I know you are thinking “Omaha… a foodie city? Yeah, right.”. It sound crazy. Whenever I had the opportunity to travel to Omaha for work earlier this year, I started doing some research on things to do. I was shocked to see it designated as a place for foodies on some blgs. Oh, ignorant me just thought of corn when thinking of Nebraska. I am admitting that I was horribly mistaken.
Omaha is a beautiful city and is so clean! The food scene was amazing with definitely some of the best food that I have ever eaten taking place during our 5 days there.
Our food-tinerary highlights:
Great spot to grab lunch on the way in from the airport. It is located not too far from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that connects Nebraska and Iowa over the Missouri River. The bridge is worth a visit and great way to stretch your legs after your flight. At Blatt’s, I had the dixie fried chicken Sandwich on a brioche bun. The fried chicken on that delicious bun was the perfect post-flight meal combo! It is also a great place to grab a post-flight beer.
Conveniently located by the Omaha Zoo and Lauritzen Gardens, it was the perfect spot for lunch on our second day in Omaha. As a visitor, it definitely had that “hole in the wall”, local feel. This cute diner has beautiful brick interior walls and a friendly staff. I got the vegetarian-friendly Michelle’s Garden Burger topped with sauteed green peppers, onions, and melty swiss. It was a damn good veggie burger.
Andre’s grandmother is Ethiopian so whenever we saw there was a Ethiopian restaurant close to our hotel, we had to check it out. Best decision ever! I had the Doro Wot, which is chicken in red pepper sauce with a hard boiled egg over injera (Ethiopia’s amazing staple bread). Portion sizes are huge, so I ate it for 3 meals and loved every single bite of it. Food is traditionally eaten by hand by tearing off a piece of injera and wrapping a bit of the wot in it, so don’t be shy about getting sauce on your hands.
The food experience that I had at Block 16 was unlike no other in my life. Located in downtown Omaha, this trendy restaurant is a great stop when exploring Heartland of America Park, Gene Leahy Mall, and Old Market. I had the dragon chicken wrap and french fries topped with crab ragoon filling. Holy shit. The wrap was phenomenal, but fries were out of this world! Andre and I got an order to share, and I ate 90% of them. I legit could not stop eating them.
Another trendy spot located in downtown Omaha. I loved the decor of this restaurant. They make pop (aka soda) on site. Andre had the vanilla and I had the ginger ale. They also serve their sandwiches with yummy (and addicting) seasoned popcorn. I had a grilled cheese with asparagus pesto. Delicious!!
I was so pleasantly surprised during our trip to Omaha, and am glad that I dragged Andre along and stayed a few extra days to explore!
Which city has your foodie heart?