?: early bird | ?: rebecca s. gratz
We’ve never had to search for a five-star, fine dining experience. Take your pick: The Grey Plume, Dario’s Brasserie, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood, M’s Pub or Le Voltaire… But sometimes, to pinch a quote from “Seinfeld” (Season 4, Episode 7), “nothing’s finer than being in your diner.”
When you’re craving straight-up, home-style comfort food, you’re not going to leave hungry (or disappointed) at any of these popular spots. Just be sure to order up a side of patience if you’re visiting during peak breakfast times.
Whether you’re in the mood for a simple eggs and toast or a more ambitious breakfast burrito or Philly omelet (sirloin steak sautéed with diced green peppers, onion and mushrooms + Swiss cheese), you’ll find it at 11-Worth Café, named one of the “Top 20 Best Breakfast Restaurants” in the country by LocalEats.com.
Just reading the menu is a treat unto itself with specialties, including Killer Cakes (two large buttermilk pancakes with optional add-ons), the signature Radial Raft (two eggs, two biscuits on a bed of hash browns floating in a sea of gravy) or the Titanic (a raft topped with chicken fried steak because… why not…)
Award-winning, hand-pattied, half-pound burgers are only the beginning… Over the last 39 years, what started as a simple donut and juice stop has grown into a full-service, Omaha institution serving breakfast and lunch seven-days-a-week and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Fun Fact: Louie M’s served as a backdrop in the 1995 movie “Gone in the Night.”
A family-owned Omaha tradition dating back to 1950 – steadfast in its focus on “Good Food Always” – Petrow’s has racked up quite a few “bests” over the years: Nebraska’s Best Waffle (Spoon University), Nebraska’s Best Milkshake (PureWow) and Nebraska’s Best Breakfast (Food Network).
A new kid on the breakfast block, Saddle Creek Breakfast Club (SCBC), which opened in the fall of 2017, focuses on traditional breakfast and lunch dishes with a modern approach and seasonal local products.
Family-owned with a rock ‘n’ roll theme, Shirley’s rocks everything from its Fried Chicken Royal on a scratch biscuit and malted waffles to its hand-cut pork tenderloin and beef tips & noodles (Friday’s special).
“Food so good – you’ll think we stole your mom.” Vidlak’s has been serving reasonably-priced, home-cooked dishes since 1996. The breakfast menu is packed with hearty favorites, including The Cattleman’s Egg and Potato casserole (the perfect way for a steak lover to greet the day) and “The Gut Buster” (two eggs, two sausage patties and two of Vidlak’s signature German potato pancakes).
The same old night out? That’s just not our taste.
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