This fall marks my 10 year anniversary being a vegetarian. My husband and I decided to change our lifestyle and become vegetarian while in graduate school. When we moved to Omaha we were really excited to have more grocery options, restaurants, and food trucks to try. It wasn’t long before I met a colleague who was vegan and she shared with me a long list of places that were vegetarian friendly. Now, two years later we have completed the original list and have added a few suggestions of our own.
Fast food and quick stops are always a dicey area for vegetarians. Most often vegetarians are safe stopping at a sub shop or fast casual Mexican restaurant. When those are not an option or when your toddlers are persistent about chicken nuggets and hot dogs, I would recommend the veggie burgers at Culvers*, Burger King*, Freddy’s* or the veggie dawg at Chicago Dog*. All great options for a quick bite to eat on the go.
We also like to take family and friends that visit Omaha to Blatt Beer & Table* and Benson Brewery. Gives them a taste of local food while also offering a decent selection of vegetarian options for us.
Very rare, but occasionally my husband and I go on dates. Unrestricted by the need to have a kids menu and high chairs, here are our adult picks for a night out.
- Modern Love
- Block 16
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill
- The Blackstone Meatball (really only one option but it is delicious)
Fast and Casual
- Amsterdam Falael & Kabob*
- Legacy Gyros *
- Start Deli* (I recommend the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese sandwich)
I work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which means I also have a few suggestions for vegetarian eats in Lincoln, mostly great lunch options.
- AmuManu Ramen
- Banwhich Café (super affordable and fast)
- Bread & Cup
- Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian (I dream about the cheddar dill scones)
- Honest Abes
- Maggies Vegetarian Café (the avocado melt is to die for!)
- Sultan’s Kite
- The Oven
- The Hub Café
We’ve had such good luck with the suggestions we have started to create our third iteration of the list. Here are a few that have made the new updated list.
Fellow vegetarians, I’d love to hear about your favorites. Which restaurants did I miss?
*Indicates they have a kid friendly menu and offer an atmosphere supportive of family dining, from my experience with young children.
Note-I intentionally left off Italian and Mexican restaurants from the list because those places typically are filled with vegetarian friendly options.