Although a small city, the charming Grand Island has a lot to offer with historical sites, outdoor adventures and a host of delightful restaurants. With diners that have been part of the city’s culinary landscape for decades, to newer establishments offering global delicacies, Grand Island, Nebraska, offers something for every taste. Here is a list of 10 of the best local eats.
Owned by the husband-wife duo, Quang Nghiem and Ngoc Chau, who hail from Vietnam, Noodle House is a friendly joint specializing in Vietnamese cuisine. Even though the menu is small, diners return again and again to this gem; the food is delicious. Creating everything from scratch using the freshest items, the menu includes two appetizers, beef and chicken noodle soup or pho, a steamed rice dish, a vermicelli noodle bowl, a crispy noodle dish, and beverages. Known for their pho, the beef pho includes rice noodles in a beef broth with a choice of two meats, such as meatballs, sliced beef, or tripe, and is served with fresh basil, bean sprouts, lime, chili and sauces.
Noodle House, 2004 N. Broadwell Ave., Grand Island, NE, USA, +1 308 675 2588
Tired of fast food chain restaurants and their frozen food, two friends set out to create a lively burger joint that would feature fresh beef and hand-cut fries. This venture is known as Sin City Grill. Procuring the freshest ingredients available, the culinary team creates mouthwatering, juicy burgers with a variety of toppings alongside some tasty fry selections. Diners may create their own burgers or try one of the specialty options, such as the popular Texas hold ’em burger served on Texas toast and topped with smoked cheddar cheese, smoked applewood bacon, bbq sauce and homemade onion rings. To complement the meal, try the house-made potato chips topped with bleu cheese sauce and green onions. Various drinks and milkshakes are also available.
Sin City Grill, 410 W. 3rd St., Grand Island, NE, USA, +1 308 398 2237
Vientiane Restaurant is a great restaurant offering the residents of Grand Island a host of culinary, global delights. Specializing in authentic Thai and Laotian cuisine, diners keep returning to this popular gem to try its flavorful dishes. The menu offers a wide range of items from noodles to stir fries to speciality plates, which will appeal to many diners, including vegetarians. Highlights include the pad thai or thin rice noodles with bean sprouts, green onions, and choice of protein all stir-fried with egg in a sweet and tangy tamarind sauce, and the lharb, which is a choice of chicken, pork, or beef with mint, onion, bean sprouts, cilantro, lettuce and cucumber in a fish sauce and lime dressing.
Vientiane Restaurant, 523 W. 4th St., Grand Island, NE, USA, +1 308 381 1034
Wave Pizza Company is a beach-themed venue with a laid-back, fun vibe. As the name suggests, this joint serves an array of pizzas, but it also offers much more. The menu, which sticks with the beach-theme by having items named after famous beaches and surfers, also features appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. A hearty meal might begin with the Great Barrier Reef roasted garlic mushrooms followed by the Rincon pizza topped with meatballs, sautéed peppers and onions plus three cheeses or the Bruce Irons sandwich made with hand-cut pork sirloin that is breaded and baked and topped with fresh smoked mozzarella. Vegetarians also have many tasty options at this lively spot.
Wave Pizza Company, 107 N. Walnut St., Grand Island, NE, USA, +1 308 389 9283