Omaha is a foodie town. Sure, we love our steaks, but we also love sushi, ramen, farm-to-table fare…you name it. Omahans always knew this, but what about people outside the city? Liz Claman, FOX Business Network anchor for “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” also loves eating in Omaha.
“Honestly what’s so interesting everywhere I’ve eaten has been so amazing,” says Claman.
She says her crew is just as particular, and they have had a similar reaction. Claman, among tens-of-thousand others, is coming to town this week and will interview Warren Buffet on May 2 following the Berkshire Hathaway weekend. She eats at her favorite restaurants, which often align with local favorites.
“We have to stop at the Twisted Fork on our first day,” she says. “There and Stokes. We love it (Twisted Fork). We call it The Fork.”
Like many locals, one Old Market spot, and its signature appetizer, tickled her tastebuds.
“The crew will be so disappointed to hear about Ms because we loved the lavash,” says Claman upon hearing it burned down in February. She also noted she liked to purchase her “annual pair of jeans” at Nouvelle Eve.
Claman claims one reason she loves the food scene in Omaha is because it can accommodate her diet through the entire trip.
“I am a Californian so we try to eat as healthy as possible,” Claman says. “I always get the Good for You salad at Stokes. How easy is that? I make sure I do lots of veggies and lots of protein.”
Her schedule involves working 20 hour days during the annual shareholder’s weekend. If she eats unhealthy foods, particularly sugar and starch, she crashes. She admitted, however, to treating herself each Sunday night with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes she orders from the Hilton’s room service.
Claman also listed Crescent Moon as a favorite for their service.
“We’re treated so nicely. We feel so welcome, and it just puts the cherry on top of everything every time we come to Omaha.”
As for steak?
“We have about seven places we like,” Claman says. “801, Passport, Omaha Prime, Happy Hollow when I can with Warren. V. Mertz is incredible. There’s a little Omaha Steaks store at the airport, so on my way home I always order about 15 filet mignon for home. I have a contrail of great steaks that follow me.”
So how are local favorites also favorites of a New Yorker-via-California? She bypasses Yelp and the hotel concierge and asks locals where they like to eat.
“That’s how we found The Fork,” Claman says. “We were in Nouvelle Eve and asked where to eat. And we love it.”
Claman and her crew think that Omaha is one of their favorite places to visit, and the food scene is a big part of that.
“We sink our teeth into Omaha both figuratively and literally. The people and the atmosphere make it just as wonderful of an experience for us.”
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