You don’t have to look far to find a delicious meal in Omaha. While we are known nationwide for our steaks, the city has exploded in recent years with new concepts from renowned chefs featuring everything from sushi to street food. Some of our favorites, however, are those that look to local farms and purveyors to source their ingredients. After all, Omaha sits in the very heart of the nation, and our soil is the source of flavorful produce, abundant livestock, fresh eggs, dairy and so much more.
We rounded up some of the best farm-to-table spots in the city to help inspire your next meal. These restaurants are paying homage to Nebraska by utilizing the flavors of our homeland in a beautiful way. Enjoy!
1415 Farnam Street OR 4952 Dodge Street | Facebook | Instagram
Photo courtesy of Kitchen Table Omaha
Colin and Jessica Duggan are the joint force behind Kitchen Table. The couple is originally from Omaha, so when the two came up with the idea to open a restaurant, they knew they needed to return to their roots! The restaurant works with local farmers and producers to source the best of what’s in season, and these ingredients go into freshly baked breads, flavorful sandwiches and innovative bites. We interviewed Colin and Jessica to get the full story.
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Tuck into this cozy, new European cafe in the Benson neighborhood, where you’ll enjoy inventive fare with a focus on regional ingredients. The restaurant is dedicated to sourcing only the best seasonal ingredients, so for that reason, the menus change on a weekly basis. Although you’ll likely never taste the same thing twice, you’ll always find something memorable on the menu! Try a bit of everything by opting for the chef’s pick tasting menu, which features six shareable courses for the entire table to enjoy.
16901 Wright Plaza #173 OR 3852 Farnam Street | Facebook | Instagram
Photo courtesy of Dante
When you think farm-to-table, pizza might not be the first dish to come to mind, but Dante proves all stereotypes wrong with its seasonal recipes. In traditional Italian fashion, the menu is driven by the freshest, local ingredients available, and the staff is dedicated to providing their guests with an authentic experience from wine to dessert. You can choose fine dining at Dante in West Omaha, or the fast-fine experience at the pizzeria in Blackstone. Either way, make sure to snag a taste of the funghi rosso pizza, which features wood-roasted mushrooms, Calabrian chile, rosemary and mozzarella.
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The beamed ceilings, brick interior and beautiful hanging lights are enough to bring diners back to Baela Rose time and time again — can you imagine a better atmosphere for a great meal? But the food is the real showstopper. The restaurant serves up innovative new American fare designed to wow, including wagyu beef tartare, roasted Brussels sprouts with chorizo, crispy pig ears, and more, all crafted with ingredients sourced from local farmers.
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Photo courtesy of Alex Nelson via Le Bouillon
Nestled in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market, Le Bouillon offers soul-warming French food in a bright and airy dining room. Chef Paul Kulik sources the best ingredients from local farmers and producers, and changes his menu to fit the season, but you’ll always be able to find French mainstays like escargot, chicken confit and fresh oysters on the half shell.
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Photo courtesy of The Muellers via Block 16
Headed by husband-and-wife team Jess and Paul, Block 16 serves up globally inspired, but locally sourced meals designed to impress. In fact, the pair actually travels the world to gain inspiration for their dishes — and the dedication shows! Alton Brown calls the Croque Garcon burger his favorite hamburger in the country, and the restaurant has landed on our lists of best burgers, best lunches, and most Instagram-worthy dishes. Trust us, it’s worth the hype.
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Stirnella melds local Nebraska flavors with global influences to create truly flavorful dishes that speak to the heart. Here, you’ll find everything from popcorn chicken and grilled oysters to crispy octopus and steak & frites, and it’s all amped up a notch. The oysters, for instance, feature fermented chili, garlic confit, butter, ponzu and blood orange — a flavor combination made in heaven! You can enjoy it all in the cozy, rustic space in the Blackstone District.
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Photo courtesy of Dana Damewood via Mark’s Bistro
There’s something for everyone at Mark’s Bistro, which claims to be the place “where people go to feel at home.” The menu features American and Italian standbys with French and Asian influences, and there are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options to choose from! With roots in Dundee, Mark’s strives to source its ingredients locally when possible, and during the warmer months, even grows herbs and vegetables in a rooftop garden. The space is almost as wonderful as the food itself, nestled inside a historic turn-of-the-century home with a beautifully landscaped patio for summer dining.
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The delightful, industrial-style space in the Boiler Room pays tribute to its previous identity as the boiler room providing heat for the historic Bemis Bag Building — but the restaurant is so much more than exposed brick and chic lighting. The restaurant works with 18 local growers to source the finest ingredients possible, and those are then whipped up into inventive, flavorful dishes. Although the menu changes frequently to reflect the season, you’ll find a wonderful mix of meats, fish, charcuterie and small flavorful bites, all of which pair well with the expertly curated wine list.
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Society 1854 opened in Omaha’s new Capitol District late last year in the Marriott hotel, but it’s so much more than a traditional hotel restaurant. Chef Jon Seymour brings the flavors of Nebraska straight to your plate in a fun and flavorful way, adding innovative twists to our heritage dishes and sourcing his ingredients from local farmers. The dishes are perfectly complemented with a carefully curated wine and cocktail list prepared by Granville Sharpe, and the combination of the two talents absolutely lands this spot on Omaha’s must-try list.
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Photo courtesy of Over Easy
For breakfast, you can’t do better than Over Easy, and as evidenced by the wait times on weekend mornings, we aren’t the only ones saying so. This popular breakfast and lunch hub is set in a bright and airy dining room, and offers an ever-changing menu featuring only fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The flavors of Nebraska truly shine through in the restaurant’s staples, which include biscuits and gravy, several Benedicts, and a Reuben sandwich that landed on USA Today’s Top 10 list.
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You might have picked up picnic ingredients at the Grey Plume before. The market features incredible charcuterie, artisan breads and more, and has established itself as a favorite among locals. But you can also enjoy The Grey Plume’s selections in the restaurant, which features seasonally driven, contemporary American cuisine. The menu changes daily based on the available supply from local farmers, but there is always a wonderful balance of handmade pasta, artisan breads, fresh vegetables and local proteins.
Enjoy your farm-fresh meal!
Where is your favorite spot to snag a locally sourced meal in Omaha? Let us know in the comments!