We were told to get there early as lines form quickly (there was a line out the door at 10:30). Leo's is in a small town outside of Omaha called Benson and it shares a parking lot with a local church. We felt lucky we missed the big church rush as Leo's isn't big on room, but it is big on flavor.
As you walk in, you immediately notice the diverse crowd. On this Sunday morning, there were bikers and blue collar workers mixed with church folk and a few poofs (us). As we waited for a table, the seats at the counter and booths were all full but we were told it would only take about 10 minutes. This gave us a chance to check out the decor. The deorating is something you may see at your grandmas house with pictures of motorcycles, Norman Rockwell covers, redneck smoke detectors, and tiny jukeboxes at the tables which at one time took 10 cents to operate.
But we weren't here for the ambiance. We wanted some breakfast. The breakfast specials were displayed on white boards with the regular menu at tables. The waitress found out we were new and called us "Leo's Virgins" and as we decided on what to order, she gave us a blueberry pancake for free that they make fresh there daily. She called it our appetizer.
We slathered the pancake with real butter and the hot syrup and after one bite, we all had Sewing with Nancy face. Liz said it put IHOP to shame and she was right! It's good enough to slap your grandma (well not too hard anyway!).
As we (me, JE, Jason and Liz) continued to contemplate what to eat, I wanted something to incorporate just about anything you could order from a greasy spoon and I wasn't disappointed. I ordered the Fantasy Island (no Tatu here!) which was hash browns topped with biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs topped with sausage, bacon, ham, green peppers, onions and tomatoes. It was so filling but oh so good.
JE had the Island which was basically the same thing but without all the meat on it.
Liz tried the Benson Breakfast sandwich which was an english muffin with slice of cheese, egg and bacon.
Jason decided on a two egg omelet with bacon and cheese and side of gravy.
Honestly, all the food was delicious and filling. You could have rolled us out of there we were so full. We were a little worried about how the grease would come back to haunt us as we bowled later, but we were pleasantly surprised by the not having issues all day.
For the locals, the waitress told us there is a $6 off coupon in their entertainment book and they have a group on Facebook you can join.
We would all definitely recommend stopping at Leo's Diner if you're near Omaha, but get there early to avoid the rush and experience some good food and an eclectic group of diners.
While we were in Omaha, we tried a few other local places. First, we tried Zio's Pizza in Old Market. JE and I both had two slices - one called the Grand Finale and the other was the New York King. The Grand Finale had everything you could think of on your pizza - ground beef, pepperoni, italian sausage, canadian style bacon, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms and onions.
The New York King was a meat lover's delight with pepperoni, canadian style bacon, home cooked sausage, and hamburger topped with your choice of homemade meatballs or spicy sausage links.
Both slices were like heaven on a plate and very delicious - much better than the 3 am Night Flight pizza we normally have in Omaha!
And finally, we wanted some good hamburgers and everyone directed us to Billy Frogg's in Old Market. The burgers were good (no photos) and they were very filling. They came with a small side of fries as well. In the back, they have a condiment bar so when they call your order, you go to the kitchen, get it and put your condiments on it. Very good burgers in Omaha.
Check these places out if you're around Omaha and let us know what you think.