With so many prime places to get a quality cut of beef, it can be hard to designate one as the best steakhouse in Omaha. But if we had to choose, it would be this spot, where you can cut into your ribeye or filet oscar in front of a roaring fire, or tucked into a cozy study lined with leather-bound books. The entire place is designed to resemble a monastery, which is fitting, since eating one of their steaks is akin to a religious experience.
There are a number of great sushi spots in the Old Market neighborhood, but this one takes the cake thanks to its impeccably fresh fish and tranquil atmosphere. Visit on a weekday for lunch and you can also dig into their all-you-can-eat option, which allows you to sample some of their non-sushi dishes (teriyaki chicken, short ribs, etc.) as well.
It’s not often you find yelp reviewers commenting on a bread basket that you have to pay for… and not complaining about it. That’s because the $3 charge here gets you a choice of several breads baked right in-house—perfect for sopping up every morsel of pork and veal bolognese. If you have room after your meal, the desserts truly aren’t to be missed and include tiramisu served in a mason jar.
Did you know the iconic reuben sandwich was invented, not in a deli-centric city like New York or Chicago, but in Omaha? It’s true, and, as such, a lot of Omaha restaurants serve a good reuben sandwich. But Crescent Moon’s outshines them all, managing to somehow be deliciously creamy, yet not at all soggy. Plus, it comes served with a side of history—the restaurant is located right across the street from the Blackstone Hotel, where the first reuben was created in the 1920s.
Technically, Stella’s is located all the way out in Bellevue, but after one bite of its famous Stella Hamburger and you’ll be willing to forgive. Thick and served on a locally-baked bun that’s delivered daily, Stella’s burgers are cooked to well-done and served on napkins, just the way they were when the doors opened back in 1936. But then again, there wasn’t the option to add jalapeno bacon or ranch dressing back then, so if you need to, go ahead and ask for a plate. No one will mind.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to find good—great, even—Middle Eastern food in the American heartland. For proof, look to the kitchens of this casual Lebanese eatery, where the warm pita, homemade hummus, and beef shawarma are crowd favorites. The star of the menu however, might be the falafel, which are flavored with so many fragrant herbs that the insides of the crispy fritters are bright green.