Sarah Baker Hansen, Omaha World-Herald's food critic, released her list of the top 10 restaurants of 2013. One caveat - it only includes restaurants reviewed in The World-Herald during 2013.
Kitchen Table in downtown Omaha offers midwestern food that is a step up from typical comfort food. They offer a menu with seasonal soups, sandwiches, salads, and even vegan or vegetarian options. They eatery is most known for their classic meatloaf sandwich, created by owner and chef Colin Duggan.
Louie's Wine Dive is another favorite in Omaha with ground pork and sausage options for slow-cooked menu items that include an exceptional amount of flavor. Big Mama's Sandwich Shop is just around the corner on Lake street with old-school fried chicken that is served with cranberry sweet tea. For something more modern, Wilson & Washburn includes classic dishes with interesting twists. They're best known for their beet burger.
Harvest Cafe and Wine Bar is well-respected in Omaha for its clean and local ingredients used in the menu for Californian cuisine that serves up classic dishes like mac and cheese and traditional sandwiches. It's a small establishment, but boasts bold and delicious flavors. When wanting something more upscale and classy, Flatiron Cafe is rich with caviar and lobster menu items with sides that include tasteful Brussels sprouts and bacon jalapeño potato salad. J's on Jackson is similar in style with a handful of seafood options set in a contemporary environment that is semi-formal without feeling too stuffy.
For those wanting to enjoy Thai cuisine, Salween Thai offers classics like decadent Pad Thai with plenty of menu items that include their incredible Panang curry. Although the exterior of the building is easy to miss, the flavors are worth a try.
When wanting a great slice of pizza at a local joint, Frank's Pizzeria is a staple in the community with plenty of specials for New York-style pie that offers dozens of ingredients and a cozy family-friendly environment.