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what are the best local grub spots?

I'm visiting my college roommate for Halloween weekend in Omaha, then we're driving to Kansas City, and I would like to try the best, local, authentic, eateries. Any suggestions? We are staying in the center area of both  Omaha and Kansas City but will have a car, and I am willing to travel for good food!

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  • Katelin Karlin

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    I'd recommend the following places:

    - Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue or Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering since you HAVE to have BBQ when you're in Kansas City. Jack Stack is what I call "classy BBQ" whereas Okie Joes is in a gas station. Both are equally delicious.

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    - My favorite wine bar is Tannin Winebar & Kitchen , which is downtown. The chef, Brian, is amazing and is frequently changing up the always delicious menu.


    - A favorite "foody" restaurant is Extra Virgin . This restaurant has small plates, so come ready to share


    - The best Italian restaurant is Jasper's Restaurant . If you go there you have to get the fresh mozzarella made at the table.


    If you are just wanting drinks, check out Manifesto You will probably have to make a reservation. This is a small speak easy, but all of their drinks are absolutely delicious.

    There are a few other local restaurants I highly recommend

    - Westside Local . All their meals are good, but I especially love their brunch.

    - Bluestem . A little pricey, but so worth it. They have a course menu, but if you sit in the lounge you can order off either the bar menu (not so expensive) or the regular menu


    - Pot Pie (next door to blue stem) - famous for their potpies, but have great other meals as well. The menu is pretty small, but the food is always delicious. Often have live music too!


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      Katelin I had been told of Manifesto so I must go for sure, love the wine bar suggestion too, btw, thank you! · (2 likelikes)

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  • Nicholas Muthersbaugh

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    In Omaha, a few great places are Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods (get the chicken tacos and ask for a side of "Inner Beauty" sauce if you like spicy), Zio's Pizzeria or 801 Chophouse at The Paxton . These are all located in the Old Market (Downtown Omaha).

    In Kansas City (MO, I assume) there are plethora all over the place! Try Beer Kitchen No. 1 , Smokehouse BBQ - there's a bunch of them, find one near you (GREAT meats & beans). Finally, I had lunch here and it was very good: McCoy's Public House .


    Hope this helps!

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    • Bessie K.

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      you're right in assuming Kansas City, MO, and I actually love beans so that's a great, often overlooked, side suggestion. The chicken tacos sound delicious as well Nicholas, thank you! · (1 likelikes)

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    There is a reason K.C. and BBQ are synonymous with one another. The burnt ends Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue are impressive for upscale bbq, and there is a reason Bourdain called Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering one of the 13 places to eat before you die. If you are a fan of "saucy" bbq, head over to Gates Bar-B-Q .

    And if you don't dig on swine, Stroud's Restaurant & Bar is a K.C. tradition when it comes to fried chicken, while Rye is the new kid in town giving it a run for it's fried chicken crown and has taken home the James Beard award for best chef in the midwest.

    The team at Justus Drugstore, a Restaurant consistently turns out great food. It's a hike but also one of the best meals in the area.

    For breakfast check out Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout or Succotash , both have good food and a laid-back vibe.

    After a night of boozing at Manifesto , Harry's Country Club , or The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and you are in need of a greasy spoon, head on over to Town Topic Hamburgers and enjoy the late night crowd.


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    • Bessie K.

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      Tyler you literally made my mouth water, so many good places! With yours, Tyler's and Katelin's suggestions I am set for a foodie tour! Thank you :)! · (1 likelikes)

    • JR J.

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      great answer. anyone who can work a Pulp Fiction reference into an answer deserves props. well done. · (1 likelikes)

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    One of the best places I've eaten at since moving to Omaha was 7M Grill . Really good food, but kind of pricey (to me at least, I'm a college student).

    If you like Thai food, Tas's Thai Taste AKA Tas's Thai Pepper is delicious as well.

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  • Carli Lyon

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    Let's start with some of the more exciting places to eat.

    The Grey Plume (get the duck fat fries yum!) is great fine dining spot with local sourced food. M's Pub is the best of the Old Market area. Jams: An American Grill is always an easy go-to favorite (especially for great lunch choices). Marks Bistro (Mac n Cheese is delish!) or Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob (curry fries) in the Dundee area are awesome! V.Mertz is new and exciting.

    Nebraska is known for beef - and people are proud of it!

    For midtown steakhouses try The Drover , Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 801 Chophouse at The Paxton or Johnny's Italian Steakhouse .

    Burgers - Stella's Hamburgers for an amazing old school burger or Goldbergs in Dundee .

    A few more Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria is new and superb. Dario's Brasserie is laid back and a safe choice. There is also a big Italian influence in the area so try Avoli Osteria or Nicola's Italian Ristoraunte or even Sgt Peffer's Cafe Italian and Caniglia's Venice Inn .

    That should more than get you by. Enjoy both places - some of the best of the midwest.


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      Wow--I had no idea Omaha had so many great places to eat! Great answer! · (0 likelikes)

    • Bessie K.

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      these are fantastic recommendations, thank you! · (0 likelikes)

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    I love Modern Love. Created by internationally known chef Isa Chandra Marcowitz. It's unique because it's vegan, but don't let that scare you. My husband is a meat eater and he loves this place like I do. It's a unique and fun experience. Make a reservation, it's a tiny place.

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    Lo Sole Mio Ristorante in Omaha. Best Italian ever. Closed on Sundays.

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    Try Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop or Minsky's Pizza in downtown KC. If you're looking for BBQ, Try Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering

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    Omaha has some really great places to eat. I'd recommend Culprit Cafe and Bakery in downtown. They have incredible coffee and baked goods, as well as soup and sandwiches.

    If you're in the mood for sushi, try Blue Sushi Sake Grill Old Market .

    If you'd into health food and like a hippie vibe, try McFosters Natural Kind Cafe .

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    These are all AMAZING suggestions!!! Thank you so much, in Omaha now and Nebraska tomorrow. Will share reviews on the places we managed to go to for everyone to know!

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      Have fun Bessie!!!!!! · (0 likelikes)

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