The Best in Omaha


I wanted to put a list of places that matched up with my categories.  There are so many choices in Omaha that I wanted to show you where I like to go for my little slice of heaven.  If you see anything I missed, please let me know!

~The Omaha Critic

My List of favorites based on food type:

  • American: Shirley’s Diner
  • Brazilian: Rodizio’s in Lincoln
  • Cajun: Haven’t eaten it in Omaha I still don’t have one since Jazz Sucks.
  • Caribbean: I can’t remember it’s on 72nd just North of Blondo
  • Chinese: Hiro
  • Cuban: Cuba Linda
  • French: Le Voltare
  • German: Haven’t eaten it in Omaha
  • Greek: Jim and Jenny’s Greek Village
  • Indian: Tanduri Fusion
  • Italian: I really have yet to eat at a “good” one
  • Japanese: Hiro
  • Czech – Bohemian Cafe
  • Korean: Korean Grill in Bellevue
  • Mexican: Azteca Hector’s
  • Steak House: Jerico’s The Drover
  • Thai: Taste of Thailand
  • Vietnamese: Saigon

My list of favorites based on item: (In no particular order!)

  • Mongolian Beef: Hiro (Tell Sammy to have the kitchen make it extra spicy!)
  • Cheese Burger: King Kong (boycotting) New: Brunette’s Bistro I currently can’t think of one… Challenge maybe?
  • Burrito: Carne Asada – Alvarado’s D’Leon’s
  • Fish Taco: San Diego Taco California Taco
  • Enchiladas: Azteca (The #33)
  • Guacamole: Chipotle (I still stand by this one.  They keep it simple… It’s not a complicated thing)
  • French Fries: Runza
  • Fried Chicken: Popeyes  Pizza Ranch (Guilty Pleasure)
  • Sushi: Hiro (DUH)
  • Grilled Lamb: Tanduri Fusion
  • Hot Wings: Wing Stop  Oscar’s Pizza
  • Prime Rib: Jerico’s Brother Sebastians  Farmer Browns in Valley
  • Curried Squid: Saigon (74B)
  • Ruben: Goldberg’s
  • Puffy Taco: California Taco
  • Chicken Fried Steak: Shirley’s Diner
  • Kung Pao Shrimp: BoBo China
  • Egg Rolls: BoBo China
  • Pizza: Roman Coin
  • Pork Ribs: Famous Dave’s
  • Pastrami and Swiss on Rye: Jason’s Deli
  • Fried Catfish: Cracker Barrel
  • Chips and Salsa: Azteca
  • Pulled Pork:  Big Boy’s Barbeque (Catering.. AKA: The Meat Man)  Harkerts BBQ
  • All you can eat: Hu Hot Grand China Buffet
  • Duck: Waterfront Grill (Ameristar) Crispy Duck at Beijing Gate
  • Rice: Chipotle
  • Beef Ribs: Jim’s Rib Haven
  • Fried Clams: Shuck’s (Absolutely Fresh Seafood)
  • Smoked/BBQ Chicken: Famous Dave’s
  • BBQ Sauce: Red Zone’s Spicy Sauce
  • Fried Cod Sandwich: Culver’s
  • Fish and Chips: Fox and Hound
  • Taco Salad: La Mesa
  • Imperial Chicken: Hiro
  • Hot Roast Beef Sandwich: 11Worth Cafe
  • Hot Dog: Chicago Dawg House
  • Cherries Jubilee: Brother Sebastians
  • Chili Dog: Harkerts 
  • Cheese Cake: Cheesecake Factory

(I will try to keep this updated!)

Date Posted: 26 Jan 2008 @ 7:03 AM
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 @ 05:05 AM
Posted By: The Omaha Critic

Responses to this post » (24 Total)

  1. Confused says:

    Nice list of places to eat…..I used it a few times. Great place to start exploring. ith this list I can now stay away from the like of Chilli and Applebee.

    Quick one …..when is Hiro a chinese place……maybe they are from Taiwan. I have to chat with the owners next time to sort it out. Great place……..

  2. TeenyTeeny says:

    You must check out Jazz if you haven’t had any Cajun here is Omaha. I think it is a chain, but I have been really happy with the food everytime I have been there, and they have a Bugs and Beer night (2lbs of crayfish, 2 beers 10 bucks)!

  3. CaptainObvious says:

    Try Stokes for fish tacos.

  4. jamaar says:

    I will never eat at the Jazz again…the food was not that great…definately not traditional cajun. Also the fact that they call fried chicken (COONASS CHICKEN)IS JUST A SLAP IN THE FACE TO AFRICAN AMERICANS…..NO SUPPORT OVER HERE

  5. Green says:

    Last I heard Red Zone uses store bought BBQ sauce.

  6. I have no idea. I LOVE their spicy sauce on their cheesy potatoes with their hot pickles…. *drools* I used to eat there every Thursday with my former boss and one of my best friends. I SO owe them a review. With as much business as I have given them… I owe them. Perhaps today.

    ~TOC. (hungry)

  7. To Jamaar: Coming from Texas, I knew a few Coonasses… It has nothing to do with being black/African American or any race or racial slur. It has 100% to do with being Cajun. Some people find it offensive, some people find it a badge of honor. Take your pick (Link below)

  8. Libby says:

    The Dundee Dell has great Fish and Chips.

  9. I will have to try them…. *smacks lips*

  10. Cam says:

    Good list, I can agree with most of those top restaurants.

    Since you’re obviously such a big fan of Hiro, I would recommend you try their eggrolls (my mom makes them). She is considering opening a Kiosk where she sells Vietnamese appetizers, I’ll keep you posted.


  11. @CAM: We have had them. We loved them. 🙂 What I like about BoBo’s is the way they mince the chicken and cabbage together before cooking. It all comes together as a semi-solid mass. Damn it… now I need to have Hiro’s again..

  12. Monique says:

    Thanks Libby! We love fish n chips!
    Omaha Critic, I’d love to buy you some to try, stop in some time and ask for me.
    We have great Fried Pickles, Sandwiches and Fish Tacos too.
    Honestly, my favorite Fish Tacos are at that Mexican place in the Passageway in the Old Market. It’s too early, can’t even remember the name.

  13. Azirkah says:

    The Mexican place in the Old Market Passageway is called Trini’s. =)

  14. ginny burns says:

    in 1963, my family ate the greatest fried chicken. I believe the restaurant was named “Roses.” Do you have any info. thanks.

  15. Roses? It has been closed for a while now. You can though, get the same fried chicken in a place in Treynor Iowa called “The Rose” at “4 West Main Street” They can reached at 712-487-3609.

    Good luck and sorry for the bad news.

    ~The Omaha Critic.

  16. Roger Riha says:

    For Mexican food, you should try Rivera’s on 120th & Blondo. On fried chicken, I still remember Rose’s Lodge, which means I need to go to Treyner IA one of these days. I am still hungry for a Big Todd from Todds Drive In on 76th & Dodge.

  17. Charles says:

    Try the fish tacos at Rivera’s

  18. Brian says:

    Baja Grill anyone? Its like Roja but better and 30% cheaper. New place.

  19. It took the place of my Prima 140… Boooo!!!!! Tell me why we should go other than it’s a cheap copy.

  20. Pam says:

    The fish tacos at Riveras are great!

  21. JohnnyRocket says:

    Well for one thing, You mention steaks, Have you tried Mahogany Steakhouse?
    As for Cheeseburgers, Have you tried Stella’s Hamburgers in Bellevue? As for putting King Kong on the list for cheeseburgers makes me think you need to eat at better places.
    Fried Cod Sandwich, Culvers? Please….Go to shuck’s
    Fish taco’s – Trini’s Mexican Restaurant Or Hector’s or California Taco.

  22. Jon says:

    Have you tried the duck at Bohemian Cafe? They also had roast goose on the menu but I didn’t see it on the online version.

  23. Michelle says:

    Tried the pulled pork at Big Boys today. Bad suggestion. Worst I ever had but my dogs loved it! You should try Heartland BBQ. Waaayyyy better in my opinion and cheaper.

  24. Hey Michelle… I have a new favorite… You should give it a spin… (Link changed above)


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