Naming the top Omaha restaurants of 2011 is a challenge.
This year, the city saw many new places open, and the culinary scene as a whole was pushed to a new level.
Young chefs opened restaurants. Native Omahans returned to the city to cook something new. And a few standbys that we'd long ignored became new favorites.
As 2012 approaches, the trend continues: Lots of new places are on the horizon. Until then, we'll enjoy the best of the best right now. This year, we chose the top eight restaurants based on reviews throughout the year from World-Herald critics. They're listed in order. Those marked with an asterisk are considered new restaurants, opening in the last 18 months.
Read. Enjoy. Eat.
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--World-Herald staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen