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September 21, 2016

Can A Preschooler Learn Jazz?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and based on my family’s experience at WeBop. This post contains affiliate links. Oh My! Omaha is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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I’ll be honest with you, I loved the premise of WeBop when I first heard it, but was a little skeptical about just how much learning a preschool jazz class could entail.

I got my answer after the first session.

We got home and my daughter insisted she needed to perform a concert before bedtime. She recruited her big brother to play percussion on a pail.

I had to pick a song from WeBop: A Family Jazz Party for them to play along to. Loudly.

Thanks a lot, WeBop.

My kid digs jazz.

And apparently, she has band leader potential.

 

What is WeBop?

Our late afternoon WeBop class starts off with playing along with a song using various musical instruments and call-and-response.

It turns out, my preschooler wasn’t the only kid in Omaha making music. Other classmates from her WeBop class have been composing – as only 3- to 5-year-olds could – their own music about playdates and dinosaurs.

Omaha Performing Arts brought WeBop, a preschool program created by Jazz at Lincoln Center, to Omaha this year. This fall is the first session. Parents attend and participate with their 3- to 5-year-old, learning about jazz through songs, dance, books and play. I go into detail about it in this post

We sing and dance a lot in class.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces in it to preschoolers in a fun way - like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture - you can see me in the background with very weak wings.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces it to preschoolers in a fun way – like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture – you can see me in the background looking like an angry airplane with weak wings.

It’s a pretty cool experience partly due to the teacher, Susie, who happens to be a well-known jazz vocalist in Omaha (check out her allmusic.com page!). Accompanying her is Matt, a talented pianist. I’m sure he’s probably got an allmusic.com page too.

Anyway. Susie sings, Matt plays, and we sing or play along too. The drums are a big hit every time they’re brought out in class.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

 

My daughter loves all of it. I mean, LOVES it.* 

She bows after each song in class, people.

It’s like she discovered the lure of the spotlight already.

* The class is 45 minutes long, so toward the end of it, her love starts dissolving into a puddle.

 

Keep the learning going at home

At our first class, parents were given a packet that included the curriculum for each week. In it, we were able to see which songs we heard in class, which book was read, and we were reminded which topic we covered (Week #1 – Swing, for instance). It also gave us tips to bring each lesson home.

Here are a sample of my daughter’s favorites:

1. Listen to jazz recordings and let your body swing to beats 2 and 4.

2. Sing a favorite book in a blues style.

3. Create a musical story using different sounds you find in your surrounds. (I call this, “bang on everything as you walk by.”)

 

Want to WeBop?

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

The fall session is in full swing. See what I did there?

You can get class details here; I recommend starting from the beginning so your child gets the most out of WeBop. I’ll let you know when they announce the next session.

September 1, 2016

WeBop, A Preschool Music Program, Comes To Omaha

There’s no secret I love all the arts and entertainment offerings in Omaha. There are so many opportunities to see great performances at world-class venues.

One of the newest arts offerings in Omaha is for the youngest kiddos out there: WeBop. When I was working at Omaha Performing Arts, I had heard about this phenomenal preschool program developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The word was it was coming to Omaha. And now it’s here!

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

OPA invited me to attend this program with my preschooler to tell you about it. How could I resist? This program introduces 3- to 5-year-olds to core concepts of jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and play. The fun part about these 45-minute sessions is that a parent or guardian has to attend too – so I’ll be learning right alongside my daughter.

Stay tuned as I share photos and details about our experience in the upcoming weeks! This will be a great opportunity for both of us as music lovers, so I appreciate the complimentary registration in exchange for you all about the program.

When does WeBop start?

Omaha Performing Arts starts WeBop classes next week, so if you’re interested in enrolling your little one, don’t wait! There are three session times to choose from: Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The program runs for eight weeks and costs $200 per child (it can include up to two adults). There is a 10% discount for the second child. Sessions are from Sept. 6 through Oct. 29 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

 

If you go

WeBop

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

When: Sept. 6 through Oct 29; three session times to choose from (Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.)

Cost: $200; register online at TicketOmaha.com 

January 29, 2018

Best Donuts In Omaha

Update: July 16, 2018

Pettit’s Pastry has always been my family’s go to for donuts in Omaha. However, I haven’t tried every donut shop in Omaha (#lifegoals), so I can’t say they’re the best donuts in Omaha. But, I’ve done something far better for my waistline: Polled Facebook. I asked about 10,000 Oh My! Omaha followers* to share their favorites and we have a pretty clear consensus of favorites, plus a ton of highly recommended runners-up.

Where to find good donuts in Omaha - Best local donuts in Omaha, Nebraska #doughnuts #breakfast

Here are readers’ top 3:

Omaha’s Favorite Donuts

It turns out Pettit’s isn’t the No. 1 donut shop in Omaha for everyone, but it’s ranked up there. I have two I have to visit now to compare.

1. Olsen’s Bake Shop ran away with the votes, beating out No. 2 by more than double the votes. It’s family-run and a bit old school, and if you’re dying for a kolach, you can find it here. You’ll find this gem off-the-beaten path a few blocks south of the Old Market at 1708 S. 10th St.

2. Bob’s Donuts is new in town, but already a favorite for many. Think artisan donuts that are darn Instagrammable. Find it in the trendy neighborhood, Blackstone District at 3824 Farnam St., Suite 122. Incidentally, you can also get chicken here.

3. Pettit’s Pastry, my old-school favorite, came in third. The family-owned business has been open since 1954. It also happens to be pretty conveniently located near the route of a lot of parades, making it a great go-to stop before or after parades like the Septemberfest Parade. The original, downtown spot, is at 502 N. 16th St., and you can find a second location in West Omaha at 12039 Blondo St.

Best Donuts Not At Donut Shops

OK, so I’ve said Pettit’s a million times now. Let me share a few other gems worth seeking out:

– The freshly-made apple cider donuts at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is just about my favorite thing of fall. You can find six packs of the donuts in local grocery stores but they can’t compare to tasting one while it’s still warm at the orchard. Ditmars is at 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Learn more about the orchard here.

– A surprise donut favorite is Harold’s Koffee House. I’d first heard about this Florence restaurant from a reader who suggested it be included in the best places to get breakfast in Omaha list. She specifically mentioned the donut. So I had to go and try it myself. The homemade donut was so good, I can’t remember what else I had ordered. Head to North Omaha for this diner at 8327 N. 30th St.

Where the locals go for donuts in Omaha #Nebraska

More Donuts

Here’s a full list of everyone’s recommendations for best donuts:

Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop, 813 N. 40th St.

The Uptown Bakery, 2229 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Neb.

Donut Haven, 13807 P St.

Mad Ox Bakery, 215 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Sunrize Donuts, 17676 Welch Plaza, Suite 7

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery, 5180 Leavenworth St.

Hello Sugar, find out which event you’ll find these donuts at here

Culprit Cafe, 1603 Farnam St., Suite 101

Jones Bros. Cupcakes, 2121 S. 67th St., 2615 S. 180th St., and inside Westroads Mall. Looking for cronuts? Jones Bros. apparently makes them.

And some franchises that got some recommendations include: Winchell’s, LaMar’s and Donut Professor. I should also point out, if you’re feeling incredibly indulgent, you can have a glazed donut grilled cheese sandwich at Tom + Chee. Sorry, Winchell’s Tom + Chee has closed.

* To see the original post requesting favorites, visit Oh My! Omaha’s Facebook page. The list was narrowed down by poll in the Facebook Group Things To Do In Omaha & Beyond (request to join here).

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January 11, 2018

33 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.

I can’t tell you what’s my favorite restaurant in Omaha is, because it’s like picking a favorite child. Can’t be done. So, here are my favorites, the ones I’d tell you are the best of the best.

NoteThis post was first published in January 2018 and was updated 2019 to reflect closings and address changes. If you see an error, please comment or email me.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small referral stipend.

Best Omaha restaurants for breakfast

Love a hearty breakfast? Go to either Lisa’s Radial Café in Midtown, Leo’s Diner in Benson or the Farm House Cafe & Bakery in South Central Omaha. If good coffee is important to you, skip Leo’s.

Want the trendy breakfast or brunch spot? You’re going to want to go to the Saddle Creek Breakfast Club in the Dundee neighborhood or Early Bird in Blackstone. Just want a good donut? The best are at Olsen Bake Shop, not too far north of Omaha’s zoo. There are quite a few donuts shops I’d recommend, though, so read my Omaha donuts post if you want to visit a few to compare (call it research).

For even more breakfast ideas, read 19+ Best Places To Get Breakfast In Omaha.

Best Omaha restaurants for lunch & dinner

You can’t go wrong with places like the charming Stirnella in the Blackstone or Dante Pizzeria Napoletana in West Omaha. They’re nice but not too nice.

If you’re looking for restaurants to impress someone, though, you’ll want to make reservations at The Boiler Room or V. Mertz in the Old Market or The Grey Plume at Midtown Crossing.

For a bit more casual, pub or gastro-pub options, I’m partial to Crescent Moon near the Blackstone and Blatt Bar + Table (there are several locations, I like the original near TD Ameritrade Park). Side note: The Crescent Moon also has a fun German bar downstairs and a Belgian bar off the main room.

If you’re dining with kids, Blatt would be my go-to pick on this list. If your family is staying downtown, you’ll want to read 8 Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Downtown Omaha.

Best ice cream in Omaha

I can’t make an Omaha restaurant list without including ice cream. It’s big here. The three heavy hitters in Omaha are Ted and Wally’s (with Old Market and Benson locations), Coneflower Creamery in Blackstone and eCreamery in Dundee. Coneflower will almost always have a wait, so I tend to stick with Ted and Wally’s. Little tip about Ted and Walluy’s: The Benson location never has a line quite like the Old Market location. If you want more ideas, read 8 Great Ice Cream Shops In Omaha.

Tip: There’s a great book out called “Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha,” and it includes many of these top restaurants!

Top readers’ favorite restaurants

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. I’ve included some Omaha bloggers who have some great recommendations, too. See the original Facebook post here!

Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Benson

Recommended by Jordan B. and Adam P.

It took me a few years to first visit this Benson neighborhood hot spot. It’s a great date night spot, especially the tasting menu.

Block 16, downtown Omaha

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). I do love the restaurant, but I rarely go because of the wait.

Best Omaha Restaurants - Dante Pizzeria Napoletana pasta entree and wine pairing

Dante Pizzeria Napoletana, West Omaha

 “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

Yep, I’m not the only one who like Dante. Jenna says it much more eloquently than I can, but I concur with her. Dante is the real deal.

Dinker’s Bar & Grill, downtown Omaha

 “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 Grey Plume, Midtown Crossing 

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

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

I’m not the only one who recommends this restaurant – I’ve got readers who stand by it. The Grey Plume is inventive and has one of the most celebrated chefs in Omaha. This one’s better without the kids, if it wasn’t obvious.

Best restaurants Omaha list - La Casa Pizzeria neon sign

La Casa Pizzaria, Midtown (original location) and West Omaha

“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, don’t go to La Casa. Look at this list for other great pizza joints in Omaha.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante, downtown Omaha

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.

Mangia Italiana, northwest Omaha

This summer, I held a months-long March Madness-style tournament to figure out the best pizzeria in the Omaha metro area. The winner? Mangia. Mangia Italiana beat out 31 other pizzerias to be named the best. See the brackets and who won each round in this post.

Modern Love, Midtown Crossing

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, Old Market 

Becky W. suggested trying the Thai lavosh, lamb burger or the brie en croute. M’s is 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.

Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare, Old Market

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.

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 include: Au Courant, Block 16, Hiro 88, J. Coco, Railcar Modern American Kitchen, and V. Mertz.

More recommended Omaha restaurants

Want more restaurant suggestions? Some of the recommendations from readers aren’t necessarily my favorite restaurants in Omaha, but I figure, my tastes aren’t for everyone. So, here’s are more restaurants locals suggest you try: 

Anthony’s Steakhouse, South Central Omaha

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.

Related post: Where to get the best steaks in Omaha

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery, West Omaha

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, downtown Omaha

 “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 open for a reason.

Cilantros Mexican Bar & Grill, West Omaha

“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.

The Drover Restaurant & Lounge, Midtown

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). Please note: The restaurant is temporarily closed due to a fire. Owners have stated it will re-open in mid-2019 but as of June 8, it has not re-opened.

Early Bird, Blackstone

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

Early Bird has its fans, which is why it’s also on this locals’ recommended list. Early Bird is one of the newest restaurants to open in the trendy Blackstone District. It’s a fun (and Instagrammable) restaurant, but expect a wait. 

Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant

Where: 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, Old Market and West Omaha

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, Benson

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, Midtown

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, Bellevue

Recommended by Marcy S.

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

Related postWhere To Find The Best Mexican Restaurants In Omaha

Railcar Modern American Kitchen, West Omaha

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. When you go, just order a Runza sandwich. You won’t find it anywhere else in the world.

Stokes, Old Market and West Omaha

Recommended by Kristi M.

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

This post was first published in January 2018 and was updated 2019 to reflect closings and address changes.

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July 14, 2017

Lost Restaurants Of Omaha

Update: I’ve been adding author appearances & locations to purchase the book. Scroll down to find them!

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I’ve written a book, you guys, and it’s now published!  “Lost Restaurants of Omaha” was published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press on Oct. 30, 2017. 

Lost Restaurants of Omaha - A collection of stories and photos from some of the most beloved restaurants that have closed in Omaha

This has been a labor of love for over a year. I’ve interviewed a number of families and friends connected to some of Omaha’s most beloved restaurants; scoured hundreds of newspaper stories, magazines and books; and one time, chatted on the phone with Alexander Payne during my son’s 7th birthday.

True story.

Research group at Louie M's Burger Lust
This is what book research looks like at Louie M’s Burger Lust. Louie Marcuzzo’s grandma opened Italian Gardens in Little Italy, a restaurant that was bombed right before opening.

There are some incredible photos in the book, too, and I want to express my appreciation for the folks at The Durham Museum Photo Archive, who not only helped me search for photos properly, but helped make it affordable to secure the rights to use the images. You can browse their archives, too, and even reprint photos for your own use. 

Researching this book made made me realize how connected restaurants are to this city’s history. Many of the restaurants in this book were open during my lifetime and, yet, I never dined there. My hope is that what I’ve written will recreate some of those dining experiences for those who did make it to those restaurants, and inform the rest of us what we missed. Writing this book spurred the Old School Omaha dining series on this blog where I visited some of Omaha’s oldest restaurants, because I don’t want to realize too late that I missed visiting a gem in my own city.

Where to buy “Lost Restaurants of Omaha”

The following list is for online and Nebraska-based booksellers. Please call ahead to make sure the book is in stock before making the drive locally:

Amazon

Arcadia Publishing

Barnes & Noble – Crossroads and Oak View locations

Big G Ace Hardware, 3203 Osborne Drive W., Hastings, Neb.

Books-A-Million

The Bookworm

Costco, 12300 Dodge St.*

Costco, 8250 S. 125th St., La Vista, Neb.*

Douglas County Historical Society gift shop, 5730 N. 30th St., #11b

The Durham Museum gift shop

Fairmont Mercantile, 1209 Jackson St.

Indie Bound

Landmark Stores, Lincoln, Neb.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters in Omaha

Nebraska Historical Society Museum gift shop, 131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Neb.

Sam’s Club, 9851 S. 71st Plaza, Papillion, Neb.*

Sam’s Club, 3221 Manawa Center Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa*

Sam’s Club, 13130 L St.*

*May be seasonal; books were available at Christmas

Upcoming Appearances

2019

April – Book Club at The Bookworm

Previous Appearances

2018

Jan. 12 – Cosmopolitan meeting, 7:30 a.m.

Jan. 13 – Facebook Q&A with Omaha History Club, noon

March 11 – “Omaha’s Delicious History: Stories From Lost Restaurants of Omaha,” speaker at Douglas County Historical Society’s Second Sunday Series, 2 p.m., Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus

May 17 – Omaha Business Men’s Association

May 31 – Southwest Omaha Kiwanis

2017

Nov. 2 – Tune in to KMTV Channel 3’s “The Morning Blend” to hear me talk about the book. The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m.

Nov. 3 – Tune to Star 104.5 FM morning show with Chris and Terri. I’m pre-recording an interview with them and anticipate it airing the following morning.

Nov. 4Omaha Public Library’s Read It & Eat Culinary Conference (I’ll be doing the Q&A at 12:15…the conference is all about sweets, you guys, and there will be food samples. You need to go!)

Nov. 12 – Forgotten Omaha monthly meeting at DJ’s Dugout, 5 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Dec. 9 – Book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Crossroads Mall, 1 to 3 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Dec. 10 – Book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Oak View, 1 to 3 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Dec. 16 – Book signing at Sarpy County Museum, 2402 Clay St, Bellevue, Neb., 1 to 3 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Dec. 17 – Book signing at The Bookworm, 2501 S. 90th St., suite 111, 1 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Other authors at the book signing will be Gretchen Garrison (“Detour Nebraska”) and the author of “Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (Landmarks)”

Stay tuned for updates on local stores to purchase the book and more author appearances!

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October 31, 2016

Where To Get The Best Steaks In Omaha

Omaha sure loves its beef. One of the most frequent questions I heard from visiting performers back in Omaha Performing Arts days was “Where’s the best steaks in Omaha?”

Glad you asked. I posed the question to local bloggers and here’s where the list we came up with. If you’re hungry for a good burger, too, this list is for you.

This post was written in 2016 and updated in 2019 to reflect The Drover’s uncertain status of re-opening following its fire earlier this year.

Where to get the best steaks in Omaha, Nebraska - Guide to the Omaha restaurants serving the good steaks and burgers #Omaha #beef #Nebraksa

Where to find the best steaks in Omaha

Let’s start with the biggie: Steaks. If you’re looking for juicy, well-prepared steaks, look no further.

Tim and Lisa at The Walking Tourists have a few favorites, with Anthony’s Steakhouse being their favorite for steak. They offered these honorable mentions: Cascio’s Steak and Pizza House (open since 1946), The Original Johnny’s Cafe (open since 1922), Gorat’s (open since 1944) and Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery.

Another old-school steakhouse of Omaha that gets some love is the Drover Restaurant and Lounge, which is a favorite of Bolton Carley‘s, Julie at Hostess at Heart, and Sara at Sabby Style for steaks. Whiskey-marinated steaks, y’all.

UPDATE: The Drover is under renovation following a recent fire. The owner says the re-open date is for sometime in April 2019.

Kathy at Kissing the Frog suggests people try Mahogany Prime Steakhouse in West Omaha. She and her husband have never had a bad meal there, and said it’s more about the experience of dining there.

Looking for prime rib? Head to The Original Johnny’s Cafe, suggests Bolton Carley. I reviewed Johnny’s Cafe as part of the Old School Restaurants of Omaha series. It’s one of the oldest restaurants in the city. You’ll have to check out the post if you want to see the retro decor of the restaurant!

Where to find the best hamburgers in Omaha

Have you heard of the Stellanator? It’s a beast – six patties in all. You can find it at Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue, Neb., just south of Omaha.

Several local bloggers – including Tim and Lisa from The Walking Tourists, Bolton Carley and Jen at Liv Laugh Love – recommend Stella’s for burgers. The Walking Tourists suggest going with the single patty kind (with peanut butter and bacon).

Jen said “There isn’t even a contest. The burgers are served without flair but the toppings and quality are second to none. The atmosphere is outstanding, and if you are from Bellevue, you can see how it’s grown through the years. . .even the parking lot has improved. . .but the burgers remain the same!”

Dinker’s Bar gets a lot of love from Omaha bloggers  – and throughout the city (they’re regularly voted the best in Omaha). Those who suggest grabbing a burger there include Samantha at Listening to His Voice and Bolton Carley.

One of my favorites is Croque Carcon at Block 16, which was seconded by Gretchen at Odyssey Through Nebraska (and third-ed – that’s a word – by The Walking Tourists). It also happens to be a favorite of Alton Brown (I do believe he said it was one of the best in the world), so I feel like I’m in good company.

What is there for the vegetarians?

Not everyone wants a juicy steak. I get it. I used to be vegetarian, so I know all about scouring menus for meatless burger. As the token veggie blogger, Liz over at LPO Beauty recommends the veggie burgers at Stella’s and Crescent Moon. By the way, in 2019, Stella’s added the Impossible Burger to its menu.

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