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Cheap Eat$: Joe Tess Place

Posted at 2:03 PM, Mar 05, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — One South Omaha establishment truly stands out when it comes to fish. Joe Tess Place is a neighborhood tavern completely decked out in fish decor.

The place has been around since the 1930s. It was started by Joe Tess, a South Omaha fisherman. Before he died, he asked his wife to sell the restaurant to Billy Falt, one of his employees who worked for him since he was 13 years old. The restaurant then stayed with the Falt family and is now run by Billy's three sons.

With a fountain in the main entrance, a bar decorated and shaped like a ship, and even a live fish market inside the building, Joe Tess Place is filled the perfect place for fish overs. If the set up doesn't impress you, their fish will. It was even featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

It serves over a dozen type of fish that are brought from northern states, like catfish, trout, tilapia, shrimp and oysters. Their most popular option is the carp.

During their busy lent season, they go through several thousand pounds of fish.

Two of their most famous side dishes include jacket fries and coleslaw.

5424 S. 24th St. Omaha, NE 68107

Sunday: 12-5PM
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Thursday: 11AM - 8PM
Friday - Saturday: 11AM - 9PM