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Omaha’s Old Market always has some new tricks

Courtesy Omaha CVB

The Hotel Deco XV is two blocks from Omaha’s Old Market, a historic district once home to Omaha’s wholesalers, who stored their fruits, vegetables and other wares in sturdy brick warehouses that now house restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques and bars.

The district’s brick streets have been preserved; period street lights, baskets brimming with flowers and awnings to shelter sidewalks were added as the district was gentrified. Tourists can take horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley tours to see and hear more about the district’s history.

Among Old Market’s more than 35 restaurants are several that specialize in the beef for which Omaha is known. At one of those, 801 Chophouse, steaks get top billing.

“At our price point, 801 Chophouse is the only Omaha restaurant that serves prime beef exclusively,” said Ian Rockwell, general manager. “We serve every dish – Delmonico, roast prime rib, filet, porterhouse, sirloin – and all are aged prime beef.”

Four private dining rooms accommodate gatherings of 10, 12, 18 and 40; a buyout gives up to 224 the run of the restaurant.

Nearby, the 77-seat Twisted Fork Grill and Saloon claims to offer “Midwestern hospitality with a cowboy twist.” Menu categories include “Red Meat,” with choices such as a 12-ounce whiskey-marinated strip steak, and “Things You Don’t Rope,” like blackened salmon tacos.

“Everything on our menu  –  food and drinks – are made from scratch,” said John Wade, chief of operations. “We serve pure American comfort food.”