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1. Posted by MeghanV (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm on a cross-country road trip and we're stopping off in Omaha, NE for two days. Any suggestions on where to eat and what to see/do??


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I spent a few weeks in Omaha back a few years ago. I put my advice in this thread. For food, check out a little German restaurant in Bellevue called Edelweiss, if it still exists. It was amazing. There are a bunch of good restaurants in Boy's Town to the west of the city. If you like steak, you'll love Omaha. Check out Anthony's for a good steak.


3. Posted by MeghanV (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info Greg -- sounds good. I'm not really a 'steak person', but am thinking that if I'm going to have one anywhere, then Nebraska may be the best place for it! I'll check out your other thread -- Thanks!

4. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The Omaha Zoo is outstanding.

Just across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa is the Union Pacific Railroad Museum housed in the former Carnegie Library building. This is worth your time.

For lunch or dinner, the Upstream Brewing Company has a great combination of excellent microbrewed beers made in-house (plus a full bar) and great food. Two locations, west Omaha and Downtown-Old Market section of town. When I am in Omaha on business this is a must stop for me. (I prefer Old Market location so I can walk around the shopping district). Very friendly and helpful staff.

For breakfast or lunch, here is the best kept secret in downtown Omaha: eat at the Union Pacific Railroad corporate office. The restaurant is open to the public and a lot of downtown office workers who are non-railroad take advantage of this. For access enter the building at 1416 Dodge St, take the escalator to the mezzanine level and look to the left. (Dress code is business casual please, slacks and collared shirt are ok, no shorts, T-shirts or sandals).
Prices are very fair and it's set up like a college commons, hot and cold stations. (Full disclosure, I work for UPRR and when in Omaha I eat there twice a day - it's that good!)

Have a great trip.

5. Posted by Slakin (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As an Omahan...I think there are many hidden treasures that have not been mentioned! Omaha is an amazing place for food. Depending on your budget, there are several local restaurants that you can eat...that aren't chains. I would suggest:

M's Pub
The Crooked Fork
V.Mertz (very pricey)

All of these are in the Old Market in Downtown Omaha - probably the best place for restaurants and bars.

The Omaha Zoo was recently named the best in the country - if you come to Omaha, you cannot miss this. As you are only here for 2 days, there isn't much more you can do if you add the zoo into your agenda.

If you are here over the summer, look into the Summer Concert Series, Shakespeare on the Green, Jazz on the Green, the Cox Classic, and the Fourth of July Concert at Memorial Park. (you can find details at

For shopping you can go out West (stay on the Dodge Express Way) to Village Point, an out door shopping center.

If you are driving across Nebraska, here is a link to check out for road trip ideas :

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do!

6. Posted by MeghanV (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much to all for the great information! Unfortunately, we ended up not having time for the Zoo, but we did decide on M's Pub for dinner, which was fantastic!! I definitely was impressed by the food and would recommend this place to anyone as well. And thanks for the road trip info - very helpful! :)