2021 YP Summit Planning Committee: Favorite Omaha Hidden Gems

Rakshit Rekhi – YP Summit Chair, Gallup – Absolute fan of Legend Comics & Coffee. They have a huge collection of comics and really good coffee. It is a nice place to go down to either by yourself or your friends to spend a fun and relaxed evening.  

Kelsey Christensen – Digital Engagement Chair, Physicians Mutual – I love The Alpine Inn. The stick-to-your bones food is good, but the real entertainment is watching the cats and raccoons get the table scraps. I could watch them for hours!

Anne Maksimovich – Programming Chair, Turner Construction – I am a sucker for a good drink and if it’s whiskey, even better. One of my favorites that I can count on for a great cocktail with some awesome personalities behind the bar and unique décor is Mercury. Bonus points: Their rotating kitchen menu is always delish!

Haley Armstrong – Selections Chair, Nebraska Medicine – Dairy Chef in Elkhorn. It’s a sweet treat, usually full of folks from all over the city. On Saturdays in the Summer they put up a projector and screen in the back to watch movies while you eat.  

Alysia Radicia, RDG Planning & Design – Omaha has always been hailed for its music scene. Unexpecting and intimate. The Folkhouse Concert Series is no different. In the before times, when it was acceptable to hang out with strangers in tight quarters, you could mosey into the home of Jerome & Mary and listen to a live concert in the comfort of their own home. Given its namesake, these performers were typically of the folk variety. To get on the mailing list and to manifest future happenings, subscribe via folkhouse@cox.net or go online at ttp://www.folkhouseconcerts.com/schedule.htm

Chris Humphries – My favorite hidden gem is the Steve Hogan golf course which is a quick drive north of downtown Omaha. It is one of Omaha’s many amazing 9-hole public golf courses. Situated within the scenic Miller Park you will find a perfect course for beginners and those new to golf. I grew up learning how to play on this course with my dad and you can still find us playing there multiple times a month every summer and fall until there is snow on the ground. 

Courtney Westering, Paypal – The Alpine Inn is hands down one of my all-time favorite places in Omaha! Besides having some of the best fried chicken in town, they also feature some of the best entertainment. My kids get so excited when it’s feeding time!

Darius Christensen, Trane Technologies – There are so many great places in Omaha it’s hard to pick but I would have to say Osteria Segreto a literal hidden gem in blackstone pro tip get the tequila old fashioned it’s to die for!

Fernanda Reutzel, Physicians Mutual – I’m in love with coffee and there are so many hidden gems in Omaha to pick from! However, one of my most favorite places is Blueline in Dundee. So good, so affordable, and such awesome service. A must visit! 

Kelsey Scroggin, University of Nebraska Medical Center – One of my favorite’s is Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare in the Old Market. My husband and I came across it a couple of years ago and it’s now our go-to spot for special occasions. The bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella is delicious! 

Laurel Oetken, Ervin & Smith – One of my all-time favorite spots is the Greek Islands located in the heart of town near Field Club of Omaha. You can’t go wrong with their grilled salmon, Greek potatoes, or their gyros. Plus, you’ll always be greeted by one of the owners because the restaurant has stayed in the family for years. This is one restaurant that will keep you coming back for more and is truly a must-visit in Omaha! 

Leah Whitney Chavez, World Speaks – My favorite is Kathmondu Station. They started out as a hole in the wall in blackstone but are now in aksarben. I still know a lot of people haven’t heard of them but their food is definitely a must try. 

Nicole Gomez, Immigrant Legal Center – Sozo is my absolute favorite spot. It’s a coffeehouse with small rooms that you can rent for small meetings or study. Their drinks and games are great as well. 

Paola Briones, University of Nebraska Omaha – My favorite place for Thai is Laos Thai Restaurant, located on 24th St. It’s a hole-in-the-wall type place, but the food is mouth wateringly delicious and the owners have great customer service!

Parshav Chauhan, Client Resources Inc. – Crystal jade. An old Village Inn location converted to Chinese restaurant offering a variety of Asian dishes. For the price and food they offer, I find them always satisfactory.

Patrick Kilcoyne, United Way of the Midlands – My hidden gem is the 100 Block in Council Bluffs – just a wonderful little series of bars, restaurants, and other stores. With Caddy’s, Barley’s, Rodeo Saloon, Cube Ultra Lounge, Lincoln’s Pub, and more, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy yourself there. It also gets bonus points for its periodic special events and the likelihood you’ll see some presidential hopefuls there every four years.

Phil Friedrich, Northwestern Mutual –  I enjoy Epoca- in the Capital District. The food is authentic and delicious! They have many different events that take place. For nightlife they often have a DJ and dancing. 

Randy Chavez, Stable Gray – There are too many to choose from but I will have to go with Victors in South Omaha. They have the best Mexican food.

Rebecca Atkins, University of Nebraska Omaha –  Howard’s Charro Cafe is great for Mexican food with entertainment. Every Friday night they have a live mariachi band that goes table to table to sing to guests. I recommend the Charro special – but be warned, it’s spicy!

Sydny Boyd, KMTV -Village Grinder coffee shop. It’s been around for so long and has adjusted beautifully given all that’s happened this last year. The scones are amazing, but the vanilla latte is really yummy! I can’t recommend this place enough!

Tara Friesen, Nebraska Medicine – Pim’s Thai is located in an unassuming strip mall in Northwest Omaha, but don’t let it fool you – they make some of the best Thai food I’ve had in Omaha!