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While its legendary steaks dominate the restaurant scene in Omaha, there’s more than just red meat in this Midwest city. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best places to eat in Omaha:
1. Boiler Room. Sleek, modern décor is the setting for this unique Omaha steakhouse. The changing menu touches on both the latest international trends and down-home country food, with an emphasis on beef and game meats. The restaurant’s bar is the place to go for Mad Men-era cocktails as well as masterful pours of classics like gin and tonic.
2. Gorat’s Steakhouse. In a city renowned for its steakhouses, this old standby has been turning out tasty cuts of beef for more than 60 years. Order a thick filet mignon or sirloin, or other classic steakhouse fare such as shrimp cocktails and clam chowder. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for local celebrity Warren Buffet — Gorat’s is known to be one of his favorite spots in Omaha.
3. The Grey Plume. A rather ordinary storefront conceals this dining hotspot in Midtown. Dishes emphasize seasonal flavors, and may include salmon, trout, lamb and beef — all with great sauces. Don’t miss the charcuterie — it’s a local favorite. The Grey Plume also has an extensive wine list, and the staff will be happy to suggest a bottle to go with your meal.
4. Marks Bistro. Upscale comfort food is the rule at this cozy eatery inside a converted home. Its famed mac and cheese is made with Asiago, blue, cheddar and Havarti. There are several sandwiches on the menu, as well as selections that include pad thai, leg of lamb and roast chicken. The outdoor patio is ideal for dining with a glass of wine on a pleasant day.
5. V. Mertz. Innovative cooking abounds at this longtime favorite in the Old Market district. The menu changes frequently and features dishes with fresh ingredients, all exquisitely prepared. The atmosphere matches the food at this formal eatery — you’ll see white tablecloths and dark woods. There’s also an extensive wine list.