Berry Hungover Burger
Burger Runner Up
- Omaha Tap House | Omaha, Neb.
- Omaha Division
Burgers leave a lot of room for creativity, but the Berry Hungover Burger from the Omaha Tap House takes things to a whole different level. In fact, this dish is one of the most-talked about at the restaurant. Made daily in limited quantities, the Berry Hungover Burger is easily one of the most unique burgers around. Made with Angus beef that's smashed with blueberries and marinated overnight in raspberry vinaigrette, the burger is then topped with American cheese, cheesy hash browns, brown sugar bacon and blueberry jalapeño jam. It's served on grilled blueberry bread and all the flavors meld together.
"It has the four S's: savory, sweet, spicy and salty — so many competing flavors that they actually end up complimenting each other," Musser said. "It's the best reviewed burger and gets the most people talking about it."
Omaha Tap House opened in 2012 and since then, they’ve continued to drive business through a dash of creativity and quite simply, really great food and drinks. The downtown Omaha restaurant sits about four blocks from the city's popular dining and entertainment district, and while there are tons of options for locals and tourists, many visit the Tap House for some of the best burgers around.
During the day, Omaha Tap House gets busy during lunch with the business crowd and then, come happy hour, when all beers get discounted $1, wine and various cocktails are $4 and food specials from chips and salsa to 10 chicken wings range from $3 to $9, the tavern fills with a mix of local business people and folks who live downtown.
The menu features a variety of scratch-made items from chicken wings with a variety of housemade sauces and IPA-marinated shrimp tacos to rotisserie chicken salad and beer-battered fish and chips. But where Omaha Tap House truly shines is with their burgers.
"We have 18 craft burgers we put together with 100 percent fresh Angus beef, buns cooked in-house and fresh-cut fries," Musser said. "What we do we try to do really well, be creative and think outside the box."
And with burgers, you have to have beer. Omaha Tap House has a pretty extensive craft beer list, with 33 beers on tap that they rotate through. They'll have a featured brewery where there is anywhere from six to 14 beers from one brewery in the spotlight. And when possible, they focus on Nebraska brews. The 125-seat tavern also uses TapHunter, a third-party app, so whenever they add new craft beers, their list automatically gets updated across their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. It helps to keep their patrons informed of any changes so if they get a special beer in, people will know.