Tina’s cafe is a small town cafe that landed in a medium sized city. Serving Nebraska’s capital city, Tina’s Cafe delivers solid, hearty, Midwestern square meals. Tina’s cafe is named after the owner, Sue Green’s mom. Sue,a friendly, gregarious lady, takes pride in her cafe, cooks and bakes everything from scratch and truly cares about her customers, many of whom have been regulars since the cafe opened nearly a quarter of a century ago.
Walking into the bright and cheery, compact cafe which has counter seating and a few booths, you’ll quickly notice the racing car theme dotting the walls. The racing car theme spills over onto the menu with such items as the thunder road tenderloin and track champ hot beef. There are several daily specials, including the Friday favorite, chicken fried steak.
One special you’ll find a few times a month, is the Go Cart. This is the cafe’s version of the Nebraska Cabbage Burger or Runza. The cafe’s version is served with mashed potatoes and vegetable. And yes, those potatoes are real. Smooth and creamy, with the occasional clump, just to let you know that these spuds did not come from a box. One bite of the Go Cart reveals an explosion of flavor. Nicely spiced and encased in a warm fresh homemade bun, with a generous filling of beef, cabbage and onion, the Go Cart gives it’s more “famous” counterpart a run for it’s money.
Tina’s is also well known for the girth of their plate sized cinnamon rolls. When I arrived in the afternoon, there was one waiting for me that was baked early that morning, unfortunately I was too full to enjoy it that day. The next morning, all it needed was a quick warm up in the hotel microwave. Moist and generously saturated with veins of sugar and cinnamon, it’s no wonder that Tina’s Cinnamon Rolls have received accolades in Lincoln’s local publications.
Take a bite into the heartland and visit Tina’s Cafe.