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Legacy Restaurants Make Omaha Worth a Visit

July 18, 2019 by

Omaha Restaurant Week is Sept. 14-23. It’s a great time to dine out and see why Omaha’s reputation as a foodie destination continues to grow. Last year, stories about the city’s culinary scene appeared in 62 different publications and websites, including The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Livability.com to name a few. Media shared stories about the history of Omaha’s original Reuben sandwich, the process of dry-aging steaks—even the sweetness found in the candy shops sprinkled throughout the city.

Omaha’s travel-worthy cuisine didn’t happen by accident. The city’s food scene has deep roots. In 1946, brothers Al and Joe Cascio opened the legendary Cascio’s Steakhouse in Omaha’s Little Italy neighborhood. Through the years, the old-school steakhouse has served steaks to famous customers such as Mickey Mantle, Jerry Rice, and Tina Turner.

In 1965, Frank “Dinker” Synowiecki opened a neighborhood bar in south Omaha that quickly gained a reputation for serving one of the best burgers in the city.  Today, the restaurant, Dinker’s Bar & Grill, is run by two of Frank’s grandchildren, who still use their grandfather’s original recipes.

Petrow’s is another Omaha original that has thrived throughout the years. The Petrow family has been in the restaurant business longer than any other family in Nebraska—they opened their first restaurant in 1903. Today, their restaurant on 60th and Center streets, known for its classic diner food, is run by the third generation of Petrows and still serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Research shows that out-of-towners spend $304 million annually on food and drinks when visiting Omaha—that’s more than they spend on shopping, hotels, or entertainment. Visitor spending means jobs. The more visitors eating in our restaurants, the more employees need to be hired. Visitor spending at our local restaurants and bars means the creation and retention of 5,555 jobs—from chefs and waitresses to bus boys and truck drivers who deliver the weekly produce.

Omaha Restaurant Week is a great time for people to reconnect with one of the legacy restaurants or get acquainted with a new dining hotspot. We encourage everyone to enjoy creations from Omaha’s top chefs during the 10 tastiest days of the year.


For more information about the event, visit omaharestaurantweek.com.

This article was printed in the August/September 2019 edition of B2B. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

It’s a Fiesta Weekend

September 13, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week— Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16: Celebrate freedom and independence this weekend at Fiestas Patrias Omaha along historic South 24th Street. The three-day national holiday celebrates the end of the Mexican War of Independence, an armed conflict and the culmination of a political and social process which ended the rule of Spain in 1821 in the territory of New Spain. Forget what you’ve heard about Cinco de Mayo. September 16 is the real Mexican Independence Day. Learn more about the event and the holiday here.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Co-op Workshops In a learning mood today? Get down to The Union for Contemporary Art and catch a workshop. For $20 or less, you can learn the basics of a variety of skilled crafts. If you like learning on the regular, become a member and you can save money on several of the classes. On the agenda for this weekend is mending basics, tintype photography, or digital photography. If those aren’t up your alley, take a look at their upcoming schedule here. 

Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16: Omaha Vintage Market Days is bringing you Simply Vintage, a three-day upscale event for connoisseurs of all things retro. Shop around in the charming atmosphere at the Chance Ridge Event Center, where you’ll find “original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, indoor/outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.” Get more details here.

Dying to check out that hip, new restaurant everyone is talking about? Maybe there’s an old-school joint you’ve been meaning to get to but the timing is never right. Well, the next 10 days are for you. Omaha Restaurant Week gives you the excuse you’ve been looking for to venture outside your food comfort zones. With 50 restaurants to choose from, you will have more than enough options to get you started. Prix fixe (price fix) menus range from $20-50 and will offer apps, entrees, and desserts. A portion of Omaha Restaurant Week proceeds will go to Food Bank for the Heartland, just in case you need an extra incentive. Find out more here.

Saturday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 16: Check out the weekend-long live art celebration that is the Chalk Art Festival in Midtown Crossing. Local and regional artists and professional madonnaris will transform patches of the pavement in Midtown Crossing into pastel chalk masterpieces. This outdoor event will feature live music both days. Stick around Sunday for the Salute to the USS Omaha Concert, starting at 7:30 in Turner Park. Take a sneak peek here.

Omaha Offers a Travel-Worthy Food Experience

July 26, 2018 by

There are numerous reasons why visitors travel to Omaha. Some are in the city for business or a convention, while others come for an extended weekend getaway to see attractions like the zoo and museums. But there is another reason Omaha is growing in popularity—our food.

In every corner of the city, you’ll find authentic cultural culinary creations that make Omaha quite the foodie destination. You can eat pizza certified by the Italian government at Dante in West Omaha and savor a steak prepared by a James Beard Award nominee at The Grey Plume in Midtown. In North Omaha, nobody does soul food like Big Mama’s–just ask the folks at the Travel Channel. And, despite a culture of fast food, in South Omaha you’ll find the Lithuanian Bakery, where bakers take three days to make a mouth-watering old-world Napoleon torte. 

 Having restaurants that offer such unique cuisine is the cornerstone of building Omaha’s travel-worthy reputation, an equally important component is letting visitors know about our great food scene. In April of this year, Visit Omaha hosted a Foodie Blogger tour to see how many bloggers would be interested in telling Omaha’s story—25 bloggers expressed interest. Out of those 25, Visit Omaha selected four bloggers with the most impressive audience numbers and invited them to enjoy Omaha’s food scene on us. 

The bloggers traveled from Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, and Minnesota. They visited Monarch Prime and learned how the restaurant dry-ages its steaks in-house. They took a culinary class at Provisions by The Grey Plume and experienced making their own pasta. The bloggers also enjoyed samplings at half-a-dozen foodie hot spots on an Omaha culinary tour. They did not leave disappointed; each was impressed with their Omaha dining experience and now plans to share Omaha’s story with a hungry audience of more than 357,000.

 The economic impact when visitors explore Omaha’s food scene is huge. Research shows that out-of-town guests spend $304 million every year on food and drinks while visiting our city. Those dollars help keep people in our community employed. These people—from wait staffs, to chefs and their kitchen staffs, to the drivers delivering the supplies to the restaurant—all have jobs thanks, in part, to all the tourists spending their money here. 

If it has been a while since you have had an evening out, give Omaha’s food scene a try. Omaha Restaurant Week (Sept. 14-23) is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant, or a new dish at an old favorite. After all, if people are traveling from places like Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio to sample the flavor of Omaha, it’s definitely worth the trip outside your neighborhood. 


Visit omaharestaurantweek.com for details.

This letter was printed in the August/September 2018 edition of B2B.

Keith Backsen is executive director of the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau.