Above, A Runza

Bellevue, NE-

Stella’s Bar & Grill-106 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue, NE 68005-Old bar serving burgers rustic style.  Since 1936 but modern renovation takes away some of the charm.

Cairo, NE

Bowling Bar-

Cairo Bowl and The Watering Hole- 324 S High St, Cairo, NE 68824-Old Bowling alley with a tin ceiling bar with good burgers.

Columbus, NE

Eats-Glurs Tavern-2301 11th St, Columbus, NE 68601-US 30 circa 1876 awesome old bar and grill with great burgers

Fremont, NE


Penny’s Diner-2700 Diers Pkwy, Fremont, NE 68025-24 hour diner

Grand Island, NE


Glass Bar-1009 W North Front St, Grand Island, NE 68801-Charming neighborhood bar with bands


Coney Island Lunch Room-104 3rd St E, Grand Island, NE 68801-Chili dog spot since forever

Hastings, NE


Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum-1205 E 42nd St, Hastings, NE 68901(402) 705-0000

Hyannis, NE


Hyannis Hotel-102 Main Ave, Hyannis, NE (308) 458-2344-Really old bar steakhouse in a tiny old hotel.

Lincoln, Nebraska

As mentioned above, look for the Frenchie Sandwich around the area, a breaded deep fried grilled cheese.


1867 Bar-101 N 14th St #6, Lincoln, NE 68508-531-289-1724-Local Live Music


Lees Chicken-1940 W Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE 68522-Famous old chicken restaurant

Tina’s Cafe -616 South St, Lincoln, NE 68502-Awesome giant cinnamon rolls and a local variation of the regional runza.


UNL Dairy Store-114, Food Industry Complex, Lincoln, NE 68503- 402-472-2828-Ice cream shop offering items produced from the universitys dairy program


Zoo Bar-136 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508-Since 1973, more jazz or blues type bands.  Zoo fest every July

Loup City, NE

Eats-Loup City Diner-705 O St, Loup City, NE 68853 308-745-2021-Not a fancy space but quality food

McCook, NE

Bakery-Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe-312 Norris Ave, McCook, NE 69001-Closed Sunday, closes early on Saturday.

North Platte, NE


Kelsey’s Place-219 W Rodeo Rd Ave, North Platte, NE 69101-Local bar

Ogallala, NE

Many Western Town attractions here.


Front Street Steakhouse & Crystal Palace Saloon-519 E 1st St, Ogallala, NE 69153-Western shootout show, steak and lots of old west displays

Homemade Heaven-12 N Spruce St, Ogallala, NE 69153 (308) 284-4879-Burgers, Sandwiches and Pies in an old diner setting.

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha is a college town and border city.  It borders Council Bluff, Iowa, where the bars close a little later.  Last time I was there, Omaha bars closed at 1 am, while in Council Bluffs they close at 2.

Omaha is also a roadtrip town.  People there think nothing of Driving 10 hours to Chicago, or 4 hours to Kansas City, where the amusement Park Worlds of  Fun is.


Petshop Gallery -Art gallery/Group creative space in Omaha, Nebraska
: 2727 N 62nd St, Omaha, NE 68104


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum– more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts.1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 478-2250

The Local weekly is the Omaha Reader.

Other music links:

Lazy Eye-non specific local band info.

Black Heart Booking puts on some punk and metal shows along with A-13 Punk Rock.


The Homy Inn-1510 N Saddle Creek Rd, Omaha, NE 68104-Since 1956. Champagne on Tap and lots of decorations with old beer giveaways and cans. Open slighty later than most, til 2 am.

Beercade-Our charter forces us to list all arcade and pinball bars-6104 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104

Jerry’s Bar- 6301 Military Ave, Omaha, NE 68104-Nice bar with comfy booths

Tiki Bar-

Laka Lono Rum Club-1204 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102-Awesome tiki bar.

Nebraska has a local specialty aside from Meat known as the Runza.  They have all sorts of varities, but the basic and original is a roll filled with a beef, cabbage, onions and spices, sort of like a knish,  but with regular bread dough instead of pastry.  And you can find them at a chain called Runza, with tons of locations throughout the state.

Aside from Runza there is a chain called Little King Sandwich Shop which is a step up above subway in Omaha.

Also there is a regional sandwich called the Frenchie or Frenchie.  It is a grilled cheese dipped in breadcrumbs and fried and available at local chains Don and Millies which is a chili dog chain mainly and the odd hybrid Mexican joint in Lincoln, Amigos/King Classic.

Johnnys Cafe-4702 S. 27th St.-Omaha, NE -402-731-4774-Steak, and for dessert-Turtle pie.  Rumors of its demise are swirling sadly but its still surviving in 2023

Gorat’s Steak House 4917 Center St  Omaha, NE (402) 551-3733 seems to get high marks now from the locals.  Live music on Saturdays
Big Mamas Kitchen, 3223 North 45th Street, Turning Point Campus, Bldg A, Omaha NE 68104-old school soul food restaurant in an former school building.  They have a unique item called an afro burger which is a highly spiced Tubular beef patty dipped in bbq sauce.

The Drover -2121 S 73rd St, Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 391-7440-Old steakhouse with “omahas first salad bar” virtually unchanged since 1968 and “famous whisky steaks”

Lithuanian Bakery & Cafe -7427 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68114-Bakery with ethnic baked goods.  Get a napoleon torte

Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria-621 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68108-100 plus year old pizza bakery

Shirley’s Diner– 13838 R Plaza, Omaha, NE 68137

Live music-

The B. Bar-4330 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105

The Sydney– 5918 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 932-9262-Bar with bands

Pageturners Lounge– 5004 Dodge St  Omaha, Nebraska 68132

The Waiting Room Lounge-6212 Maple St, Omaha, Nebraska 68104(402) 884-5353

Reverb Lounge – 6121 Military Ave, Omaha, NE 68104 til–2AM  (402) 884-5707
O’leaver’s-1322 S Saddle Crick Rd-Omaha, NE, 68106
The Admiral Auditorium,  2234 South 13th Street, Omaha, NE
Westfair Ampitheater-Westfair is located on Highway 6, just 2 miles east of I-80 on the East side of Council Bluffs.  Council Bluffs is just over the river from Omaha.

Harney Street Tavern-1215 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68102

Record stores-
Antiquarium-417 S 13th St, Omaha, NE 68102
Homer’s Record Stores, 13533 “I” Circle, Omaha, NE 68137

Town House Inn Omaha 1963, formerly at 7000 Dodge Street

Indianola, NE


The Rocket Inn – 117 4th St, Indianola, NE 69034  (308) 364-9906-Trashy travel is a pizza snob and refuses to eat it outside of NY or New Haven, CT.  That being said, this lost in time Nebraska joint has a hyper-regional variation that is thick and loaded.

McCook, NE


Mac’s Drive-In – 809 W B St, McCook, NE 69001  (308) 345-2420-Drive in restaurant with a dining room with phones to call in your order.  Hand cut onion rings, pizza burgers.

Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe-312 Norris Ave, McCook, NE 69001 308-345-6500

Papillion, NE

Caniglia’s A Mano-11425 S 72nd St #101, Papillion, NE-Tiny spot with 4 tables with pizza and subs.

Paxton, NE


Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse -1933 casual steakhouse with big-game trophies.123 N Oak St, Paxton, NE 69155 (308) 239-4500

Scottsbluff, NE

Scotty’s Drive-In-618 E 27th St, Scottsbluff, NE 69361-Food Drive in with an amazing sign

Virginia Nebraska

Terry’s Steakhouse-200 4th St, Virginia, NE 68458-Freestanding old building with a steakhouse