Discovering Omaha's Best Restaurants
If the best way to get to know a city is through its food, then Discover Omaha is a master class in what Omaha does exceptionally well.
Launched last summer by entrepreneurs Alan Rust and Dakotah Smith, Discover Omaha leads culinary tours through the city's most exciting dining and drinking establishments. There are four different themed tours to choose from (with additional custom options available): Dishes and Drinks, Tequila and Tacos, Gastropub and Brewery and Sushi and Sake. Each tour consists of a chauffeured luxury car (from sedan to limo bus, depending on the size of your group), a knowledgable guide and the red carpet treatment at each venue.
"We want the experience to be a way to introduce people to all the wonderful restaurants that Omaha has, and also support local businesses," Alan says.
The tours have been a big hit with tourists and recent transplants to Omaha who want to get to know their new city better, but they've also become a favorite for company outings, reunions, group parties and locals looking to do something unique and fun. "I have enjoyed all of our guests, but I think one of my favorites was a group of ladies in their 70s and 80s," Alan told me. "They just had the best time."
Honestly, who wouldn't? I had the privilege of joining other local influencers on a Dishes and Drinks tour and the owners and/or chefs of each restaurant showered us with attention and presented us with their most artful tapas and small plates.
Discover Omaha has relationships with restaurants all over town, so there's always a fun element of mystery about what treasures you'll uncover on a tour. Here are some scenes from our moveable feast.
Discover Omaha is already expanding. Recently, they acquired Nebraska Tour Company, which offers guided art and history tours around town, and they're hoping to start a supper club with participating restaurants in the coming months.
The pricing varies depending on how many are in your party, but tours average $89 per person for parties of six. You can find more details and book your tour at Discover-Omaha.com.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Discover Omaha tour and complimentary food and drink from the restaurants we visited to write this post. But the blissed-outedness is all mine.