Traveling the “Road to Omaha” for some College World Series action this summer? While there will be enough tantalizing food stands to fill the outfield within and surround the ballpark, you might just want to explore what other unique places Omaha has to offer in between games. Omaha Culinary Tours has put together a few of our favorite picks within walking distance from the ballpark for this summer.
We encourage you to swing for the fences and slide into some local establishments before heading for home. Or, better yet, join us on one of our food tours and leave the planning and driving to us!
Hook and Lime Tacos + Tequila -- 0.2 Miles from the Ballpark
Get your taco fix at this hip, tasty spot that features plenty of local ingredients for their street tacos and house made tortillas. The stars of the show here are the guacamole and the craft margaritas. They stock over 100 tequilas, so be ready to pick a favorite.
Le Bouillon Restaurant and Raw Bar -- 0.8 Miles from the Ballpark
This casual French restaurant occupies a spot in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market. The century-old warehouse district, complete with brick-paved streets, adds to the charm of the establishment. Join them for happy hour on the patio for $1.25 oysters and $5 wines for a break from the crowds.
Brickway Brewery & Distillery -- 1 Mile from the Ballpark
Looking for a local craft brew or spirit? This is the only place in town with both! Whether you prefer the palest of ales or the darkest of lagers, they’ve got you covered (throw in a shot of their Cinnamon Whisky and you’ve got a party!). Try their Beer Cheese Soup and Braised Brat, both cooked with their own Brickway Pils, and then you’ll have truly experienced Omaha!
Hardy Coffee Co. -- 1 Mile from the Ballpark
Come for the coffee, stay for the baked goods. From fresh baked cinnamon rolls to made-from-scratch donuts, Hardy Coffee Co. is a great place to satisfy your caffeine addiction and sweet tooth. And since we are talking about hotspots near the CWS, we would be remiss not to let you know about their hand-twisted soft pretzels that put their ballpark counterparts to shame! Hardy now boasts three locations around town; their Downtown hub is a few short minutes away from the ballpark.
Old Market Candy Shop -- 0.8 Miles from the Ballpark
Okay, you just have to stop in here if you find yourself in the Old Market. It has candy-- lots of candy-- and fudge and chocolates. The Old Market Candy Shop has been around for over 40 years, and the owner Mike is the nicest guy in the neighborhood. Go there and try a “Mudball” and a “Chicken Leg”. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
When it comes to locally-owned culinary hotspots, Omaha’s bench runs deep--and the roster only continues to grow. As the longest running food and drink tour operator in Nebraska, Omaha Culinary Tours has built a relationship with more than 50 of the city’s entrepreneurs, chefs, and mixologists in an effort to showcase Omaha’s culinary scene to residents and visitors alike.
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