WE'RE ROUNDING third base for this year's edition of Omaha Restaurant Week — the event runs through Sept. 20 — and there are still many tables available at spots around town this weekend.
Omaha Restaurant Week offers three-course fixed-price meals for $20, $30 and $40 a diner, and many restaurants also offer optional wine pairings. Here are a few bites not to miss this weekend.
Ramen appears on at least two menus. At Taita, 6109 Maple St., a beef ramen with sweetbread cake, beef broth and bone marrow is a main course choice. Beef ramen also appears on the menu at 7M Grill, 15805 West Maple Road, this time with thinly sliced beef tenderloin in red miso broth poured over noodles, mushrooms, bean sprouts and onions topped with a slow-poached egg.
Diners can choose some seriously decadent main courses at 801 Chophouse, 1403 Farnam St. The menu includes a 6-ounce USDA Prime filet mignon served with 801 Buffalo Trace bourbon jus, grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes; an Iowa dry-aged Duroc pork chop with bourbon sweet potato mash, haricots vert and sauteed pears; or wild Alaskan king salmon served with Nebraska sweet corn puree, apple jicima slaw and rosemary baby red potatoes.
Classic French cuisine is at the heart of the restaurant week menu at Le Voltaire, 569 N. 155th Plaza. Among the dishes: escargots de bourgogne, French onion soup, salmon en papillote and creme brulee.
Dante Ristorante, 16901 Wright Plaza, is serving an unusual dish as part of its first course menu: wood-roasted pig head terrine with a side of soft polenta and a fried egg.
Dolce restaurant, at 12317 West Maple Road, is serving an intense spread of desserts this week, including brioche bread pudding with house vanilla bean ice cream, caramel and a raisin compote; a chocolate and peanut butter tart with banana creme and fresh berries; and an espresso almond parfait with blackberry sauce and Earl Grey whipped cream.