August 27, 2013

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Spots In Omaha

Updated Jan. 10, 2018

A friend of mine recently asked me for some breakfast and brunch places in Omaha that are healthy, possibly featuring organic foods, and most importantly, kid-friendly. Perhaps you caught that Facebook exchange and offered some ideas (thank you, friends!). That question spurred this post.

Farley is in heaven. A pancake bigger than his head, courtesy of Leo's Diner in Benson.

Farley is in heaven. A pancake bigger than his head at Leo’s Diner in Benson.

Here are the suggestions that came from that post, as well as some of my family’s favorites. Since this post first published, I’ve had A LOT of feedback on what was missing. So, it has been updated with new restaurants and new-to-me restaurants. And I’ll admit, we mainly frequent breakfast spots that offer heaping pancakes because of this kid. Seriously, this family knows pancakes.

Of course, if kid-friendly is not a requirement, you’ll want to jump over this post to read about these 19 Great Places To Get Breakfast In Omaha.

Kid-friendly breakfast spots in Omaha

Bailey’s – There is an abundance of temptations on the menu. Their claim to fame is the egg benedict (six to choose from). You can still customize your order for a more nutritious meal if you want.

Leo’s Diner – This Benson staple is in no way going to give you health food – check out the well-known “islands” served there. If that’s how you like it, definitely visit this diner. The staff is friendly, the pancakes are my son’s favorite and Rotella bread they serve with breakfast is mighty tasty.

It's starting to a become a tradition that we celebrate Farley's birthday with pancakes somewhere. For his third birthday, the little guy blew out candles at Lisa's Radial Cafe.

It’s starting to a become a tradition that we celebrate Farley’s birthday with pancakes somewhere. For his third birthday, the little guy blew out candles at Lisa’s Radial Cafe.

Lisa’s Radial Cafe – A midtown staple where you can expect to wait on the weekends. Expect huge portions for not much money. Seating leaves little room in the aisle, so chasing speedy little ones can be tough. Parents of infants, please note: No changing table.

Dixie Quicks (open 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.) – You’ll have to head over to Council Bluffs for this one, but the food is worth it. I’m a fan of the Dixie Scramble, but check out their ever-changing chalkboard menu first. I’ve never been disappointed. It’s one of the few on this list without a kids menu or kids option, but we’ve brought kids here before, so I’ve included it. Make a reservation. Update Jan. 10, 2018: CLOSED

Over Easy – I knew I had to go to this West O eatery as soon as I read about their homemade Nutella pop tarts. Turns out the strawberry pop tarts are just as tasty. The kids weren’t thrilled with their creative takes on old standbys like pancakes and oatmeal, but I enjoyed my meal. I’d go for the pop tarts alone. And the atmosphere is charming. Bonus: This place has a drive-thru.

Le Peep – A lovely national chain restaurant with three locations in Omaha, Le Peep was also recommended by Katie at Yellow Mango Life long ago and I just now got around to adding it (sorry!). I love the fresh fruit included in a lot of the meals. Their site said they were voted best for breakfast in Omaha, so how ’bout that?

Farmhouse Café – When my mom gets to pick a breakfast spot for the whole family to meet at, quite often, Farmhouse is suggested. They can handle our large group, plus they offer delicious (and huge) portions. Sweet tooth? Try the pecan roll. Reader Erica reminded me via Facebook of this spot that I neglected to include earlier.

Petrows – Petrows has been around for more than 50 years and yet somehow, I haven’t had breakfast there yet (my guess is I keep trying to go on Sundays…they’re closed on Sundays). Reader Susi recommended this spot on Facebook recently.

Vidlaks Brookside Café – This West Omaha diner was reader Missy’s suggestion on Facebook. I’ve been there once and all I remember is yummy bacon (but isn’t that enough?). It’s highly ranked on foodie sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, so there you go.

11worth Café – Reader Erica suggested 11worth Café and it totally brought me back to my 20s. Ah, now this place is an Omaha staple with a lot of character. Kids will not tire of taking in the scenery here. Each time that we’ve gone, they’ve given the kids a balloon, which has made my kids fans.

Kitchen Table – Kitchen Table was suggested by reader Katie, who recommended it for its locally-sourced ingredients and kid-friendly items on the menu. Check it out here. I was all set to go here with my parents and kids one morning when my mom had a change of heart. We’ll make it there one of these days!

Saddle Creek Breakfast Club – SCBC, as it’s easier to say, is the new darling on the restaurant scene of Omaha. Housed in a small building means there will be a wait to be seated – so get there early to avoid temper tantrums (yours or your kid’s). Still, it’s a vegan-friendly, kid-welcoming restaurant if you can nab a seat.

Early Bird – Early Bird is one of the newer restaurants in the trendy Blackstone District. I haven’t been there, but I’ve heard it’s kid-friendly. In fact, it’s on the list of Billy McGuigan’s favorite places to dine with his family, and I love every other place on the list, so I say, it must be good. Plus, any place that puts cereal in pancakes or serves a donut sandwich (made with Bob’s Donuts, no less), is going to appeal to families.

Notable chains:

First Watch – While this is, indeed, a chain restaurant , we’re no strangers to it. Creative and seasonal food, healthy options and kid-friendly staff make this a favorite with my family and in-laws. Alissa over at Planet of the Apels recommended adding this to the list, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a great spot for families (plus – free coffee while you wait).

Jason’s Deli – We love this place for dinner, but you can get here around brunch time and enjoy their offerings. I love the salad bar, as well as many of their vegetarian offerings; the kids dig the mac n cheese, surprise surprise. Want to know more about its healthy and organic offerings? Check out the Food Babe’s investigation, who pointed out that they are the first major restaurant chain to eliminate transfat and high fructose corn syrup, and about 20% of Jason’s Deli menu is organic (plus they also do not use any artificial colors).

We try to offer the kids healthy food options while we're eating out, but Mooch still wanted half her brother's mac n cheese at Jason's Deli. The nickname suits her well.

We try to offer the kids healthy food options while we’re eating out, but Mooch still wanted half her brother’s mac n cheese at Jason’s Deli. The nickname suits her well.

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Family-friendly restaurants in Omaha to try for breakfast

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  1. I have to add Le Peep to this list….have never been disappointed with their food and the servers are always ooh’ing and ahh’ing over Cruz which makes him feel like a king, while letting mama and dada get a few moments to eat using both hands instead of grabbing crayons from being shoved up his nose!

  2. I like Dixie Quicks! It’s cool there is a gallery right next door. I love the design of the place as well. Dave Nelson at Secret Penguin and his crew did a great job on the place.

    Any more I can take my boys pretty much anywhere. I get the boys 1 adult meal, and split it up. The adult meals are sometime healthier than the kids meals. Less fries, and more veggies.

    • Yay! A fellow Dixie Quicks fan! The gallery is a great place to wander through while you’re waiting for your meal to arrive, isn’t?!

  3. Anne DeVries says

    Can’t WAIT to make the rounds!! Since I edit everything (even did a menu once at the manager’s suggestion), it’s “your” turn, not “you’re”. :-/ Love the blog, looking forward to checking out more if it.

    • Thanks! Hope you find some more interesting thing to read here! And I’m with you, always editing things in my head, but I never seem to see my own mistakes. Good catch.

  4. Dixie quicks and duggers cafe are our favorites! We especially like that duggers cafe has gluten free pancakes and gluten free French toast!

  5. Early Bird is a great place and our kids love it

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