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Joe Tess' Place

5424 South 24th Street, Omaha, NE - (402) 731-7278
Joe Tess sells deep-fried carp. Slits are cut into the flesh to allow the hot oil to blast the bones into submission. The result is very crusty and moist. You can get the ultra-fresh carp as part of a full meal, with crunchy disks of fried potatoes, or in a sandwich, which is one of the true Roadfood bargains to be had anywhere.
57% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Carp
Oyster Stew

Highlighted Reviews

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Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Joe Tess sells carp. Not for stocking the pond in your Japanese garden, but for eating. Most Americans do not consider carp much of an eating fish (although it does find its way into gefilte fish), but here in Nebraska and the surrounding states, it's an inexpensive ..."   [Read More]
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Amy Brock
December 11, 2008
"We recently made our first visit to Joe Tess Place in South Omaha. The food was very good; no complaints there. However, we were given a waitress who, although friendly enough, didn't wait on us in a timely manner. She was very pleasant though and we tipped her ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

5424 South 24th Street, Omaha, NE
(402) 731-7278

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The carp is slit before frying, and the result is a crunchy piece of fried fish.  You'll have to pay attention while you eat, though.  The fried potato discs are particularly good, too.
"The carp is slit before frying, and the result is a crunchy piece of fried fish. You'll have to pay attention while you eat, though. The fried potato discs are particularly good, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Carp too scary?  There's a full menu of alternatives, like this grilled salmon.
"Carp too scary? There's a full menu of alternatives, like this grilled salmon."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Any restaurant that serves upside-down cake gets bonus points from us.
"Any restaurant that serves upside-down cake gets bonus points from us."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


You can usually trust a catfish wearing a dinner jacket.
"You can usually trust a catfish wearing a dinner jacket."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


In the market next door, you can observe your meal swimming in a tank.  We don't know our live fish very well, but we think these are catfish, not carp.
"In the market next door, you can observe your meal swimming in a tank. We don't know our live fish very well, but we think these are catfish, not carp."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Joe Tess' delivery truck was parked out front.  They supply fish to other area restaurants, too.  Home of the famous fish sandwich - that's no lie.
"Joe Tess' delivery truck was parked out front. They supply fish to other area restaurants, too. Home of the famous fish sandwich - that's no lie."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The planter out front is topped off with oyster shells.  Probably not a common sight in Nebraska.
"The planter out front is topped off with oyster shells. Probably not a common sight in Nebraska."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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