The 10 Best Restaurants In North Omaha, Nebraska

Photo of Brendan Scully
9 February 2017

North Omaha, the neighborhood adjacent to the downtown district, is a bustling residential neighborhood full of business, restaurants and shops. While you’re in this part of the Midwest, it’s crucial to try as much of the Nebraskan cuisine as you can. Here’s some of the best restaurants to enjoy during your visit to North Omaha.

Oven Fried Chicken l | © Mike McCune/Flickr

Big Mama’s Kitchen

A classic dining experience in Omaha is partaking in some good old comfort food and Big Mama’s is the place for that. At Big Mama’s, ‘every meal is like Sunday dinner.’ Each meal you get here, no matter what time of the day it is, fills you up with fresh food that tastes like it came out of your grandmother’s kitchen. Come here for a breakfast casserole or the oven fried chicken, Big Mama’s does it right.

3223 N 45th St, Omaha, NE, 68104

Jim’s Rib Haven

You can’t be in the Midwest without having ribs, and North Omaha has that covered with Jim’s Rib Haven. Exclusively known for their carry out and catering specials, come here for mouthwatering slabs that can be purchased in bulk with plenty of sides to satisfy and stuff you and all your friends.

3801 Ames Ave, Omaha, NE, 6811, United States

Nite Hawkes Cafe

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, American
Falafel | © Austin Kirk/Flickr
Family owned and run since 1942, Nite Hawkes Cafe is a North Omaha staple with four generations of the Hawkes family serving the neighborhood six days a week. Customers are treated like family here. Come to Nite Hawkes for any meal of the day; you can’t go wrong with any selection at this classic diner spot.

Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob

The name of Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob says it all – this place is all about fast, delicious Mediterranean food with friendly service. Inspired by European street food vendors of Amsterdam and other major cities, Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob is a real favorite among residents of North Omaha looking for a quick, savory bite to eat. Come here for a classic Falafel or Chicken Kabob and don’t forget to order a side of curry fries.

620 N 50th St, Omaha, NE, 68132, United States

The Cabin Bar and Grill

Bar, American, Beer, $$$
Outside Sgt. Peffer's
Outside Sgt. Peffer's | © Matt Steele/Flickr
Claiming to have perfected the art of bar food, The Cabin is a newer establishment to the North Omaha neighborhood and is always a good location to unwind after a long week. With a wide food and drink menu and daily specials, there will be something for everyone in your party to enjoy. The Cabin also sports a full pool table, karaoke, darts and card games to enhance your visit at this casual and cozy establishment.

Sgt. Peffer’s

A must try in North Omaha, Sgt. Peffer’s is a staple for delicious Italian cuisine. Peffer’s entices you to come every day of the week by having a different kind of special. Come here for their award winning pizza or Peffer’s wide variety of baked chicken casseroles or seafood options. It won’t disappoint.

Smoked Brisket l | © Ernesto Andrade/Flickr

Hartland Bar-B-Que

Bar, Restaurant, Fast Food, Seafood
Everything at Hartland’s is homemade, where the meat is cooked and smoked the old fashioned pit-style way. Sit down to enjoy the BBQ delights or order jumbo selections to go. Hartland’s also prides itself in their catering service. Try the delicious chopped pork sandwiches or slow smoked angus beef brisket, sold by the pound.

Finicky Frank’s

Advertised as ‘Omaha’s Best Kept Secret,’ Finicky’s has certainly already grabbed a lot of attention. Named after some sort of local legend (a friendly and fun-loving man named Frank, who only ate the very best), Finicky’s has a somewhat simple, yet very appetizing menu. Come here for the Reuben sandwich, a crowd favorite.

9520 Calhoun Rd, Omaha, NE, 68112, United States

Leo's Diner

Diner, American
A local favorite, Leo’s Diner is a bustling hotspot of North Omaha that is always busy. Only open for breakfast and lunch, get here early for a comfortable seat – room fills up fast. This quaint dive has anything you could possibly imagine on the menu. Come here for the Fantasy Island, hash browns topped with biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, sausage, ham, peppers, onions and tomato.

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