File the sushi conveyor in the “super fun but kind of random” folder.
The restaurant, a new offering from the 801 Restaurant Group, boasts a staff that treats meat respectfully and knows how to cook it.
The tiny burgers were pretty tasty, but the service wasn’t great.
The short menu at the downtown restaurant skews toward appetizers and small plates that pair well with wine — my favorite way to eat.
If you’re in the mood for a meal heavy with nostalgia, this is your spot.
Chaima African is serving some of the most unusual food truck fare I’ve had in Omaha.
The menu at Paddy McGown’s is affordable, filling and pairs well with cold beer, all things that, I think, are requirements at the kind of reliable neighborhood bar the restaurant shaped up to be.
Asian buns and dumplings are some of my favorite foods, and Omaha doesn’t have nearly enough offerings. I really wanted to like HipBao. But too much went wrong.
After the restaurant reopened, it added new menu items. Over my three recent visits, only a few of those new items worked.
It’s rare these days for me to encounter a dish I've never seen. At Steak & Grapes, I saw not just one, but a whole handful.
While I wasn’t blown away by the finished product, it’s fun, and not meant to be taken too seriously. So I didn’t take it as such.
This small Midtown shop excels in baked goods that take finesse and skill, which owner Ellie Pegler brings in spades to her excellent, crusty baguettes and flaky croissants.
Across the board, owners of Amateur Coffee Parlor Jasmyn and Jacob Wichert know how to make a good cup.
Early Bird looks great. But Sarah Baker Hansen isn't convinced the style goes beyond the decor.
Omaha is turning into a town that loves sushi. Not just that, it’s turning into a town that understands what sushi is all about.
The tiny Bánh Mì Shop is serving one of the best bánh mì in the city. Admittedly, the competition historically hasn’t been that tough.
Kith & Kin, which took over the Paragon Dundee space in December, takes a handful of cues from the Southern-inspired menu that initially worked at its predecessor. Namely, a great burger, staples of the South like skillet cornbread and old-fashioned favorites like green bean casserole.
With a "new school" steakhouse like Monarch Prime comes a new style of steak. A steak that has a different texture, different flavor and different presentation than the steaks Omaha is already known for.
The pizza at this new fast-casual spot is serviceable and mostly better than the pizza from big delivery chains, like Domino’s or Pizza Hut. But each time, I wished for more of what’s pictured on the restaurant’s website — deeply browned crust with lots of bubbles — and I did not always get it.
SCBC, as the hot pink neon in the front window reads, is a chic upgrade on the neighborhood diner. Omaha has a lot of greasy spoons; prepare to take a big step up at this teeny midtown spot.
It’s time to revisit the best restaurants I reviewed during the past year.
It’s not unusual for a new restaurant to be uneven — in some ways, it’s expected. But I was surprised at just how uneven Society 1854 was, especially because when it’s good, it’s really good.
Owner Lance Wang and his family — he runs O with his wife and parents — are ready to give it a second go-round at the same location where it was in 2014. The restaurant had closed when a hotel developer had shown interest in their space.
Problems I encountered during my review a year ago — broth too greasy, too salty or under-seasoned — are gone. And owner Jose Dionicio has done away with an upcharge on protein; now, bowls come with chicken, pork or other meats already calculated into the price.
Here’s the reason it matters so much: The high-end pizza and homemade pasta game in Omaha is packed. Bruno’s Pasta Co., which took over the West Maple Road space formerly occupied by Salt 88, dropped straight into that loaded market. If it’s going to stand up to the competition, it has much to work on.
The new China Garden is just as good as the old one, with more seating, more Sichuan food and now in-table hot pot service. I’m fairly sure it’s the only Chinese restaurant in Omaha where diners can have this singular experience.
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