By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, September 6, 2018
Where: 3902 Farnam St.
Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Sunday
Info: 402-991-6767 or www.niteowlomaha.com
Being an early bird is overrated. Now, being a night owl, on the other hand — that’s much more fun.
Case in point, night owls are in a much better position to enjoy Nite Owl. The bar and eatery in Omaha’s Blackstone District allows patrons to drink and — just as importantly — eat late.
Nite Owl serves food until 2 a.m., because as all true night owls know, sometimes you need good food after midnight. And there is plenty of good food here.
The food menu at Nite Owl features all of the usual bar eats — snacks, wings, sliders and burgers. But the Nite Owl menu has an unexpected twist. It offers more international flavors — in particular, many Asian-inspired dishes — that you won’t find at your local bar and grill.
The snack menu features crab rangoons with real crab and sweet and sour sauce. The wing menu offers Korean barbecue- and Thai-inspired options. The sliders include a Vietnamese bánh mì option with braised pork, jalapeño, cucumber, cilantro and pickled carrot and daikon (which is a type of Asian radish). And Nite Owl’s veggie slider features tofu, hoisin sauce and the Korean staple, kimchi. All of Nite Owl’s snacks, wings and sliders are less than $15, and some cost less than $10.
Nite Owl’s burger menu includes about a half-dozen burgers. All of them are a half-pound, made from local beef and cost less than $15. There is a classic option with just cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, pickle and herb aioli, as well as a Korean-inspired bulgogi burger with kimchi, scallion, fried egg, bulgogi sauce and sambal aioli.
On my last visit, I kept it simple and ordered a snack. I had the tot-chos, or tater tot nachos, which come with queso, queso fresco, crema, salsa verde, red onion and cilantro for $11. You can add chorizo for $3. They were delicious. (Of course they were — they were nachos made with tater tots.)
To go with my tot-chos, I ordered one of Nite Owl’s slushies. These are offered on a rotating basis, and the day I visited, Nite Owl was serving a painkiller slushy with rum, coconut, orange and pineapple for $8. It was a fruity, tropical delight — the perfect drink to sip on a summer evening.
One of my drinking buddies had another great summer cocktail — the Strawberry Smash. It came with vodka, strawberry, peach and basil. It was a perfect blend of flavors and wasn’t too sweet.
All told, Nite Owl has about a dozen cocktails on its drink menu — most of them for about $10. They also have punch and sangria on tap — which, like the slushy, come in rotating flavors. Nite Owl also has a selection of beers, wine and house shots, including $3 whiskey shots.
Whether you decide to cool down with an ice-cold slushy, or feel the burn of some whiskey, I recommend you take your drink to Nite Owl’s spacious patio.
It’s the perfect hangout for night owls who want to drink — and eat — under the stars. Those early birds who are already in bed have no idea what they’re missing.