Omaha Restaurant Week kicks off Friday, and for the next week, in-the-know diners will be eating fixed-price meals around the metro area.
The third annual Restaurant Week builds on what the first two years featured. There are new restaurants participating, and the chefs at those restaurants are making new — sometimes very high-end — dishes.
“I think restaurants are taking restaurant week more seriously this year,” said Jen Kocher, the executive producer for Urban Events Inc., which organizes the week.
At least a half-dozen restaurants that have opened in the past year are participating, Kocher said. And some of the city's higher-end restaurants are using exotic ingredients in their restaurant week menus, things like escargot, carpaccio and kangaroo.
“The first year we saw a lot of traditional steak and chicken dinners,” she said. “This year we are seeing some crazy stuff.”
A sample of some of this year's more creative dishes:
» A kangaroo fillet entree at the 360 Steakhouse, where chef Andrew Loughrey, a native of Australia, will serve the protein with a garlic mash and a red wine and rosemary jus.
» A carpaccio salad featuring an array of thinly sliced Italian meats served on a bed of field greens with black olives, pepperoncini and a moscato vinaigrette at Anthony's Steakhouse.
» Veal sweetbreads with wilted spinach and a mustard demi-glace at the Flatiron Cafe.
» A chicken-fried lobster will be on the menu at Jack Binion's Steakhouse, and the two tails come served with a spiked cocktail sauce
» Anticuchos, which is grilled wagyu beef heart, will be served at Taita, along with roasted potatoes and a chimichurri sauce.
OMAHA RESTAURANT WEEK
When: Sept. 13 through 22
What: Diners will get a three-course prix fixe menu that is $20, $30 or $40, depending on the restaurant. Some prices include a beverage.
Participating restaurants: 360 Steakhouse, 7M Grill, Anthony’s Steakhouse, Baby Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Benson Brewery, Black Oak Grill, Blatt Beer & Table, both locations of Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Boiler Room Restaurant, both locations of Brix, Caniglia’s Venice Inn, Cantina Laredo, Capitol Restaurant and Nightclub, Crave, Dante Ristorante Pizzeria, Dolce Cafe, Flatiron Cafe, Gorat’s Steak House, J. Coco, Jack Binion’s Steak House, Jackson Street Tavern, Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill, Le Voltaire, Liberty Tavern, Lot 2 Restaurant, Louie’s Wine Dive, Nosh Wine Lounge, O Dining and Lounge, Pasta Amore, Piccolo’s Steaks and Cocktails, Plank Seafood Provisions, Railcar Modern American Kitchen, Ryan’s Bistro, Salt 88, all locations of Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, both locations of Stokes Grill and Bar, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Taita, The Grey Plume, Tussey’s Casual Grill, Twisted Cork Bistro, Twisted Fork Grill and Saloon, both locations of the Upstream Brewing Company, V. Mertz, Wave Bistro, ZIN Room and Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano.
More information: omaharestaurantweek.com