Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scouring & Devouring Omaha: Stella's Burgers

It's been awhile since we've posted about the great food here in Omaha. Recently, I made my second trip to Stella's Burgers in Bellevue. Any place that touts the "best of" something better live up to those expectations, and Stella's certainly doesn't disappoint. 

I arrived at the restaurant just before a big rush of people came in a little before 6 pm. Stella's is a pretty tight squeeze, there are tables and booths open as you walk in and an annex for bigger parties. There's also a bar where patrons can sit on high stools and enjoy a big juicy burger. 

The menu is fairly small, and unlike true diners like Leo's, Stella's specials really aren't anything to write home about. The big draw to a place like Stella's is the fact that you as the consumer get to create your own burger. With lots of options like jalapeño, bacon, peanut butter, and my personal favorite, a fried egg, there are dozens of variations from just a plain old hamburger.

Considering how busy the joint was, our food came out fairly quickly. The one thing you have to keep in mind about Stella's is the fact that their huge burgers come out on napkins, no wrapping and no basket (unless you ask for one). It can be quite messy, but hey isn't that why you went to a restaurant like this in the first place?

While people come for the burgers, Stella's offers a number of sides including french fries, onion rings, sweet potato waffle fries, and your traditional chips. The side portions are larger so I would recommend getting one or two and sharing with whoever you're eating with. 

Did we mention Stella's is reasonably priced too? The cheeseburger is only $4.75 and all of those extras I was talking about are under $2 each. 

But the best part of Stella's is easily The Stellanator. In Omaha, there really aren't too many food challenges. If you're feeling like pulling a Man vs. Food then head here to attempt to consume the incredibly massive Stellanator which stacks six hamburger patties, six slices of cheese, six slices of bacon, etc. But buyer beware, if you can't finish the Stellantor, then a picture of you and your name go up on The Wall of Shame.
Yep, that's a picture of The Stellanator in all of it's glory

Overall, Stella's is a wonderful place to enjoy a nice, big ole juicy hamburger. It's got a lot of local charm, good service and great souvenirs including a t-shirt with a picture of The Stellanator on the front and the ingredients on the back. Total worth the $15 it cost.
My burger creation, Cheeseburger with Pepperjack, Jalapeño bacon, and a fried egg. Deeeelish!

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