Any city worth its weight in the food arena must claim bragging rights to a specialty.  Omaha can point proudly to two.  First there are those legendary mouth-watering steaks, but fear not the vegetarians and vegans among us.  Make your way to Block 16, offering vegan sandwiches in downtown Omaha or to Modern Love, an all vegan restaurant, for a healthful, delicious meal that will satisfy your food craving and your philosophical sentiments, although many restaurants serve delightful vegetarian and vegan meals.  Oh, the other Omaha specialty is the Reuben sandwich — yes, it was invented right here in river city. There are a bunch of duplicates of the famous sandwich out there, but prepare to enjoy the original real deal, it’s worth the travel for that experience alone!

Old Market Area (or nearby)

801 Chophouse at the Paxton (upscale steakhouse, including fresh seafood)
1403 Farnam St.

Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine (Persian)
1006 Howard St.

Block 16 (Locavore lunch menu)
1611 Farnam St.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Sushi and Japanese tapas)
416 South 12th St.

Bricks & Mortar (Tapas and wine bar)
1037 Jones St.

Himalayas (Bhutan and Indian cuisine)
1010 Howard St.

Hiro 88 (Japanese)
1308 Jackson St.

Jackson Street Tavern (American)
1125 Jackson St.

Kitchen Table (Locavore café with veggie options)
1415 Farnam St.

La Buvette Wine Bar & Delicatessen (French, patio seating)
511 South 11th St.

Le Bouillon (French)
1017 Howard St.

Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare (Italian, patio seating)
521 South 13th.

Old Market Spaghetti Works
1105 Howard St.

Plank Seafood Provisions (Oyster bar & restaurant)
1205 Howard St.

Roya Mexican Grill (Mexican)
1212 Harney St.

Saigon Surface (Vietnamese)
324 South 14th St.

Stokes Grill & Bar (Southwestern cuisine)
1122 Howard St.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
222 South 15th St.

The Boiler Room Restaurant (New American fare)
1110 Jones St.

The Flatiron Café (New American)
1722 St. Marys Ave #110

Tokyo Sushi (Sushi)
1215 Howard St.

Trini’s (Mexican)
1020 Howard St.

Twisted Fork (Contemporary American, patio seating) $$
1014 Howard St.

Upstream Brewing Company (Grill and brewpub)
514 South 11th St.

V. Mertz (Elegant American)
1022 Howard St.

Wheatfields (American & European)
1202 Howard St.

Zio’s Pizzeria
1109 Howard St.

Midtown Crossing Area

Brix (Bistro with wide selection of wine, craft beer, premium liquor, with innovative wine dispensing system)
220 South 31st Avenue #3103

Cantina Laredo (Mexican)
120 N. 31st St. Ste 5107

Crescent Moon Ale House
3578 Farnam St.

Delice European Bakery
3201 Farnam St. Ste 6112

Leadbelly (American pub with innovative pub food)
3201 Farnam St.

Marrakech Gourmet (Mediterranean)
504 North 33rd St. (near Midtown Crossing)

The Grey Plume (Locavore menu) $$
220 S. 31st Ave#3101

Dundee Area

Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob (Middle Eastern sandwiches)
620 North 50th St.

Avoli Osteria (Northern Italian)
5013 Underwood Ave.

Dario’s Basserie (French-style, wide selection of Belgian beers)
4920 Underwood Ave.

Mark’s Food, Wine, and Spirit (American, patio seating)
4916 Underwood Ave.

Pitch Pizzeria
5021 Underwood Ave.

Benson Area

Benson Brewery (Artisan foods and brew pub)
6059 Maple St.

Espana Tapas Bar & Restaurant (Spanish tapas)
6064 Maple St.

Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar
6207 Maple St.

Other Areas

Gorat’s Steakhouse
4917 Center St.

Greek Islands (Greek)
3821 Center St.

Mai Thai (Thai)
2279 South 67th St.

Modern Love (Vegan)
1319 South 50th St.

Salween Thai
1102 NW Radial Hwy

The Drover (Steakhouse)
2121 South 73rd St.

The Jaipur Brewing Co. (Indian, brewery, patio seating)
10922 Elm St.