Cold days and colder nights in Omaha require some serious comfort food. If you’re looking for a rich dish or filling casserole to warm you up, this is the post for you.
Updated: This post was first published in 2017 and updated in January 2020 to reflect closures and to add more suggestions.
By the way, if you made a goal to eat healthier, you’re going to want to skip this post.
Here are a few favorite spots in Omaha to get comfort food:
– Mark’s Bistro. Mark’s in the Dundee neighborhood has been my go-to spot for mac and cheese for years. The restaurant elevates the simple dish by adding accoutrement like bacon and lobster. Check the chef’s embellishments for the day before you order.
–Blatt Beer + Table. Mark’s Bistro doesn’t corner the market on great mac and cheese. Jessica shared on Twitter that Blatt Beer + Table’s mac and cheese. I haven’t tried the mac and cheese there, but I can recommend the Dirty Bird for indulgent comfort food there. The Dirty Bird is a fried chicken on brioche sandwich topped with applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, coleslaw, sriracha buffalo, and blue cheese sauce.
–Block 16. Jessica (from Twitter again) said everything at Block 16 is the ultimate comfort food, but added that the Sloppy Nick is especially one to order. I can add to the suggestion saying you’ve got to try the fries (dragon fries, especially), as well as the croque garcon burger, which is a cheeseburger with ham, a sunny-side-up farm egg, mustard, and truffle mayo on a ciabatta roll. It is messy and it is so good.
– Le Buillon. Le Buillon serves French comfort food at affordable prices in the Old Market. I love this place for a romantic date night. Leah Hall from Haute Bauble recommends ordering the cassoulet. I’d have to agree with her. It is divine.
– Charleston’s Restaurant. Erin from Home with the Boys recommended this restaurant. “I adore the chicken tenders at Charleston’s! They are the best for when I want to feel warm and cozy!” It’s a favorite of my mom’s, so I’ve been there many times. Their rolls are addicting.
– Leo’s Diner. Kim from A Cup of Content says anything you order at Leo’s is the best comfort food. I’m a breakfast kind of gal, so the ultimate comfort food there is anything on top of their hashbrowns. Keep in mind that Leo’s can sometimes have a wait being a rather small greasy spoon.
Your turn: Where in Omaha do you go for the best comfort food?
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