When I asked the person behind the front desk at the hotel property where I was staying in Carter Lake in Iowa for a recommendation of a casual restaurant at which to eat, he immediately definitively recommended Blatt Beer & Table in Omaha. Blatt? What kind of a name is that?!? I thought to myself, not realizing the rhyme. I do not usually take the dining recommendations of a person behind the front desk seriously; but this time, I simply shrugged my shoulders and figured, what do I have to lose?
Review: Blatt Beer & Table in Omaha
Shortly after arriving at the location at 610 North 12 Street in the North Downtown area of Omaha, I was seated and ordered my food. The Bavarian Pretzel Bites with german rosemary mustard and gruyère fondue were ordered as a starter course; and they were served warm within minutes. They were delicious; but I thought that $9.00 was slightly too expensive.
I then saw the Brussels Sprouts on the menu for $13.00. I would normally not order them; but the description proved to be too tempting to me: roasted tomato, honey mustard, parmesan cheese, and parsley. Wow. This dish did not disappoint. Hands down the best Brussels Sprouts I have had. It was so delicious that I wanted to lick the bowl. I did not even use the lemon slice.
Next came the Blatt Burger with all natural beef cooked medium, brioche bun, boston lettuce, tomato, guinness-braised onions, dill pickle, and parmesan-peppercorn aioli. I wanted the dill potato salad; but the server came back and said that a new batch was currently being prepared and would take at least 30 minutes. Other options were French fries or creamy cole slaw — or for an extra two dollars, a simple salad. I ordered the French fries instead.
I really like lettuce, tomato, and especially pickles; but this hamburger was so good that I was actually sorry that I added the condiments instead of eating the hamburger by itself. The flavor of the beef was intense. I normally do not like juicy hamburgers; but this one was quite close to perfection, in my opinion. I was amazed.
The condiments and the French fries were fresh and quite good as well. At $16.00, this entrée was quite satisfying.
I did eventually get an order of the potato salad. Although it was freshly made, it was rather cold and bland. I did eat it; but I think it would have benefited from actually setting for a while to get the flavors to come through. Maybe it is better at other times; but based on my experience, I would skip the potato salad.
Final Boarding Call
Blatt Beer & Table has three locations in Omaha. Its name comes from Johnny Rosenblatt, who was a mayor of Omaha and had a baseball stadium named after him. This location has a rooftop beer garden.
I do not drink beer; but the food and experience was more than enough for me to highly recommend Blatt Beer & Table as a place to eat. The service was excellent; the food was great; and the location is convenient.
I definitely recommend dining at Blatt Beer & Table after you have worked up an appetite by visiting several free things to do in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Blatt Beer & Table
610 North 12 Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Ample free parking is available at most times.
Sundays through Thursdays: 11:00 in the morning through 9:00 in the evening
Fridays through Saturdays: 11:00 in the morning through 10:30 in the evening
All photographs ©2023 by Brian Cohen.