Located in South Omaha, just off the Kennedy Freeway at 7110 Railroad Avenue, is Nettie’s. Arguably, one of Omaha’s best Mexican restaurants, Nettie’s is well known for its spicy-hot and delicious chili. Nettie’s also serves soft-shell beef “toad” tacos that are enormous. The shells are light and airy. Nettie’s always brings the heat – the hot sauce, salsa and chili will all make you sweat. There is not alot of seating at Nettie’s and as a result there is sometimes a short wait. Brightly colored parrots and beer signs adorn the walls of the cozy dining hall. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.; Nettie’s is closed Sundays and Mondays. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!
Located inside the Comfort Inn and Suites at 7007 Grover Street, just North of I-80 at 72nd Street, is Firewater Grille. A quaint lounge with an island theme, Firewater Grille is a nice meeting place for an after-work event or to take in a Nebraska Football game. For Husker games, the grille often offers 25 cent wings $7.00 Bud, Bud Lite, & Coors Lite pitchers. The grille serves gourmet pizza, appetizers, soups and salads from its menu. With plenty of seating and good acoustics, the Firewater Grille is an excellent place for a retirement celebration. The facility can easily accommodate groups up to 100. Give it try and Happy Motoring!
Located at 501 N. 13th Street, just a block West of the Qwest Center and a block South of TD Ameritrade Park, is “The Matt”, the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill. Renovated from an 1883 grocery store, the Mattress Factory preserves and extends the rich history of Omaha’s North Downtown area. And, if you are looking for a high-energy sports bar, with good food and plenty of seating, the Matt is your kind of place. Even when the facility is full the noise level in the dining area is very reasonable permitting patrons to have conversations without yelling. On the menu you will find traditional fare, including hot wings, burgers, BBQ and pizza. But you’ll also find heart healthy choices such as soups and salads. The Matt is open daily for lunch and dinner. They also have a huge party room on the second floor that can be rented for special occasions. When you are downtown for an event, stop at the Mattress Factory. You won’t be disappointed! Happy Motoring!!
Located at 120 S. 31st Street, at Midtown Crossing, is Parliament Pub. An English inspired bar with a rock-n-roll theme, Parliament Pub is spacious and relaxed place to lounge and kick-back after a long day or week. Parliament has a large selection of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. It also has an outdoor patio with one of the best views of Turner Park and the downtown Omaha skyline. Sheltered from the Dodge Street and Farnam Street traffic by the Midtown Crossing building designs, Parliament has a casual, enjoyable pace that is hard to find in the heart of the city. Sit on the patio in the evening and watch children play in Turner Park as the sun slips behind the buildings to the West and the beautiful midtown lights flicker on; it’s enchanting. Happy Motoring!
Located at 50th & Underwood Streets is the Dundee Dell. An Omaha icon, the Dundee Dell is well known for its Atlantic cod fish and chips. The Dell feels just like an authentic Irish pub. You’ll be surprised by their extensive menu and strong array of domestic, imported and specialty beers. The Dell is a quaint, yet lively, after work or school gathering spot. The Dell now has two private party rooms for rent; supporting party sizes from 6 to 40 people. My wife and I enjoyed this poem prose from the 1939 Dundee Dell menu: “To those who can drink, yet continue to think, And pleasures Deserved glean from each; May their pleasures be many, Their sorrows not any, Life’s happiness always in reach.” Cheers, and Happy Motoring!
Located inside the Marcus Midtown Crossing Theatre (3201 Farnam Street), on the fourth level mezzanine, is Vue Lounge. The Vue provides a spectacular, open, lounging space with an unobstructed view of the midtown. It is the ideal place to gather for drinks and conversation before or after a movie. Buy a glass of wine or a drink and carry it wherever you wish inside the Marcus facilities. For a real treat, try the CineDine experience, with private menu and drink service at your movie seat/table inside the theater. You can order your tickets on the web, and pick them up at one of the convenient kiosks in the theatre lobby. We love the Vue, the Glo, and Marcus Theatres. Happy Motoring!
Located at 1101 S. 119th Street is Big Fred’s Pizza. Since its opening in 1965, Big Fred’s has been a popular Omaha gathering spot for sports fans and athletes, especially after local sporting events and competitions. The weekend service wait can be long, especially during the Fall months, when the restaurant hosts Big Red fans seeking the excitement, comradery and game time atmosphere that develops inside the restaurant. Big Fred’s has several overhead televisions inside. Big Fred’s serves a thin crust pizza that is an Omaha original. It is light on the sauce, but heavy on the meat, cheese and other ingredients. Big Fred’s provides a family-friendly environment and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Try it and Happy Motoring!
Located at 2368 S. 29th Street, just west of I-480 at the Martha Street exit, is Dinker’s Bar and Grill. The marquee out front says “Omaha’s Best Burger” and, in my view, the signage is spot on. The helpful, friendly wait staff immediately recognized I was a first time visitor and directed me past the bar area to the order counter. I ordered the “Haystack Burger” that had been recommended to me former Husker, Dave Rimington. The Haystack was delivered promptly. It is a giant burger on a kaiser bun topped with American cheese, honey smoked ham, and a fried egg over easy. The garnish was fresh and the burger delightfully greasy. I’d been trying to cut back on my calorie consumption and immediately found my brain and my stomach locked in a WrestleMania challenge match. Ultimately my brain “tapped out” and the entire Haystacker was consumed. Dinker’s is a terrific neighborhood bar and grill, and I am already planning my next visit. Dinker’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10:oo a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Happy Motoring!
Located at 36th and Farnam Streets, the Crescent Moon Alehouse, the Huber Haus (a German Beer Hall on the lower level), Max & Joe’s (next door) and Beertopia (two doors down) , make up “Beer Corner USA.” Four unique beer experiences in one midtown Omaha location. At the Huber Haus you can enjoy a Bratwurst sandwich or an imported Bavarian pretzel from their food menu, with your choice of several German draft or bottled biers. The Crescent Moon has daily lunch and drink special offerings. Max & Joe’s provides a Belgian Beer Tavern experience, while Beertopia is a store that sells hundreds of bottled beers and keg beers from around the world. The Moon is a fun place to spend Oktoberfest, Fat Tuesday, and most other celebrations. Be safe. Take a designated driver and don’t over indulge. Happy Motoring!
Located at 319 N. 78th Street, the Brazen Head is an authentic Irish-style pub in the middle Omaha. Surprisingly, Brazen Head is located in a strip mall just north of Dodge Street. With lots of wood paneling, booths, tables and stools, the Brazen Head’s decor certainly has an Irish feel to it. The Reuben sandwiches and the fish and chips at the Brazen Head are pretty good. And, if you’re looking for a casual after work gathering spot, to have a pint of Guinness, the Brazen Head may be the right place. On Thursday nights, most drinks are $1, and as a result the place gets very busy. Brazen Head is open Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m, and on Sundays from noon to 11:00 p.m. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!