From burgers to steaks and even all-vegan restaurants, Omaha has a lot of tantalizing options when it comes down to dinner time. However, your wallet may not always agree. It’s tough to narrow down the most delicious options when you’re on a budget. Lucky for us, you don’t have to splurge every time you hit the town. In fact, you can get many of our Omaha favorites for under $10!
We rounded up all the best locales serving up inexpensive meals and even chose our favorite menu item so your next outing is as easy as pie (or as easy as a $6 falafel). Take a tour of Omaha’s best and let us know which one you love the most! Your wallet and your stomach will thank you.
Photo courtesy of Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob
Must-try: Falafel | $6.25
Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob is one of our favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Omaha and you can get all that plant-based deliciousness (as well as the meat options) for under $10. Their menu is simple and approachable, making European street food a fun choice in the city. Everything on the menu is under $10 and even when you add on the $2 Curry Fries, your total is only $8.25! And they’re the best fries in the state so you should definitely get them.
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Must-try: Croque Garcon Burger | $8.25
Block 16 has been on so many of our lists — we just can’t get enough of them! Especially when you consider most of their mouth-watering menu is under $10. In fact, Alton Brown called the Croque Garcon the best burger in the whole country and you can get it for just $8.25! And if you have a few extra dollars left over, order the Duck Duck Goose Fries — duck confit, crispy skin, cheese, duck-fat mayo and gooseberry gastrique served over fries.
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Must-try: Bourbon Pulled Pork | $9
Kitchen Table is another of our Omaha stand-bys. In classic slow food fast style, they serve real food made from scratch using the best local ingredients possible. All day you can get sandwiches, snacks and salads and everything on the regular menu is $10 or less! If you need more motivation, follow Kitchen Table on Instagram and drool over their daily specials.
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Must-try: Chicken Club Melt | $8.99
You can find Summer Kitchen in Bellevue, La Vista and Omaha and each location serves up inexpensive, fresh meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come on Monday night from 5 – 9 p.m. and your kids eat for free at all three Summer Kitchen locations!
Must-try: Los Auténticos Chiles Rellenos | $9.99
If you’re craving Mexican food, but you’re on a low budget, Cilantro’s is the place to go! You can get an A la Carte Pork Tamale for $3.49 or spring for the Pork Tamale Platter for just $9.99. And with two Omaha locations, they make satisfying your craving easy.
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Must-try: Five Grilled Cheese | $8.79
Black Oak Grill fits every single need you may have. From inexpensive lunches to full dinners paired with wine, it’ll be your new go-to spot anytime you get a craving. Their menu ranges in price from the delicious Five Grilled Cheese to a $24 Ribeye. If you have an extra dollar and your stomach is growling, order the Chicken Fried Chicken. You won’t be disappointed!
Must-try: Kafta Platter | $8.75
El Basha was the term used in the early 1900’s to describe the elite society of the Turkish and Ottoman empires. As an ode to their Lebanese roots, this Mediterranean Grill offers rich, authentic cuisine at affordable prices. All their sandwiches — from Shawarma to Falafel — are available as wraps for around $6 or as full meal platters for $8 – $9!
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Must-try: Philadelphia | $8
Blue offers most of their creative sushi rolls and dishes for $10 or less. Although you may be on a budget, you may not be able to resist the variety of flavors and choices. The Philadelphia is made with smoked or raw salmon, cream cheese, scallion and Japanese cucumber which would pair deliciously with the $9 Roja — tuna, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, soy paper and more sriracha. Go with a friend and split your rolls for an inexpensive dinner!
Must-try: Double Meat Sandwiches | $9.49
Hartland won Best Barbeque in Omaha Magazine’s 2015 competition and the best part is, you can stay under budget when you try it! Get the regular sandwich with your choice of meat for just $5.50 or get double the meat for $9.49. And if you can’t choose between chicken, brisket or pork, pick your top two on two regulars!
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Must-try: Pick Your Pasta | $9.49
Old Spaghetti Works has been serving authentic Italian in the heart of Old Market for over thirty years. While their lunch and dinner menus do have upscale, more expensive meals, you’ll also find inexpensive options. When you choose your own pasta, you get to top it with the signature sauce of your choosing, eat it with a slice of garlic bread and take a trip to the salad bar!
Must-try: Lunch Enchilada Suprema | $6.49
El Vallarta was built on the simple promise of providing a bit of sanctuary. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax with an authentic Mexican meal and one of Omaha’s best margaritas. And every item on their lunch menu is under $10. If you get the Enchilada Suprema with a Lime Margarita, you’ll only spend $11.24!
Photo courtesy of Julio’s
Must-try: Street Tacos | $8.75
Julio’s is Tex-Mex perfection. Established in 1977, they’ve developed their menu into a mix of classic and innovative dishes over the years. Stop by for a snack, like the $4.95 Queso Blanco dip or get a full meal of Street Tacos — three soft corn tacos, onion, cilantro and your choice chorizo, beef or carnitas.
Must-try: Ground Sirloin Burrito | $9.99
Cantina Laredo is an upscale, modern Mexican restaurant. Their chefs turn Mexico City classics into brand new dishes with additions like chipotle-wine sauce and sautéed artichoke heart. Pair your dish with the award-winning $8 Casa Rita and you’re ready for a fun, inexpensive night out!
Photo courtesy of Villagio Pizzeria
Must-try: The Sicilian Calzone | $8
At Villagio, you can get classic pies, modern creations, sandwiches, pasta, salads and, best of all, calzones under $10. Create your own for just $8, order one of their options or get any signature pizza inside a calzone for just $9 — like the signature Villagio above with pepperoni, green peppers, black olives, fresh garlic, oregano and a special blend of cheeses! Then, stop by again on Saturday morning for a personal breakfast pie for just $7.99!
Must-try: Upstream Reuben Sandwich | $9.99
Upstream offers genuine Omaha Steaks, fresh seafood and as much locally-sourced fare as they can find. From the Upstream Mac N Cheese to the high-end Filet Mignon and everything in between — you’ll find something to love that fits your budget during lunch and dinner.
Where do you get cheap eats in Omaha?
If we missed your favorite inexpensive meal, let us know in the comments!