In my family, I am the breakfast maker, because if it were up to my husband we would have cereal or scrambled eggs and toast every weekend. So, once in a while my wonderful hubby takes making breakfast off my hands and takes us out. Now, you have a ton of choices if you want breakfast in Omaha, however, we have a young child and our list of options then become more like a strategic tactical plan than a list of places to eat. We have to consider general noise of the restaurant, atmosphere, speed of service, the restaurant's acceptance of tables with young children, and of course food. Lately, our breakfast joint of choice has been Bailey's.
Bailey's is the type of diner that most of it's patrons would like to keep a secret. (Sorry everyone, they are too good not to write about.) When you're sitting at your table and look around, you can see couples, families, friends - this is an awesome place for families. Their menu is adventurous enough for the adults with things like Guerrero Benedicts with chorizo sausage, refried beans, and cotija cheese and they still have awesome standbys for the kids like pancakes and waffles. We've been there 3 times since we found it, each time with our daughter and each time has been a great experience. The waitresses all loved her and smiled at her even though she gave them the stink eye. The first time we went, they surprised us by bringing a dish of Goldfish crackers. At first, I was mad, because I am the type of mother that is overly prepared for everything so I already had things for her to munch on and I would prefer that my daughter eat freeze dried apples or raisins instead of cheesy Goldfish crackers before breakfast. But then I was able to see the intent of the waitress and appreciated the thought that the establishment puts into serving their customers and I calmed down. (For those of you that want to know, my daughter ate Goldfish before her breakfast that morning...she had already seen them and it wasn't worth the tantrum for what was meant to be a nice gesture.) The second time, she was already eating something when our order was taken, so it wasn't an issue. The third time we went, I was able to have my husband head the waitress off on her way to our table so we didn't get any Goldfish crackers but made sure that my nephew did - he loves his Goldfish. :)
The menu offers options from Belgian waffles, to a bagel with lox, to a beef tenderloin Benedict. None were overly done up as they could have been and all were delicious. The food is simple, but the flavors are well thought out and interesting. I tend to order the more plain or traditional items off the menu so I can share with our daughter, but that leaves the others at the table to be more adventurous in their ordering...which I get to taste of course. I will recount our most recent trip first and then follow up with some key things I remembered from our previous trips.
The waffles are light and fluffy, not too sweet and not too plain. My daughter enjoyed them thoroughly as she packed over a quarter of it into that 17 month old tummy of hers. The waffles also came with 2 eggs any style and 2 pieces of bacon or sausage so I definitely wasn't lacking any food. Also among the traditional entrees ordered were the classic trucker's breakfast and a sausage omelet with a biscuit. Both were as to be expected, which in a way is a good thing, because our expectations are not just to have the food 'not suck,' but to actually taste good and be cooked correctly. I am happy to report that our expectations were met.
Also at the table was a bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onion, and capers. Delish! I could eat a pile of it. The smoked salmon was firm and had just the right amount of smokiness and you know it's fresh since Bailey's is owned by the folks at Absolutely Fresh which is a nice thought to think about while you order seafood from a restaurant in the middle of the country. Here's a little Omaha fish fact, Absolutely Fresh also owns Shucks which just opened another location at Legacy out West.
Some last words of advice. Go early and beware of the Goldfish if you don't want them. We usually get there before 9 am and we have yet to wait, but usually within a few minutes of being sat and ordering the waiting area is full of people salivating over your food and trying to decide what they want to order for themselves. If you find yourself in need of a breakfast place for company or just plain don't want to cook, this is a definite recommend.
120th & Pacific
1259 S. 120th Street (Map)
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone: (402) 932-5577
Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Photos from Bailey's - 3 separate sets
Breakfast and Brunch in Omaha
Omaha Brunch Bunch: Part 1
Omaha on $40 a Day