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Yes, I along with a million other people will descend on Omaha to enjoy Rosenblatt's last hurrah. I know there have got to be some worthwhile eats in Omaha but also know that my family will go to the chains if I don't have some ideas. Help me out. We'll be staying in Aksarben Village - figure the locals know what part of town that is. We'll have a car and be willing to drive. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I just posted a few below on another Omaha thread. You might want to look at this site.
    http://www.gastronomicfightclub.com/

    1. there's a couple really good dives around there.
      if you like that kinda thing.

      not to far to the east is
      Richies Chicken & Hamburger
      3528 Center Street
      Omaha, NE 68105-2424
      (402) 346-4650
      stick to the namesakes. cash only. closed Mondays.
      if anyone in your party desires any level of decor stay far, far away.
      it's just one room - kitchen, dining area, counter all together - so you'll smell like fried food all day long.
      get it to go if any of that bothers you.
      burgers and chicken are ex-cell-ent.

      and you'll be right across the street from
      Amato's Restaurant
      6405 Center Street
      Omaha, NE 68106-2821
      (402) 558-5010
      homemade Italian Sausage
      good (and heavy) breakfasts too...the ricotta pancakes are quite nice.
      both of those items (and others) were profiled in a 'Diners, Drive-Ins...' spot:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYPqrq...
      menu:
      http://content.omaha.com/media/maps/p...

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      Richies Chicken & Hamburger
      3528 Center St, Omaha, NE 68105

      1. Is this your first trip to the CWS?

        Dinker's or Stella's for a burger--both are relatively close to the stadium.
        Jam's for a good but not too formal dinner--menu is varied enough for chain loving family members and chowhounds.
        Tons of good options in the Old Market--though, other than Stokes, I would avoid the Mexican type places down there. None are horrible, but there's much better Mexican food to be had on S. 24th street.
        Wheatfield's or FarmHouse for good solid midwestern breakfast.

        Also, in Dundee, not far from where you're staying--Dundee Dell, and Dario's

        In Benson, Heartland BBQ is good solid BBQ, as is Amarillo in Bellevue.

        There's tons more where that came from-if you can give more details--what you're into, what you get plenty of at home, that sort of thing -- that would be great.

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        Wheatfields
        1224 S 103rd St, Omaha, NE 68124

        Dinker's Bar
        2368 S 29th St, Omaha, NE 68105

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        1. re: smarsh

          Which Greek place would you recommend? We get up there on business several times a year and are always looking to expand our horizons. +1 on Dario's and Jam's. We have had Dinker's on our list to try. Another interesting place is Sage Bistro. They have move since we were last able to go, so haven't been to the new digs.

          http://resource.mccneb.edu/Bistro/

          1. re: wekick

            For Greek, I'd say Greek Islands at around 40th and Center.

          2. re: smarsh

            Yes, first trip to CWS - could not be more excited. :) I am also really happy to see what looks like some good recs. Will definitely be trying Amatos as italian sausage is one of my all time favorite foods. I tried to think of something we get plenty of at home(N. California) and couldn't really come up with anything. Something that is hard to come by around here is BBQ though. My son has been checking out Diners Drive-Ins and Dives archives...is Brewburgers worth checking out? Are a lot of the places near the stadium walking distance close?

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            Brewburgers
            4629 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137

            1. re: Bean Counter

              Big Horn barbecue is south of the stadium and is pretty good. I've heard that there are new owners now -- not sure if that's affected quality. If you're willing to drive, Hartland Barbecue on Miltary/Radial is pretty good.

              Brewburgers is worth a visit. I've always had good food, beer and service there. Be sure to get the onion rings made with red onion.

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              Brewburgers
              4629 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137

              1. re: Bean Counter

                I stopped at this place Saturday(10/16/10) on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives recommendation and tried the raved about brisket. Let me say first, if Montreal rye actually tastes like what I had it's the whimpy blimpy sad sister of New York City rye. mushy bread and a whimpy, soft crust. It sucked. As for the brisket; I went back just now and re-viewed the DDD piece and the folks that spoke said the brisket was tender and juicy. It was both of those. It HAD NO FLAVOR! A bit of smoke but no spice at all. I sure hope Montreal Brisket is better than this because Omaha brisket sucks. As for the onion rings, fuggidaboutit. Flaky, thin and mushy also. My opinion of Guy Fieri has dropped more than a few notches. I may give one more of his recommendations a try but if it's as bad as this I'm definately done with him. In the meantime, you may want to try one of Brewburgers burgers, but SKIP the sad-ass brisket.

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                Brewburgers
                4629 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137

            2. In Aksarben, there is the new Jones Bros. place that has cupcakes and other light fare. LIV is a good lounge for after dinner drinks, etc. Amato's for breakfast, including homemade ricotta for their pancakes and omelettes. Lisa's Radial Cafe on 40th near Cuming for dive breakfasts. Blue Line in the Saddle Creek complex has good light paninis, salads, soups. The new Goodnights pizza place in same complex is good too. Downtown Old Market, M's Pub is always a great staple and Zio's Pizza is good too.

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              M's Pub
              422 S 11th St, Omaha, NE 68102

              Saddle Creek Bar
              1410 N Saddle Creek Rd, Omaha, NE 68132

              Zio's
              1213 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102

              Lisa's Radial Cafe
              817 N 40th St, Omaha, NE 68131

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              1. re: NEVIANYCFOODIE

                The Radial's cheaper, but I much prefer Dixie Quicks for breakfast/brunch.

                There are two other places right across from Aksarben Village - Blue Planet, a health food sorta place I've heard good things about but never been to and Jimi D's, a pub/bar. We've eaten at Jimi D's and had good stuff every time (soups in particular) but it gets loud due to the cement floors.

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                Jimi Ds
                , Omaha, NE 68102