With our kids having a slumber party at the grandparents, Mrs. Nom and I had a chance to go out for a nice breakfast with just the two of us. In west Omaha, there are the usual chain places you can head to for breakfast, but not a whole lot of locally owned restaurants that are open for breakfast. There are the usual chain places, doughnut shops and fast food places, but no real options for a great breakfast until Nick Bartholomew and Chef Tim Maides opened up Over Easy and brought their unique brand of breakfast place to the West O.
About year ago, Over Easy opened up bringing a locally owned place that offered locally sourced food and creative chef driven gourmet dishes that served breakfast and lunch exclusively. We have eaten there a number of times over the last year and it has become one of our go-to places when we get a chance to have breakfast out (which sadly is quite few and far between). It is one of those spots that works for a quick bite or a nice sit down with friends for a leisurely brunch.
Located in the end bay of a strip mall at 168th and Q, Over Easy is a small cozy diner with about a dozen tables and a lunch counter. The decor is an eclectic mix of country and vintage chic with antiques and pieces of art sprinkled onto rough finished steel shelves. Reclaimed barn wood walls and chalk menu boards combine with wooden farm tables and chairs to bring a homey welcoming warmth to the space.
We arrived just as the first snow flakes started to fall and were quickly seated at the lunch counter, where we were seated in some very comfortable stools. Our waitress Melissa greeted us, while tempting us with a housemade Nutella pop tart (we have had these on previous trips and they are delicious) and recommended their seasonal Pumpkin Spice coffee, which is custom roasted for Over Easy, then gave us the menus. Over Easy recently revamped their menu to reflect the seasonal changes, which caused us to have to study the menu for a bit longer than normal. While sipping our coffee, we decided to split one of the fantastic browned butter cinnamon rolls to help overcome our morning fogginess.
The browned butter cinnamon roll was served pipping hot, the browned butter frosting oozing over the light fluffy roll. The frosting is thinner than the typical heavy thick white sugar frosting, its warm and runny with a rich buttery caramel flavor. Flecks of brown sugar and cinnamon dot the frosting and the brown sugar bits give just a hint of a crunch.
Mrs. Nom decided to select from the ala carte menu, choosing the baked oatmeal and a side of TD Niche Pork sausage. The baked oatmeal had baked apples, dried cranberries and chopped pecans with a hint of brown sugar. Fresh apples that were thinly sliced topped the oatmeal, giving the oatmeal a beautiful presentation and a nice tangy crisp bite. The oats were well cooked, almost like al dente pasta, giving the dish a bit of an apple crisp like quality. The pork sausage patties come from TD Niche Farms, a local farm that raises heritage pork breeds. The patties were nicely seasoned, slightly salty with a hint of sage.
I decided to order a the Chicken and Waffle with a side of farm fresh eggs. The waffle is a savory egg waffle, with hints of sage and garlic giving a flavorful depth to the toasted shell of the waffle. The waffle is one of the most uniquely shaped waffles I have ever seen, a large triangle with big rounded bubbles of the batter. I would have liked the waffle a bit more toasted and crisp on the outside, but it was a very good waffle. Drizzled over the waffle was a herb infused honey that gave a nice layered sweetness that complimented the sage of the waffle. The chicken, a boneless breast from Plum Creek Farms, was served cut in half and rocket hot. The breast was lightly breaded and very crispy, the breading a golden brown with hints of red from the chipotle cinnamon seasoning. Hints of honey sweetness complimented the restrained spiciness of the breading. The chicken was nicely cooked, plump and juicy, with a nice meaty firm texture. The size of the chicken was very generous and with the size of the waffle, I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth. Garnishes of blackberry and an orange slice decorated the plate and made for a nice presentation as well as a nice fruity treat. The side of sunny side up eggs ( in retrospect, it would have been appropriate to order the eggs ‘over easy’) come topped with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
Service at Over Easy was quick and very friendly, and the staff seemed to be very attentive and worked well as a team. I don’t think that either of ever got below a half a cup of coffee! The kitchen was getting orders out quickly and they were turning tables quickly so that there wasn’t much of a wait. We have been there when the weather is more cooperative and the wait can be a bit longer as they are gaining a following. If you can’t wait, Over Easy offers a drive thru that features a slightly trimmed down menu.
Over Easy – Omaha
Atmosphere: 4/5 – Welcoming, cozy and friendly.
Service: 4/5 – Friendly, good team work as a staff and very quick.
Food Quality: 4/5 -Locally sourced ingredients like those from TD Niche and Plum Creek farms show the care used when selecting providers.
Taste: 4/5 – Well seasoned and good combinations of flavors both sweet and savory.
Value: 4/5 – Generous serving sizes for very reasonable prices.
Overall: 4/5 – Definitely a go to spot for breakfast or lunch. If you are in a hurry or on the go, hit up the drive thru. If you have time, definitely stop in and enjoy a cup of good coffee and a good meal.
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