10 Omaha Restaurants That Make Cheating On Your Diet Totally Worth It

January 17, 2018Add a CommentPosted By

Well, another year has come and gone, which means many of us are (once again) tackling a list of New Year’s resolutions. Frequently, these resolutions come with a promise to veer toward more healthy foods, but unfortunately, Omaha is home to so many delicious restaurants — and so many Instagram-worthy meals — it can be tough to ward off temptation.

Apologies in advance, but we’re going to go ahead and make that even more difficult for you. These Omaha-area restaurants all serve up sinfully satisfying meals that make cheating on your New Year’s diet worth it. Because whether you’re hungry for something sweet or savory, crispy or doughy — sometimes cravings just can’t be helped. That’s what cheat days are for!


For Smothered Fries: Block 16

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Block 16

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Block 16 has been a local favorite for years, and with its warm atmosphere and delicious cuisine, there’s no mystery as to why! Owners Paul and Jessica put their minds together to craft memorable meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and you’ll likely want to try everything on the menu. Before you do that, make sure to order some of the Duck Duck Goose Fries for the table. With duck confit, crispy skin, cheese, duck-fat mayo and gooseberry gastrique — these fries are what dreams are made of.

If you’re still hungry (or even if you’re not), try the Croque Garcon, a ⅓-pound burger topped with cheese, ham, a sunny-side-up egg, mustard and truffle oil on a ciabatta roll. Alton Brown even named this creation his favorite hamburger in the country, comparing it to “high art.” Whoa.


For Brunch: Over Easy

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At Over Easy, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The kitchen works hard to turn out fresh, flavorful and sinfully satisfying dishes that look just as good as they taste! Biscuits and gravy, French toast, hashbrown rounds and homemade pop tarts are a few of the menu standouts, but don’t miss the Dutch Baby pancake. This traditional (and very fluffy) breakfast dish is created with flour, milk and lots of butter, and is so delicious. Top it with your choice of seasonal jam or powdered sugar.

Can’t get enough eggs Benedict, omelets and other brunch favorites? You’re in luck! We have a list of the Best Places to Brunch in Omaha.


For Burgers: Stella’s Bar and Grill

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There’s no doubt in our minds that Stella’s Bar & Grill is one of the best places to get a burger in the Omaha area. In fact, the burgers have landed on Omaha Magazine’s best of Omaha list every year since 2008! The Bellevue locale has been serving locals and visitors alike since 1936, and the burger is the result of a tried-and-true family recipe passed down for generations. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but while you’re cheating on your diet, you might as well go all out and try the Stellanator challenge. You’ll have 45 minutes to eat six patties, six eggs, six slices of cheese, 12 pieces of bacon, and all the fixin’s. Oh, and don’t forget the fries! Good luck.


For Tacos: Voodoo Taco

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When Taco Tuesday rolls around, there’s no better place to be than Voodoo Taco. This local shop won 2017’s Best of Omaha competition for its delicious and innovative tacos — and with ingredients like smoked alligator sausage, braised pork and fried avocado, we are not the least bit surprised. The menu has something to satisfy every craving, but we are particularly enamored with the Barbacoa Beef Taco, which features slow-cooked shredded beef, spicy bbq sauce, avocado, Cajun fried onions, Cotija cheese, queso and cilantro. We’d also add a side of chips and queso for good measure — mmm mmm good.

Bonus: For dessert, don’t miss out on the cheesecake taco with chocolate sauce!

Check out this list of the 12 best tacos in Omaha and Council Bluffs for more taco inspiration.


For Ice Cream: Coneflower Creamery

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In our opinion, it’s never too cold outside for ice cream! Nestled in the heart of Omaha’s Blackstone District, Coneflower creamery churns farm-to-cone ice cream in a variety of interesting flavors. The desserts are all made with seasonal ingredients from local farms, and everything down to the sprinkles is made fresh in the kitchen. Try a scoop of the butter brickle, which pays homage to a historical Omaha ice cream flavor first introduced in the 1920s by the Blackstone Hotel. We also recommend accompanying your flavor of choice with some of the house-made artisanal root beer!

Check out this list of the Best Ice Cream Shops in Omaha and Council Bluffs for more opportunities to satisfy your sweet tooth.


For Pizza: Dante Ristorante

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Dante was Omaha’s first pizzeria to specialize in authentic Neapolitan pizza, and though the recipe was perfect to begin with, we think the pizza has only gotten better over the years! The pies are all created with special Italian flour, topped with fresh ingredients and served piping hot. All of this, combined with the incredible wine list and friendly service, made Dante a frontrunner for our list of the Best Places to Get Pizza in Omaha. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about.


For Baked Goods: Hardy Coffee Co.

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Hardy Coffee Co

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Formerly Aroma’s Coffeehouse and Bliss Old Market Bakery, Hardy Coffee Co. encompasses both concepts to bring coffee and baked goods to hungry Omahans under one roof, thus convincing us that there is no better pairing for a warm cappuccino than freshly baked cinnamon rolls. After you’ve finished your leisurely and indulgent breakfast, peruse through the pastry case to see what else is on the menu — you’ll likely find a variety of colorful cakes, scones and pies to satisfy your sweet tooth!


For Nachos: Blatt Beer & Table

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Blatt Beer and Table

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With a warm and lively atmosphere, an impressive selection of beer on draft, and delicious pub grub, Blatt Beer & Table is a favorite gathering place for locals. If you haven’t tried the Buffalo Chachos, you should make that an immediate priority. Expect crispy potato chips topped with applewood-smoked bacon, sriracha buffalo sauce, blue cheese sauce and crumbles and chives. Once you’ve had a bite, you’ll understand why the appetizer is so popular!


For Donuts (and Fried Chicken): Bob’s Donuts

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With artisanal donuts, fried chicken and coffee to go — Bob’s Donuts truly has everything you need for an indulgent meal. The cozy shop opened its doors in November 2017 in the heart of town (3824 Farnam Street), and has already made waves in the Omaha community with its innovative flavors, modern atmosphere and friendly service. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, you’ll find something to satisfy your craving!


For Fish ‘n’ Chips: The Dire Lion Grille & Chippy

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Dire Lion

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The Dire Lion’s glowing reputation is evidenced by the long lines of hungry individuals at Food Truck Thursday, all eager to get a taste of the crispy and delicious English-inspired fare. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but if you haven’t tried this signature dish, make sure to start there. The beer battered cod is cooked to perfection, and the thick-cut pub fries are the perfect accompaniment. Finish your meal with a deep-fried Mars bar for extra indulgence.

The food truck is open year round and serves at locations throughout Omaha! Check the Facebook page for the latest updates.


Enjoy your cheat day!

Where is your favorite place to indulge in the Omaha area? Let us know in the comments!

By the way, you don’t have to break the bank to eat well! Here are the best meals under $10 in Omaha.

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