Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Old Market at twilight ...

There are several areas in Omaha which are incredibly photogenic in the evening, and one of the best is the "Old Market", to the south and east of the central business district.

The Old Market was originally just that, a wholesale produce district, from the late 1800s into the mid 20th century.

It then evolved into an "arts" district, with galleries, boutiques, pubs, and restaurants, most of which are independent and mid to upscale.

There's a wide variety of shops of all types, including ...

... the area's only year-round Christmas shop.

And no, Jan, I didn't forget this one! :)

Bugeaters' Apparel, and ...

(blow on fingernails, wipe on blouse) Nouvele Eve.

Yes, some of the oh-so-familiar ubiquity has crept in, but most restaurants in this area are independent and well-managed.

Food just like Grandma used to make, or, LOL, like other kids' grandmothers used to make! :)

Old Market Spaghetti Works, one of the survivors of the "Spaghetti Factory" genre.

The Thomas Mangelsen "Images Of Nature" flagship Gallery.

Thomas Mangelsen is a local nature photographer of international acclaim. His works have been featured in National Geographic, countless other publications, and numerous exhibits and shows. He now has several galleries and showrooms around the country including La Jolla, Las Vegas, and the Denver International Airport.

Manglesen is said to prefer film cameras and Fuji products. :) (I always knew there was something about him I liked!) :)

Blue Barn Theater is a long-standing contemporary arts theater of international recognition.

Not all theaters make it. The Firehouse Theater, once an anchor of the Old Market, closed in 1989. The building now houses a microbrewery. Yes, it's a restored turn-of-the (20th) century firehouse.


Husker_Engineer said...

I have a question. There is a picture of a restaurant in your post with "German American Cuisine" stenciled on the windows. What is the name of that place and are they still open?


Omababe said...

H.E., It is (or rather was) Das Rhineland. I just checked in the new phone book and I don't see it, either in the white pages or the restaurant listings, so it may be closed. :(

Omababe said...

Update: They tell me (the ubiquitous "they") that they relocated in Council Bluffs.

Husker_Engineer said...

I thought it was Das Rhineland....which, yes, has closed :(

Hard to believe that in Omaha-freaking-Nebraska we don't have a number of good german places...

Well, not so hard to believe I guess...and I can blame West Omaha (where I happen to live..lol) How many more Chili's, Applebees, TGI McFunsters, Chipolte's, etc can this city open? I try to always support the local restaurants, but most of these West O folks can get enough of that homogenized 'home cooking' from the above-mentioned corporate entities.

...rant ended

Omababe said...

>How many more Chili's, Applebees,
>TGI McFunsters, Chipolte's, etc can
>this city open?

You're preaching to the choir here! Unfortunately the current generations are in love with the formulaic mediocrity of the chain restaurants.

Not to let any cats out of bags, but I am working on a blog entry (ETA late September) on some long-gone and not-gone great unique Omaha restaurants.

Husker_Engineer said...

Looking forward to it. We love to patronize the local places when we eat out...Omaha has some great ones. Just a couple I love:

Bohemian Cafe: Total package. Good food, great atmosphere, and love the beer.

Mama's Pizza: Can get a little Creightonistic for me :) but I love the Mama's Special...and am a sports nut, so it works for me.

Surfside Inn: My in-laws are old school and will only eat out at two places: The VFW and Surfside. Best catfish in Omaha IMO...and who doesn't love getting mooned by passing boaters. Also gets points for only having Old Style on tap.