Omaha, Nebraska: Dine While Raccoons Scavenge

A fried chicken joint where the leftovers are tossed outside to the wildlife -- a couple dozen raccoons. Windows allow close-up views of the action.

Alpine Inn

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.
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Raccoons scavenge.

Dine While Raccoons Scavenge

Grab a window spot and wait for the wildlife. The kids rated this 5/5 stars and worth the trip! Hand-dipped chicken and potato wedges were great too.

[Virginia Schwartz, 08/01/2021]

Raccoons dine.

Dine While Raccoons Scavenge

We got a window seat and enjoyed watching about 23 raccoons dine on leftover chicken just outside the window in this family friendly restaurant. Bring the kids to check out this hidden gem and remember to bring cash, since they do not accept credit cards. The chicken dinner was the best I've had in over a year! Great food, great view!

[Joe Teeples, 10/23/2020]
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]

Chicken-loving Raccoon.

Dine While Raccoons Scavenge - Alpine Inn

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.

Dine While Raccoons Scavenge - Alpine Inn

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]

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