If you're in town for the College World Series, know that Omaha has a lot more to offer than peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Some of the finest uniquely Omaha food is within walking distance from TD Ameritrade Park, and if you're willing to drive just five or 10 minutes, a few of Omaha's trendiest neighborhoods have restaurants that vie for the best in the city.
Here are some of World-Herald food critic Sarah Baker Hansen's top reviewed spots from the past two years. This list includes establishments in the Old Market/downtown area and other nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Blackstone, Dundee and Benson.
Old Market / Downtown
The Boiler Room Restaurant
1110 Jones St.
It’s one of Omaha’s most adventurous and creative dining experiences.
Culprit Cafe & Bakery
1603 Farnam St.
Everything is made with care, including the lovely cappuccino service and the variety of pastries and sandwiches.
Jackson Street Tavern
1125 Jackson St.
Appetizers are especially good, and we liked the Neptune, seared scallop and shrimp served with a garlicky béchamel, as well as the exquisite baked shrimp scampi.
422 S. 11th St.
All your old favorites are just as good as you remember.
329 S. 16th St.
Its drinks are some of the best, most creative in town. And Mercury’s succinct menu of late-night food is nearly as good as the drinks.
Monarch Prime and Bar
316 S. 15th St.
The specialty: A 45-ounce wagyu tomahawk chop that’s aged in-house for 60 days. It’s $150 and serves two to three and, if you feel like splurging, is absolutely worth trying. Monarch’s unexpected take on prime rib also is excellent.
1217 Leavenworth St.
An excellent latte and a variety of sandwiches served on soft but crisp baguette.
1108 S. 10th St.
Don't miss the restaurant’s signature pizzas, especially the singular fritti, a pizza with a fried crust.
Midtown / Blackstone
3921 Farnam St.
Don’t leave without trying the made-to-order ice cream sandwich.
4001 Farnam St.
The big, crispy New York-style pies are now among our favorites in midtown.
Ray’s Original Buffalo Wings
120 S. 31st Ave.
Ray’s Buffalo wings done char-buff style are as good as people say.
3814 Farnam St.
We'd strongly suggest diners choose a few dishes and share.
4919 Underwood Ave.
You have to try the veggie chips, which rotate according to seasonal produce. They're a great starter at only $5. Other hits: a beautifully plated panzanella salad with ultra flavorful tomatoes, a buttery braised short rib and a flaky whole, pan-fried steelhead trout.
Kith & Kin Southern Kitchen
5018 Underwood Ave.
The hearty, approachable menu features great prime rib and pork tenderloin sandwiches.
4646 Dodge St.
Some of our favorites: Al pastor tacos included tender chunks of pork paired with pineapple on soft, small corn tortillas and a seared breakfast burrito with eggs and barbacoa beef.
Au Courant Regional Kitchen
6064 Maple St.
The “ham,” a playful take on pork, is simply divine. Pheasant tagliolini and beef tartare were also wonderful.
Ika Ramen and Izakaya
6109 Maple St.
Talk about stellar ramen. Check the specials on the restaurant's Facebook page, and know the ramen has depth. The appetizers — try the steamed buns — are excellent.
6056 N. Maple St.
There’s more than pizza on the menu worth trying, but start with a slice. The restaurant has some of the city’s best New York-style slices.
6009 Maple St.
For the adventurous, there's plenty, but one of our favorite choices had to be the hamachos, a play on nachos made with hamachi and chicharrones.