One of our favorite things about living in the 21st century is simple food delivery. While the process has been around for decades at this point, it has never been so easy. All you have to do is download an app, pick a restaurant, place your order and wait for local delivery drivers to drop it at your door—no contact necessary.
But what if we told you that popular delivery apps like Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub or UberEats charge restaurants a monthly flat fee that ranges from $88 to $490 just to be listed on the app? Then they will often take up to 40% of the cost of an order for themselves. That means that restaurants usually make very little money and, even sometimes lose money, just to offer delivery through these third-party apps. This is especially difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many restaurants have had to start offering delivery just to survive.
If you are just as horrified by all this as we were when we found out, don’t worry, Omaha has a fantastic solution. LoCo Omaha is a new local delivery service, made by and for Omaha restaurants. They don’t charge high commissions on each purchase; instead, they support local businesses and keep your dollars in the community.
Because we are so excited about LoCo Omaha’s launch and all the local restaurants that have signed up, we made a list of some of the best spots you can order from through this new service. So read through our list, find a restaurant you’re interested in ordering from, and then visit LoCo Omaha’s website to place your order. Your food will be there before you know it. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of 402 BBQ
402 BBQ | BBQ — A “real Omaha barbecue” joint offering locally sourced chicken, pork, buffalo and USDA Nebraska beef that has been slow-cooked over a mulberry and apple wood fire.
Abelardo’s | Mexican — A small chain restaurant with locations across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and South Dakota serving authentic Mexican food prepared fast, fresh and full of flavor.
Acadian Grille | Cajun — This scratch kitchen perfectly blends French and soul food to create delectable Louisiana fare you won’t find anywhere else in Omaha.
Anthony’s Steakhouse | New American — This old-school chophouse and lounge specializes in Black Angus beef, seafood and a beautiful selection of pastas.
The Blackstone Meatball | Italian — An industrial bar and eatery known for their creative meatball dishes, handmade sides, late hours and wine on tap.
Big Mama’s | Soul Food — Iconic Omaha catering company specializing in delicious soul food and traditional American cuisine, including homemade appetizers, entrees, desserts and oven-fried chicken.
Burrito Envy | Mexican — Benson burrito shop and tequila bar offering incredible burritos, margaritas, house infused tequilas, live music and more.
Caddy Shack Sports Bar & Grill | American — A family-owned sports bar and grill offering a full menu of pub grub, like wings, burgers, sandwiches and, of course, plenty of beer.
California Tacos and More | Mexican — An award-winning taco shop offering handcrafted tacos using fresh, quality ingredients that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2009.
Farnam House Brewing | Brewery — Craft beer reigns supreme in Omaha and one of the best places to get a growler is from Farnam House Brewing. They also have a full food menu including appetizers, sandwiches, salads and more, which you can have delivered through LoCo.
The Galley | American — The Galley is a new scratch kitchen, offering pub-style food made from the freshest ingredients they can find.
Herbe Sainte | Cajun — Herbe Sainte is a New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar serving tasty Cajun and Creole fare and drinks. Right now, you can’t get their cocktails delivered through LoCo, but you can enjoy a variety of their Cajun cooking like Crawfish Jambalaya, NOLA Shrimp, Muffuletta and more.
Hook & Lime Tacos | Mexican — Hook & Lime is a modern, seafood-centric restaurant located in North Downtown serving up Mexican-inspired tacos, small plates, cocktails and tequila.
Jack & Mary‘s Restaurant | Southern — Voted Omaha’s “Best Fried Chicken,” Jack & Mary’s is a Southern-style comfort food restaurant offering delicious dishes like steaks, seafood, sandwiches and more.
Jams | American — Jams, an Omaha restaurant legacy, is an American Grill that offers a melting pot of different styles and varieties of food dishes containing high-quality ingredients.
Kitchen Table | Café — Kitchen Table, an iconic Omaha staple, is a cool locavore café preparing inventive sandwiches with veggie options for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
Mangia Italiana | Italian — This informal counter-serve spot offers delicious Italian and Sicilian sandwiches, pizzas and pasta dishes.
Mouth of the South | Southern — Mouth of the South is a Southern and Cajun restaurant bringing tasty Southern flavor to the Omaha area. They are a go-to for barbecue, steak, seafood, po’ boys, burgers, gumbo, soups, salads and much more.
Noli’s Pizzeria | Pizza — Noli’s Pizzeria is a hip, counter-serve bar and eatery offering thin-crust pizza by the slice with gourmet toppings, along with fantastic appetizers and pasta dishes.
Oasis Falafel | Mediterranean — For fresh Mediterranean cuisine, don’t miss Oasis Falafel, a delicious destination for falafel, kebabs, salads, baba ganoush and more.
Paddy’s McGown’s | Irish — This Irish pub is known for their homemade and cooked-to-order menu, which includes Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage along with hand “paddy’d” burgers.
Paradise Bakery | Café — A small chain bakery with a handful of locations in the Omaha area, Texas and Utah. Here, you’ll find fresh baked goods like cookies, cakes and bread along with café staples like sandwiches, soups and salads.
Rathskeller Bier Haus | German — Rathskeller Bier Haus is home to “Germarican” food like bratwurst, pretzels, sandwiches (like the fan favorite, Reuben), topped chips and more.
Spaghetti Works | Italian — An Omaha staple since 1974 serving Italian American dishes like pizza, pasta, salad and more at three locations across the area.
Stories Coffee Company | Coffee — Local coffee shop and roastery that serves high-quality coffee, pastries and more while giving back to the Omaha community. On LoCo, you can order everything from coffee and tea to smoothies, breakfast and even desserts and have them delivered to your door.
Upstream Brewing Company | Brewery — An Old Market brewery serving American pub grub and delicious, handcrafted brews. While you can’t order a growler of beer on LoCo yet, you can get a growler of root beer from Upstream Brewery delivered right to your door.
Vis Major Brewing Company | Brewery — Famous Omaha brew hall serving everything from tasty pub grub and beer to handcrafted cocktails. Unfortunately, you can’t get alcohol delivered with LoCo, but you can get Vis Major’s famous pizzas, salads and pub-style snacks.
Enjoy your food!
If ordering local food using a local app sounds good to you right now—click here to start your order. Let us know which restaurants you plan to support through LoCo in the comments below!