Actor Bill Murray sat with Warren Buffett on Thursday at a table in Ted and Wally’s, an Old Market ice cream shop.
A few customers sat and glanced at the pair, but no crowd gathered as the actor and billionaire were engrossed in conversation.
Amber Keller said she headed from her downtown apartment to Ted and Wally’s as soon as a friend told her Murray was in the shop.
“I’m a big fan,” Keller said. “I’ve been following how he shows up in random places.”
Keller, an artist who also goes by Amber Bambler, asked Murray how he felt about hugs. Murray obliged, then told Buffett he had to get one, too.
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“So I hugged both of them,” Keller laughed.
What brought Murray to Omaha?
“Alaska Airlines,” he said, prompting a chuckle from Buffett.
Murray pulled two small cups from his pocket.
The airline served smoothies in the cups, and throwing them away seemed like a waste, Murray said.
He turned to Buffett. “They could almost be portable shot glasses.”
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Christy Creme, a tiny seasonal ice cream and burger shack nestled in a Council Bluffs neighborhood, is celebrating its 65th season in business this summer. Their menu consists of cones, sundaes, malts, milkshakes, floats and a new sherbet flavor every day.
Address: 2853 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs
Coneflower is giving your old favorites a run for their money with creative-but-palatable flavors, a 'farm-to-cone' approach that means all milk and cream is local, seasonal flavors and toppings so homemade they even make their own sprinkles.
Sarah Baker Hansen said the soft serve ice cream at Dairy Chef came close to Zesto’s — thick and creamy. But part of the charm of eating at a place like this is simply the experience, she said. Order at a window, take a seat at a picnic table, enjoy.
Address: 3223 N. 204th St., Elkhorn
At Dairy Twist in Bellevue, you'll find "ice cream so airy that it might have been whipped like butter," according to Sarah Baker Hansen's 2014 ice cream Food Prowl.
Address: 2211 Lincoln Road, Bellevue
Dolci Old Market offers ice cream treats and petite Italian desserts. Sarah Baker Hansen said "kids will love the ice cream, and parents will love the Italian classics, sized for a perfect after-dinner treat while strolling the Old Market."
Locally owned, Doozie's offers 10 different homemade ice cream flavors, which are rotated daily.
Address: 321 Comanche St. in Council Bluffs
The Omaha ice cream parlor is open seven days a week and has 16 flavors that rotate daily. Sarah Baker Hansen named its vanilla the best in Omaha. eCreamery was also the overall winner of her ice cream Food Prowl from 2014.
Address: 5001 Underwood Ave.
The bakery might be known for their bread, but they also have house-made ice cream in a cooler at the front of the shop.
Address: 3020 Leavenworth St.
The ice cream at Freezing is chopped, spread and rolled on a freezing cold surface before being served. Among the flavors at Freezing are the Monkey Business, the Giant Green and the Miss Nilla Waffles.
Address: 1918 S. 67th St.
At Goodrich you’ll find all kinds of ice cream treats, including cones, sundaes, malts, shakes, floats, banana splits and more. They’re known for their fun ice cream flavors, too, such as bubble gum (with multi-colored bubble gum pieces).
Goodrich Dairy has multiple locations in the area. To see the full list, click here.
At Helados Santa Fe in South Omaha, Sarah Baker Hansen found surprises during her 2014 Food Prowl for the best ice cream. The restaurant’s “bread” ice cream was named the best creative flavor, and the taste testers loved the strawberry ice cream, which was full of dried, gummy bits of fruit.
Address: 4807 S. 24th St.
Along with its famous cupcakes, Jones Bros. sells delicious ice cream with an array of flavors such as birthday cake.
Address: 2121 S. 67th St.
Sarah Baker Hansen wrote of her experience: "The chocolate, actually Mexican chocolate, tasted strongly of cinnamon, similar to one of those red cinnamon disc candies."
Address: 4002 S. 24th St.
Mixins offers rolled ice cream and is located just west of the Old Market. Their rolled ice cream comes in an assortment of flavors — cotton candy, birthday cake and strawberry cheesecake, to name a few — and toppings.
Address: 1405 Jackson St.
At Petrow’s, you can find an assortment of sundaes, as well as malts and shakes in a wide variety of flavors.
Sarah Baker Hansen called Ted and Wally's one of Omaha's most popular and charismatic ice cream stops. While there, be sure to try one of their creative flavors, like chocolate balsamic.
Address: 1120 Jackson St.
At Zesto, a summertime staple, you'll find vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and twist cones (and waffle cones), as well as sundaes, floats, shakes, malts and more.
Address: 8608 N. 30th St., 7130 N. 102nd Circle.