Omaha’s food scene has made it entirely possible to eat like a child and not feel guilty. Cotton Candy after dinner? Yes, please. Homemade pop tarts? I’ll try one of each. Mac and cheese? Well, it is gourmet. You can find these in Omaha restaurants!
I asked Oh My! Omaha Facebook fans and friends in the Omaha Area Foodies Facebook group, to share their thoughts on the topic: Restaurants that include your inner-child.
Update: This post was written in 2017 and was updated in September 2019 to reflect closures of several restaurants.
Want to indulge your inner-child? Dine at one of these Omaha restaurants:
Grilled Cheese…But Fried
Where: Don & Millies – Seven locations in Nebraska.
Cheese and fried foods. It’s a match made in heaven. Amanda recommended readers try the cheese frenchee at Don & Millies.
Where: Ted and Wally’s, 1120 Jackson St. and 6023 Maple St.
If it was socially accepted, I’d eat ice cream daily. Maybe as a meal itself. Cindy agreed with me, and confessed she sometimes eats ice cream for lunch…Ted and Wally’s ice cream, that is. I get it. It’s that good. Cindy and I would get along, because she’s also a traditionalist when she orders, getting vanilla and Dutch chocolate in a waffle cone. You can get fancier and more playful flavors, but why would you? That Dutch chocolate is the best in the world.
Mac N Cheese
Where: Marks Bistro, 4916 Underwood Ave.; Blatt Beer & Table, 610 N. 12th St.; Leadbelly, 3201 Farnam St., Suite 6101 (there’s a Lincoln location, as well); and Benson Brewery, 6059 N. Maple St.
Omahans love their macaroni and cheese, the more gourmet, the better. When I was pregnant, I swear I’ve tried them all. The best of the best, in my opinion, is found at Marks Bistro. Others disagree. Jamie at The Kitchenarium recommends going to the Blatt Beer & Table (in NoDo) for their mac and cheese. Jake suggested going to Leadbelly at Midtown Crossing for it. And, Cassie directed people to Benson Brewery to try it.
Open-Faced Grilled PB&J
Where: Kitchen Table, 1415 Farnam St.
Where: Over Easy, 16859 Q St.
If you’ve never had a homemade pop tart, you’re missing out. Over Easy in West Omaha serves up this amazing breakfast pastry with a twist. You can get one stuffed with Nutella or a seasonal flavor.
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