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Questions about regional foods in Nebraska/Omaha

tom82 | Oct 17, 201109:16 AM

I've recently been doing some traveling in Nebraska and got to thinking about foods that the state is known for. The first things that came to mind are runzas and steak. I've learned since that the reuben originated in Omaha (even though it seems to be more associated with NYC in my opinion) and that the traditional side for steak in Omaha is pasta. But I had a couple of specific questions too:

1. Is there such a thing as"Nebraska-style BBQ?" Since Nebraska seems to be known for beef, I didn't know if BBQ in Nebraska typically meant brisket (like in Texas). I also thought that maybe Kansas City Style BBQ (ribs, sauce) was the popular local type given proximity to KC. Any ideas?

2. I've heard mention of "Omaha-style pizza" but can't seem to figure out what this is exactly. Any ideas?

3. Are there any other regional foods closely associated wih Nebraska and/or Omaha that I've missed? Any corn-based dishes? Are Midwest sandwiches like the pork tenderloin and loose meat popular here?


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