As the largest city in the state of Nebraska, Omaha has all of the sights and charm of the Midwest that makes it an enticing place to visit. You can’t complete a visit, however, without trying some of Omaha’s well known spots for breakfast and brunch. Check out our pick of the best below.
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 as the 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. A trip to this 1940s inspired joint will sure to leave you feeling full and happy.
6055 Maple St, Omaha, NE, 68104, United States
On 120th Street is Bailey’s, a hidden gem in Omaha known for their delectable breakfast and “sunny side up” atmosphere. Like Leo’s, this joint is always popular with locals as well as tourists heeding recommendations to visit – and with good reason. Come here for the breakfast special – the eggs benedict – that comes in seven different variations, enough to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Open until late in the evening, Bailey’s is the perfect place to get a tasty breakfast any time of the day, and then come back for dinner too!
1259 S 120th St, Omaha, NE 68144, United States
On Q Street is Over Easy, a hip breakfast and brunch spot in Omaha open every day from 6 a.m to 2 p.m. At Over Easy, menu items are a classy evolution of the American standard of breakfast and brunch. What makes Over Easy stand out among the rest is its drive-thru (yes, a drive thru!), that allows you to enjoy deluxe breakfast items on the go without settling for any sort of low quality, fast food fare. Come here for the homemade pop tarts from the bakery or the tempting biscuits and gravy.
16859 Q St, Omaha, NE 68135, United States
Lisa’s Radial Cafe
Hustle on over to Midtown and visit Lisa’s Radial Cafe, a staple in Omaha and favorite of locals of all ages. Cash only and cozy, Lisa’s is a must visit for breakfast and brunch. For those brave souls who are ready to embark on a courageous food journey, try the “Titanic” – chicken fried steak topped with hash browns, biscuits and two eggs any style – all covered in gravy. If you’re into the classic diner coffee and atmosphere, Lisa’s is the place for you.
817 N 40th St, Omaha, NE 68131, United States
Louie M’s Burger Lust
Louie M’s Burger Lust began as a catering service and is now one of Omaha’s staples for good food and a good time. Louie M’s speciality is, unsurprisingly, their burgers: “hand-pattied” 1/2 LB slabs of meat that can be prepared with up to 20 varieties. The breakfast here, although lacking in burgers, is popular and well known. Come here for hot cakes or a breakfast sandwich or bulk up your order with a three egg omelet or breakfast burrito.
1718 Vinton St, Omaha, NE 68108, United States
Advertised as the best breakfast and brunch spot in Omaha, Le Peep is a small Southern chain with a lot of charm. With friendly service and a cute “French inspired” atmosphere, Le Peep is a great place to go for a family friendly and leisurely breakfast or brunch. Start off with a giant mug of salted caramel hot chocolate and dig in to some custom made omelets or a stack of delicious pancakes. Le Peep is a reliable and always enjoyable option for any time of the day.
2012 N 117th Ave, Omaha, NE, United States
Culprit Cafe and Bakery
An unassuming industrial spot on 16th Street, Culprit is a speciality coffee-house and bakery that makes artisan bread in-house every morning. In addition to the coffee, Culprit’s breakfast has made it one of the most popular places in Omaha. Start off with one of their famous beignets, stuffed with fruits or jams and topped with powdered sugar. Then dive into their frittata sandwich, made on homemade sourdough with gouda, onion and smoked pork belly.
1603 Farnam Street #101, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
For the past four decades, 11-Worth Cafe has been serving the citizens of Omaha delicious food between 6am and 3pm daily. 11-Worth is community based; they give people who sign up for a free “club card” 15 percent off food purchases Monday through Thursday, enticing the V.I.P. members to keep coming back. Come here right at open for early bird specials or dig into any of the hearty and affordable breakfast plates. Be sure to also try any of their four egg omelette specials. In a rush but need a quick fix of 11-Worth” They got you covered – customers can call ahead and take away 11-Worth’s famous sausage gravy and biscuits to have at home.
2419 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105, United States
The Egg and I
A popular staple of Omaha for breakfast is The Egg and I, a charming and creative chain that is an ever popular option for early and late breakfast in Nebraska. With gourmet coffee and consistently fresh food options, The Egg and I never disappoints. Given their name, it’s natural to come to the conclusion that the egg dishes are their specialty – this is true. Come here for a variety of delicious eggs benedict, omelets or scramble. Don’t feel like having eggs” No problem. Indulge in a Belgian waffle or stack of American-style pancakes.
3605 N 147th St Suite 106, Omaha, NE 68116, United States
FarmHouse Cafe and Bakery
Off of 84th Street is FarmHouse Cafe and Bakery, a restaurant with a lot of character and delicious homestyle meals. Breakfast at the FarmHouse is very egg-based; the menu boasts fluffy pan omelets, scrambled dishes and benedict options. You can’t come to FarmHouse without trying their well-known cinnamon rolls as well. Come here for a tasty breakfast experience or use FarmHouse as a catering option for any morning event you may need.
3461 S 84th St, Omaha, NE 68124, United States
By Brendan Scully