Omaha, Nebraska: Dine While Raccoons ScavengeA fried chicken joint where the leftovers are tossed outside to the wildlife. Windows allow close-up views of the action.
- 10405 Calhoun Rd, Omaha, NE
- Alpine Inn. I-680 exit 13 (30th St.). Turn right onto 31st St., then a quick left onto Calhoun Rd. Drive past the food mart and up the hill. The restaurant is on the right about a half-mile. Large, blue building on right that looks like a house. Parking is in front.
Visitor Tips and News About Dine While Raccoons Scavenge
Just make sure you come after dusk, as the raccoons are nocturnal, so you won't see them during the day unless you are very lucky![Jenny Crossling, 10/12/2010]
A fried chicken joint on the outskirts of Omaha (also a biker bar at night). The chicken is really good, but the interesting thing is that they feed the leftovers to raccoons and feral cats. The animals hang around all day and longingly watch you eat. If you're lucky, you can sit next to the wall of windows and watch the 'coons fight each other for position in the "viewing decks" built onto the tree outside. Definitely a unique dining experience.[Brad and Ginger Young, 06/13/2005]
The raccoons normally come out after 6:30 PM in the summer.
The Alpine Inn is a strange, but oddly fun restaurant/bar even for the locals. This dimly-lit establishment has two or three giant picture windows along the north wall. They sell fabulously greasy fried chicken and large wedge fries. The chicken only comes in large portions (one half chicken per person) guaranteeing the local wildlife population has plenty to eat.
Every 20 to 30 minutes, they dump a huge bucket of leftovers onto the tree platforms and big fat racoons eat their meal right next to you. They have little fear of the humans around, and I've even seen mama racoons bring their babies out here to eat. The atmosphere is that of a local neigborhood bar, but many people bring their children, so customers are a very mixed group.[Alysen Byers, 05/23/2005]
A restaurant in Nebraska feeds your table scraps to some 50 wild raccoons living in the surrounding trees.
The story is true and the restaurant's practice apparently continues. Appearing in this week's Sunday Omaha World-Herald newspaper is a pullout entitled "Metro Guide 2000". Basically a reference guide for locals and newcomers, it contains a section called "Quirky Delights".
"BANDITS. Window seats fill quickly at the Alpine Inn, as diners spy on dozens of raccoons scavenging outside. Nestled in the Ponca Hills at 10405 Calhoun Road, the casual Alpine Inn is known for its chicken dinners."[Jason Bayne, 07/30/2000]