11-Worth Cafe

Coffee shop | Diner
Worth a return
Michael Stern | August 05, 2019

If you’re only a little bit hungry in Omaha, find someplace else to eat. 11-Worth Cafe does not cater to puny appetites. In a city renowned for big portions of hearty food, this vintage coffee shop/diner raises the bar about as high as it can go.

Omelets are made with four eggs and accompanied by about a pound of good, crisp hash browns plus pancakes or French toast, biscuits, bagels, or muffins. The house special chicken-fried steak is a half-foot across, thick and crusty, served with eggs, hash browns, and a big bowl full of gravy. If you are seriously hungry, consider the K.C. Potato Casserole. That’s a mountain of hash browns sauteed with tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and Swiss and American cheeses with the optional addition of chicken-fried steak chunks or roast beef, and, of course, thick country cream gravy.

While many Omahans think of 11-Worth as a breakfast destination, lunch is big, too. There are pork tenderloin sandwiches, Cinamascopic beef liver ‘n’ onions, and hot roast beef sandwiches available with double mashed potatoes and double portions of meat.

Big as the restaurant is — it occupies nearly a whole city block — it gets mighty crowded, especially on weekends, when a 15-20 minute wait for a seat is not unusual. It’s a boisterous place, featuring a really loud speaker system that summons waitresses and staff throughout the cavernous dining rooms. For connoisseurs of old-fashioned short-order diner fare, served at reasonable prices by consummate pros, it’s the best game in town.

If you plan on returning to 11-Worth Cafe, sign up for the V.I.P. program, which earns a discount on future meals as well as coupons for special treats on your birthday.

What to Eat
11-Worth Cafe, Chicken-Fried Steak
Chicken-Fried Steak
Sausage gravy is welcome extra luxe on chicken-fried steak.
11-Worth Cafe, Sausage Gravy
Sausage Gravy
Thick sausage gravy goes with everything.
11-Worth Cafe, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Crisp short-order hash browns come with breakfast.
11-Worth Cafe, Poached Eggs
Poached Eggs
It's nice to find a kitchen that knows to poach eggs.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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