When you only have 36 hours in Omaha, Nebraska, you have very little time to experience the city. What did I do with my time? EAT ALL THE THINGS!
I knew it would be difficult to see everything in a short amount of time, so I looked for central locations that would have several shops and businesses grouped together in a convenient location.
I decided to plant myself in Old Market, and it did not disappoint!
If you know anything about Omaha, you know that it’s a hub for a lot of annual attractions. Being smack dab in the middle of the U.S. means it’s a great spot for tourists to come enjoy things like the College World Series, the Olympic Trials for swimming and much, much more.
With so many people coming and going, they’ve perfected the concept of several great events all within walking distance from each other. Anything I wanted to see was walking distance from where I was staying.
These are just some of the delicious places in Omaha that I’d recommend to all those who visit!
Culprit Cafe & Bakery – When I tell you that they served me the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had, I am not exaggerating. I knew I had to get a few gourmet donuts, so when I asked for one egg and to surprise me with the prep, I got what you see below. First of all, they gave me way more than one egg! Secondly, they churched it up with spices and herbs and even provided local hot sauces for me to try. I would go back just for awesome atmosphere and killer egg combos.
Something else I loved? They bake and sell their own loaves of bread! You can buy a loaf for the week or snag a baked good from the day before at a discount. There were cute apartments above the bakery and if I had my druthers, I’d live above a bakery and eat fresh loaves as often as possible. Follow the magic here.
Photo 1: Culprit Cafe & Bakery Photo 2: Tower Power Kyoto cold brew, Maple Whiskey glazed donut, Chai Latte donut, Americano Photo 3: Freshly baked bread Photo 4: Biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs
Best Lunch Spot
Kitchen Table – The restaurant makes their own sodas and serves popcorn with all of their sandwiches. Need I say more? It was the perfect lunch spot to hit with the perfect portions to fuel you for more walking and site-seeing. The staff was friendly and even let me tweak my order! Another cool bonus is that you can make any of their sandwiches into salads to cut down on a few carbs (I obviously wanted the carbs). Follow for more goodies here.
Photo 1: Kitchen Table Restaurant c/o gastronomblog.com Photo 2: The asparagus jam sandwich (mozzarella / dukkah / tomato balsamic jam / toasted levain) Photo 3: Homemade strawberry + rhubarb soda (I’d go back just for the soda!)
Blue Sushi Sake Grill – I feel like I’m going to get flack for this one, but the best sushi was actually a chain restaurant. That being said, I had the best roll I’ve ever had there. I went with someone who is an avid sushi eater, and the ruling was unanimous: The Beach was the best roll either of us has ever eaten. Follow here for the prettiest rolls you’ve ever seen!
Photo 1: Entrance to upstairs sake lounge Photo 2: Beer: The beach, spider maki, hot popper. See full menu here.
Best Wine Bar
La Buvette – This wasn’t on the list of places to go, but it had rained earlier in the day and the whole downtown area was cool and breezy by sundown. This meant that all of the restaurants with a patio opened their outdoor seating and the place was too cute to pass up! When you’re strolling along cobblestone pavers, and can see hundreds of candle-lit wine bottles and cheeses across the street, you have no choice but to check it out. The staff was friendly and even gave other suggestions of places to try! Pro Tip: Always dine where the locals recommend. They know the best spots!
Photo 1: Entrance Photo 2: Wine selection (they have corkage options and you can grab a bottle on your way out for the house!) Photo 3: Cheese platter fixings you get to pick yourself!
Best Local Beer
Upstream Brewing Company – Only steps away from La Buvette, you’ll fine Upstream. A bar that serves only local brews, you’re sure to find a new beer that you otherwise may have never tried. If you’re like me, trying local beers is all part of experiencing the town. I chose a flight that was hop-centered and went from there. The great place about the bar other than the fact that they serve food is that they have an outdoor patio, a balcony patio and upstairs and downstairs seating.
Photo 1: L-R Unincorporated, Capitol Pale Ale, Fight Milk, Flagship IPA (2 and 3 were my favorite.)
I’m honestly impressed that all of this food was even eaten in 36 hours. Luckily I walked everywhere so I burned a few cals! I was pleasantly surprised at all there was to see and eat in Omaha. It was a quick but memorable trip, and I’d definitely go back!