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Top 10 Restaurants In Kearney, Nebraska

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The small town of Kearney, Nebraska is n off-the-beaten-path type of destination. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in this charming Midwestern town, however, you’ll find they have a pretty impressive restaurant scene. Here are our picks for the ten best restaurants in Kearney.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Kearney
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Suwannee Thai Cuisine

Thousands of miles though Kearney may be from Thailand, Suwannee Thai Cuisine gives you the opportunity to taste real, authentic Thai food. The menu explores cuisine from all across the country, and by looking through it, you may even be able to learn a little bit about the locales of the different styles.

Suwannee Thai Cuisine, 1420 W 24th St, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 234 2289

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Thunderhead Brewing Company

For a classic, informal night out in Kearney, Thunderhead Brewing Company should be your first choice. This local brewery offers an ever-changing selection of exciting beers in addition to a menu full of great pub food, with freshly baked pizzas as the main event. If you just want a light bite to go along with your brew, they have hand-tossed pretzels that will put you right in mind of Germany’s own Oktoberfest.

Thunderhead Brewing, 18 E 21st St, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 237 1558

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Sozo American Cuisine

The concept of ‘American cuisine’ can be a tough one to define, but at Sozo American Cuisine, it means that your meals are made from local products, put together with an eye to detail, and always pushing the boundaries of ‘normal.’ In other words, you’re in for a real treat at Sozo. Don’t forget to have a look at their extensive wine list or their unique takes on classic cocktails.

Sozo American Cuisine, 110 S 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 455 3444

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Delight Donut

You should definitely stop by Delight Donut for breakfast, to get your sweet fix. It’s family owned, which shows itself in the quality of the donuts and the care that goes into getting them absolutely perfect. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the prices, especially when you take into account how big the donuts are. They’ll have all of your favorite flavors, plus a few new ones.

Delight Donut, 324 3rd Ave, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 234 3333

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The Alley Rose

Elegant food in a atmosphere that will put you in mind of a movie set in the Victorian times; this is what you can expect at The Alley Rose. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, with various specials like happy hours thrown in to keep things hopping. If you come in at lunch, be ready to pick from their long list of burgers and sandwiches, a task that is certainly easier said than done.

The Alley Rose, 2013 Central Ave, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 234 1261

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The Flippin Sweet

The Flippin Sweet gives you artisan pizzas made from organic and local produce, wine and craft beer that will fit the taste perfectly, and a cozy, friendly environment. While, of course, you have the option of building your own pizza or calzone, the list of cleverly named pizzas is plenty to keep all but the most finicky of eaters satisfied.

The Flippin’ Sweet, 203 E 25th St, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 455 3083

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Komal Mexican Taqueria

Komal Mexican Taqueria is quickly making a name for itself as the best Mexican joint in Kearney. Given their name, you can probably guess that amazing tacos are their game. If you choose to go the burrito route, prepare to be presented with a huge and extremely flavorful burrito. For a refreshing addition to the meal, try one or a few of their fruit waters.

Komal Mexican Taqueria, 942 W 24th St, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 224 3994

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Skeeter Barnes

Skeeter Barnes is literally located in a big, red barn. Barbeque is their specialty, and they really do it well, whether you decide to go for the beef brisket, the pulled pork, or anything else on the menu. You may be outside of what people consider the South, but you can still get sweet tea by the pint here at Skeeter Barnes.

Skeeter Barnes, 516 S 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 236 6400

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TRU Café

TRU Café is a coffeehouse, but it’s also so much more. They offer a daily menu with items made from all the local and organic ingredients they can get their hands on, which includes some tasty pizzas, a number of very creative sandwiches, and big salads that will keep you going all day, among other things. They also offer a space for local artists to display their work, and being an active part of the community is very important for them.

Tru Café, 2100 Central Ave, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 236 9422

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Cunningham’s Journal

Cunningham’s Journal is a Kearney classic, and you’ll know exactly why they’re so well loved by the community when you come by for a visit. As a typical American bar and grill, they have a menu full of all sorts of pub food that will have your mouth watering well before you’ve been able to choose what you actually want.

Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W 23rd St, Kearney, NE, USA, +1 308 236 9737