Omaha weekend eats recommendations
I'll be going to Omaha for a girls weekend mid October. We all love Mexican. Though probably not known for seafood, is there a decent place to get oysters and seafood? What about a Sunday brunch spot? Unique Omaha restaurants with decent food is key....like Bohemian Cafe. We'll be shopping Old Market and way out west, so location doesn't really matter.
I really love La Buvette in the Old Market. Classy atmosphere, assessable (and affordable) French menu, and wonderful wine selection- its a fun night out.
Otherwise, if your looking for a more "Nebraska" experience I would recommend a steakhouse like Johnny's on 32nd and L's (it was in About Schmidt!)
Mexican - there's plenty of good authentic places on south 24th st. I really like Don Gaby's, but you can't go wrong down there, really. Out west I'd recommend Riveras (http://www.riverasmf.com/) or Roja (http://rojagrill.com/).
Oysters and seafood - I'd say Charlies (http://www.charliesonthelake.net/) on south 144th st.
For brunch, you have to go to Dixie Quicks (19th and Leavenworth). The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh and good, but their brunches are among the best in town. Chilaquiles, amazing oatmeal, omelets, all sorts of stuff. It's BYOB, so if you want mimosas you need to bring your own champagne. They're open for lunches and dinners occasionally -- call when you get there for times. I couldn't find a web site for them.
Try Marks or Darios in Dundee (50th and California area). They are both same, locally owned and unique. There is a nice gallery underneath Marks that has great jewelry. Neither of them is remotely like Bohemian Cafe, which I think is horrible.
There is also a new wine bar in the Old Market. I liked it and the food was great. I don't know what it is called, it in the south east end of the Old Market.
I also like Come On Into My Kitchen, which is roughly at 52nd and Leavenworth. It is run by Gene Camarata (?) who has a weekly radio show about food, etc. He cooks, the food is great. They mainly do lunches and brunch and private parties.
I would also recommend Espana http://espanaomaha.com/
although we have had difficulty there. THe first time, we loved it, they serve sangria and tapas. Very cosy and intimate, definately need reservations. I am highly allergic to scallops, so something must have touched scallops, we did order shrimp. Well, I was up all night puking, knew my scallop allergy had kicked in.
The next time I was in with a work group, they were more than accomodating. We tried again but ended up in the ER that night with a sick child so we missed our reservation.
Nicolas http://www.nicolasinthemarket.com also in the old market is also great from what I hear. We have tried to go but there is always a several hour wait. You really need a reservation.
Roja is a great Mexican place out west. THey have great mango margaritas and some other really unusual items on their menu. Great atmosphere too!