I finally got to taste what’s been called “The Best Burger in Omaha” at Dinker’s, a self proclaimed Omaha landmark since 1965. Alas, I chose to “Deluxe it” with lettuce, tomato and mayo and I ended up tasting more mayo than burger. So I can’t say for sure that it is indeed “The Best Burger in Omaha” but I can say that it is a place that I will visit again. If you go, just remember it’s a cash only establishment and although you have to go to the counter and bar to order food and drink they do come around and ask if you want a refill. :)
Visit Johnny’s Cafe in Omaha, NE shortly before 2pm on a Monday and odds are good you will find an empty bar and a friendly bartender ready to answer any questions about the place and give you a tour! If you go, enjoy your drink while sitting on a saddle seat at the end of the bar, ask about the animatronic steer head behind the bar and for a peak at the "About Schmidt" room aka The Shorthorn Parlor.
The Landmark Tavern has been around since 1868 and has seen the city go through a lot of changes! During that time it’s picked up a couple ghosts, too. When we asked our bartender if he had any stories he said he really didn’t think much of the rumored ghosts until he was working on a busy night and a large recipe book securely sitting behind the bar fell onto the floor with a SLAM! He guessed someone wanted his attention…
The second floor is used for special events but the bartender said on a slower night a person could come back and check it out. And I just might have to do that to see the bathtub!
You can tell the staff is used to tourists here as they offer to take pictures without prompting- “Say Mulberry Street Bar!” Why do tourists stop here? Because of it’s fictional mob ties - it’s been a backdrop seen in The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco and Law & Order.