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 March 2022 to include new restaurants to the list and reflect closures.
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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.
Related Post: Looking for brunch? Check out the new brunch at the Orleans Room inside the Cottonwood Hotel!
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
Early Bird Brunch is a Blackstone District restaurant that has been recommended on several Facebook threads, each usually ending with at minimum two exclamation points. Early Bird Brunch, 3824 Farnam St., suite 121.
Update: Since this post, Early Bird has added a second location in Papillion at 7775 Olsen Drive, suite 101.
Related post: Check out this post for even more great brunch spots in Omaha
FarmHouse Café & Bakery
Melissa F. recommended this popular restaurant, suggesting their cinnamon rolls and County Smoked Ham ‘n Eggs. This is a great place for a group. FarmHouse Café & Bakery, 3461 84th St.
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.
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.
Related post: Where to find good pancakes in Omaha
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!
And don’t worry, if you just need coffee in the morning, mama, I’ve got you covered.
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Monday 24th of September 2018
The Diner isn’t permanently closed! They moved in with billy frogs right around the corner!
Saturday 7th of November 2020
Update: The operation at Billy Frogg’s is no longer The Diner. It is arguably now the worst breakfast in Omaha.
Monday 24th of September 2018
Really? That's good news. I must have missed that announcement. Thanks for the heads up - I'll look into it and update the post.
Saturday 22nd of September 2018
New favorite Mar Cafe 46 & Dodge. Great Mexican food!
Sunday 23rd of September 2018
Really? That's not far from me. I'll have to check it out.
Saturday 15th of September 2018
Shirley’s Diner is another great breakfast spot located in Millllard! The new location also has a dinner menu now!
Saturday 15th of September 2018
Did they move to a bigger location? I somewhat recall seeing a sign in the same plaza but a different building. Is that right?
Thursday 19th of April 2018
Another great breakfast place is Shirley's Diner in Millard. Ultimate comfort food place!
Friday 20th of April 2018
I haven't been to Shirely's in years but I do recall it was tasty comfort food!
Monday 15th of January 2018
Two More For Omaha:
1.Petrow's! Not only is their down home traditional breakfast goodies tasty; but they have a very fancy European Coffee Machine (I asked) that produces barista-quality drinks.
2.The Fair Deal Cafe has a FABULOUS brunch on weekends that is to-die-for! Be sure to go hungry!!
Tuesday 16th of January 2018
I'm adding both of these places on my list to try. I've only been to Petrow's for dinner. Thanks for the suggestions!