Given Central Omaha’s size, residents enjoy a wide array of foods from several continents and countries, traditional or fused with the area’s Midwest flavors. Each distinctive portion of the neighborhood, from Midtown to Dundee,
battles for the prestige of being the neighborhood’s best area for restaurants or bars.
In Dundee, Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob ’s simple menu — falafel, kabobs and curry fries — lures diners from around the city. Try the garlic sauce on your pita and ask for extra curry powder on the fries. Because the kitchen is open until 3 a.m. most nights, feed your cravings at any time, but table space is limited, so take out is often your only option.
Pitch Pizzeria, on Underwood Avenue,
wins accolades for its coal-fired pizzas, but customers rave over the truffle fries and arugula salad. Community tables and weekend all-day happy hours pack people in, though often at the loss of private conversations. Stop by Monday or Tuesday for their pizza and bottle special: $30 for a specialty pizza and house wine.
The dinner scene quiets down at Blackstone
District’s Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria. Though some residents argue its limited menu features less authentic ingredients than the taco trucks in South Omaha, Mula’s tacos, tortas and extensive tequila menu challenge the idea. Swing by on Tuesdays for $2 tacos, or try the al pastor, with chile pork and charred pineapple.
The nightlife in each of Central Omaha’s enclaves relies heavily on treasured dive bars, Americana pubs and cozy wine bars. Watch the game over a Philly steak sandwich at Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub and Grill, or sip on draft champagne at The Homy Inn. The Dundee Cork & Bottle serves its famous Moscow mules in copper cups and sells half-priced bottles on Wednesdays, while Pageturners Lounge pours craft brews in a converted used book shop.
For late night entertainment, settle into a couch at Hookah 402. Besides shared shisha pipes, the laid-back lounge has live music and comedy shows, and never charges a cover. More thumping base clubs and DJs can be found downtown.