Omaha Restaurant Association: The Not-So-Secretive Society You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

The Omaha Restaurant Association is watching you.

Actually, they’re watching out for you. They’re doing this by making sure that Omaha area restaurants have all the tools they need in order to provide the best dining experience possible to patrons. “The ORA is a group of local restaurants that work together while at the same time allowing us to get to know like-minded folks within the industry,” explains John Wade, ORA President. “We look at how we can learn from each other. We learn to take care of our customers. We look at the best hospitality experience possible and we work on it together.”

Started in 1944, one of the main goals of the ORA has always been to keep an eye on what the...

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Hour Power

When I first approached this coffeehouse/tea room/wine bar at Shadow Lake in Papillion I noticed that it’s adjacent to a LensCrafters. I made a note to myself that if nothing else interesting came up, I could start my review with a funny story about drinking a bunch of wine and then stumbling next door to get my eyes checked. This was going to be my go-to story if Morning, Noon, & Night turned out to be dull.

It turns out I don’t need the story after all. In fact, I have so much to tell you about this place that I’m not entirely sure where I should begin.

Let’s start with the basic stuff first. Morning, Noon, & Night was created by Diana Connolly. “We just needed a good wine shop...

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Taste of Italy

Walking into Nicola’s in the Old Market you feel as if you have stumbled upon a little café on the streets of Venice, Italy. With only about ten tables, and a backroom hidden by a black curtain, you are taken to a different land where you instantly feel the warmth of a European dining experience. Opened since 2003, Nicola’s in the Old Market is becoming a staple in the Italian food world of Omaha. It’s a place for a romantic dinner, or a casual business meal. It has the versatility to be both, yet still comfortable and inviting.

For my husband and I’s date night, we sat at a table towards the back and looked out onto the beautiful snow covered patio. We talked about how we’re looking...

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Twisted Cork: Stunning Flavors, Cozy Ambiance

Let me make your first visit to the Twisted Cork a little easier with this tip: the Tavern is to the left, and the Bistro is to the right. They’re both a part of the Twisted Cork, but they aren’t the same thing.

I hope I didn’t just confuse you.

I went to the right when I visited the Twisted Cork because I was looking for the full Bistro experience. A friend of mine had told me that this was the place to go for some really great seafood, and I managed to get my husband to accompany me by letting him know that the Twisted Cork Burger was voted the best burger in Nebraska by Food Network Magazine. Great seafood for me and a juicy burger for him; it’s the perfect date night.

Let’s...

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Hiro 88: A Formula for Success

With all the new restaurants popping up in Omaha, it’s important to remember the amazing ones that have sustained the test of time. Hiro 88 in West Omaha was the first Asian restaurant I ate at when I moved to Omaha over five years ago and the excitement it ignited then has not dampened today. I am a regular here and have my favorites. However, for this visit, I decided to pretend as if I was a newly landed resident to Omaha and order dishes that I have never tried before. I wanted to experience it all for the first time…again.

I always tell people who don’t eat sushi to try Hiro. You will be amazed at the creations they make – some with even cooked seafood and meats for those hesitant...

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Two Old Market fixtures celebrate milestones

Signature Old Market spot M's Pub celebrates 40 years in business this year. It's a milestone for any independently owned restaurant. But reaching four decades takes on added meaning because when M's opened in 1973 (a planned 1972 opening was delayed), the fledgling Market's survival looked unsure.

The Market though went from counter culture social experiment to mixed use success story. M's owners Ann Mellen and Ron Samuelson doubly appreciate a thriving Market as their highly reviewed eatery is a fixture along with a second respected restaurant they own there, Vivace, which marks its 20th anniversary this fall. The establishments are emblems of the district's sustainability and growth....

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