By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, October 4, 2018
IceHouse Sports Bar
Where: 10920 Emmet St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily
Information: icehouseomaha.com or 402-934-2337
I wasn’t expecting much when I pulled into IceHouse Sports Bar. After all, I’ve been to plenty of sports bars. By this point, I know what I’ll find there — fairly cheap drinks, bar food and some televisions.
But IceHouse surprised me. It was the television that got to me — there was one right there in our booth.
Like any good sports bar, IceHouse is serious about sports. So serious in fact, that it has dozens of televisions, including massive projection screens — the largest of which is more than 10 feet wide — and those awesome in-booth televisions I mentioned.
It also has the usual sports bar drinks and the expected sports bar food.
But that’s where IceHouse surprised me again — its food was a lot better than I expected.
The menu has all the sports bar classics: appetizers like nachos, mozzarella sticks and wings; salads; wraps; pizzas; sandwiches; burgers and entrees like fettuccine alfredo and chicken fried chicken.
Almost all of the food on the menu costs less than $10, and everything costs less than $20, except for the larger-sized pizzas.
My drinking buddy and I ordered sports bar classics. He got wings and I got chicken strips.
IceHouse wings come bone-in or boneless and they have a variety of sauces, from Cajun to garlic parmesan and many more. You can get a basket of boneless wings for $9.99, and bone-in wings come in servings of eight for $6.99, 12 for $10.69 or 16 for $13.69.
The wings were good and so were my chicken strips, which came with fries and barbecue sauce or ranch for $9.99. Chicken strips are pretty hard to get wrong, but nonetheless, these were done right. They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and my fries were some of the best I’d ever had. I’m a sucker for crispy fries, and these were exactly what I’d hoped for.
Drink-wise, IceHouse has all the usual domestic beers, as well as a few more local options. My drinking buddy got a New Belgium Fat Tire, which is a solid amber ale with a nice blend of maltiness and herbal hops.
I got a Moscow Mule with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Like any respectable Moscow Mule, it was served in a copper mug, and it was crisp and refreshing.
Though I was pleasantly surprised by the food and drink options at IceHouse, they’re almost beside the point, because the focus at IceHouse is clearly on sports.
With its truly ridiculous number of televisions and its sports-themed décor — including team flags waving proudly from the ceiling — IceHouse is a sports haven.
It’s a great place to catch the next Husker game or keep up with your fantasy football teams on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Whether you watch the game inside, or outside on the IceHouse’s large patio, you’re assured a good view of the action. The patio has HD televisions and an impressive sound system, and inside there are more than 50 televisions — including one right there in your booth.
I mentioned I liked that, right?
If that sounds like something you would like, too, come to IceHouse to get your fill of eats, drinks and sports.