THE LOCAL: Zac
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST HIM: Zac is originally from Omaha, but has lived in several different places across the country. He also enjoys traveling in the U.S. and abroad. He loves good food and spending time with friends. Below, some of Zac’s recommendations for local Omaha to help you navigate the city!
1. Favorite Street/Park in the City?
Omaha has a ton of great parks! Gene Leahy Mall is downtown and connects to the ginormous Heartland of America Park along the riverfront. On a nice day, walk across the pedestrian bridge for great views of downtown from the Iowa side. If you’re looking for more options, Omaha.com offers some other park options in this article.
2. Favorite Happy Hour?
Blue Sushi in The Old Market! Every day of the week, Blue Sushi has a happy hour with lots of great drink options, discounted sushi and shared plates. Happy Hours are Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 11pm and Sunday from noon to 8pm.
3. Best Brunch?
Kitchen Table on 15th and Farnam is a farm-to-table restaurant by a husband and wife duo with an excellent brunch and great weeknight dinner service. There’s a new menu daily, which is posted online. The husband, Colin, bakes all the bread in-house, used for sandwiches like The Whole Bird (chicken breast, confit leg salad, crispy skin, greens and a fried egg on toasted levain). Don’t miss the brunch cocktails!
4. Your Recommended Sunny Day Agenda?
Check out the zoo in the morning, then finish the day off with dinner and drinks in the Old Market (a historic neighborhood in downtown Omaha with shops, restaurants, pubs and lots of entertainment).
5. Best Way to Get Around the City?
Driving is a must here, but Lyft and UberX are readily available if you do not have access to a vehicle.
TripAdvisor’s Top Five Local Omaha Attractions
1. Henry Doorly Zoo– Thumbs up! Let’s be honest, this is the real reason you’re here.
2. Old Market– Thumbs up! Tons of great shops and restaurants.
3. Joslyn Art Museum– Two thumbs up!
4. The Durham Museum– Thumbs up if you like local history. If that’s not your thing, the Strategic Air & Space Museum is another museum to try. It’s little ways outside the city, but has a neat collection and an aircraft restoration gallery.
5. Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center– Thumbs up.
Were any top attractions missed?
Film Streams – An independent movie house in downtown Omaha that features films and art education courses
TripAdvisor’s Top Five Omaha Restaurants
1. Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria – I’ve never been, but I have heard great things.
2. 11-Worth Cafe– Thumbs up for this delicious dive diner!
3. The Drover– Thumbs up for steak!
5. Upstream Brewing Company – Old Market Restaurant– Thumbs down. The bar can be fun on the weekends and their beer is pretty good, but there are so many other options for great food downtown that I prefer, such as…
- The Boiler Room – Splurge for some amazing locally sourced food with their ‘exclusively old world wine list’
- The Grey Plume – Delicious, locally-sourced, gourmet experience. Pricey, but worth it! (Local tip: Sit at the bar for some slightly cheaper tastes). The burger is fantastic! They also have a small shop and cooking classes located across the street from the restaurant.
- Via Farina – New restaurant with yummy wood fired pizza by executive chef (and James Beard Award Semi-Finalist) Paul Kulik.
- Local Beer and Patio – Tons of local craft beer and good bar food near the Old Market.
Are you an Omaha local? Did we miss any of your favorite spots in the city? Tell us about them in the comments below!
Featured Image of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge by Always Shooting