- Omaha Dines
 Friday, July 20

My favorite places: summer edition

My favorite places: summer edition

Our summer has been chock-full of travel, which has been excellent, but also means that I haven't spent enough time at my favorite summertime spots in Omaha, which basically encompass any place that has a cocktail, a glass of rosé and/or a delicious seasonal menu. 

You might have seen one of my "Sarah's Faves" lists spotlighting my favorite patios, and that list is no joke. I've been to some of those spots this summer: Corkscrew, both in West Omaha and the Blackstone District, and Le Bouillon, which has a fantastic patio right on Howard Street in the Old Market. During their weekend brunch, it makes for terrific people watching. 

The photo at the top of this newsletter came from an evening on the patio at Nite Owl, in Blackstone. Just as their bar is a cooler version of your parents' basement, their patio is a cooler version of your childhood backyard. Plus, there's booze. 

The latest place to make my summer short list is the new bar and balcony patio at the Holland Center, which just opened. Who doesn't love a rooftop bar with a skyline view? Omaha certainly needs more of them. Read more about the new Holland spot in the links below. 

In other news, Instagram recently launched question-and-answer capability, and I've been having fun posting and answering questions. If you have a question but were too shy to email me, I'll post a fresh question on my Instagram story today, right after this newsletter goes out. Ask away at

The Omaha Dines contest continues. Each week from now until July 29, we will give one winner a $100 gift card to one of my favorite restaurants. Enter at

You can always drop me a line at Until then, I'll be somewhere in Omaha, somewhere on a patio. 

— Sarah

Coming Wednesday

Hop on the sushi train

Yamato Sushi train shuttles its food around a conveyor belt in the dining room, which is fun, but turned out to not be as tasty as I hoped. 

This week's menu

Late-night Donut Stop to close after 30 years. 'It's just time,' owner says

The Donut Stop, famous for drawing night owls to its late-night baked treats, plans to close its doors this fall. Read more

'The best view of downtown Omaha,' plus a cocktail: Holland Center's new rooftop bar is open

The space atop the Holland Performing Arts Center will offer views to the east, south and west, and remain open on dates when no performances are scheduled. Read more

Hamachi nachos, more sake choices: More than two dozen new menu items at Kona Grill

Twenty-five new menu items are coming to Kona Grill this summer, including new entrees, sides and cocktails.  Read more

This week in Savor

A bunch of really good produce tips

I do my best to shop at farmers markets and buy in-season produce when I can at the grocery store. This week: a bunch of really helpful tips for you to do the same. Read more