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Omaha, Kansas City (Missouri)

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!

8 Answers

answered first by
Nicholas from Amarillo

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!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods (restaurant)
  2. Zio's Pizzeria (restaurant)
  3. 801 Chophouse at The Paxton (restaurant)
  4. Beer Kitchen No. 1 (restaurant)
  5. Smokehouse BBQ (restaurant)
  6. McCoy's Public House (attraction)
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top answer by
Tyler from New York City

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  ManifestoHarry'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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering (restaurant)
  2. Gates Bar-B-Q (restaurant)
  3. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange (restaurant)
  4. Stroud's Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  5. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue (restaurant)
  6. Justus Drugstore, a Restaurant (restaurant)
  7. Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout (restaurant)
  8. Succotash (restaurant)
  9. Harry's Country Club (attraction)
  10. Manifesto (attraction)
  11. Town Topic Hamburgers (restaurant)
  12. Rye (restaurant)
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answered by
Carli from Jackson

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 DroverFleming'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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. M's Pub (restaurant)
  2. Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob (restaurant)
  3. 801 Chophouse at The Paxton (restaurant)
  4. Stella's Hamburgers (restaurant)
  5. The Grey Plume (restaurant)
  6. Jams: An American Grill (restaurant)
  7. Marks Bistro (restaurant)
  8. V.Mertz (restaurant)
  9. The Drover (attraction)
  10. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (attraction)
  11. Johnny's Italian Steakhouse (attraction)
  12. Goldbergs in Dundee (restaurant)
  13. Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria (restaurant)
  14. Dario's Brasserie (restaurant)
  15. Avoli Osteria (restaurant)
  16. Nicola's Italian Ristoraunte (restaurant)
  17. Sgt Peffer's Cafe Italian (restaurant)
  18. Caniglia's Venice Inn (restaurant)
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answered by
Jess from Omaha

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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  1. Modern Love (attraction)
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answered by
Molly from Omaha

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

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  1. Lo Sole Mio Ristorante (restaurant)
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answered by
Meradith from Scottsdale

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

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering (restaurant)
  2. Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop (attraction)
  3. Minsky's Pizza (restaurant)
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answered by
Whitney from Chicago

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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Blue Sushi Sake Grill Old Market (restaurant)
  2. McFosters Natural Kind Cafe (attraction)
  3. Culprit Cafe and Bakery (restaurant)
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answered by
Bessie from Boston

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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