Places To Eat In Lincoln, Nebraska

Places To Eat In Lincoln, Nebraska

Looking for places to eat in Lincoln, Nebraska? We’ve listed some of our favorite Lincoln restaurants, including a brewery and ice cream shop!

 

Places To Eat In Lincoln

Lincoln was the first stop on our Midwest road trip. We were able to see a lot in a few days and were able to find a few great places to eat. Here are 5 our our favorite Lincoln restaurants…

 

Yia Yia’s Pizza and Beer

Considered to have the best pizza in Lincoln, Yia Yia’s has a large variety of pizza toppings. It’s a fun place to hang out and if you’re a beer drinker, know that they also have over 400 bottled beers. If you’ve been following us for awhile, though, you probably know that we’re not really into beer. We stuck to just sampling pizza. 😉

 

Place your order at the counter and then take a seat and wait for your name to be called. You can build your own pizza or pick from their “Around The World” specialty pizzas. Try pizzas like The Francais with walnut, blue cheese, mozzarala, and olive oil or The Milano with chicken, capers, onion, spinach, black pepper, mozzarella, parmesan, lemon juice, oil and herbs.

 

They have so many options! We kept it simple with our order, however, and got a slice of pepperoni. Every order of pizza also comes with their freshly baked bread. So yeah, if you’re looking for unique pizza places in Lincoln, we recommend Yia Yia’s.

 

Yia Yia's is said to have the best pizza in Lincoln NE

Yia Yia’s is said to have the best pizza in Lincoln

Yia Yia's has a huge selection of pizza toppings and beer, that's why it's one of the best pizza places in Lincoln NE

Yia Yia’s has a huge selection of pizza toppings and beer

Pepperoni slice and freshly baked bread makes Yia Yia's one of the best places to eat in LincolnNE

Pepperoni slice and freshly baked bread

 

LeadBelly

The LeadBelly is one of the top restaurants in Lincoln and is known for its unique appetizers and signature burgers. They serve American cuisine with a twist in a casual and laid back atmosphere. It’s in the heart of the Historic Haymarket District, just west of the main Downtown Lincoln area.

 

During our visit we ordered the Guacamole & Chips as an appetizer and the Calabrese Steak Parmesan as our main dish. We loved that the guacamole also came with salsa and aged white cheddar. The combination was really good! And the steak was tender, seasoned well, and cheesy. We did think the pasta sauce could have had a bit more flavor though.

 

We thought the ambiance of the LeadBelly was one of the best things about our time there. We saw families, couples, and business colleagues laughing and enjoying their meals. The staff was very friendly and attentive and our waitress even gave us a few suggestions for places to visit for the next time we visit Lincoln.

 

The LeadBelly is one of the best downtown Lincoln restaurants

The LeadBelly is one of the best downtown Lincoln restaurants

Guacamole & Chips appetizer at LeadBelly, one of the best places to eat in Lincoln NE

Guacamole & Chips appetizer

Calabrese Steak Parmesan at LeadBelly, one of the best downtown Lincoln restaurants

Calabrese Steak Parmesan – crusted ribeye, provolone, parmesan, cavatappi pasta, and grilled corn

 

Graduate Hotel Lincoln Restaurant

We think another one of the best restaurants in Lincoln is actually inside the Graduate Hotel Lincoln. During our stay at the hotel, we spent some time in their tiki bar and ordered yummy cocktails and a delicious mac and cheese! The bar has a really fun atmosphere and a military theme. Besides, who doesn’t love a good tiki bar?

 

Graduate Lincoln Tiki Bar is one of the best restaurants in Lincoln NE

Graduate Lincoln Tiki Bar is one of the best restaurants in Lincoln

Graduate Lincoln Tiki Bar is one of the best bars in Lincoln NE

Fruity cocktails go so well with mac and cheese!

The Graduate Hotel Lincoln has great drinks and is one of the top restaurants in Lincoln NE

In keeping with the military theme, this drink was called “Major General MacDonald”

 

Blue Blood Brewing Company

Just because we don’t like beer, it doesn’t mean we won’t recommend a brewery lol! Blue Blood Brewing was started by some of Lincoln’s finest! Three friends from the Lincoln Police Department who love craft beer and the Lincoln community got together in December 2011 and created what is now a beloved institution.

 

What’s REALLY cool about this brewery is that it sits over a 5,000 square foot maze of sandstone cave tunnels known as Robber’s Cave. It’s said that at some point the notorious outlaw Jesse James hid in these caves after a heist in Minnesota. Blue Blood Brewing offers tours of the caves three days a week.

 

Blue Blood Brewing also has a great restaurant! While we were there we had the Pint of Candied Bacon for an appetizer and the Chicken Ranch Tacos for our main dish. Dear God that bacon was delicious! And those tacos were good too! We’d never had ranch on tacos before it worked really well.

 

Blue Blood Brewing Company is a local Lincoln brewery

Blue Blood Brewing Company is a local Lincoln brewery

Lots of options for beer lovers at Blue Blood Brewing

Lots of options for beer lovers

Wondering where to eat in Lincoln NE? check out the Candied bacon at Blue Blood Brewing

Candied bacon!!

Chicken Ranch Tacos at Blue Blood Brewing

Chicken Ranch Tacos

Touring Robber’s Cave at Blue Blood Brewing in Lincoln NE

Touring Robber’s Cave

 

UNL Dairy Store

If you’re craving dessert after all that food and searching for the best ice cream in Lincoln, head over to the UNL Dairy Store. This ice cream shop on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus has been serving handmade ice cream since 1917!  They use university cows, everything is done locally, and they only hire UNL students.

 

UNL Dairy Store produces over a hundred flavors of ice cream, but they also serve cheeses and meats. They even offer free tours (with 2 week advance notice) to learn about their on-site dairy plant and how they make their ice creams and cheeses. After the tour you also get a discounted “tour cone.”

 

UNL Dairy Store has the best ice cream in Lincoln NE

UNL Dairy Store has the best ice cream in Lincoln

UNL Dairy Store is one of the best ice cream places in Lincoln NE

So much ice cream!

Buddy enjoying some ice cream at UNL Dairy Store

Buddy enjoying some ice cream

 

Final Thoughts On Places To Eat In Lincoln

It might not be a huge city, but there are plenty of great Lincoln restaurants. We heard the brewery scene is going to keep getting bigger too as the city grows and expands. So while you’re visiting Lincoln, you won’t ever have to worry about going hungry or thirsty lol!

 

Have you been to Lincoln, Nebraska? What other restaurants do you recommend for our next visit? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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Looking for places to eat in Lincoln, Nebraska? We've listed some of our favorite Lincoln restaurants, including a brewery and ice cream shop!

**A big thank you to the Lincoln CVB for arranging our complimentary meal and tour at Blue Blood Brewing. As always, all opinions are our own.**

 

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