College World Series
Omaha is the home of the College World Series. The games take place at Rosenblatt Stadium, and offer the most exciting baseball matches.
The Texas Longhorns (56-16) claimed their sixth national title overall going a perfect 5-0 during CWS play en route to the crown.
American Mexican Food
Nicely situated in the heart of the Old Town part of Omaha. you go down a step of stairs of an ancient warehouse now all converted into yuppie stores and imports from other countries. the ambience of this restaurant is good, even though the obviously mexican girl with a tatoo on her neck did not respond to my spanish greetings.. but it is their problem.
the lighting is moody and you can also sit ouside the restaurant
After Paris, what one surprised is the PRICE, two of us had a sufficient lunch for 15 dollars with 2 usd tip, 17 ie about 13 euros , there is no way you can find a restaurant in paris with similar ambience to dine in for that money. so was happy about it When they say Mexican food in the USA, what they mean is a fair approximation of mexican food , also there is no generic mexican food. In Mexico, there are regional variations, the food of vera cruz is very different from that of Jalisco
but this is tex-mex food, the usual tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, enchilladas .
I enjoyed my lunch even though the receptionist of mexican ancestry refused to speak spanish!
Get out a little... East of 90th St.
I hear all these horror stories and people saying to stay west of 90th, if that's the case you won't see much culture. East of 90th you will find tons of parks, trails, the zoo, gardens & downtown of course. Art is everywhere, hidden galleries, & unique shops. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum for it's exhibits, and free jazz on the green in the summer. Bemis Art's Center is also Free. The Summer Arts Festival, Taste of Omaha, Farmers Market and other summer activities are to be found downtown... oh and lot's of beer, check out Upstream Brewery for some local brew. Restaurants of every flavor, cheap eats include King Kong, Runza, Zio's, & Little King. Even some of the upscale restaurants downtown offer affordable plates. If your a meat eater, there are steakhouses galore... if your not try Natural Kind Cafe. Benson, my childhood neighborhood has some nice spots, including Espana Tapas Bar, The Waiting Room, cafes, record stores, tattoo shops, health food, thrift shops, antiques, & spiritual healing type stuff. Dundee is also a cool little spot, check out the Dundee Dell and hit up an 80's flick at the Dundee Theater. For some real excitement take a drive down Ames Ave for some good ol' home cookin', cheap liquor, & some pimp rides. Im serious, not trying to be funny. You won't get shot, most likely someone will roll up next to you and say "Ay!" Check out Jim's Ribs & Time-Out Chicken, then go North on 30th (or south on 13th) and try Zesto's Ice Cream! There are also some neat cemeteries (Mormon Trail, Temple Israel, & Forest Lawn) if your into that kind of thing. Take 24th from North to South you'll catch a glimpse of every culture and eventually you'll end up in "little mexico" for some real authentic Mexican Food! Then turn left on one of the letter streets and get back on 13th for sausages, czech food, bowling and an indie rock or underground hip hop show at Sokol. Heard of Saddle Creek records? It's not that far, just hop on dodge and follow the signs. Some of Saddle Creek isn't very nice but from there you can either go to Dundee, Benson, or back into North Omaha. If you want to go shopping, stay away from Crossroads, you won't get the best first impression there. If you want to go to the mall go to Westroads just a few miles west from there. But staying east of 90th check out Nebraska Furniture Mart, the largest home furniture store in America. If your into sports, NO.... not everyone loves football. If you have a frisbee or a sled, go to Memorial Park by UNO. Have a skateboard? There's a skate park right off of Cass. Have a bike? There are bike lanes in Happy Hollow or take Keystone Trail. If your the indoors or gamer type, check out Family Fun Center. Have kids? Check out the Children's Museum. There's also Fun Plex for the kiddies, because there are maybe a handful of rides adults can even get on. I hope this helped some, I was being a little sarcastic but seriously, don't judge Omaha from American Idol. Most of those people were from Iowa anyway, just kidding...sorta. ;)
THE BOTANIC GARDENS
OMAHA IS DEVELOPING A NICE OUTDOOR BOTANIC GARDEN WITH LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL PLANTINGS. There is also an (indoor) gift shop and even an eating area. There are 100 acres of outdoor gardens. It is handicap accessable.
Its official name: Lauritzen Gardens.
Very strange and unique town
"Its great and sucks at the same time"
Omaha is a very strange town. They have one of the nations most popular arena's with a convention center and 4 star hotel which borders a neighborhood of boarded up buildings and poverty. Omaha in some ways is a medium sized city of great amenities. It has many, many colleges such as UNO, Creighton, College of St. Mary, Buena Vista and Bellevue University.
University. The University of Nebraska Medical Center alone has about a dozen buildings and takes up a couple of square miles. They also have tons of nursing schools in town (Methodist, Immanuel and Clarkson). The city has one of the highest concentrations of fortune 500 companies in the nation per-capita.
Despite all the positive stuff I mentioned, Omaha has some areas which are complete disasters. The east side of Omaha has literally fallen into disrepair. In East Omaha along Leavenworth and North 16th, 24th and 30th you will see tons and I mean tons of vacant buildings. East Omaha also has a very, very high of amount poverty. Even some of housing projects in Omaha are boarded-up one right after another for everyone to see. Be prepared to see tons of for lease signs in front of unliveable buildings.
Omaha is a town that has great amenities, but some horrible neighborhoods.