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Jan 25, 2011 04:46 AM

Omaha Downtown - recommendations

I'm going to be in Omaha next month for a 3 day weekend. I'll be staying downtown and I'm looking for recommendations.

We might go out for fancy food one night, but most dinners and lunches I'm looking for local sandwich/coffee shops, diners, BBQ, good burgers or generally something local to Omaha that I cannot find anywhere else. Hole-in-the-wall places.

So, what's unique to Omaha?

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  1. The Runza.

    There is a local chain that specializes in them called

    1. Nettie's Mexican: Get the pea & potato burrito! I haven't been able to find one like it anywhere else.

      1. Jim,
        Omaha has it's fair share of good eats but a few stand out:
        -Bohemian Cafe on 13th street. This place has been there forever and is as good as when I went as a kid. Hearty portions of breaded pork, Czech goulash or paprika chicken with bread dumplings, sweet/sour cabbage and a salty, delicious liver dumpling soup to start. Rye bread is made locally and if you have room, try a kolache for dessert. (Can you tell I might be Czech, LOL!) Lunch portions are about half the size of dinner but are still very generous. $8 and iced tea or coffee is included.
        -Guaca Maya in South Omaha. Located next to what used to be the Stockyards, a converted office building has an awesome Mexican restaurant. Not your typical Americanized place, tortillas and guacamole are made from scratch in front of you. Lunch buffet is SO worth going to. Food that seriously tastes like a Grandma is in the back making it just for you.
        -Stella's Hamburgers in Bellevue. Again, been there forever but was recently taken over by the grand-niece of the orginal owner. She gutted the place, did a complete re-do but kept the original flattop cooker so the burgers are the same juicy, deliciousness that every body remembers. Fries are fresh cut and be sure to ask for them crispy as they'll cook them to a wonderful crunchy outside, moist inside bowl of goodness. Oh, and no plates for the burgers. All served on white napkins.
        -Finally, Crescnt Moon Ale House-Located on 35th and Farnum, this place was recently named one of the top 100 beer bars in American by Draft magazine. TONS of beer on tap but also the BEST reuben sandwich, which was originally created in the Blackstone Hotel which sits kittycornered from the bar. Homemade corned beef on marbled rye, seriously good eats. As an added bonus, awesome wings and great fried pickles.

        I could go on and on. Catfish Lake and Korea House in Bellevue, Laos Thai Market in South O, La Casa pizza for a pastry-like crust and La Buvette in the Old Market for one of the coolest places to have a bottle of wine and bistro food. We may not have a pro football team or pro baseball team, heck, or mountains but we do have GOOD food!!

        Hope you have a great time visiting Omaha!!

        La Casa
        4432 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105

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        1. re: Bubink

          Thanks! I'll print this and take it with me.

          Runza's, Czech food, good mex, good beer, fried pickles. I think I'm going to like Omaha.

        2. I can not say this strongly enough...DIXIE's downtownish, is amazing, and unique sort fo hole. It was on dinners drive ins and dives but don't let that stop you. It's especially good for breakfast but it is soooo small you need to make reservations for weekends.

          Other dives, Amatos on 62nd and Center. Homemade sausage, ricotta and sauce. Their ricotta pancakes kill. I had them this weekend and am still thinking about it.

          Have a great time in the big O and let us know what you ate.

          1. although quite opposite of "hole-in-the-wal", Omaha holds the distinction of having the "Greenest Restaurant in America" with the opening of The Grey Plume a couple months ago.

            seasonal, local New American.
            the chef apprenticed at Tru and Alinea.

            i have not been yet, but all word i've heard has been overwhelmingly positive.
            wander around their site a's pretty informative:


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            1. re: sladeums

              Did some research here (this posting actually) and decided on The Grey Plume for a recent trip to Omaha. I had a wonderful time, wonderful food, great atmosphere. High winds kept us from making it into Omaha in time for our reservation, but a quick call (while on the tarmac in Lincoln) got us a new reservation much later. We loved the restaurant and were treated like family. Our server was very nice, yet very professional. At the end of the night, we had a hard time getting a cab and the manager took us back to our hotel. Granted, this was when they were closing up. I certainly wouldn't expect that at dinner rush, but it was a fitting end to one of the best restaurant experiences I've had.
              The charcuterie board was one wonderful bite after another. Their menu has changed since we were there, but I recall my short ribs were heavenly, my Mom's pork (done several ways) was wonderful and the desserts we split were just right after the meal. You will have a wonderful time here!

              1. re: marquisem

                glad it worked out for you.

                that is pretty impressive service, and it sounds like you had a great time.