In general, when we want something gourmet and expensive to eat, we head to a city. But small-town Nebraska restaurants have a lot to offer, as well. These eateries serve up food that’s as familiar and comforting as anything Mom or Grandma used to make, and they do it in friendly, fuss-free style in their little towns. For this article, we’re looking at some great restaurants in small Nebraska towns that have 1500 or fewer residents.

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Obviously, there are tons more small-town Nebraska restaurants that serve amazing food. This is definitely not meant as a definitive list of all the best places to eat – there’s at least one in most little towns and villages. And every time you eat at one, you’re supporting the local economy in that town – something that’s especially important as more and more people move out of these small towns. What are your personal recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

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What are some of the best restaurants in Omaha?  

There are hundreds – if not more – of restaurants in the city of Omaha, and it might be kind of challenging to sort through the chaff and find the real diamonds. At the time of this writing, though, there are a handful of legendary Omaha restaurants worth mentioning. In this case, we’ll define “best” as restaurants with the highest ratings and best reviews (that have been reviewed by the most people), and in that case, the best restaurants in Omaha right now include places like Plank Seafood Provisions, on Howard Street, M’s Pub, on 11th Street, Charleston’s Restaurant, on FNB Parkway, and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, on California Street.  

Which small-town restaurants in Nebraska are worth visiting?  

We have many favorite small-town restaurants in Nebraska, all of which are definitely worth a visit (or ten). No matter what kind of foods your favorites are, you’re sure to find something amazing in small-town Nebraska. Check out The Danish Bakery, in Dannebrog, for some of the tastiest baked goods you’ll ever find in small-town America. And while we’re at it, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of Nebraska’s best foodie towns, like Fairbury, which is known for its amazing eateries, and Stuart, famous for much of the same. You can’t go wrong with just about anything you’ll find to nom on in these small towns in Nebraska.  

What are some of the best small-town steakhouses in Nebraska? 

At the time of this writing, there are just so many amazing small-town steakhouses in Nebraska that we don’t even know where to start. Nebraska and steak seem to go hand-in-hand, and we have a few favorites you’ll never want to pass up. There’s the nothing-short-of-brilliant ‘Round the Bend Steakhouse in Ashland, which might just have the best steaks in the entire world, and in Kearney, you can’t miss a go at Coppermill Steakhouse and Lounge, which is one of the highest-rated and most-beloved steakhouses in Nebraska.