Econo Lodge Downtown
2211 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 345-9565
Fax: (402) 345-0311
Block 16 has become one of the best restaurants in Omaha by creating a menu filled with fresh street-style food that is super tasty and affordable. Not only are the dishes tasty, but they use local sources when possible, as well as humanely-raised and preservative-free ingredients. Dishes include gyros, a pulled pork roll, and a Philly sandwich. Block 16 also offers a variety of hard-to-find beers and wines.
This elegant "members only" restaurant offers traditional cuisine including burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads. A favorite is the Original Thunderbird Salad ($6.50, $8.50) with crab, shrimp or smoked turkey. Entrees range from $15-25. If you are visiting Omaha or thinking about joining the club, you can get a "One Night Stand" card, which allows you and your guests to eat at the club without a membership. Free parking is available at the Doubletree Hotel and the garage at 17th and Dodge Streets.
11-Worth Cafe is a wonderful breakfast spot. The place is mostly explored by hungry office goers who come here to get their early morning meal before heading out to work. On weekends, families and groups of friends throng the restaurant for brunch. The interior of the place is very warm and welcoming with simple chairs and tables that can accommodate larger number of patrons. Eggs Benedict with Hashbrowns, Pancakes and Eggs, Large and Small Sausage Gravy, Big Breakfast are some of the their must-try dishes. Also, Cheese Omelette, Meat & Cheese Omelette, Down Home Omelette and Everything Omelette are their famous omelette specials. Open till mid afternoon, 11-Worth Cafe also serves a few lunch specials which are as delectable as their breakfast feast.
Crane Cafe & Bar is a great option while around the area. The ambiance is casual and comfortable. The food here is good, and you can try the salads, lasagnas, meatloaf, and good vegetarian too. They offer a full bar along with tap beer. For coffee and dessert lovers, this place is should not be missed. For reservations, call ahead.
From the street, this spot looks like no big deal, but like Alice falling through the looking glass, Bar 415 patrons find themselves transported to a super-hip jazz club more likely to be found in New York than in a small Midwest cubbyhole. The long, dark room with exposed brick walls is dominated by a big, wooden bar lit by colorful Pottery Barn-like hanging lamps. The drink menu is very uptown with Cosmopolitans, Martinis and such. On the weekends, local jazz bands play from a stage suspended from the ceiling. A cover charge is collected when live music is offered.
This funky spot in the Old Market has that Birkenstocks with socks feel. The all-vegetarian menu is fresh and lively, with entrees that include Brazilian Black Beans and Rice, Veggie Stir Fry and the Boca Burger. The chefs here prepare every organic morsel with the strictest vegetarian guidelines in mind. There is a huge selection of organically grown teas, natural sodas, juices and beers available. The umbrella-topped tables in the outdoor dining area are arranged around a festively painted VW Bus.
Visit Hiro 88 for unrivaled Japanese cuisine in the Omaha area. The Asian fusion menu is filled with surprising flavors and dishes, including the Hiro 88 Roll. This roll includes crab, shrimp, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and masago. Main dishes include BBQ short ribs and fire braised chicken. The restaurant itself was designed by Japanese architect Nakamura-san and features ample open space and a clean design. A large selection of sake is also offered.
If you are full-blooded Irish, or merely Irish at heart, you will enjoy this green-themed pub in the Old Market. This spot is located underground; just look for the sign and the green Blarney Stone. Descend the stairs to sample more than 100 beers, live Irish music and excellent bar food. Try the Pub Burger with chips and soup. The atmosphere is comfortable with a long wooden bar and a separate room to accommodate the band.
This retro breakfast and lunch spot in the Old Market is as much fun as it looks. The atmosphere is classic and the menu offers few surprises, but everything, from eggs and bacon to the chicken-fried steak, is terrific. The mood is subdued and casual. Choose a stool at the bar or a cozy booth and enjoy. A small parking lot is available, but, as is common for all Old Market restaurants, parking can be a problem.
Stokes Grill and Bar is a sure neighborhood favorite. The outdoor seating is beautiful and much enjoyed by the patrons. Some of the delicacies to be tried are the aztec nachos, salads, sharon's chicken enchiladas, green Chile chicken fried steak and eggs, banana bread french toast and much more. They offer an extensive bar menu to choose from. The service is great. They also offer catering services for parties and events. For more information, call ahead.
CRAVE is one of the most visited restaurants in this part of Omaha. The ambiance is cool and fun, yet has a classy touch to it. They have an extensive wine selection to complement your meals. Their food is delicious and some of the dishes you may want to try are sushi and steaks, pizzas, pastas, seafood and salads too. You can rent out the space for weddings, receptions, gatherings and corporate events. For reservations and more information, call ahead.
This Old Market favorite features a lively atmosphere and fun décor. The menu offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and salads, and the full bar stocks 110 different beers. The loud, spirited ambiance is perfect for adults and kids. The restaurant even gives children their own new pack of four crayons for entertainment. A separate room filled with pool tables often hosts billiards tournaments.