11 fabulous ethnic restaurants to try in Omaha
5. The Voltaire
Le Voltaire offers a taste of Paris in West Omaha. With authentic French starters like beef burgundy and duck cassoulet (my favorite), head chef Cedric takes his guests on a culinary tour of France. Start your dining experience by ordering snails or foie gras. Whichever choice you make, Le Voltaire will make you think that you are dining in a quaint, intimate Parisian café. Enjoy a nice glass of French wine with your dinner. At Le Voltaire you can not only enjoy a culinary experience, but also plan a stop at the Le Petit Paris bakery, which offers pastries and other goodies such as croissants and filled eclairs. Cedric Fichepain, a native of France, is not only the owner and chef, but also the French honorary consul for Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.
6. The Jaipur
Considered Omaha’s favorite Indian restaurant, Jaipur is known for its fusion style of cooking that combines the best of India and Nepal, which is where owner and chef Gyanendra Bhandari comes from. Starters include a favorite Nepalese momo, a chicken, vegetable, and spice dumpling served with tomato chutney. The Indian crab cake with yogurt / cream sauce is delicious too. Appetizers range from traditional Indian dishes such as tikka masala to unique plates, including lamb korma (pieces of lamb sautéed in curry sauce). Adding a side of naan bread can make a special food excursion. With an in-house brewery, the Jaipur also offers an interesting selection of craft beer.
7. Three luck
In January 2020, a fire destroyed the Three Happiness Chinese restaurant in Midtown Omaha. The owners promised to rebuild as soon as possible. When the restaurant reopened less than a year later, people stood in line and sat in their cars for hours, patiently waiting for their takeout orders. They know a restaurant is a must when people are ready to come out for starters like black pepper chicken or Szechuan beef in the winter. But every Three Happiness fan’s real favorite is the peanut butter chicken, which has baked breaded chicken in a peanut butter sauce. Apparently popular with everyone, you will likely find business people, healthcare workers from nearby Nebraska Medicine, and students dining alongside you.
8. Ahmad’s Persian cuisine
Ahmad Nazar learned to cook from his mother while growing up in Iran. When he came to the United States in 1979, the plan was to visit Creighton and become a dentist. However, his interest in business and the restaurant industry led him to study Omaha Business at the University of Nebraska while working in local restaurants. More than 30 years after opening Ahmad’s Persian cuisine in the Old Market, he moved it to Midtown, along Dodge Street, the busiest street in town. With ample free parking and a nice square, Nazar continues to create its Persian dishes like the Tehran chicken, for which the restaurant is best known. With spiced chicken tenders on your plate (and served with a small salad) next to a bed of jasmine rice and a grilled tomato and sliced banana, your taste buds will explode with delight when you try the combination.