Ok so I’ve told you before that in my line of work it is essential for me to know of great places to take clients. Recently I traveled over to Omaha to do some site tours of hotels and casinos for some clients who want to host a conference over there. Growing up, if my family wanted or needed to go to the city we would go to Omaha, so I have some long time favorite restaurants in Omaha. Even still it is important for me to try new places. I guess this is a good spot to share that the last two new places I tried in Omaha were complete downers! And they came highly recommended by what most would consider being top notch culinary magazines! But true to my commitment that if we don’t have something nice to say we just don’t say anything at all – I won’t be sharing the names of those two restaurants. So, anyway, anticipating this trip, about a month ago I asked a favorite client of mine to give me some new ideas for where to go in Omaha. This particular client travels as much as I do and he too entertains clients so I felt pretty confident any tip he shared would be a great one. I outlined the demographics of the clients I will be taking to Omaha so he could get a sense for the taste and atmosphere I would need. He suggested I try M’s Pub. Well bells started ringing because I have heard of M’s Pub before and they have been on my list to try. Now for some the word pub conjures up images of flat panel TV’s with sports and beer but that is not what one can expect from M’s Pub……………so here is how it all came together…….
M’s Pub opened its doors in 1973, which at that time would have been in the “up and coming” Old Market district of Omaha. M’s Pub is locally owned with a unique, sophisticated menu. They offer signature, special and seasonal dishes all aimed to bring you back again and again.
On arrival you will find it situated on a side street (North off Howard on 11th to be exact) just a couple footsteps away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Market District. The Old Market community is filled with arts, entertainment, fine dining, shopping as well as night life and other attractions. Parking can be tricky on beautiful days as the Old Market draws a regular and tourist crowd but once parked there is much to see along the way while walking. The entrance to M’s Pub greets you with a small outdoor patio dining area. At the door you will quickly recognize this is something special and that pub means fine European pub – not sports pub.
When you settle in at M’s Pub you will notice the basic warehouse architecture has been elegantly dressed with glass and mirrors. The walls are painted white with contrasting black trim giving a spacious feel to the intimate space. Right away white linens set the expectation for fine dining and yet there is still a feeling of being comfortably casual. Seating is limited and the place is great so bear that in mind when you make plans to go there. They do take reservations by telephone so perhaps call ahead if you are trying to go at a busy time of day.
The tables are set for two or four but they can squeeze two tables together to accommodate a slightly larger group. The crowd is adult with a few well behaved children – mostly couples. Anyone dressed in a business suit, business casual or even nicely dressed in jeans would fit in just fine.
The…. Menu….. is….. amazing. Vegetarian, beef, chicken, seafood, pork – even lamb and duck are on the menu. No matter your preference, anyone can find something special to enjoy at M’s Pub. M’s Pub is famous for their lahvosh which is a very thin flatbread also known as “Armenian cracker bread.” Those who were along with me knew our task was to try a variety of dishes so we could size up the food. And of course we planned to test the lahvosh. So we ordered…..
- Omaha – lahvosh pizza style with Havarti cheese, roast beef, red onions and sautéed mushrooms finished with a creamy horseradish drizzle.
- Thai – lahvosh pizza style with Havarti cheese, grilled chicken, tomatoes, scallions, peanuts, basil, cilantro and Thai pepper sauce.
- Steak Sandwich – grilled New York Strip on ciabatta, spread with roasted red pepper boursin cheese, topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and gruyere served with black pepper aioli
- Chicken Salad Croissant – chicken salad on a croissant with lettuce, tomato and red onion
- M’s Falafel – two grilled chick-pea cakes presented over toasted pita, crisp greens, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, Calamata olives and spicy yogurt sauce.
- Bratwurst Plate – two beer braised bratwurst, grilled and served with onions sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and honey mustard sauce
- Surf and Turf Satay – beef tenderloin teamed with black tiger shrimp, served over basmati fried rice with teriyaki sauce.
The lahvosh – delicate deliciousness! Made from a very simple set of ingredients M’s Pub takes lahvosh to the level of grand gourmet. Everyone at the table loved the Thai – I did too but I preferred the Omaha. Very good. Horseradish sauce was just right on the bite. I was purring “uuummm” over the Omaha lahvosh. Everyone was pleased with what they ordered and licked their plates clean. The Steak Sandwich and Bratwurst plates nearly disappeared before I could snap up a last bite to try. Both were very good. Chicken Salad very good. Dressing on the Chicken Salad was lighter not heavy with mayonnaise. Falafel was very good and full of variety of flavors. Surf and Turf was very good – seasoning on shrimp was amazing. For being a fine European gourmet dining experience the bill was reasonable. $120 provided for gratuity along with two appetizers, meals and drinks for eight people. There was nothing left on the plates. Another fav – the rolls. Our server brought rolls with our drinks and they….were…..excellent! Last fav – the service. Our server was very prompt and courteous during the entire visit.
Great location in arts and entertainment district, clean elegant unique atmosphere, business and city dwelling crowd, excellent service, unique menu with great variety of items, great food, reasonably priced.
Their website provides links to the menu, specials, wine list, location and catering. They even have merchandise and offer a 360 virtual tour of the restaurant. Their specials and wine selection changes by the season so the best way to stay on top of their unique offerings is to sign up for their newsletter which you can do through their website.
422 S. 11th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Monday-Saturday 11:00AM – Midnight
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