If you love a meal that’ll make your mouth water, then these are the places for you. Nebraska certainly has no shortage of restaurants, but these in particular have weathered the storm of time and are among the oldest restaurants in Nebraska. That’s a good sign, since you have to be good to stay open!
1. Lee's Chicken Restaurant - Lincoln
Lee's was opened in 1945 and has been dishing up mouthwatering burgers, chicken and fries ever since. If you're looking for southern-fried chicken, this is the place to go.
1940 W Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE 68522
2. Murphy's Wagon Wheel - Hastings
For 44 years this old-school tavern in Hastings has been serving up outstanding fare to go with their ice cold beer. Grab a burger, or if you prefer, a big basket of gizzards and fries (shown). You can't go wrong at The Wagon Wheel.
107 N Lincoln Ave, Hastings, NE 68901
3. Nicks on the Bricks - Kearney
Nicks on the Bricks (KNOB) may be new to the downtown area, but they've been around for 34 years. This plate is enough to make my mouth water! If you haven't checked out their new digs then head downtown and get a bite to eat.
15 E 24th St, Kearney, NE 68847
4. Tico's of Lincoln - Lincoln
For more than 30 years, Tico's has been delivering piping-hot mexican dishes to hungry patrons waiting anxiously for that familiar mouthwatering taste. For great Mexican food, you're missing out if you haven't tried Tico's of Lincoln.
317 S 17th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
5. The Drover Restaurant & Lounge - Omaha
The Drover Restaurant & Lounge has been grilling up perfect steaks like this one for the last 46 years. This landmark chophouse is THE place to get your steak on in Omaha.
2121 S 73rd St, Omaha, NE 68124
6. Scotty's Drive In - Scottsbluff
Nothing tops fries from Scotty's. Maybe that's because they've been around for 53 years. That's a lot of burgers and fries! If you haven't tried Scotty's then you're missing out on mouthwatering good food.
618 E 27th St, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
7. Bunkhouse Restaurant & Saloon - Valentine
The Bunkhouse in Valentine has been "The Bunkhouse" for at least 15 or 20 years. This Chicken Fried Steak looks good enough to lick this screen right now. If you're passing through Valentine, don't skip The Bunkhouse, whatever you do.
US-20, Valentine, NE 69201
8. Orsi's Italian Bakery & Pizzeria - Omaha
Since 1919, this Omaha landmark has been serving hot pizza to the masses. Try one of their pies and learn why Orsi's was recently voted #1 Pizza in Omaha in the 2016 Omaha's Choice Awards.
621 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68108
9. Ken and Dale's Restaurant - Alliance
For burgers, chicken, seafood, sandwiches and soups it's Ken and Dale's Restaurant for locals in Alliance. This year this melting pot of great cuisine is celebrating 30 years in business in Alliance.
123 W 3rd St, Alliance, NE 69301
10. Virginia's Travelers Cafe - Lincoln
Virginia's is a great place to stop on the way to the game. They've been filling the stomachs of hungry folks since 1965 with traditional American fare.
3820 Cornhusker Hwy, Lincoln, NE 68504
11. Hyannis Hotel Restaurant - Hyannis
This landmark in Hyannis has been serving good old Nebraska steaks for more than 100 years. Book a room and then order that giant slab of meat you know you're craving.
102 S Main Ave, Hyannis, NE 69350
12. Dave's Place - North Platte
Dave's Place has been around since the 70s. If you're in North Platte and craving pizza, burgers, nachos or a philly cheesesteak sandwich, then Dave's is the place.
1510 E 4th St, North Platte, NE 69101
We’re sure Nebraska has more great old restaurants than we listed here. If we left your fave off the list, then feel free to add it in our comments!