A Newcomer's Eating Tour of Omaha
Welcome to Omaha
Once overlooked as a vast landscape of chain restaurants and Old Italian steakhouses, Omaha, Neb., is now a culinary haven in the Midwest, with a growing number of locally owned restaurants relying on quality produce, meat and cheese from small-production farmers, and a strong craft-brewery scene. We put together our list of must-hit spots in this flourishing food city with the help of some culinary experts: Wendy Bredensteiner of the Omaha Farmers Market, Pastry Chef Kyle Shoemaker of Le Petit Paris Bakery and Roxanne Williams from City Sprouts, a community garden and education center in northern Omaha.
By Kelsey Vala
The Grey Plume
Twisted Cork Bistro
From the Pacific Northwest to the Cornhusker State comes Twisted Cork Bistro, a restaurant that specializes in fresh-caught Pacific seafood prepared with local produce and meats. When owners Darrell and Laura Auld moved to town from Seattle, they brought the idea for wholesome dishes with a Pacific Northwest focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, such as sea scallops seared in shrimp butter with tangy lemon beurre blanc and cilantro-pine gremolata. They also feature an extensive list of Oregon and Washington craft brews and wines. But for an authentic taste of their adopted home, the Aulds serve a Twisted Cork Burger that does Nebraska proud.
Photo credit: Darrell Auld