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.