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Where do foodies eat in Omaha? No steak houses allowed. Any great ethnic food?

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foodieinraleigh Jun 2, 2010 04:00 PM

Looking for non-steak house meal in Omaha for foodies? Is there any ethnic food in Omaha besides Italian? We are anticipating at least 2 evening meals with steak or meat and potatoes, so we are really looking for some alternatives.

  1. iL Divo Oct 28, 2010 11:21 AM

    Still sitting in Upstrean Brewing Company. Was suggested I go there because of their burgers.It's still the chili cheeseburger thing I'm after.
    Very good burger. Even better desert, Butterfinger cheesecake, OML!!!!

    Best thing about it though, wonderful people, wonderful server, wonderful 2 managers.
    A+!

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      foodieinraleigh Jun 23, 2010 07:39 PM

      Thanks for all the feedback. We ended up going to The Boiler Room. The food was fantastic. One of our party decided to be adventurous and try the beef checks, since we have heard a lot about how great they were. They were incredible. We will never pass they up on a menu in the future. The pork chop was outstanding. The ceviche appetizer was also quite tasty. The lamb sausage entree was not great, but ok. The deserts did grab anyone, so we skipped. We would definitely go back if we are in Omaha. For breakfast we went to Wheatfield's Express in the Old Market. It was good, but we would not rank it as fabulous. The coffee was top notch. Thanks again

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      Boiler Room
      1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

      Wheatfield's Express
      12th and Howard, Omaha, NE

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        NEVIANYCFOODIE Jun 4, 2010 10:34 AM

        As a former New Yorker, I have made it my duty to try as many restaurants in Omaha as possible in the short time I have been here. I'm a die hard foodie and love both my high and low food. I know you mentioned no steak houses but make sure you do go to the Drover and not some other boring chain place. For Italian, I haven't found any place that does Batali-esque Northern treats. It's mostly red sauce and nothing super inventive but I do like Nicola's -- their marsala chicken with fettucine is the best dish there. Thai -- I like Taste of Thailand out west -- but don't order the pad thai -- it's too red-tomatoey. Their curries are fantastic though. Indian -- Jaipur is ok but best for ambiance. Chicken Makhani is the way to go at any of the Indian places -- the tikka masalas here in Omaha are just red sauce and not flavorful. I like Tandoor Oven downtown, India Garden out west. Hiro 88 downtown is new and very NYC in decor. Good Asian food and sushi. Get the Korean style short ribs. For excellent Mexican, go to Rivera's. Their chicken nachos kick ass and their mole enchiladas and Rancheras versions are great. Boiler Room is fantastic -- great bar with old fashioned cocktails. La Buvette is my fave cafe/light meal place. Their daily hot dishes are underrated but oh so good! If you want dim sum, go to Gold Mountain. They have Pho too if you want Vietnamese noodles!

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        India Garden
        2819 S 125th Ave Ste 355, Omaha, NE 68144

        Boiler Room
        1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

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          sladeums Jun 3, 2010 12:28 PM

          although the request is pretty broad, here's a few by category.
          i even included Pizza.

          please note, with the way restaurants have been failing over the past year or so some of these may no longer exist.

          Barbecue
          Amarillo
          Hartland BBQ

          Cajun
          Cajun Kitchen

          Chinese
          Beijing Gate‎

          Cuban
          Gusto Cuban Cafe

          Czech
          Bohemian Cafe

          Ethiopian
          International Cafe

          French
          Dario's Brasserie
          Le Voltaire

          German
          Gerda's German Restaurant & Bakery
          Zum Biergarten

          Greek
          Katie's

          Indian
          India Garden‎
          Mother India Cuisine‎

          Italian
          Amato's Cafe & Catering‎
          Lo Sole Mio Ristorante‎
          Malara's Italian Restaurant‎
          Nicola's Italian Wine & Faire‎

          Korean
          Korean Grill
          Korea King

          Mediterranean
          Mediterranean Bistro‎
          Victor's Gyros

          Mexican
          Antojitos‎
          Don Gaby's
          El Alamo
          Los Compayes
          Rivera's Mexican Food‎

          Middle Eastern
          Ahmad's Persian Cuisine

          Moroccan
          Marrakech Gourmet

          Peruvian
          Peru, Mucho Gusto

          Pizza
          Dante Pizzeria Napoletana
          Frank's Pizzaria
          La Casa
          Pudgy's Pizzeria

          Salvadoran
          Latino Restaurant

          Spanish
          Espana Restaurant

          Soul Food
          Big Mama's Kitchen & Catering

          Sudanese
          Juba

          Tex-Mex
          Roja
          Stokes

          Thai
          Bangkok Cuisine
          Laos Thai Market‎

          Vietnamese
          Saigon Restaurant
          Vietnamese Asian Restaurant

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          Vietnamese Asian Restaurant
          7212 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68114

          El Alamo
          4917 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68107

          Mediterranean Bistro
          1712 N 120th St, Omaha, NE 68154

          Cajun Kitchen
          2819 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68111

          Ahmad's Persian Restaurant
          1006 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102

          Malara's Italian Restaurant
          2123 Pierce St, Omaha, NE 68108

          Espana Restaurant
          6064 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104

          Don Gaby's Restaurant
          4806 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68107

          Rivera's Mexican Food
          12047 Blondo St, Omaha, NE 68164

          Pudgy's Pizzeria
          16919 Audrey St, Omaha, NE 68136

          Le Voltaire
          569 N 155th Plz, Omaha, NE 68154

          Gusto Cuban Cafe
          7910 Harrison St, La Vista, NE 68128

          Dario's Brasserie
          4920 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132

          India Garden
          2819 S 125th Ave Ste 355, Omaha, NE 68144

          Korea King Restaurant
          4719 S 96th St, Omaha, NE 68127

          La Casa Restaurant
          508 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125

          Korean Grill
          1408 Harlan Dr, Bellevue, NE 68005

          Antojitos
          601 Fort Crook Rd N, Bellevue, NE 68005

          Dante Pizzeria Napoletana
          16901 Wright Plaza, Omaha, NE 68130

          5 Replies
          1. re: sladeums
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            smarsh Jun 3, 2010 12:44 PM

            Great list sladeums! See Howard, there's much more to Omaha than pizza.
            I can confirm that Ellada is closed but would recommend Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob which opened in its place.
            http://www.eatafk.com/main.html
            Then head around the corner to eCreamery for ice cream
            Another place to for a lighter meal is La Buvette in the Old Market-- wine and small plate type dining.
            http://labuvetteomaha.com/about.html

            OP, depending on the point of your visit, just wanted to note that like many ethnic restaurants, most of these are small 'hole in the wall' type places that wouldn't be appropriate for a business dinner or other more formal gathering.

            1. re: sladeums
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              foodieinraleigh Jun 3, 2010 04:30 PM

              Glad to see there are more options beyond pizza! I am getting pressured to Italian, since there are so many Italian restaurants in Omaha. What about Vivace, The Boiler Room and Lo Sole Mio? We are staying at a hotel in the Old Market. The Boiler Room looks pretty interesting.

              Any thoughts for breakfast?

              1. re: foodieinraleigh
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                smarsh Jun 3, 2010 06:09 PM

                I've heard great things about the Boiler Room from everyone that has been. Vivace is fine though I prefer Nicola's for Italian in the Market. Lo Sole Mio is great old school Italian.

                For Breakfast check out Dixie Quicks or Wheatfields. I prefer the original Wheatfields at 103rd and Pacfiic but the one in the Market is, of course, much more convenient for you.

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                Wheatfields
                1224 S 103rd St, Omaha, NE 68124

                Boiler Room
                1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

                1. re: foodieinraleigh
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                  sladeums Jun 4, 2010 06:58 AM

                  so you're buckling for Italian...but twice?
                  i'd replace Vivace from your list w/ somewhere else.

                  if you're staying in the Market then Wheatfield's Express is a gimmie for breakfast...
                  although, if you are here over the weekend it would be theoretically possible to do a grazing tour of the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning as a bit more unorthodox choice
                  http://www.omahafarmersmarket.org/

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                  Wheatfields
                  1224 S 103rd St, Omaha, NE 68124

                2. re: sladeums
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                  atom12 Jun 4, 2010 08:05 AM

                  Great list. Laos Thai Market is outstanding. Only thing I'd add is Kurry Xpress for Indian. Home-cooked food a la Mother India, but bigger portions. And like Mother India, it takes a while to get your food. But good.

                3. m
                  mander Jun 3, 2010 07:48 AM

                  Not ethnic but the Boiler Room is the best meal in Omaha these days to my mind

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                  Boiler Room
                  1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

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                    knowmyfood Jun 2, 2010 05:30 PM

                    Omaha does have a lot of Italian restraurants, but there are also many other good restaurants, including those that serve ethnic food. Guacamaya, El Aguila and Guacamaya are good for Mexican, Kim Son Seafood Grill and Saigon are Vietnamese. El Basha has very good middle eastern food. There are a number of Indian Restaurants - the Indian Oven in the Old Market is good. Dario's Brasserie in Dundee is an unusual combo of French, Belgian and Croatian. Taz's Thai Pepper is wonderful. Dixie Quicks is not particularly ethnic, but is certainly interesting with good food. I hope this is helpful to you.

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                    Indian Oven
                    1010 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102

                    Thai Pepper Restaurant
                    631 N 114th St, Omaha, NE 68154

                    El Aguila Restaurant
                    1837 Vinton St, Omaha, NE 68108

                    Dario's Brasserie
                    4920 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132

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                      Howard_2 Jun 2, 2010 04:07 PM

                      If I am recalling accurately my time in Nebraska, and conversations with friends who have spent a lot of time there, I believe that any pizzeria qualifies as "exotic."

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                      1. re: Howard_2
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                        foodieinraleigh Jun 2, 2010 05:05 PM

                        Pizza - really?

                        1. re: Howard_2
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                          sladeums Jun 3, 2010 12:32 PM

                          this is actually a fairly inaccurate statement.

                          in the Panhandle maybe, or elsewhere with populations barely into 5 figures.
                          but in the "big city(s)"?
                          no, not really.

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