BBQ Restaurants in Nebraska


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Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.

This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.

7204 Jones Street
Omaha,
NE
US

Like the organizer of an eternal neighborhood picnic, 9 South Chargrill mixes together a bounty of Southern-style barbecue and comfort food with a homey ambiance created by red-painted brick walls and deep-navy tablecloths to draw friends together. This combination has worked on such devotees as Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln Journal Star, prompting him to place the eatery atop his 2010 list of the Top 5 Neighborhood Restaurants, where he called it his "favorite out-of-the-way place." Although the chefs embrace homespun cooking by churning their signature barbecue sauce and chipotle aioli in-house, many of their entrees look beyond regional and national borders. Texas-size loaded potatoes, certified Angus steaks, and Memphis-style pulled-pork sandwiches feature a range of distinctively American flavors, but lighter continental alternatives, such as an Italian-inspired spinach fettuccine dish, spotlight the chopped tomatoes and fresh basil found in Old-World favorites and inventive toddlers' Easy Bake Ovens.

844 South St
Lincoln,
NE
US

Smashburger's chefs cook each Smashburger ($4.99+) on the menu to order, in addition to crafting grilled and crispy Smashchicken sandwiches ($5.99+), Smashsalads ($4.99–6.99), and Smashsides such as rosemary and garlic-tossed Smashfries ($1.99–$2.99). The Smashburger pairs 100% Angus beef with veggies and cheeses on a toasted artisan bun, and Häagen-Dazs shakes keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley ($3.99). This location also serves up an original Husker Smashburger, a fresh Angus patty topped with A1 steak sauce, swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($5.99+).

3811 Twin Creek Drive
Bellevue,
NE
US

Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at McKenna's Blues Booze and BBQ in Omaha. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. McKenna's Blues Booze and BBQ also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. McKenna's Blues Booze and BBQ provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late. Dance the night away — the restaurant offers plenty of space to get down.

The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of McKenna's Blues Booze and BBQ to your next party or event. You can also grab your food to go.

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Your bill at McKenna's Blues Booze and BBQ will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!

7425 Pacific St
Omaha,
NE
US

For 25 years the owners of Brewsky?s Food & Spirits have known that the best way to get friends and family together is to create a vibrant space filled with all the best sporting events on TV, frosty brews, and a menu of comfort foods. While taking pride in being the spot to gather for Husker games, as well as all other major sporting events, the owners also take immense satisfaction in serving a selection of juicy steaks, flame-broiled burgers, and wings that their chef concocted exclusively for the restaurant. The team also entertains patrons with trivia nights and shows such as dueling pianos or quarreling xylophones at the Haymarket location.

2840 S 70th St
Lincoln,
NE
US

Perfect for a casual night out with friends, Rock Bottom offers traditional American fare in a laid-back setting. None of the fare at Rock Bottom is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Rock Bottom is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Make sure to check out Rock Bottom's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Open air seating is ready for diners at Rock Bottom when the weather is warm.

For the tastes of Rock Bottom from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Or, take your food to-go.

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There's no need to bust your budget at Rock Bottom, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.

1101 Harney St
Omaha,
NE
US