From Joe Bezousek, Associate Director of Admissions, Creighton University:
Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream
1120 Jackson Street
Any visit to Omaha is incomplete without a visit to this nationally known, old-fashioned ice cream shop, located close to Creighton’s campus. Featuring up to 12 new flavors every day, they do it the old fashioned way with rock salt and ice. Stop by in the afternoon to see the old-school ice cream makers in action. Flavors range from traditional Dutch chocolate and cookie dough, to artisanal flavors like Guinness and Peanut Butter and Jelly. There's also an espresso bar, soda fountain with phosphates, egg creams, and malts -- and popcorn!
Jones Bros. Cupcakes
2121 South 67th Street
Jones Bros. Cupcakes has been featured three times on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Located in midtown Omaha, the bakery's cupcake menu includes Maple Bacon, Sweet & Salty, Yellow Chocolate, Tiramisu, Root Beer Float!, Snickers, Wild Thing, the Elvis Special (chocolate, peanut butter, and banana) and, of course, Red Velvet. Jones Bros. also has several other enticing desserts including cheesecakes and frozen yogurt, as well as a full café menu with salads, sandwiches, and 5-Star Mac and Cheese.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
14450 Eagle Run Drive
16939 Wright Plaza
416 S. 12th St.
Yes, sushi in Omaha, NE! The sushi craze has overtaken our city and Creighton students are the ones who benefit. With so many of our students from Hawaii, it is imperative that our city offer high-quality seafood and sushi. Blue has a great menu for the adventurous sushi connoisseur, as well as those that are new to sushi and not quite sure they want to go crazy with raw seafood. There's straight-up sashimi, as well as specialties like Itchy Salmon with baked salmon, spicy crab, jalapeño, cilantro, and ponzu and the unexpected -- signature edamame hummus, anyone?
6405 Center Street
Also in midtown Omaha, Amato’s is an old-school Italian café, that has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as Man vs. Food. Don’t miss the Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes and Salsiccia (Italian Sausage) burger.
157 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA
This quirky, gourmet, yet affordable restaurant is located across the river in Council Bluffs, IA. Featuring a blend of Southern cooking with Cajun and Tex-Mex, it features an ever-changing chalkboard menu of favorites including the Dixie Scramble (Toasted English muffin, with grilled tomato, bacon, ham or sausage, egg and tomato butter on top) Chicken Tortilla soup, Crab Cakes, Biscuits and Gravy, and some of the best French toast around.
Upstream Brewing Company
514 South 11th Street
Located in the Old Market, this is a great restaurant that will satisfy any family with a variety of taste buds and food preferences. You'll find everything from a world famous Omaha Steak, to fresh salads, seafood, and sandwiches. Upstream also brews their own Root Beer!
Stella’s Bar and Grill
106 S Galvin Road
This Bellevue area dive is not the place to go for a salad or to eat healthy. Stella’s has incredible juicy burgers that are served on napkins that disintegrate. So, not the healthiest of options, but this is what a burger should taste like.
The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill
501 North 13th Street
Blatt Beer and Table
610 N. 12th St.
These new additions to the Omaha “NoDo” area are drawing in large crowds during the events held at the CenturyLink Center Omaha and TD Ameritrade Park. Both offer a great opportunity to get a filling meal before rooting on the Creighton baseball or basketball teams at our nearby facilities. From Vegetarian Currywurst and Duck Fat Fries at Blatt Beer to a Grilled Cobb salad and Cheeseburger flat bread pizzas at The Old Mattress.
4916 Underwood Avenue Upper
A gourmet Dundee area restaurant housed in an historic, turn-of-the-century home, Mark’s offers a contemporary menu for dinner and lunch with several local favorites, such as their world famous Mac and Cheese with chef embellishments.
The Grey Plume
220 S. 31st Ave, Suite 3101
Named the greenest restaurant in America, this is the complete opposite of a traditional college dive. Focused on seasonally-driven, farm-to-table contemporary American food, this incredible restaurant in the new Midtown Crossing area is close to campus and a good option for our students and visitors who want to splurge. Menu items range from steelhead trout and wild Columbia River salmon to Wagyu Beef and a signature Bison Burger.