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Restaurants in Scottsbluff, NE

Some of the best Mexican food in the Plains is found in the Nebraska panhandle, where Mexicans settled generations ago to work the beet fields all around. The hub is Scottsbluff, where Rosita’s specializes in puffy corn tortillas that are quick-fried to be almost sopaipilla-light. They are the basis of pillow-like tacos and, in smaller triangles, the foundation of panchos, which is Rosita’s name for nachos. Rosita’s is a genteel, family-run town cafe, but for another style of eating Mexican food, there’s Taco Town, a no-frills drive-in (with indoor seats as well). Taco Town, where the motto is “We’re the Tac-O the town,” also makes puffy tacos as part of a menu of Mexican-restaurant standards. Scotty’s is another Scottsbluff drive-in, but with a car-culture menu of burgers, hot dogs, French fries, and milk shakes. Just south of Scottsbluff, Gering Bakery makes the Nebraska beef- and cabbage-stuffed bun here known as a cabbage burger, known farther east in the state as a runza or bierock.

Scottsbluff’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo

Grilled Hamburger

Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills

Milkshakes

Peppery menudo comes with fresh limes for squeezing.

Menudo

Scottsbluff’s Best Restaurants

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