Woah, Logan this is not "5 Free Artsy Things to do in Omaha." (If you watch my Insta stories you'll know what I'm talking about) Hold on guys, I know, and I'm deeply sorry. I want to ROCK that post for you and to do that, I need to do everything in the blog post myself. I want to help you. I want you to have the beeest time in my city. That being said, I need a week to run around Omaha and collect the best material for that list.
What I do have for you today, is a BOMB list of reasons why you have to come to Dudley's Pizza and Tavern. I've been a waitress/host there a little over two years and I LOVE it. It's nestled in Aksarben Village, right next to Aksarben Cinema. Well, I won't keep you waiting any longer, here's nine reasons why you need to visit Dudley's...
1. We have killer lunch specials.
I say killer because there's something for everyone, ESPECIALLY when it comes to pizza:
*Pizza of the day + side salad + chocolate chip cookie @ $11
*8" pizza (with two toppings of your choice) + side salad + cookie @ $9
Our pizza of the day schedule:
Tuesday- Buffalo Chicken (favvvorite)
Thursday- Uncle Dan
Friday- American Steak Classic
*To view what's on each signature pizza, click here.
These lunch specials run Monday through Friday.
If you don't care for pizza, DON'T WORRY, our full menu is offered during lunch as well.
*You should come during lunch too because that's when I usually work and I'd love to see yah so ya. :)
2. We have Happy Hour EVERYDAY.
Monday-Friday: 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday + Saturday: 9 p.m. to close
Sunday: 4 p.m. to close
Happy Hour items include:
*1/2 off appetizers (excluding wings)
My favorites>>> chips & queso, cheese ravioli, truffle fries, nachos (with chicken)
*8" one-topping pizza for $5
My favorite>>> order BBQ as the sauce and add chicken <3
*Domestic draws for $3 (Coors + Bud Light)
*All craft beer @ $1 off
*Dudley's cocktails @ $1 off
My favorite>>> Maverick Mule
*Well cocktails for $3.50
*Glasses of wine for $3.50 (Moscato moscato moscatoooo)
*Margaritas for $5
3. It's the place to be during UNO's hockey season.
What better place to pregame than a restaurant a block away from Baxter Arena?
If you're lucky, you'll catch a short performance by the UNO drumline!
We don't do reservations on the weekends, because of how CROWDED we get for hockey. So come early and bring friends!
4. Hit a movie before dinner! After, bring your movie ticket into Dudley's and we'll take $3 off your medium or large pizza.
Um can I get a heck yeah?! Our pizza crust is made with high quality flour and amber malted barley syrup, so that's not something you wanna pass up. This is the Stockyard, our version of a meat lover's pizza.
5. If you think you like our Happy Hour, I'm sure you'll dig our daily specials.
-1/2 off nachos
-$3 off medium or large Taco Timbo
-PINT NIGHT (free glass + $1 off every refill)
-$2 off tavern crust pizzas
-Whiskey Wednesday (1/2 off jim beam, crown royal, and jameson)
-$2 off burgers
Thursday: (my FAAAV special day cuz WINGS eeeeeep!)
-$1 off all beer
-$2 off wings
My favorite>>> bone-in garlic buffalo for liiiiife
6. We have live music on Thursdays.
I feel like all you have to say for me is "live music" and I'm in. I don't even have to know their name. HOWEVER, I'm gonna tell you his name, because he is one of the coolest people I know. Christopher Raven has the sweetest heart and great acoustic covers. My roommate and I make it a goal to find at least one Thursday a month to make it in. Listening to his music is the best way to unwind from the week.
7. We do this little thing called, "Pizza of the Month."
For February, one of our cooks, Chase Day, created the pizza. It's called, "The Chaser." When asked what inspired this recipe, he responded with, "I wanted to give the people something new. I love to mess around with ingredients and create my form of artwork."
I think this idea is super cool because it gets the staff involved. It gives them a chance to experiment. On the flipside, it gives the customer a special experience. A new pizza every month means a new chance to be surprised and satisfied. It's fun for all of us.
BTW...this is one of the best things I've ever eaten. TRY IT BEFORE FEBRUARY IS OVER!
8. Sundays are for bloody marys, but if you want a bloody mary and MORE, check out our Bloody Mary Bar.
It includes a normal and spicy mix, a selection of cheese, sausage, olives, and shrimp. Did I mention cute, little grilled cheese squares? Those would sell me on their own.
9. My go-to favorites that I recommend to friends + customers.
That's a wrap. Lol get it? My humor is disgusting, I promise I won't be this annoying next time.
A few extra deets:
EXCITING NEWS: I was blessed with the opportunity of partly running some of Dudley's social media accounts. So for mouthwatering food pics follow Duds on Insta or Facebook!
*On the real, I did not get paid to write this. I just love where I work and what it offers. Come in and have a good time guys.
Y'all ready to have a kickin' time in Omaha? I first published this post in 2018, but I recently updated it in April 2023. My heart is breaking a bit. Many of my favorite places have closed since Covid however, I did find a couple new spots for you!
I know it's April, but it is still so dang cold in Omaha! So here is a list of places I love that will keep you inside, warm, and entertained. Here is How to Enjoy Winter in Omaha, Nebraska...
1. Brunch at First Watch
Price: I spent $20 (tacos, coffee, + tip)
Logan, but that's $20. Guys I know, but the quality of food, location, and atmosphere makes every penny worth it. This is the 2nd most expensive thing on this list, but this place is incredible. I'm never disappointed here! If you're worried, do a few "no spend days" before you go.
PLUS, you can do it cheaper than me. Have a few cups of coffee at home, so you can order water when you get there. I had the Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos for $13 because I was suuuper hungry. How were they? Phenomenal. They also have plenty of options under $12, like their Belgian Waffle, Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Multigrain Pancakes, or Sunrise Granola Bowl. Take a look at their menu to see what ya like.
I went yesterday with a few friends from Christian Student Fellowship. It was so nice to chat over coffee and a fresh breakfast.
2. Roam the Joslyn Art Museum
CURRENTLY CLOSED - However, they are set to reopen in 2024 with some amazingly cool renovations.
Price: FREE, unless you want to buy a ticket for a special exhibit they're showing
I might buy one soon and let you know what it was like. Maybe I can bring my mom too so you can have a real artist's opinion, lol.
I couldn't tell ya how many times I've been to Joslyn. (AND I'm really excited to be able to say that) It is theee place to wander around in the winter. I'm not even really that into art. I probably stare at the paint colors of the walls or the marble floor moldings more.
My favorite is the contemporary art. (the kind that is more than just a dot on the canvas, don't terrorize me) For example, I really enjoyed the John Divola collection. It is a series of framed photos of circles he had painted on the walls of abandoned homes outside of Los Angeles.
3. Try 13th Street Coffee & Tea
When I imagined moving to Omaha and trying different coffee shops, I envisioned a place with a vibe like this. As of now, this is my FAVORITE coffee shop in Omaha. Here's a few reasons why...
-It has an UPSTAIRS (an upstairs anything will get me in the door)
-They have the BEST hours for a coffee shop
-All the furniture looks second hand and I'm a fan
-It is downtown and that makes anything cute
-Their Wi-Fi password is funny as heck and I make a fool of myself every time lol
-Most of their menu is handwritten and it reminds of the coffee shop in my hometown
4. Jam at The Waiting Room
I went to Parachute in 2016 for $25. Who would say no to that? A guy even proposed on stage to his girlfriend that night. Along with that, they have "Emo Night" a couple times a year and it is such a good time! They have a dj and play covers of your favorite bands like Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, and All-American Rejects.
Did you know this was in Benson too? One of the coolest parts of Omaha? You have to go and take all of your friends.
5. Slow Down for Brunch at Market Basket
Price: $20-30 (coffee, brunch, + tip)
Market Basket is a charming deli and restaurant to grab a delicious brunch or dinner. You can find it right off W Center Road in West Omaha. I enjoyed their french toast with strawberries - yum! They have incredible baked goods and their prices are pretty affordable. Market Basket is the perfect hangout for the summer too. Their patio is covered in cute umbrellas and tables that looked like they were plucked out of Paris!
6. Make a summer stop at Lauritzen Gardens
So remember when I went to OKC and hit up that botanical garden? THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THAT. Yes, it's fifteen dollars but, after your visit you'll say dang I didn't pay enough for that. It's HUGE and one of the most precious places I've visited in Omaha. It felt like a real jungle. I would go as far as saying better than the one they have in the Omaha zoo! It was THAT clean and THAT pretty.
The coolest part: Their Metamorphosis exhibition. Two artists used recycled plastic to create numerous sculptures that are scattered across the conservatory. These sculptures are paired with reminders of how we should respect the environment. I remember one sign specifically. It was how we know what we drop on the ground is plastic, but turtles don't. They may see it as something edible. This broke me. (Does anyone remember that Facebook video that went viral about someone removing plastic from a baby turtle's mouth?! It was crying?!) Check it out.
7. Dine at Salween Thai
Price: $16 (with tip)
Are you ready for this? The best Thai food in Omaha. Shoutout to Joy Dima for rounding up my friends for an experience of a lifetime. E.Beth (my college roommate) and I crave this 24/7 I swear, especially on Sundays when they're closed, UGH.
I normally order their Pad Thai with chicken with 0 spice. (There is SO much flavor, don't be afraid to say no spice.) If I could eat this every single day of my life I honestly would.
THE BEST PART? You don't feel gross and full afterwards. E.Beth and I never leave this place with leftovers, it's unheard of. (That doesn't mean you don't get a big serving, cause you do.) I eat the whole plate and don't even have to unbuckle my pants. One of the most presh gems in Omaha folks. Take your bf here or mom, idk.
8. Mini Golf at Prehistoric Putt
Too cold to go outside and golf? Try Prehistoric Putt! This is an inside mini golf course and you guessed it, the theme is dinosaurs! They have two different courses, 18 holes is $9.50 to play and $14 if you'd like to do both. Check this place out, especially if it's freezing and you need somewhere to hang with friends! Plus, look at this aesthetic?
THAT'S IT! Man, I love Omaha. I'll write about it until the day I die! I will add to this guide as I discover new cool places. I hope this helps with your next trip!
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