When I walked into Leo's Diner bright and early on a Thursday morning, I wasn't quite hungover. I had, however, been traveling cross-country for a few days and was feeling particularly bleary-eyed. Though most of the neighborhood was still sleeping, Leo's had quite a few tables filled, and from the hand-drawn thank you notes on the wall to framed reviews from the local paper, it was clear this spot was an Omaha favorite.
The Fantasy Island ($8.25) is a mountain of food: hash browns topped with biscuits and gravy, two eggs and bacon, sausage, ham, green pepper, onion, and tomato. It's a breakfast masala of sorts—a combination dish whose sum is definitely better than each of its components. Each bite includes rich over-easy egg, crispy and salty hash browns, fluffy biscuit, and savory sausage-and-ham-laced gravy. (I didn't find much bacon on my plate, but honestly, I did not miss it.)
Even with two hungry drivers digging through the Island, we couldn't finish it. If you're eating solo, I would recommend getting a half-order instead ($6.00). And don't order extra toast, like we did. It was decadently soaked in butter and damn tasty—but it takes up valuable stomach space better reserved for another bite of that sausage gravy.
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About the Author: A student in Providence, Rhode Island, Leah Douglas loves learning about, talking about, reading about, and consuming food. Her other work can be found at her website.