May 11, 2018

8 Great Places For Pancakes In Omaha

Every so often, you just need a huge pancake, right? There are dozens of places to get pancakes in Omaha, and as expected, when I asked my readers on Facebook where to go, they had MANY suggestions. I’ve narrowed down their favorites and added mine to create this list. Here are eight great places for pancakes in Omaha:

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Amato’s Cafe & Catering

Where: 6405 Center St.

What to order: They’re known for their ricotta pancakes, which occasionally has added ingredients like peaches or pumpkin.

Claim to fame: Amato’s has been featured on the “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” and “Man Vs Food.”

Lisa’s Radial Cafe

Where: 817 N. 40th St.

What to order: Their Killer Cakes come with add-ins like chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter, or seasonal fruit. My kids will tell you the chocolate chips are the best, I’m old-fashioned and go for plain ol’ pancakes, though.

Note: They only accept cash at Lisa’s Radial. It’s inexpensive, but still something to note.

Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe

Where: 15668 W. Center Road

What to order: If buttermilk pancakes are too tame for you, try the bacon stuffed pancakes or the German potato pancakes.

11-Worth Cafe

Where: 2419 Leavenworth St.

What to order: Like all Caniglia family restaurants of yore, 11-Worth Cafe serves heaping portions. It’s no different with pancakes. Pancakes are pretty straight-forward here, and you can opt to add in only three things: Strawberries, blueberries or peaches.

Note: They often hand out balloons to kids. It’s the highlight of my kids’ day when it happens.

Tip: This restaurant was included in 19 Great Places To Get Breakfast In Omaha.

Farmhouse Cafe & Bakery

Where: 3461 S. 84th St.

What to order: I prefer the Golden Griddle Cakes with blueberries added, but if you feel like branching out, there are German potato pancakes that come with applesauce.

Note: If there’s a wait, not big deal. Go browse Mangelsen’s, the craft store connected to the restaurant.

Tip: This place was included in Kid-Friendly Breakfast Spots In Omaha.

Harold’s Koffee House

Where: 8327 N. 30th St.

What to order: Harold’s has been around since 1958 and has that perfectly homey feel to it. They have fluffy buttermilk pancakes, but if you want to get crazy, try the berry and granola pancake. And always, always, ask for one of their homemade donuts. Totally over-indulgent if you’re already eating a pancake, but trust me on this.

Early Bird

Where: 3824 Farnam St.

What to order: The pancake options are abundant here, good luck deciding. Cereal Killer Pancakes are pretty Instagrammable (Fruity Pebbles or Coco Puffs on a pancake?!). If you can’t decide, you can always get the pancake flight, where you choose any three from the following: Plain, blueberry, chocolate chip, Cereal Killer, pineapple upside down, cinnamon roll, and PB&J.

Note: This is the newest restaurant on the list in one of the trendiest neighborhoods, Blackstone District. Expect a wait if you don’t get there early.

Leo’s Diner

Where: 6055 Maple St.

What to order: I usually check the specials board for pancake specials (lucky you if you arrive on Pancake Weekend). Regular options on the menu are the short-stack and blueberry pancakes.

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January 29, 2018

Best Donuts In Omaha

Pettit’s Pastry has always been my family’s go to for donuts in Omaha. However, I haven’t tried every donut shop in Omaha (#lifegoals), so I can’t say Pettit’s has the best donuts in Omaha.

But, I’ve done something far better for my waistline: Polled Facebook. I asked about 10,000 Oh My! Omaha followers* to share their favorites and we have a pretty clear consensus of favorites, plus a ton of highly recommended runners-up.

This post was published in 2018 but updated in July 2019 to reflect some unfortunate store closures.

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Here are readers’ top 3:

Omaha’s Favorite Donuts

It turns out Pettit’s isn’t the No. 1 donut shop in Omaha for everyone, but it’s ranked up there. I have two I have to visit now to compare.

Where to find good Omaha donuts - Head to downtown Omaha and order a dozen at Olsen Bake Shop.

1. Olsen Bake Shop ran away with the votes, beating out No. 2 by more than double the votes. It’s family-run and a bit old school, and if you’re dying for a kolach, you can find it here.

More than a year after writing this post, I’ve tried Olsen donuts a few times. and it has successfully moved to No. 1 on my list. You’ll find this gem off-the-beaten path a few blocks south of the Old Market at 1708 S. 10th St.

2. Bob’s Donuts is relatively new in town, but already a favorite for many. Think artisan donuts that are darn Instagrammable. Find it in the trendy neighborhood, Blackstone District at 3824 Farnam St., Suite 122. Incidentally, you can also get chicken here.

3. Pettit’s Pastry came in third. The family-owned business has been open since 1954. It also happens to be pretty conveniently located near the route of a lot of parades, making it a great go-to stop before or after parades like the Septemberfest Parade.

Find Pettit’s in downtown Omaha at 502 N. 16th St.

Looking for a donut shop in Omaha with trendy toppings and Instagrammable displays, head to Bob's Donuts in the Blackstone District.

Best Omaha Donuts Not At Donut Shops

OK, so I’ve said Pettit’s a million times now. Let me share a few other gems worth seeking out:

– The freshly-made apple cider donuts at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is just about my favorite thing of fall. You can find six packs of the donuts in local grocery stores but they can’t compare to tasting one while it’s still warm at the orchard.

Ditmars is at 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Learn more about the orchard here.

– A surprise donut favorite is Harold’s Koffee House. I’d first heard about this Florence restaurant from a reader who suggested it be included in the best places to get breakfast in Omaha list. She specifically mentioned the donut. So I had to go and try it myself.

The homemade donut was so good, I can’t remember what else I had ordered. Head to North Omaha for this diner at 8327 N. 30th St.

Best donuts in Council Bluffs - Ditmars Orchard is not technically in Omaha, but it's close enough. Try freshly-made apple cider donuts the next time you're there.

More Donuts

Here’s a full list of everyone’s recommendations for best donuts:

Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop, 813 N. 40th St.

The Uptown Bakery, 2229 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Neb.

Donut Haven, 13807 P St.

Mad Ox Bakery (which has closed its bricks and mortar store in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and now just takes orders)

Sunrize Donuts, 17676 Welch Plaza, Suite 7

Hello Sugar, find out which event you’ll find these donuts at here

Culprit Cafe, 1603 Farnam St., Suite 101

Jones Bros. Cupcakes, 2121 S. 67th St., 2615 S. 180th St., and inside Westroads Mall. Looking for cronuts? Jones Bros. apparently makes them.

And some franchises that got some recommendations include LaMar’s and Donut Professor.

* To see the original post requesting favorites, visit Oh My! Omaha’s Facebook page. The list was narrowed down by poll in the Facebook Group Things To Do In Omaha & Beyond (request to join here).

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January 22, 2018

Fast-Casual Pizza In Elkhorn

It’s not an easy feat to make good pizza quickly. If you’re looking for pizza in Elkhorn, Neb., you can find fast, good, and personalized pizza now at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. The franchise opened its second location in the Metro – and it’s true, the pizzeria’s 1000-degree oven bakes pizzas in two minutes. My family was invited to a dinner out at the restaurant so I could tell you all about it.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. I was compensated for writing about my experience. As always, my opinions, descriptions and typos are my own.

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The Food At 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Let’s just jump into the food, that’s what you’re curious about, right? While the menu does branch out out to include some salads and fire-roasted chicken wings, the main reason to go here is pizza. You can order one of their classics, with toppings and sauces already decided, or you can create your own. The price doesn’t change whether you add two or 12 toppings.

Three pizzas at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria - Enough for family of four
Three 10-inch pizzas, plus cheese bread, was plenty for a family of four.

You can tweak the classics, too. I heard the White Out pizza was delicious as is: Extra virgin olive oil, shredded mozzarella, parmesan, fresh mushrooms, and garlic. But, I met Derek Benson-Williams, the franchise’s regional manager, and he mentioned he added bacon to the White Out.

Good call, Derek. Good call.

The White Out with bacon was a savory treat, but the standout pizza was the one Mr. Wonderful ordered. He got the Smokey Pollo and made no changes to it. This flavorful pizza has sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and blue cheese. I’m not a fan of blue cheese, but on this pizza, it was just right.

The Smokey Pollo (sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and blue chees ) at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
The Smokey Pollo at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria was the favorite pizza among the adults. The kids stuck with pepperoni.

My family all went with Neapolitan-style pizzas, but 1000 Degrees also has a style called Roman, with a thicker, puffier crust.

For four of us, we got three 10-inch pizzas, plus cheesy breadsticks. That was more than enough for us. One pizza was enough for my two young kids, but adding the breadsticks insured they didn’t finish the entire pizza.

Feeding Kids at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

I loved the individualization of pizzas at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, particularly since my kids can be rather picky. I’m pretty sure once they begin venturing out beyond pepperoni, they would be happy to add something crazy like macaroni and cheese to their pizza, but for now, they were content with their usual.

Simple pepperoni and cheese pizza satisfies kids at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
My kids are completely satisfied with the pepperoni and shredded mozzarella pizza. Someday, they’ll realize you can add mac and cheese to things at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.

We’ve had Neapolitan style pizza before, and the kids have balked at eating pizza with the fresh mozzarella slices on it. Crazy, right? It’s so good when it’s fresh. You can get fresh mozzarella at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, but if you’ve got kids like mine, you can also opt for the shredded variety to satisfy them.

Ordering at a Fast-Casual Pizzeria

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria takes some inspiration from places like Subway, letting people have things the way they want them. That may mean standing at the counter and pointing out the toppings you want, deciding on which of the eight sauces you like, and deciding if you want just want type of cheese on top (or all eight). Then you have to figure out which crust you want (there’s a gluten-free option, too).

Ordering pizzas at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Elkhorn Nebraska
If you’re familiar with ordering at sub shops, you’ll like the way you can oversee your pizza’s creation and point out what you’d like added to it (with no extra charge).

Being a newly opened restaurant, this could mean a line forms as people get the hang of things. Bring your patience at meal time until everyone gets the hang of it.

Omaha Location Deals

We dined at the Elkhorn location, the newest 1000 Degrees in the Metro area.

Entrance to 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Elkhorn
The newest Metro area location of 1000 Degrees is in Elkhorn, Neb.

There is an Omaha location of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria that’s been open since last May. You can head there for some great deals to save a little money. The biggie is the $6 Thursday deal. Any 10-inch pizza is $6, which is about 30% off the regular price.

The Omaha location also has five meal combos that are nice deals, too. These are the current bundle deals:

If you go

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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Where: 1405 S. 204th St., Elkhorn, Neb., and 17676 Welch Plaza, Suite 9, Omaha

Take Out: For the Elkhorn location, call (402) 905-2628.

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January 11, 2018

33 Must-Try Restaurants In Omaha

Omaha is a city that loves food. There are a lot of great, locally-owned restaurants producing creative dishes. If you’re short on time and wondering what the must-try restaurants in Omaha are, you’re in luck. I’ve already sought out the answer.

I can’t tell you what’s my favorite restaurant in Omaha is, because it’s like picking a favorite child. Can’t be done. So, here are my favorites, the ones I’d tell you are the best of the best.

NoteThis post was first published in January 2018 and was updated 2019 to reflect closings and address changes. If you see an error, please comment or email me.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small referral stipend.

Best Omaha restaurants for breakfast

Love a hearty breakfast? Go to either Lisa’s Radial Café in Midtown, Leo’s Diner in Benson or the Farm House Cafe & Bakery in South Central Omaha. If good coffee is important to you, skip Leo’s.

Want the trendy breakfast or brunch spot? You’re going to want to go to the Saddle Creek Breakfast Club in the Dundee neighborhood or Early Bird in Blackstone. Just want a good donut? The best are at Olsen Bake Shop, not too far north of Omaha’s zoo. There are quite a few donuts shops I’d recommend, though, so read my Omaha donuts post if you want to visit a few to compare (call it research).

For even more breakfast ideas, read 19+ Best Places To Get Breakfast In Omaha.

Best Omaha restaurants for lunch & dinner

You can’t go wrong with places like the charming Stirnella in the Blackstone or Dante Pizzeria Napoletana in West Omaha. They’re nice but not too nice.

If you’re looking for restaurants to impress someone, though, you’ll want to make reservations at The Boiler Room or V. Mertz in the Old Market or The Grey Plume at Midtown Crossing.

For a bit more casual, pub or gastro-pub options, I’m partial to Crescent Moon near the Blackstone and Blatt Bar + Table (there are several locations, I like the original near TD Ameritrade Park). Side note: The Crescent Moon also has a fun German bar downstairs and a Belgian bar off the main room.

If you’re dining with kids, Blatt would be my go-to pick on this list. If your family is staying downtown, you’ll want to read 8 Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Downtown Omaha.

Best ice cream in Omaha

I can’t make an Omaha restaurant list without including ice cream. It’s big here. The three heavy hitters in Omaha are Ted and Wally’s (with Old Market and Benson locations), Coneflower Creamery in Blackstone and eCreamery in Dundee. Coneflower will almost always have a wait, so I tend to stick with Ted and Wally’s. Little tip about Ted and Walluy’s: The Benson location never has a line quite like the Old Market location. If you want more ideas, read 8 Great Ice Cream Shops In Omaha.

Tip: There’s a great book out called “Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha,” and it includes many of these top restaurants!

Top readers’ favorite restaurants

Oh My! Omaha Facebook page followers are pretty opinionated about food and loyal to local restaurants. So, I decided to find out what everyone’s must-try restaurant is in Omaha. I’ve included some Omaha bloggers who have some great recommendations, too. See the original Facebook post here!

Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Benson

Recommended by Jordan B. and Adam P.

It took me a few years to first visit this Benson neighborhood hot spot. It’s a great date night spot, especially the tasting menu.

Block 16, downtown Omaha

Our Next Adventure recommends the block burger and duck duck goose fries. There’s a reason why there’s nearly always a line at Block 16. It’s that good. I’m partial to the Croque Carcon burger, and not just because Alton Brown deemed it one of the best in the world (though, I do feel like his opinion means something). I do love the restaurant, but I rarely go because of the wait.

Best Omaha Restaurants - Dante Pizzeria Napoletana pasta entree and wine pairing

Dante Pizzeria Napoletana, West Omaha

 “I have a lifelong love of Italy and a meal at Dante really does feel like a meal in Campagna. The pizza is amazing, of course, but what I love even better are Chef Nick Strawhecker’s inventive entrées. Nearly all the food is locally produced, but with authentic Italian preparation, the wine all comes from sustainable vineyards and the service is top-tier. I bring everyone who visits me in Omaha to Dante and they all love it as much as I do.” Jenna G., who wrote about the restaurant on her blog, The Beaspora

Yep, I’m not the only one who like Dante. Jenna says it much more eloquently than I can, but I concur with her. Dante is the real deal.

Dinker’s Bar & Grill, downtown Omaha

 “Dinker’s is the best!” – Katie T.

I’ve visited my share of burger places around Omaha to figure out who has the best. I haven’t settled on a verdict, yet, but Dinker’s is right up there. It’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but don’t be scared off by the exterior. It’s popular, been around for more than 50 years, and will likely to be very busy when you go.

The Grey Plume, Midtown Crossing 

“I always recommend The Grey Plume.” Rebecca H.

“Be sure to order the duck fat fries for an appetizer!” – Patty N.

I’m not the only one who recommends this restaurant – I’ve got readers who stand by it. The Grey Plume is inventive and has one of the most celebrated chefs in Omaha. This one’s better without the kids, if it wasn’t obvious.

Best restaurants Omaha list - La Casa Pizzeria neon sign

La Casa Pizzaria, Midtown (original location) and West Omaha

“For pizza, La Casa.” – Marlys N.

Marlys and I have similar tastes, apparently. La Casa is my all-time favorite pizza in Omaha. The crust. The crust is unforgettable. It’s thin, for sure, so if you don’t like that kind of pizza, don’t go to La Casa. Look at this list for other great pizza joints in Omaha.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante, downtown Omaha

Recommended by Christina S. and Brian A.

Come hungry. The portions are huge at this wonderful Italian restaurant. My family has been going here for years.

Mangia Italiana, northwest Omaha

This summer, I held a months-long March Madness-style tournament to figure out the best pizzeria in the Omaha metro area. The winner? Mangia. Mangia Italiana beat out 31 other pizzerias to be named the best. See the brackets and who won each round in this post.

Modern Love, Midtown Crossing

Suggested by Jennifer K.

Omaha has become known for its steaks, but we do venture away from meat from time to time. Modern Love is a vegan restaurant that is top notch, and will impress even the biggest meat eater in your group. It’s seasonally-based, so I’m not sure which dish to recommend (I was impressed with the mac and cheese).

M’s Pub, Old Market 

Becky W. suggested trying the Thai lavosh, lamb burger or the brie en croute. M’s is also recommended by Diane T. and So Yun G.

M’s Pub is the Old Market darling that suffered a terrible fire, was closed for ages, and is now back open and, from the reviews, as good as ever. I haven’t been back since the fire, but it was a gem before it, so I trust the reviews.

Nicola’s Italian Wine & Fare, Old Market

Recommended by Carrie M.

I’m pretty partial to this tiny Italian restaurant on the edge of the Old Market. The food is so fresh and so good. Reservations are a must, and if the weather is nice, sit out on the patio.

Be sure to download the app Together A Great Good so you can do good while dining out! Some of these restaurants will donate a percentage of your bill to the charity of your choice. Restaurants on this page that contribute include: Au Courant, Block 16, Hiro 88, J. Coco, Railcar Modern American Kitchen, and V. Mertz.

More recommended Omaha restaurants

Want more restaurant suggestions? Some of the recommendations from readers aren’t necessarily my favorite restaurants in Omaha, but I figure, my tastes aren’t for everyone. So, here’s are more restaurants locals suggest you try: 

Anthony’s Steakhouse, South Central Omaha

Recommended by Kathy B.

There are a couple old school Omaha steakhouses on this list, and Anthony’s may be the most recognizable on the exterior because of the giant steer on the rooftop. I’ll be honest, it’s not my favorite of the old school steakhouses, but it’s been around for decades, and it has its fans.

Related post: Where to get the best steaks in Omaha

Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery, West Omaha

Recommended by Steven W.

This is another great old school restaurant in Omaha, though unlike the others on this list, I can say I’ve been here. It looks and feels like a monastery inside, and the wine list is superb. It’s a memorable restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

Cascio’s Steakhouse, downtown Omaha

 “Cascio’s, for one of the last remaining ‘Omaha Italian Steakhouse’ experiences.” – Mark W.

I’ve been on a kick visiting some of Omaha’s oldest restaurants, and Cascio’s is on my list to visit. I’ll be honest with you all, I have not had the best experiences at our venerable Italian steakhouses, but they are still open for a reason.

Cilantros Mexican Bar & Grill, West Omaha

“Cilantro’s – specifically the tomatillo cream sauce chicken enchiladas.” – Abby K.

Cilantros surprised me – I thought it was chain, but it’s not. It’s just more polished than your average local joint. Anyway, I’ve been there. The food is better than average.

The Drover Restaurant & Lounge, Midtown

Recommended by Taylor S.

The Drover is another classic Omaha steakhouse that I have yet to visit. It’s on my list (and actually, at the top of my list). Please note: The restaurant is temporarily closed due to a fire. Owners have stated it will re-open in mid-2019 but as of June 8, it has not re-opened.

Early Bird, Blackstone

“For brunch – Early Bird brunch! Soooo gooood and different!” – Kaila W.

Early Bird has its fans, which is why it’s also on this locals’ recommended list. Early Bird is one of the newest restaurants to open in the trendy Blackstone District. It’s a fun (and Instagrammable) restaurant, but expect a wait. 

Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant

Where: 513 Fort Crook Road N, Bellevue, Neb,

Recommended by Nichole M.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been to this Chinese restaurant. However, I have a foodie friend, Danell, and he is always eating there (here’s his review), so I’ve got to assume it’s pretty good.

Hiro 88, Old Market and West Omaha

Recommended by Sarah G.

Hiro 88 doesn’t disappoint with its sushi. Time it to coincide with Happy Hour, and you’ll have a happier wallet, too.

Ika Ramen and Izakaya, Benson

Recommended by Katrina L.

This is a newer dining spot in Benson that I haven’t made it to yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

J. Coco, Midtown

Recommended by Allyson H.

I ventured to J.Coco during Restaurant Week one year and enjoyed the dinner tremendously. This is a good date night spot.

Netties Fine Mexican Food, Bellevue

Recommended by Marcy S.

I’m not too familiar with Nettie’s but word on the street, it’s great Mexican food in Bellevue.

Related postWhere To Find The Best Mexican Restaurants In Omaha

Railcar Modern American Kitchen, West Omaha

Recommended by Lauri  C.

This was a nice date night for me and Mr. Wonderful a few years ago. I wish I had a better memory to tell you what order.

Runza, various locations

Recommended by Mallory B.

Though technically a chain fast food restaurant, Runza has its roots here in Nebraska. When you go, just order a Runza sandwich. You won’t find it anywhere else in the world.

Stokes, Old Market and West Omaha

Recommended by Kristi M.

Stokes (the Old Market location on Howard Street) is pretty great. Try Sharon’s enchiladas if you go. Delish!

This post was first published in January 2018 and was updated 2019 to reflect closings and address changes.

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September 27, 2017

Best Coffee In Omaha

Omaha loves a good cup of coffee, so there are many great local coffee shops with loyal fans. You can’t throw a corn hat without hitting a Omaha coffee shop window.

I asked Oh My! Omaha fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share their favorite place for coffee, and they did not disappoint. Here you go, the list of the best places to get coffee in Omaha:

List of the best local coffee shops in #Omaha #Nebraska

Accerlerando Coffee House

Where: 7023 Cass St.

Accerlernado had a couple fans recommend it. They might just win for most intriguing coffee drink name: @frommetovuu wrote “Accelerando coffee house and totally the cornflake latte!!” Anyone else curious what’s in the Cornflake?

Archetype Coffee

Where: 3926 Farnam St. and 1419 S. 13th St.

For the freshest and smoothest coffee around, Archetype is your place. They’ve made it a science and roast in-house. @programmerman tweeted “Archetype has the best coffee in Omaha.” And over on Instagram, others were just as definitive. @emilymtaber wrote “Archetype. No question.” @mylittlelorelaiI shared my sentiments exactly on Instagram: “I do love archetype but I always feel like I stand out for not being hipster enough.”

Hardy Coffee

Where: Where:1033 Jones St., 6051 Maple St., and inside Westroads Mall at Flagship Commons

This had a couple fans across different social platforms. I’ll admit, I got to Aromas more for the Bliss Bakery goodies than their coffee drinks, but its caffeinated fans are loyal! “We love Aromas!” tweeted @therusticroad.

Beansmith Coffee Roasters

Where: 1213 Harney St. –Closed

Beansmith is particular about coffee and it left a good impression on me when I visited during the Caffeine Crawl a year ago. Do you know how hard it is to stand out from the pack on a tour?

Caffeine Dreams

Where: 4524 Farnam St.Closed

This Midtown coffee shop was accidentally left off this list but @aroger brought it to my attention: “Great hangout spot, warm and cozy, good for studying or casual conversation, their roasting is top-notch and best chai latte.” He’s right. How could I forget Caffeine Dreams?? I’ve been a few times to play games with my kids (and probably annoy the college students studying). If the weather’s nice, check out their outdoor space!

Crane Coffee

Where: Six locations, plus one inside Methodist Hospital and Children’s Hospital

This is a particular favorite in my family. Any early morning road trip begins at the Crane on Cass Street, picking up a coffee for me and Mr. Wonderful and a chocolate chunk scone for the kiddos before we head out.

Culprit Cafe

Where: 1603 Farnam St., suite 101 and 3201 Farnam St., suite 6112

Like Aromas, I associate Culprit with baked goods more than coffee, but it has some serious fans. “From simple pour overs to amazing lattes (try the vanilla one), @culpritcafe is my go-to,” writes @jbath13.

More Omaha coffee shops

Delice European Cafe & Bakery

Where:3201 Farnam St., suite 6112 Closed

Amateur Coffee

Where: 3913 Cuming St.

Karma Koffee

Where: 587 N. 155th Plaza

Mug Life

Where: 2452 Harney St.

Omaha Bicycle Co.

Where: 6015 Maple St.

This place wins for most unique combo: It is in fact a bike shop and a coffee shop.

ROAST Coffee House

Where: 1904 S. 67th St.

This is a newer one in Omaha, and it already has a lot of fans. @spartanjess wrote she loved the breve there. I love a Hill of Beans, who has amazing coffee beans you can purchase for home brewing, so I know their coffee shop has to be serving incredibly good coffee.

Scooters

Where: Several locations

This local chain of coffee shops had quite a few fans. I’m going to guess it’s partly because they’re super convenient (and they have a great of flavored coffee, IMO).

Stay Sweet Nicolas

Where: 805 S. Main St., suite 2, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Stay Sweet Nicolas is also my pick for one of the best places to get breakfast in Council Bluffs.

Urban Abbey

Where: 1026 Jackson St.

Urban Abbey got a vote from @jbrummer1031 on Instagram, and it reminded me to return to this great place. I usually only go on Saturdays when I make it to the farmers market next door. This place is also the starting point to the Urban Walking Labyrinth. Just ask at the counter for a map if you can’t find one on display.

Well Grounded Coffee House

Where: 707 S. 24th St.

Whole Foods

Where: 10020 Regency Circle

Those familiar with the chain probably have a favorite treat there (mine is the cheese samples…). @_mommyk._ wrote “A simple vanilla latte at Whole Foods has my vote!”

Zen Coffee Co.

Where: 230 S. 25th St., suite 3

13th Street Coffee

Where: 519 S. 13th St.

Kerri W. is a fan of this place. I used to go there often back when I had an Old Market apartment, but once more coffee shops opened downtown, I’ve found new favorites.

Coffee shops in Omaha with great specialty drinks

Green Beans Coffee

Where: 6831 S. 167th St.

This one had a couple fans raving about, particularly the mocha. Says Amy R. “I usually get a mocha but anything there is great!”

Scooters

Where: Several locations

“Scooters has the best cappuccino blender. It’s not overloaded with sugar like some others,” said Darci D. Kelly R. recommended the Carmeclious, “It is amazing.” (I have to agree with her)

Is this list missing your favorite Omaha coffee shop? Leave me a comment telling me what it is and why!

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June 28, 2017

Feed Your Inner-Child At These Omaha Restaurants

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:

Omaha restaurants to feed your inner-child - Where to go for gourmet treats that remind you of your childhood #Omaha #Nebraska #USA

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.

Ice Cream

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.

You’re going to want to head to Kitchen Table for this modern take on the peanut butter and jelly classic. Janelle from Bakes in Slippers suggested it.

Pop Tarts

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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