Restaurants in Nebraska

Is Nebraska the Midwest or the West? Culinarily, it is some of each, plus a full measure of ethnic food that has taken root and become state signature dishes. For instance, runzas. The word “runza” has been trademarked by a fast food chain out of Lincoln, but the German/Russian meat-filled pastry pocket from which the name was derived is found throughout eastern Nebraska, where it is called bierock, Go Cart, or, simply, cabbage burger. A must-eat! Omaha is home not only to impressive steak dinners, but to a unique specialty known as the Cheese Frenchee, which is a cornflake-crusted, deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich. Up in the northwest, look for extraordinarily good Mexican food – a legacy of farm workers who settled here generations ago.

Nebraska’s Most Famous Dishes

In a red drive-in basket, onion rings are crisp and golden-brown

Onion Rings

Cheese Frenchee

Cheeseburger

Crisp circular potato chips on a red-checked tablecloth

Chips

Nebraska’s Best Restaurants

Bohemian Cafe - Jaeger Schnitzel
Bohemian Cafe

OMAHA, NE

Homemade Heaven Sandwich Shoppe

OGALLALA, NE

Bob’s Bar & Grill

PONCA, NE

Pastry pocket filled with beef and cabbage
Gering Bakery

GERING, NE

Scotty’s Drive-In

SCOTTSBLUFF, NE

Taco Town

SCOTTSBLUFF, NE

Joe Tess Place

OMAHA, NE

Don & Millie’s

OMAHA, NE

Strip steak on a plate with onion rings
Johnny’s Cafe

OMAHA, NE

Wheatfields

OMAHA, NE

Sour cream custard flecked with raisins is capped by a tall meringue in this diner's piece of pie
Crystal Café

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE

Julie Darling Donuts

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Milk & Honey

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Two fillets of catfish lemon pepper style
Uncle Larry’s | Chattanooga Catfish Lemon Pepper Style

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

1885 Grill

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Biscuits and gravy topped with fried eggs ... stylin' breakfast
Saddle Creek Breakfast Club | Best Stylin’ Breakfast in Omaha

OMAHA, NE

Side view of a slice of Lithuanian torte ... Old-World pastry
Lithuanian Bakery | Old-World Pastry in Omaha

OMAHA, NE

Fully dressed hamburger in steak and burger heaven
Main Street Meats | Steak and Burger Heaven in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

A foot-long hot dog cut in half ... a Chattanooga best
Miss Griffin’s Foot Long Hot Dogs | A Chattanooga Best

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Slice of coconut meringue pie ... Omaha Roadfood at its best
Harold’s Koffee House | Omaha Roadfood At Its Best

OMAHA, NE

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