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So you want to eat a steak…

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Mark this one as the 3rd most frequently asked question at our shareholder information booth at Borsheims.

“Where can I get a good steak in Omaha?”

Everyone knows about Gorat’s – since that’s Warren Buffett’s favorite steak house – but it’s usually totally booked during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

I usually ask shareholders a few questions about what type of experience they’re looking for. A traditional old Omaha steakhouse experience where you get pasta and baked potato as a side dish? A more updated experience? A quicker place or a more expensive sit-down place? There are so many great options and I love to talk about food.

(Here’s our list of restaurants by area of city. And here’s a past post discussing food. Here’s another. And now I’m hungry.)

Our fantastic local food critic at the Omaha World Herald must get the same question because she put out a list of steakhouses and hot new restaurants for shareholders. Click here to read her list.

And while it’s not a steakhouse, her list does mention Block 16 which is a MUST VISIT when I talk to out-of-towners. Delicious, affordable, and innovative. One of my personal favorites!

Make Your Restaurant Reservations Now!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Gorat'sToday is the day! If you’re hoping to get in to eat at Gorat’s on the Sunday or Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend (or any of the other days that weekend), you can call for reservations starting now.

Here’s the line from Warren Buffett’s crew at Berkshire Hathaway headquarters:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 1 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We love Gorat’s – as does Mr. Buffett. But we also love a lot of other restaurants in town. And no matter what type of cuisine you’re looking for, it might be a good idea to start making reservations now. We have a great list of area restaurants here. It’s broken down by area of town or cuisine and is a pretty good glimpse of what we have to offer here. I also love to make personal recommendations, so feel free to ask and I’ll point you in the right direction.

Omaha a “Great City for Food Lovers” says Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway shareholders who spend any time eating at restaurants in Omaha can attest to what the Wall Street Journal announced today – Omaha is a great city for food lovers!

In an article searching for great restaurants in small cities, Omaha was selected as one of the six best. In the company of San Antonio, Columbus, Sacramento, Raleigh-Durham and Spokane, Omaha was listed as having great food in six vital contemporary restaurant genres.


An Omaha teen snaps a selfie in July 2014 while Warren Buffett and Paul McCartney enjoy ice cream in the Dundee neighborhood of Omaha.

Among the Wall Street Journal’s picks for Omaha are a few that the Buffett family has been known to frequent. Dario Schicke’s two Dundee restaurants (Dario’s Brasserie and Avoli Osteria) are both delicious, innovative, and a place you can occasionally catch a glimpse of Warren Buffett or Susie Buffett.  Sometimes, they dine there with famous friends… like Paul McCartney, and then go for ice cream down the street!

If you want a definite dining experience with Warren Buffett, Wednesday, April 1, is the day to act! That’s the first chance shareholders have to get reservations at Gorat’s during Berkshire Hathaway weekend. Gorat’s steakhouse is a longtime Buffett favorite, and he will eat there on Sunday evening. He says he’ll also eat at Piccolo’s, where he raves about the root beer floats! Here’s the section from Buffett’s letter to shareholders:

Gorat’s and Piccolo’s will again be open exclusively for Berkshire shareholders on Sunday, May 3rd. Both will be serving until 10 p.m., with Gorat’s opening at 1 p.m. and Piccolo’s opening at 4 p.m. These restaurants are my favorites, and I will eat at both of them on Sunday evening. Remember: To make a reservation at Gorat’s, call 402-551-3733 on April 1st (but not before); for Piccolo’s, call 402-346-2865. At Piccolo’s, order a giant root beer float for dessert. Only sissies get the small one.

So make your reservations now – either for one of those steakhouses or for one of our hundreds of other amazing restaurants. We have a partial listing of restaurants here, but if you have a specific restaurant question or request, leave me a comment and I’m happy to provide a personal suggestion. In Omaha, we love food!

What to do with the rest of your Saturday, Berkshire Shareholders

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

If you’ve left the question and answer session at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, or if you’re waiting a few more hours until the end of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger’s always interesting Q&A session, we have some ideas for the rest of your Saturday.

The official Berkshire Hathaway event schedule suggests checking out the NetJets display at TAC Air across from Eppley Airfield until 4:30pm. A shuttle is available – find out more at the NetJets booth in the CenturyLink Center.

We always suggest shopping at Borsheims. We also have a shuttle that runs from the CenturyLink Center to our store – leaving every 20 minutes through 5pm. Nebraska Furniture Mart has one as well.  It leaves every 45 minutes through 10pm.

Nebraska Furniture Mart is where the Berkshire Hathaway Big League Picnic is held.  They have live entertainment from DJ’s Dugout’s Blazin’ Pianos with food from Famous Dave’s, Domino’s, Sonic or Paradise Bakery & Cafe. Tickets are $5 – you can buy them at the door. The event runs from 5:30-8.

If you are looking for places to eat around town (and I know many of you are – I answered a lot of questions about restaurants last night at our info booth), we have a list of great restaurants and I did a blog post with some suggestions for places to eat. Many of the restaurants will be booked up for the evening, but I’m sure some will still have availability.

The Omaha World Herald compiled a list of free and low-cost options for shareholders for the weekend. From free places to view art to great areas for a walk, the list is full of good suggestions no matter what your budget.

Enjoy your evening but rest up for tomorrow’s final day of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend; when Warren Buffett plays salesman at Borsheims, takes on an Olympian in ping pong and gets a few hands of bridge in with his buddy Bill Gates. You don’t want to miss it!

Let’s Talk Food, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Two weeks from today, you guys!

Two weeks until we get to have thousands of our friends and shareholders visit Omaha from all over the world. It is always so much fun, and it feels like it really came quickly this year. (Maybe that’s because the weather has been so chilly here lately. Don’t worry – we are warming it up before you arrive!)

Anyway, I know when I’m a few weeks out from an event, I start thinking about food. That’s normal, right?!?

steakI mean, who wouldn’t start salivating over a big juicy steaks a couple of weeks out? Especially if you don’t have regular access to our fine Omaha steaks (and Omaha Steaks) on a regular basis.

Warren Buffett always talks about his favorite spots. Gorat’s, which was renovated and under new ownership last year, is a staple for Mr. Buffett and his fans. In fact, he encouraged shareholders to call a few weeks ago to snag their reservations for the Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. They are likely booked up for Sunday, when Mr. Buffett will stop by, but you can always try to get reservations another day.

Mr. Buffett’s other favorite is Piccolo Pete’s, where he swears by the large root beer float. They, too, are expecting to see Mr. Buffett on Berkshire Sunday, so they are probably booked for reservations. You should still call them to try to get in. Root beer floats are never a bad thing.

Both Gorat’s and Piccolo Pete’s are old school steakhouses. The kind where you get a hunk of meat, a big potato, usually an iceberg lettuce salad and some pasta on the side. It is filling, delicious, and makes you feel like you stepped back a few decades in time (and in terms of price! They’re both very reasonably priced). Other old-school steakhouse favorites here in Omaha, and personal favorites of mine, include The Drover, Brother Sebastian’s and Cascio’s Steakhouse to name a few.

The Omaha World Herald reviewed our old steakhouses last summer and found Brother Sebastian’s to be the best. Plus it’s a really cool atmosphere.

If you want a more contemporary steak eating experience, Omaha has you covered, too. Or really any food. Check out our restaurant section for a guide to Omaha eats, sorted by area of town and some by cuisine.

And really, I love to talk food. So if you have any specific requests or questions, comment away and I will be happy to guide you in the right direction!


Make your Restaurant Reservations for Berkshire Hathaway weekend

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I’m sure by this point, out-of-towners have already booked their flights and hotels. Everyone should now focus their attention to making restaurant reservations for the weekend. With more than 35,000 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders here for the weekend, the restaurant scene can be a little packed.

We are a great resource for that! Check out our restaurants section on our website… under Around Omaha or by clicking here.

We categorized the restaurants by cuisine and location in town.

Of course, you should plan on eating at Borsheims during our Friday shareholder cocktail party and Sunday’s shareholder-only brunch. They are free to all shareholders.

Nebraska Furniture Mart offers a barbeque for shareholders on Saturday for a $5 fee.

One of Warren Buffett’s favorite steakhouses, Gorat’s, has a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder-only day on Sunday. The opened for reservations on April 1, so they may already be booked. You can try them at 402-551-3733.

One of Warren’s other favorite steakhouses, Piccolo’s, is taking reservations as well. Their number is 402-342-9038.

Happy eating!

Are Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Hungry?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

That’s like asking if the sky is blue. Judging by the food we go through at Borsheims during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders weekend, I’m going with a resounding ‘yes’. And now I’m hungry, too.

That’s because I’ve been updating our page on Where to Eat in Omaha. Spending an hour looking at all the delicious restaurants we have in Omaha has me in the mood for some serious eating. The page needed updating because of a fabulous new development in town, Midtown Crossing. It’s added 7 restaurants in a 4-block area within the past year. And they’re good.

Our established restaurants are great, too! As I was entering the websites of the restaurants, I knew exactly what I would order right now from each of them. Asiago and artichoke dip = Upstream. Mac and cheese = Marks. Twisted Cork Burger = Twisted Cork. Hotel Cali roll = Blue. Chicken Enchilada = Jams. Think I eat out too much?

We divided up the page into steakhouses (of course), Old Market area, and then the rest of the city. That’s usually what out-of-towners want to know. Local shareholders should find the page useful, too… since it has websites, cuisines, and phone numbers of many of the great restaurants in town.

And now I’m headed to raid the kitchen and try to satisfy this hunger! What are you looking forward to eating this year?