location is open as usual, so in addition to the special activities planned for the weekend, this is a good time to explore their permanent exhibits, gardens, and historic artifacts.

Families can get up close to real trains during Railroad Days. Photo courtesy The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum (801 S. 10th St., Omaha) – New this year is The Durham Museum‘s largest model railroad display ever in the Swanson Galley featuring actual locations in the Midwest. There will also be music by “Freight Train” Frank and the chance to talk with model railroad experts by the House of Trains on Track Level. Behind the museum, you can get up-close to Union Pacific’s Chicago and North Western Heritage locomotive. While there, don’t skip the special exhibit American Adventure.”

Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft St., Omaha) – The activities at Lauritzen Gardens are always a hit with my kids, especially the free mini train rides. Things to see:Centennial No. 6900 and Big Boy No. 4023 locomotives at Kenefick Park, model train railroad garden, LEGO brick rail yard, and Paul Siebert performing railroad ditties.

RailsWest Railroad Museum (1512 S. Main St., Council Bluffs) – Don’t miss the chance to visit the train yard, climbing aboard old steam engines, cabooses and cars. Indoors, there’s a large H.O. scale model train layout operated by the Carter Lake Model Railroad Youth Club.

Union Pacific Railroad Museum (200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs) – Head to the “Wheels of War” exhibit to learn about the history between the military and the railroads in every American conflict since the U.S. Civil War in the “Wheels of War,” exhibit. Another exhibit to check out is “Working on the Railroad,” an up close and personal experience with modern Union Pacific operations. My kids also like pretend to “detonate” explosives – go look for it in one of the permanent inside the museum.

Historic General Dodge House (605 Third St., Council Bluffs) – Here’s the chance to walk through the house of the man called “the greatest railroad builder of all time.” The 1869 Victorian home is on a National Historic Landmark.

Food at Railroad Days

Each location has food/snacks and beverages available for purchase. I’ve only dined at Lauritzen Gardens and The Durham Museum. If you’re looking to cool off, the Durham soda fountain sells a delicious root beer float.

Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.

Railroad Days Family Passes

Family passes are quite the deal. Family Passes are $15, and available for purchase at any participating venue during the event. The Family Pass for Railroad Days gets two adults and their dependents (or grandchildren) under the age of 18 in to the venues as well as admission to the trolley/bus transportation between the locations.

Climb aboard train cars and engines at the RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs. Admission is included with the Family Pass during Railroad Days. Photo courtesy RailsWest Railroad Museum

Even if you’re just purchasing the pass for yourself, you save money on admission to each place – the regular price of admission for a single adult to visit all five venues is $35.

A $5 pass is also available for one adult with the purchase of a Family Pass (limit one). Keep the wristbands on and they will be valid both days.

Railroad Days 2018 Giveaway!

Want to go to Railroad Days 2018? I’m giving away TWO (2) Family Passes on the blog. It’s easy to enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends Sunday, June 17, at 11:59 p.m. I’ll contact the winners within 48 hours via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn. Must be 18 or older to enter. Family Passes have no cash value.

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May 24, 2018

What’s At Omaha Zoo’s Asian Highlands

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium newest exhibit, Asian Highlands, adds to an already impressive collection of new exhibits added in the last year.

 

Read about African Grasslands here and watch a video of Children’s Adventure Trails. African Grasslands opened in 2016, and Children’s Adventure Trail opened in 2017.

What to expect at Omaha Zoo’s Asian Highlands

Asian Highlands is opening in two phases, so with Phase I, you will encounter only a handful of animals that will be a part of the complete exhibit (which is slated to open in spring 2019).

A rhino roams in the Asian Highlands, a new exhibit at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

You’ll see two red pandas named Tofu and Wasabi, as well as white-naped cranes, two Indian rhinos, tufted deer and Pere David’s deer.

The two red pandas are the first animals to spot at the entrance of Asian Highlands. Photo courtesy Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

They’re well adapted to live in cold environments so this will be a year-round exhibit.

Part of the charm of Asian Highlands is the story line that is incorporated into the exhibit, one where guests feel like they’re on an immersive journey through Northern India and the Himalayan Mountains.

Tip: The train passes by Asian Highlands, giving passengers a peek at what’s open in the Asian Highlands, as well as the areas that are under construction.

The entryway, a replica of a temple ruin, is a nice to touch to it all.

A replica of a temple ruin serves as the entrance to Asian Highlands. Photo courtesy Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

What else should you know? First, there are no restrooms in the exhibit nor food service (yet). Those are to come in 2019.

Also, this exhibit isn’t quite complete, because it’s rolling out in phases. So if you visit now, expect the trail to be a short out-and-back. There are barricades blocking entry into the areas under construction. But, what’s to come is going to be worth the wait!

A bridge in the Asian Highlands exhibit at Omaha’s zoo.

What’s coming to Asia Highlands in 2019

I’m especially looking forward to Phase II of Asian Highlands, which should open in the spring of 2019. The expected animals that will be included in Phase II will be sloth bears, tigers, snow leopards, takin and Chinese goral. I think all families are going to love the Kid’s Discovery Trail, which was described to me as a place with rocks to climb and misters to cool people off.

Omaha Zoo Asian Highlands

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May 22, 2018

Fan Tips For Storm Chasers Baseball Games

Omaha Storm Chasers baseball games are great for families, couples (could totally be a cheap date night), and friends. I’ve asked fans to share their tips for Storm Chasers baseball games, including where the best seats are, parking tips, how to get autographs, and more insider knowledge. I’m sharing the tips I thought were most helpful below. You can see the original post and tweet, too, to see all answers.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by the Omaha Storm Chasers. All tips, though, are provided by Oh My! Omaha readers. Any typos are probably mine. 

Good things to know about Omaha Storm Chasers games

Tips For Taking Kids To Games

“Taking kids is a must to fully enjoy the atmosphere. Get berm tickets, bring a blanket, let the kids run around, lay back and enjoy the game,” said Scott R. “All seasons are good to go, outside of the first couple of weeks. With small children, weekday night games leave plenty of room for your kids to roam.”

“Always check the schedule for any fun nights (Princess, Star Wars or Super Hero nights),” said April S.

“Kids will love Friday fireworks or Sundays kids day. The kids will love the family fun zone or mini golf. Berm seats are great if you have little ones who might need to runaround,” said Tiffany N.

“The Family Fun Zone is free if you are a member of Centris.” said Kaila W., who also said the berm is a good option for those with kids. She packs “a picnic blanket and toys/ bubbles to keep them occupied.” Show your Centris card to get the free wristbands, said Jeanne D.

“Kids have the Centris Family Fun zone with carousel, playground, putt-putt. Wristbands are $6 a piece. Basketball hoop and a mini baseball field for games in center/right center field. Fireworks nights are pretty nice,” said Jaima N.

Laura C. recommends getting the Little Storm Chasers membership. “Get $10 off thru Parent Savvy. It’s good for Sunday games which are often Hy-Vee Can Good Sundays.” Tiffany N. thought she’d seen the Little Storm Chasers membership half-off through Parent Savvy, so you just might to double check things.

Ready to take the kids to a game this year? Here are 10 Things Families Will Love About The Storm Chasers’ 2018 Season.

Storm Chasers Parking Tips

“Carpool if you can! And don’t park too close for out park balls can hit the car,” said Ash H.

“If just going to game, always go to the free lot. Plenty of spots. If tailgating, paying the $5 is worth it,” said Scott R.

Storm Chasers Game Seating Tips

“For places to sit, early season get first base side, they have the most sun. For summer get third base seats behind the dugout, they get the most shade,” said Scott R.

“We like seats to keep both (kids) contained. I feel more stressed in the berm,” said Ash H.

“We’ve sat behind home plate before when we were able to score those tickets and they were second to NONE (we were right up at the fence!).” said April S.

Going to sit on the berm? Cameron W. recommended standing or sitting by right field and bring a blanket to sit on.

Food & Drink Tips For Storm Chasers Games

“You can bring water bottles empty with no labels for free water,” said Ash H.

“They have gluten free options at some of the food stands!” shared Kaila W.

“Food wise we love the nachos from LeMesa or just getting a good old fashioned hot dog or pretzel,” suggested Tiffany N.

“Tuesdays are 50-cent nights on a lot of the food and Wednesday are Wiener Wednesdays for cheap hot dogs,” said Natalie J.

“If you go to last game of year, alcohol drinks are cheap!” said Jaima N.

Discount Ticket Tips

“I got tickets before the season when they had their promotion for the cold weather. $2/ticket was a steal.” said Danell T. from Small Guy Promotions

Tips For Storm Chasers Autographs

Fans in the know suggest heading to the bridge area by left field if you want to get autographs, and get there early.

“Come early enough to get autographs on the bridge (see who is going to be there by looking on their website),” suggested April S.

“Getting autographs is a lot of luck & perseverance. Always try to use the players name when asking. ‘Mr. O’Hearn would you sign my card please?’ Always be courteous by saying ‘Thank You’ afterwards. Players never have to sign, they do it out of their own kindness & on their time,” said @RoyalsCollector. “If a player does not sign. Don’t be rude to them. They have a job to do and sometimes they just don’t have the time to stop. Try again the next day or the next game your at. Always have a pen or sharpie ready for them use and the item you want signed. Always be kind and courteous to the other fans around you trying to get autographs too. Don’t push, shove, crowd others around. If you get the autograph you want let somebody else get in for a chance too.”

“Be polite. Call players by name (Mr. Gore) not number (Hey 0). Bring a pen (ball point pen for baseballs a sharpie for anything else). Have something for them to sign (I recommend a ball, program, or usually you can get a team card set for souvenir shop),” said Jeff E. “Some players won’t sign and don’t be frustrated because many others will. Often starting pitchers or catchers won’t sign because they need the longest amount of time to get ready. Before game is usually better than after.”

Giveaway Tips

“Always check the schedule and go on giveaway nights! All kinds of fun stuff,” said Tiffany N. Tim T. with The Walking Tourists said the Bobblehead games are his favorite – check this post to see when the next 2018 bobble head giveaway is scheduled.

Your turn! What tips do you have for Omaha Storm Chasers games?

 

fans share 20+ tips for Storm Chasers games

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May 11, 2018

8 Great Places For Pancakes In Omaha

Every so often, you just need a huge pancake, right? There are dozens of places to get pancakes in Omaha, and as expected, when I asked my readers on Facebook where to go, they had MANY suggestions. I’ve narrowed down their favorites and added mine to create this list. Here are eight great places for pancakes in Omaha:

 

Amato’s Cafe & Catering

Where: 6405 Center St.

What to order: They’re known for their ricotta pancakes, which occasionally has added ingredients like peaches or pumpkin.

Claim to fame: Amato’s has been featured on the “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” and “Man Vs Food.”

 

Lisa’s Radial Cafe

Where: 817 N. 40th St.

What to order: Their Killer Cakes come with add-ins like chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter, or seasonal fruit. My kids will tell you the chocolate chips are the best, I’m old-fashioned and go for plain ol’ pancakes, though.

Note: They only accept cash at Lisa’s Radial. It’s inexpensive, but still something to note.

 

Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe

Where: 15668 W. Center Road

What to order: If buttermilk pancakes are too tame for you, try the bacon stuffed pancakes or the German potato pancakes.

 

11-Worth Cafe

Where: 2419 Leavenworth St.

What to order: Like all Caniglia family restaurants of yore, 11-Worth Cafe serves heaping portions. It’s no different with pancakes. Pancakes are pretty straight-forward here, and you can opt to add in only three things: Strawberries, blueberries or peaches.

Note: They often hand out balloons to kids. It’s the highlight of my kids’ day when it happens.

 

Farmhouse Cafe & Bakery

Where: 3461 S. 84th St.

What to order: I prefer the Golden Griddle Cakes with blueberries added, but if you feel like branching out, there are German potato pancakes that come with applesauce.

Note: If there’s a wait, not big deal. Go browse Mangelsen’s, the craft store connected to the restaurant.

 

Harold’s Koffee House

Where: 8327 N. 30th St.

What to order: Harold’s has been around since 1958 and has that perfectly homey feel to it. They have fluffy buttermilk pancakes, but if you want to get crazy, try the berry and granola pancake. And always, always, ask for one of their homemade donuts. Totally over-indulgent if you’re already eating a pancake, but trust me on this.

 

Early Bird

Where: 3824 Farnam St.

What to order: The pancake options are abundant here, good luck deciding. Cereal Killer Pancakes are pretty Instagrammable (Fruity Pebbles or Coco Puffs on a pancake?!). If you can’t decide, you can always get the pancake flight, where you choose any three from the following: Plain, blueberry, chocolate chip, Cereal Killer, pineapple upside down, cinnamon roll, and PB&J.

Note: This is the newest restaurant on the list in one of the trendiest neighborhoods, Blackstone District. Expect a wait if you don’t get there early.

 

Leo’s Diner

Where: 6055 Maple St.

What to order: I usually check the specials board for pancake specials (lucky you if you arrive on Pancake Weekend). Regular options on the menu are the short-stack and blueberry pancakes.

Note: Leo’s is known for its “islands,” which start with hashbrowns, topped with a biscuit, gravy and eggs…and then they’ll add to it for different varieties. Not for the faint of heart.

 

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