I always like to visit a city with an open mind and Omaha, Nebraska exceeded my expectations in their both culinary scene and their heart and passion behind each dish. They take their food scene seriously sourcing as much as possible locally while raising the bar in creativity and flavor. I’m sharing more about culinary adventures that you will definitely want to add to your list.
1. Dante’s (West Omaha)
Fresh seafood in the Midwest? These wood oven roasted scallops were in the water at Hampton Bay, NY the day before I dined and in my belly that night. Chef and owner Nick Strawhecker works with producer partners from Nebraska and beyond to source the freshest ingredients possible in season and the results are pretty fantastic!
Known for their Neopolitan pizza (that I ironically didn’t try), Dante’s also offers Rustic Italian Cuisine (that I did try) with fantastic wine pairings. (Nebraska Beef Carpaccio, Plum Creek Farm Chicken & Carrot Ravioli, Wood-Oven Roasted Scallops, and Carmel & Espresso Brownie) In addition to wonderful food, they have Omaha’s only Italian-only wine list with wines from each region of Italy.
2.Hand Crafted Chocolates (West Omaha)
You know you’ve made it big when you are on Oprah’s Favorite Things list! The Cordial Cherry takes chocolate to the next level in taste and artistry. Each of their chocolate covered cherries is made from scratch and hand decorated and they are almost too beautiful to eat….almost….but it is chocolate, and I’m committed to my research.If you are normally not a chocolate covered cherry fan, I invite you to still try one, but you will still find plenty of other artisan chocolates in other flavors and varieties. The Cordial Cherry is conveniently located a few steps from Dante’s which means that you can cross off two culinary adventures in one visit.
3.Crescent moon (Blackstone County)
Known for their Reuben sandwiches made from slow-cooked corned beef, pickled cabbage, Swiss salad dressing and 1000 islands, as well as our secret ingredient, grilled marinated rice with a recipe from the Blackstone Hotel. The famous is located opposite. If you love craft beer, you’ll be delighted to discover that the crescent moon has over 60 brewed beers daily.
If you return to visit again, you may want to go to the Huber-Haus German Bier Hall, located below the stairs, to learn more about the “Das Boot” with 2 liters of beer in a glass pan. Booting comes with rules to make sure you know what you are doing.
4.Coneflower (Blackstone district)
Our next stop on the food tour is Coneflower Creamery, known as the Ice Cream Farm, for raw materials from farmers in Nebraska and Iowa. They do everything in the house, including waffles, cones and even sprinkle Blackstone Butterbrickle. Is one of the more popular flavors as a nod to the Blackstone Hotel, which offers tastes in the 1920s made from toffee and homemade chocolate. With so many seasonal flavors, we recommend sampling a little before you decide.
5.Le Bouillon (Old Market Square)
Le Bouillon, located in the heart of the old market, offers French-inspired cuisine and comfortable food in a beautiful old building dating back to the 1890s and Niki de St. Phalle Tree. Hand cut fried with bikini sandwich thinking high roasted cheese .. .. The bikini is not friendly. But worth every bite!
6.Howard Street Wine (Old Market)
You do not have to walk outside to visit the Howard Street Wine Merchant after visiting Le Bouillon if you do not want to. Two doors are conveniently connected. We like tasting a lot of wines from around the Howard Street Wine Merchant. There are also special tastings and a wine club that you can join.