A friend of mine recently asked me for suggestions on breakfast and brunch restaurants in Omaha that had healthy food (possibly featured organic food), and most importantly, kid-friendly. Her question inspired this post on kid-friendly Omaha restaurants that serve great breakfast foods that kids will eat.
Updates: This post was first written in 2013 and updated in December 2019 with restaurant closures.
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 restaurants in Omaha
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.
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. One downside to Leo’s is that I’ve never liked the coffee there.
Parents of infants, please note: No changing table.
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.
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.
I love the fresh fruit included in a lot of meals. Their site said they were voted best for breakfast in Omaha, so how ’bout that?
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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).
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