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An Aggie's guide for what to do, where to eat & more in Omaha, NE

June 15, 2022
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You know her from the social center on TexAgs Radio, but Anna Peterson is also a native of college baseball's favorite city: Omaha, NE. With the Aggies heading to the heartland, Anna offered her tips on where to go, what to eat and more in Omaha outside of the CWS.


 

Key notes from Anna:

  • I was born in Nebraska as long like the rest of my family. We moved to Texas when I was four. I visit almost every year. This year, we are going for my grandma’s 80th birthday which happens to be when the College World Series is happening. 
     
  • It’s like College Station as far as size goes so you can get anywhere in about 10 minutes without traffic.
     
  • One of the biggest attractions is the Henry Doorly Zoo. It's a top 10 zoo in the world. It's a great place to spend the whole day or an afternoon. It's eight minutes away from the field. There’s a huge aquarium and an indoor rainforest section so you can escape the summer heat and enjoy the zoo in the air conditioning.
     
  • The casinos are 10 minutes away in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Nebraska is not huge like Texas so you can travel state to state with ease. The top three casinos are Ameristar and Harrah’s Casino which includes hotel and dining. Horseshoe (Caesars) Casino is connected to the Hilton Garden Inn. It’s a great way to spend your night or morning.
     
  • If you are downtown in Old Market, that's a great place to be with a lot of restaurants and shops. For breakfast, CTRL Coffee 7 Cereal Bar has 30 different kinds of cereal to choose from, and Gravy Train has biscuits and gravy made from scratch. On Saturdays, breakfast at the farmer’s market downtown is great as well.
     
  • For lunch, M’s Pub is my dad’s favorite bistro. Butterfish is great for sushi. Cocktails in the Old Market can be found at Berry and Rye, and Committee Chophouse and Speakeasy.
     
  • Pitch Pizza is a great spot to bring kids and build your own pizza. Lo Solo Mio is a great Italian restaurant as well. You can't go wrong with any of the pasta there.
     
  • More great restaurants are Upstream Brewing Company with beer on sight. Barrel and Vine is a neat spot with a rooftop pool, live music and it's an incredible atmosphere in the west Omaha area.
     
  • Runza is incredible. It's a fast-food concept but a Nebraska staple. They have burgers, fries, and onion rings, but the Runza sandwich is like a buttery kolache mixed with a burger. My mouth is watering describing it. They are scattered throughout Omaha and are a place you cannot miss. I need a selfie from Richard Zane with Runza.
     
  • There are neat sports bars, but one that sticks out is a legendary bar called the Blatt Beer & Table. It's an ode to Johnny Rosenblatt stadium where the series was held until 2011. It's a historic place to be. If you want food, head next door to the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, nicknamed The Matt, which has great food options and is close to the stadium.
     
  • The Capital District is a great hang-out for a younger crowd and has some cool bars to check out.
     
  • The Omaha Baseball Village is something you can’t miss. There are a bunch of vendor tents representing all the eight teams invited with shirts and souvenirs. When you're there, there is an unmarked, unnamed lemonade stand you have to look around for. The myth behind it is that the fanbase that visits that lemonade stand the most, their team will win the College World Series. They also serve sweet tea and I’m all the SEC fans in attendance will enjoy that.
     
  • It's not Texas, but the hospitality is great in Omaha.


Anna’s additional places to check out:

Breakfast:

  • Good Lookin
  • Early Birds (try cinnamon roll pancakes)
  • Jojo’s

Quick Eats:

  • Runza (A Nebraska Fast-food original. The burgers are great but try the Runza))
  • Goldbergs (burgers)
  • Kitchen Table
  • The Taco Co.
  • Dinkers (maybe the best burger in town - cash only)
  • Sam & Louie’s Pizza

Lunch/Dinner:

  • 801 Chophouse
  • Jams
  • Gather
  • Boiler Room 
  • V Mertz (perennial powerhouse fine dining)
  • M’s Pub (dad’s fave)
  • Via Farnia
  • Dynamite Woodfire Grill
  • Jackson Street Tavern
  • Cafe Postale
  • Ika San (ramen)
  • Upstream Brewing Company (casual dining and pool hall)
  • Lefty O’Tooles 
  • Butterfish (sushi)
  • Lo Solo Mio (short drive but worth it Italian made from scratch)
  • The Drover (longer drive but totally worth it)
  • Midtown/Blackstone 
  • Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza
  • Pitch Pizzeria 
  • Benson 
  • Yoshitomo (sushi)
  • Ika Ramen
  • Bellevue
  • Stella’s (honestly a total dump, but the burger is a spiritual experience – worth the drive)
  • Barrel & Vine (maybe the coolest venue not downtown)
  • Tavern 180
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An Aggie's guide for what to do, where to eat & more in Omaha, NE

4,566 Views | 9 Replies | Last: 17 days ago by AgOutsideAustin
TAM85
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Thanks. Have you been to the Saturday morning Old Market Farmer's Market?
b_rob11
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Stella's is legit! A great Mexican joint is Riveras!
74OA
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AG
Tickets, parking, etc.........

FAN GUIDE
Texagsubscriber
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Will definitely check out their cereal bar. Can't wait to try their world famous cornflakes.
NATTY OR BUST. BUST IT IS.

GIVE ME NATTY, OR GIVE ME BAS!!!
Justice Beaver
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Used to live in Omaha…

Runza is incredible….ly disgusting…Seriously just skip this. Only people I've ever met who stomach it are native Nebraskans.

Blue Sushi is the best sushi in town
Dubliner is one of my favorite bars anywhere.
Not downtown, but Crescent Moon and the German beer hall they have downstairs are awesome.

jigsaw87
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gigem82
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Boys and I attended the CWS in 2017, and had a great time. I second Pitch Pizzeria (Dundee location) and Dinkers Bar & Grill for burgers. Dinkers is a hole-in-the-wall, so wasn't sure I wanted to go in, but glad we did. Also, eCreamery down the street from Pitch Pizzeria was good.
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Thanks for the local info on Runza. It's legit! The Runza sandwich is the bomb. Told the cashier it was our first time in Omaha. Also asked if there're onions on the sandwich. She said "yes". I told her I'm not a fan of onions, I'll just take a burger. She said "Nope! You can't leave Nebraska until you have a Runza! I'm giving you one with your burger. Just cut it in half and take a bite." She wasn't lying. We need 5 of these places in College Station. So very good. Thanks for the Runza recommendation.
AgOutsideAustin
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Lol guy above you said it sucks, glad you tried it !
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