A Bar/Restaurant Guide From Locals for Hogs Fans in Omaha
I could write about how Arkansas is going to win the College World Series, but I’ve already covered that. I could write how it is poetic justice that junior pitcher Blaine Knight earned All-American honors this week after he wasn’t selected first-team All-SEC. I could brag on the nearly 90,000 Hogs fans that showed up for the Super Regional against South Carolina. Or I could write about how much I love that Arkansans hate Texas. It wasn’t a minute after it was announced the Hogs would play the Longhorns in the first game of the College World Series that the social media hate posts began.
But no, I ‘m not going to cover any of those. Instead, I am going to share a PSA for those loyal fans traveling to the great city of Omaha, Nebraska. Below you will see a list of restaurants and watering holes. This list comes from bona fide Omaha residents (I know many growing up two hours from there in Iowa). You’ll find some of the usual suspects you may see on Internet sites, but there will also be some hidden gems. So, enjoy the list and eat, drink and be merry as the Hogs settle in for a long tournament run.
Runza, multiple locations
Runza is a longstanding Nebraska fast-food franchise with locations dotted across the Midwest. It is a staple of Nebraskans and the trademark is the Runza sandwich. It is a mixture of seasoned beef, cabbage or sauerkraut stuffed in a bread pocket and served with fries. Sounds very tasty and Bavarian to me. Patrons can also order burgers and other sandwiches. Runza is definitely “a thing” with Nebraskans. Several of my friends who were polled mentioned it. I think it has to be a must-try for visitors.
Brew Burgers 4629 S. 108th St.
A classic Midwest burger joint with an array of huge burgers with a large beer list to wash it down. The Big Red Burger (an homage to the locals’ beloved University of Nebraska) is a pound of finest stockyards beef with a ¼ pound of cheese topped with pickles and onions on a fresh Italian Focaccia bun. Bring your appetite.
Brickway Brewery, 1116 Jackson Street
Located in the Old Market section downtown not far from T.D Ameritrade Park, it’s a perfect place to pregame or celebrate a Hogs’ win. Brickway boasts handcrafted beer and spirits and a menu which includes appetizers and some sandwiches.
Spaghetti Works, 502 S 11th St
This is a place so classic I ate there growing up. Conveniently located in the Old Market, it’s a great place to bring the family to enjoy a big plate of pasta or some pizza.
Cascio’s Steakhouse 1620 S 10th St
Speaking of classic and Italian, Cascio’s has been serving the area with authentic Italian dishes as well as great corn-fed steaks for 65 years. The pictures on the website look like your grandpa’s steakhouse, a classy joint. Among those who have dined there, Mickey Mantle, Jerry Rice and Tina Turner. Looking for a romantic spot to impress your significant other, this may be the place.
The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, 501 N. 13th St.
Referred to by the locals as “The Matt”, this popular sports bar established in 1983 is a hub of activity during the College World Series. Open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., you will be able to stop by almost any time and enjoy a party atmosphere with a comprehensive food menu (I’d go with the prime rib French dip sandwich or the brat burger) and as well as a full list of drinks. This will be a popular stop for all fans of CWS teams.
California Tacos and More 3235 California Street
The exterior of the building doesn’t look like much, but there is a reason it was highlighted on the popular Food Network program Diners Drive-inns and Dives. Since 1995, the locals have enjoyed simple tacos and a cold beer or margarita.
Anthony’ Steakhouse 7220 F St
My advice when in the Midwest, eat as much red meat as possible. It’s the best in the world, and you won’t be disappointed. Here’s another steakhouse, after all Omaha is kind of known for them. Anthony’s appears to be another good place to take a date with a classy atmosphere and a full menu of dry-aged beef. I know I would try the Waygu short ribs.
Mama’s Pizza, multiple locations
Looking for a casual dinner with the kids? This may be your spot. Mama’s has become a local go-to for pizza over the past 25 years. It boasts a family atmosphere with a variety of pizza and burgers. The All Meat and Sausage Trio pizzas sound especially tempting.
Stella’s Bar & Grill, 106 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue, NE
Located in a nearby suburb, it’s not close to the ballpark, but it may be worth the drive. Stella’s has been serving up burgers since 1936 and touts its “World Famous Burgers.” They may not be world famous, but the joint won Nebraska’s Best Burger in 2014 as well as Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha for the best burger that same year. Apparently, they’ve won that award seven years running. You can make your own burger or choose from several specialty burgers. I know I’d be taking the trip to devour a pastrami burger.
Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food, 7110 Railroad Ave, Bellevue, NE
Speaking of Bellevue, one friend says Nettie’s is the best Mexican food in Omaha. The building looks classic, and the menu the same. Simple, but authentic. Looks like another place to take the entire family and enjoy a leisurely meal.