The Oh My! Omaha Facebook community knows good food. I recently asked where I could find the best breakfast in Omaha and they did not disappoint with recommendations. It started out as 19 restaurants, but since this post was written, a few great ones have opened and were added to the list.
UPDATE: This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated in July 2020 to include new restaurants to the list and reflect closures. Also, some restaurants may have adjusted hours or take-out only due to safety measures. Double-check with the restaurant you’d like to visit before going!
Here are some of the best Omaha breakfast recommendations:
Here’s a new diner (new to me, that is) that was suggested by Cee W.: AJ’s Café. Find AJ’s at 5146 N. 90th St.
Bailey’s Breakfast & Lunch
Mishl P. recommended one of my go-to local restaurants for breakfast: Bailey’s. If you like benedicts, you’ll love the variety offered there. Bailey’s Breakfast & Lunch, 1259 S. 120th St.
Bob’s Donuts has huge donuts with crazy toppings like breakfast cereal and Oreos (so it’s an Instagrammer’s dream). Don’t skip the chicken sammies, there, though. Both are delicious. Bob’s Donuts, 3824 Farnam St., suite 120
UPDATE: The Diner’s original location has closed, but the restaurant has moved to be a part of Billy Frogg’s Grill & Bar in the Old Market.
Gaby H. recommended this Old Market greasy spoon. Gaby actually recommended a couple, but The Diner is her first choice. The Diner/Billy Frogg’s Grill & Bar, 1120 Howard St.
Word is, the new owners of the restaurant haven’t improved it.
Early Bird Brunch
New to the Omaha dining scene is Early Bird Brunch. This Blackstone District restaurant has been recommended on several Facebook threads, each usually ending with at minimum two exclamation points. Early Bird Brunch, 3824 Farnam St., suite 121
Farine + Four
This Omaha bakery uses organic ingredients that are locally-sourced for their tasty pastries and bread. Farine + Four, 3020 Leavenworth St.
FarmHouse Café & Bakery
Harold’s Koffee House
Harold’s, a Florence staple, was recommended by Diane P. Ask for one of their homemade donuts to go with your meal. Harold’s Koffee House, 8327 N. 30th St.
Just off the main strip of Maple Street in Benson, you’ll find a little restaurant called Joe’s Café. Valerie L. recommends trying it out. Joe’s Café, 6564 Maple St.
Don M. recommended Keystone Café, one I’m not too familiar with. Keystone Café, 7805 Military Ave.
Leo’s Diner is a Benson neighborhood staple.Barb W. and Diane T. both recommended Leo’s. I love the breakfast there, maybe not so much the coffee… Leo’s Diner, 6055 Maple St.
Lisa’s Radial Café
Here’s a place you should probably expect a wait. It’s really good. Jennifer G. recommended Lisa’s, and she shared the stuffed french toast and an omelet (“fastastic!”). Violet M. suggested a dish I haven’t tried yet, but she may have convinced me to order it next time: “The butterscotch pancakes are AMAZING!!!” The decorations at Lisa’s are fun to look at, as well. Lisa’s Radial Café, 817 N. 40th St.
Ever heard of Nitehawkes Cafe? It’s the oldest restaurant in Omaha that serves breakfast. Read about it here!
Louie M.’s Burger Lust
It might not sound like a place for breakfast, but it is. Rebekah P. recommended Louie’s for breakfast. Louie M.’s Burger Lust, 1718 Vinton St.
Olsen Bake Shop
Olsen is a hole-in-the-wall kind of bakery, but don’t let that deter you. They have, quite arguably, the best best donuts in Omaha. Olsen Bake Shop, 1708 S. 10th St.
Related post: 17 Of The Best Donut Shops In Omaha
Over Easy is a favorite around these parts. Gaby H., Ashley P. and Erin F. recommended the cute little West O. restaurant, for breakfast. Order a homemade poptart to accompany your breakfast. You’re welcome. Over Easy, 16859 Q St.
Pitch Pizzeria West Omaha
Looking for brunch? Mishl P. said Pitch (the West O. location) has a great brunch. “Fabulous bloody Mary’s and creme brûlée French toast and sausage ragout.” Pitch Pizzeria West Omaha, 17808 Burke St.
Saddle Creek Breakfast Club
Expect a wait at this popular, new restaurant! It’s worth the wait, though, to enjoy delicious food in a hip atmosphere. Saddle Creek Breakfast Club, 1540 N. Saddle Creek
The Special Restaurant
Melissa N. and Jen S. both recommended a restaurant in Bellevue, Neb., that’s a new one to me. She said try the chicken fried steak or french toast at The Special Restaurant. The Special Restaurant, 303 Fort Crook Rd. N., Bellevue, Neb.
Summer Kitchen Café
Tim T. suggested Summer Kitchen, particularly the potato casseroles. Summer Kitchen Café has three locations: 1203 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue, Neb.; 12010 Giles Road, LaVista, Neb.; and 1130 Sterling Ridge Drive.
Taxi’s Grille & Bar
Reader Alisha L. recommended the brunch at Taxi’s. I haven’t dined there for any meal, so I think I’ll make their brunch my first meal there. Taxi’s Grille & Bar, 1822 N. 120th St.
Upstream Brewing Co.
Jen S. recommended Upstream Brewery for its brunch buffet, which sadly, in 2017, the location with the wonderful brunch buffet has closed. Still, the downtown location of Upstream Brewery serves a great breakfast, and if you time it right, you can sit outside and watch the Saturday morning farmers market shoppers while sipping your mimosa. Upstream Brewing Co., 514 S. 11th St.
and 17070 Wright Plaza (second location closed)
Vidlak’s Brookside Café
Several people recommended Vidlak’s. Emily and Julie S. both recommended Vidlak’s for breakfast, with Julie recommending the cinnamon rolls. Randy A. recommended bringing some patience with you: “If you decide on going to Vidlak’s go early or you’ll have a wait time to a table……trust me it’s worth the wait!” Vidlak’s Brookside Café, 15668 W. Center Road
There are several chain restaurants in Omaha that have great service and food. Here are some that were recommended by readers: Le Peep, and one of my favorites, First Watch.
Family-Friendly Omaha Breakfast Spots
Have little ones? I’d have no problem taking my kids to most of the restaurants on this list. However, if you want a more thorough look at which Omaha restaurants are good for families, check out this list of kid-friendly restaurants with a great breakfast!
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