We’re not quite done with 2015 yet.
In looking back over the best of Omaha last year, we wanted to give a special shout-out to the city’s best cheap eats. So here are my favorite places to visit for under $10.
I’m not sure I can count the times I found myself late-night standing in line at Localmotive, but trust me when I say it was a lot. I usually go for the truck’s classic rounders, three for $5, but this year I also dove into the sandwich offerings. I’ll definitely revisit both the steak frites sandwich, $8.50 — the fries are on the sandwich! — as well as the B.E.L.T., $7.50, with its perfectly executed runny egg. Look for Localmotive usually in the Ted & Wally’s parking lot at 12th and Jackson Streets.
I introduced two particular New Yorkers this summer to El Basha, 7503 Pacific St., and I know they’ve returned — a sure sign that this Lebanese spot remains one of the best reasonably priced spots in my book. The $7.99 falafel platter is my go-to. The sandwich’s savory sauces and crispy falafel cakes are some of the best in the city.
Another repeat spot I went for a cheap, reliable meal this year? Dinker’s. I know it’s a no-brainer, but their burgers are just so good, it’s got to be here. I’m a simple girl, so I go for the basic burger, $4.50, but most of my friends get the $5.95 haystack burger, which comes topped with ham, cheese and a fried egg. Dinker’s also makes a great fried egg sandwich, $4.25, that’s a favorite of my meatless friends. Find them at 2368 S. 29th St.
If you’re after a lovely baked good and a lovely cup of coffee to match, get yourself to Archetype Coffee, 3926 Farnam St. I usually go for a cappuccino, $3.25, but if you really want to experience the shop’s artistic brews, go for a pour over, $4. The shop’s pastries are all made in-house now thanks to Dodo pastries, the same operation that’s partnered with Ugly Duck Ramen for weekly doughnut selection.