Cascio’s in Omaha

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Anyone been? We’ll be in Omaha for 1 night next Friday and this was recommended as a “non-corporate” decent steak house. Oh yeah, we’ll also be in Orange City, IA before that. 1 king bed at the Hampton Inn.
 

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Anyone been? We’ll be in Omaha for 1 night next Friday and this was recommended as a “non-corporate” decent steak house. Oh yeah, we’ll also be in Orange City, IA before that. 1 king bed at the Hampton Inn.
Try to look not gay in Orange City. They will attempt conversion therapy on you. Pretend you are brothers who are cheap when checking in.
 

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That’s not where I’d go. Drover would be my choice
Cascios is ok. I’d pick The Drover over Cascios 100% of the time. Both have an old school feel to them.

2 best steak houses in Omaha, IMO are Spencer’s (Old Market) and Mahogany (West O). Wife (no pic) and I will be celebrating 24 years this Sunday at Mahogany. But neither will have the “non-corporate “ feel to them.
 
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Cascios is ok. I’d pick The Drover over Cascios 100% of the time.
I should have asked here first! But because of who recommended it, I have to stick with Cascio's. With my better half's family now mostly living in Orange City, there will be more Omaha trips in our future and next time will be Drover.
 
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I should have asked here first! But because of who recommended it, I have to stick with Cascio's. With my better half's family now mostly living in Orange City, there will be more Omaha trips in our future and next time will be Drover.
I just checked. Orange City has a Pizza Ranch. You’re good.
 

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I should have asked here first! But because of who recommended it, I have to stick with Cascio's. With my better half's family now mostly living in Orange City, there will be more Omaha trips in our future and next time will be Drover.

My experience at the Drover was very VERY subpar. It was part of a long driving trip through multiple states, leaving from Tally going up through Bama up to Nebraska over to Wyoming then down through Colorado and over through Kansas to Kansas City MO then down to Arkansas to visit relatives before cutting through Memphis and the Mississippi Delta then back to Tally. And we ate steak at a NUMBER of restaurants in addition to the Drover. We had steak at the Conestoga in Dothan AL then the Drover in Omaha, followed by steaks at Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette Wyoming (despite the name it’s mostly a game meat and steakhouse and really an illicit casino where locals openly and very loudly gamble cards and dice games for money….I highly recommend it), the Rib & Chophouse in Cheyenne Wyoming, then the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver before we ate at an outpost of Doe’s Eat Place in Ft Smith Arkansa rather than the Delta original so when in Mississippi we went to the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland MS and Sully’s Steakhouse in Hattiesburg MS.

Unfortunately, we were most excited to eat at the Drover as it was hyped up here and we had enjoyed an amazing group of steaks at the Omaha Prime in Omaha during Mike Martin Seniors last year. Instead it was an overpriced low grade steak cooked poorly with an 80s brass salad bar in a dank, furry carpeted restaurant probably full of mildew and mold. Terrible ambiance, terrible steaks and terrible vibe.

I can’t claim to be an expert on Omaha steakhouses as that’s the only two I went to, but I’d give Omaha Prime a 9/10 and Drover a 3/10 and I’m being generous. In case you think I have to have ultra high end steaks and ultra high end experiences…three of my top ten favorite places for steaks are low brow just with amazingly delicious steaks (Taranto’s Crawfish outside of Biloxi MS, McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola FL and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in OKC), plus we ate at the low brow Conestoga steakhouse in Dothan AL and Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette WY and both were twenty times better than the Drover. And we got one ribeye plain and one dunked in their whiskey glaze/sauce and both were terrible. And by terrible I mean on par with your neighbor’s Winn Dixie steak on a Weber done while he’s drunk…not exactly high class.

So in summation…I enjoyed Omaha Prime in downtown Omaha as it was a pretty solid steak in a pleasant “standard high end date night steakplace” kind of ambiance and vibe. The Drover, on the other hand, was a low rent POS serving steaks that matched the cheap and rundown physical location rather than rising above it like real cult steak places like the Original Doe’s Eat Place, McGuires Irish Pub and Taranto’s Crawfish.

BTW for anyone wondering, the best steaks of the trip I described was the Rib and Chophouse. It’s a decently large chain considering it’s only in Wyoming and Montana (maybe Colorado as well) but it is excellent.
 

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Anyone been? We’ll be in Omaha for 1 night next Friday and this was recommended as a “non-corporate” decent steak house. Oh yeah, we’ll also be in Orange City, IA before that. 1 king bed at the Hampton Inn.
I think the drover is the local flavor steak house, although I've never been there.
 

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My experience at the Drover was very VERY subpar. It was part of a long driving trip through multiple states, leaving from Tally going up through Bama up to Nebraska over to Wyoming then down through Colorado and over through Kansas to Kansas City MO then down to Arkansas to visit relatives before cutting through Memphis and the Mississippi Delta then back to Tally. And we ate steak at a NUMBER of restaurants in addition to the Drover. We had steak at the Conestoga in Dothan AL then the Drover in Omaha, followed by steaks at Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette Wyoming (despite the name it’s mostly a game meat and steakhouse and really an illicit casino where locals openly and very loudly gamble cards and dice games for money….I highly recommend it), the Rib & Chophouse in Cheyenne Wyoming, then the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver before we ate at an outpost of Doe’s Eat Place in Ft Smith Arkansa rather than the Delta original so when in Mississippi we went to the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland MS and Sully’s Steakhouse in Hattiesburg MS.

Unfortunately, we were most excited to eat at the Drover as it was hyped up here and we had enjoyed an amazing group of steaks at the Omaha Prime in Omaha during Mike Martin Seniors last year. Instead it was an overpriced low grade steak cooked poorly with an 80s brass salad bar in a dank, furry carpeted restaurant probably full of mildew and mold. Terrible ambiance, terrible steaks and terrible vibe.

I can’t claim to be an expert on Omaha steakhouses as that’s the only two I went to, but I’d give Omaha Prime a 9/10 and Drover a 3/10 and I’m being generous. In case you think I have to have ultra high end steaks and ultra high end experiences…three of my top ten favorite places for steaks are low brow just with amazingly delicious steaks (Taranto’s Crawfish outside of Biloxi MS, McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola FL and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in OKC), plus we ate at the low brow Conestoga steakhouse in Dothan AL and Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette WY and both were twenty times better than the Drover. And we got one ribeye plain and one dunked in their whiskey glaze/sauce and both were terrible. And by terrible I mean on par with your neighbor’s Winn Dixie steak on a Weber done while he’s drunk…not exactly high class.

So in summation…I enjoyed Omaha Prime in downtown Omaha as it was a pretty solid steak in a pleasant “standard high end date night steakplace” kind of ambiance and vibe. The Drover, on the other hand, was a low rent POS serving steaks that matched the cheap and rundown physical location rather than rising above it like real cult steak places like the Original Doe’s Eat Place, McGuires Irish Pub and Taranto’s Crawfish.

BTW for anyone wondering, the best steaks of the trip I described was the Rib and Chophouse. It’s a decently large chain considering it’s only in Wyoming and Montana (maybe Colorado as well) but it is excellent.
Have you ever had 801 chophouse? https://801chophouse.com/
It is a small chain and I believe considered to be the best in Des Moines. I was curious how you think it racked and stacked.
 

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My experience at the Drover was very VERY subpar. It was part of a long driving trip through multiple states, leaving from Tally going up through Bama up to Nebraska over to Wyoming then down through Colorado and over through Kansas to Kansas City MO then down to Arkansas to visit relatives before cutting through Memphis and the Mississippi Delta then back to Tally. And we ate steak at a NUMBER of restaurants in addition to the Drover. We had steak at the Conestoga in Dothan AL then the Drover in Omaha, followed by steaks at Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette Wyoming (despite the name it’s mostly a game meat and steakhouse and really an illicit casino where locals openly and very loudly gamble cards and dice games for money….I highly recommend it), the Rib & Chophouse in Cheyenne Wyoming, then the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver before we ate at an outpost of Doe’s Eat Place in Ft Smith Arkansa rather than the Delta original so when in Mississippi we went to the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland MS and Sully’s Steakhouse in Hattiesburg MS.

Unfortunately, we were most excited to eat at the Drover as it was hyped up here and we had enjoyed an amazing group of steaks at the Omaha Prime in Omaha during Mike Martin Seniors last year. Instead it was an overpriced low grade steak cooked poorly with an 80s brass salad bar in a dank, furry carpeted restaurant probably full of mildew and mold. Terrible ambiance, terrible steaks and terrible vibe.

I can’t claim to be an expert on Omaha steakhouses as that’s the only two I went to, but I’d give Omaha Prime a 9/10 and Drover a 3/10 and I’m being generous. In case you think I have to have ultra high end steaks and ultra high end experiences…three of my top ten favorite places for steaks are low brow just with amazingly delicious steaks (Taranto’s Crawfish outside of Biloxi MS, McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola FL and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in OKC), plus we ate at the low brow Conestoga steakhouse in Dothan AL and Pokey’s BBQ in Gillette WY and both were twenty times better than the Drover. And we got one ribeye plain and one dunked in their whiskey glaze/sauce and both were terrible. And by terrible I mean on par with your neighbor’s Winn Dixie steak on a Weber done while he’s drunk…not exactly high class.

So in summation…I enjoyed Omaha Prime in downtown Omaha as it was a pretty solid steak in a pleasant “standard high end date night steakplace” kind of ambiance and vibe. The Drover, on the other hand, was a low rent POS serving steaks that matched the cheap and rundown physical location rather than rising above it like real cult steak places like the Original Doe’s Eat Place, McGuires Irish Pub and Taranto’s Crawfish.

BTW for anyone wondering, the best steaks of the trip I described was the Rib and Chophouse. It’s a decently large chain considering it’s only in Wyoming and Montana (maybe Colorado as well) but it is excellent.
I would add that I had similar disappointment when I ate at Archie's Waeside in Le Mars, much to the ire of many posters here...
 

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Have you ever had 801 chophouse? https://801chophouse.com/
It is a small chain and I believe considered to be the best in Des Moines. I was curious how you think it racked and stacked.

I’ve only been to Des Moines once which was on the previous trip to Omaha where we went to Omaha Prime. We spent the night in Des Moines on the way and as we knew we were eating steak at Omaha we had the local specialties….a ridiculously large fried pork tenderloin at Smitty’s Tenderloin and the loose meat sandwich at a local Maid-Rite. The Maid-Right was absolutely dreadful, if it had just been unseasoned ground beef it would have been better but this bland monstrosity tasted like filler of some sort had been added to the meat like potato starch or flour. My wife and I both took two bites just to be sure then pitched both of the sandwiches. The pork tenderloin from Smitty’s was excellent and was so ridiculously large it makes for a nice Insta/Facebook pic.

Oh almost forgot, but we did the Des Moines trifecta by eating at a Casey’s somewhere in or around Des Moines after the Maid-Rite debacle. Casey’s is a straight 5/10 or 6/10. Decent average pizza neither worth praising nor deriding.
 
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Strange but this is kind of what I'm looking for... BUT with a better steak. Fingers crossed for Cascio's...

Definitely check out Conestoga in Dothan AL then. I felt like I dropped into a time warp and exited in 1981. It’s exactly like an early 80s era Steak and Ale, Quincy’s or old school Golden Corral when it was still a steakhouse and not giant bottom end smorgasbor, EXCEPT the cheap steaks are actually really good. They marinade them in what I believe is a mix of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Chinese Black Vinegar and garlic powder which is a fantastic blend I use at home relatively frequently. You can request extra marinade/”sauce” to dip the steak in as well. You’re definitely not getting A+ Prime Steaks there, probably just select or choice but it’s cooked perfectly (at least each of the four times I’ve been) and the marinade adds a ton of flavor.

These aren’t my pics but you get the idea and these are recent prices

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