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.

The Boiler Room

It’s one of Omaha’s most adventurous and creative dining experiences.

 

Culprit Cafe & Bakery

1603 Farnam St.

Culprit Cafe

Everything is made with care, including the lovely cappuccino service and the variety of pastries and sandwiches.

 

Jackson Street Tavern

1125 Jackson St.

Jackson Street Tavern

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.

 

M’s Pub

422 S. 11th St.

M's Pub

All your old favorites are just as good as you remember. 

 

Mercury

329 S. 16th St.

Mercury

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.

Monarch Prime and Bar

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.

 

Oma’s Deli

1217 Leavenworth St.

Oma's Deli

An excellent latte and a variety of sandwiches served on soft but crisp baguette.

 

Via Farina

1108 S. 10th St.

Via Farina

Don't miss the restaurant’s signature pizzas, especially the singular fritti, a pizza with a fried crust.


 

Midtown / Blackstone

Coneflower Creamery

3921 Farnam St.

Coneflower Creamery

Don’t leave without trying the made-to-order ice cream sandwich.

 

Noli’s Pizzeria

4001 Farnam St.

Noli's Pizzeria

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 Original Buffalo Wings

Ray’s Buffalo wings done char-buff style are as good as people say.

 

Stirnella

3814 Farnam St.

Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

Roast chicken with sunchoke, pickled grapes, frisée, pine nuts and natural jus at Stirnella, one of the restaurants participating in Omaha Restaurant Week.

We'd strongly suggest diners choose a few dishes and share.


 

Dundee

Baela Rose

4919 Underwood Ave.

Baela Rose

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.

Kith & Kin

The hearty, approachable menu features great prime rib and pork tenderloin sandwiches.

 

MAR Cafe

4646 Dodge St.

MAR Cafe

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.

 


 

Benson

Au Courant Regional Kitchen

6064 Maple St.

Au Courant

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.

Ika Ramen

A bowl from Ika Ramen

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. 

 

Virtuoso Pizzeria

6056 N. Maple St.

Virtuoso Pizzeria

At top, the pepperoni pizza at Virtuoso Pizzeria;

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. 

  

Yoshitomo

6009 Maple St.

Yoshitomo

Yoshitomo

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.

Chris Peters covers the Henry Doorly Zoo and writes feature stories for The World Herald's Living section. Follow him on Twitter @_ChrisPeters. Phone: 402-444-1734.

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