Like Cooperstown for baseball players or Cleveland for aging rockers, this page is the home of our most celebrated Runzatics®. The brave. The proud. The slightly-offbeat.
If you think you can hang with these Runzatics®, submit your own Runza® story today.
A colleague at work and I have found weekly lunches at Runza® being an essential part of our work schedule. We have done this for so long now that we are greeted on a first name basis and, if we change our 'regular meals' we're asked if we're sure that's what we wanted to order. Wonderful service, wonderful food. Love Runza®!
I love my Runza® so much, that one time while I was driving, I had to stop really fast. My Runza® almost went flying off the passenger seat, but I grabbed it just in time. Now whenever I have my Runza® in the car...I buckle it up.
Let me tell you my story as I was born in Lincoln, NE in 1949. Grew up in a house not far from the first Runza® location. Me and my gang from around the neighborhood used to play all the time at Van Dorn Park and the old Robbers Cave! One day on a ride to Pioneers Park we cruised down Hill Street on our bikes and we smelled something wonderful coming from this little white building! We swung in and parked our bikes and to our amazement discovered the best sandwich we had ever laid eyes on or tasted!! This was around 1957 and we started saving our quarters from the chores and riding to RUNZA® every week for years! Even doing this clear into high school in our cars as we were true Runza® nuts! I write this now because we visited my wife’s 95 year old mom in Sidney, NE. last week and of course we went to the Runza® there 2 times. We always, always go there at least twice when we visit her in Sidney from California where we live now!! On this visit last week I saw a picture of the first Runza® hanging on the wall there! To the left side of the picture you see a trash can and part of a picnic table! Now if you could paint in about 6 to 8 bikes parked by that trash can and 6-8 young guys sitting down at that picnic table enjoying the Runza®s and fries on a wonderful summer afternoon, then you would see what I remembered sitting in the Sidney Runza® last Thursday! Want to say thank you Runza® for a great memory! Only wish you were here in California!
Last summer my sister-in-law called as she was arriving in town from Georgia. It had been 18 months since her last visit and she was anxious to see everyone. But I believe she was more excited to visit Runza® as she asked us to meet her there before coming to our home. We understood completely!
On Sunday, September 6, we went through the drive thru at the Council Bluffs, Iowa Runza®. Our two Golden Retrievers, Wrigley and Jake, were in the back seat, and the employee who served us kindly offered them each a dog treat. We thought that was very kind of her, but the full importance of that gesture wasn't immediately clear to us. 90 minutes later, 5-year-old Wrigley had a heat stroke while we walked, and two days after that, passed away. In retrospect, the kindness of that Runza employee meant even more to us, giving a much-appreciated treat - Wrigley's very last - to a great, loving dog that'd spent his life giving to us. Thank you very much for caring enough to feed even those guests who can only pay in wagging tails.
I worked at Runza® all through high school - we won't say how long ago that was - and I still love the food!
I'm 14 years old and live near a Runza®. I can't even express my love for this restaurant. I swear, nobody loves this restaurant more than me. It's hard to put into words how I feel about Runza®. The crisp fries warm my chest when I eat them. I love them so much, if I was stranded on an island and could bring one thing, I would bring a large fry from Runza®. I'm a Runzatic®.
We spent a day driving to Loveland to go shopping. Secretly, my goal was to get my husband to Loveland so we can have a Runza extravaganza. Runza is my favorite place to eat when I visit my Grandma in Iowa. Once I found one an hour away I find excuses twice a month to get my hands on FRINGS!!! I would drive a million miles to get my Runza!
We moved to Nebraska when I was 6 and at that age who likes to eat their vegetables? Shortly after moving we found Runza in Hastings, NE and my mother proceeded to trick me into liking cabbage. Years later, when I found out I was eating vegetables I was a little shocked but couldn't be upset because I just love Runza too much to be angry! Now as a college student, I still love to eat at Runza!
I grew up living two blocks from Runza which was a blessing and a curse. I found all my allowance money would turn into Runza chicken strips. When picking a college last year I knew I didn't want to travel far because of my love for Runza. So I decided on a town that has a Runza that I visit almost every other day. Some say I have a problem, I say I'm just a Runzatic.
I live for Temperature Tuesday. At about Christmas time I start getting excited about Temperature Tuesday...and then when New Year's hits I am anxiously awaiting that first Tuesday in January. I wake up early every Tuesday in January and February just to see how much my delicious Runza will be. Will it be 4 cents, will it be 30 cents? It makes no difference to me...I just know that Runza that I crave will be a discount. And I will be sure to post it on Facebook as a reminder to all my friends. On the Mondays before, I remind all my coworkers that the next day is Temperature Tuesday and I will be making a Runza run at lunch time. And then every single Tuesday in January and February I get Runza for myself and as many of my coworkers who want it. If you see a girl struggling to get through the door with bags of Runza and many yellow cups, that is me. I love Runza and Temperature Tuesdays.
I love Runzas! They make your tummy feel warm on a cold snowy day in Nebraska! I love the variety you can choose from, too! My last visit to Runza was for Temperature Tuesday in January. I ran into my coworker and sister-in-law while over my lunch break. It was great to see the dining room packed with familiar faces! MMMMM I'm getting hungry!
Our family loves Runza because: 1. Runza's fries are "the best in the world'! 2. Runza burgers are always fresh and not overcooked! 3. Our kids who live in India (yes, India!) and Pennsylvania can't wait to go to Runza whenever they come home for a visit! 4. The salad selection is delicious and such a nice choice for people who prefer low carbs! Thanks, Runza!
My son is in the Air Force. Where ever he is stationed, when I visit, I have to take Runzas to he and his family! They crave the original Runza sandwich. The family is stationed in New Jersey currently. For dinner the night I arrive, I will be hand carrying frozen sandwiches for them to enjoy. Gotta love the sandwich and the Mom!
I grew up eating Runza a Nebraska native, and because of Runza my grandma and I, for 15 or more years, had a weekly lunch date to go to Runza. We even had Runza making parties to try and re create your YUMMY Runza, but we know there is only one Runza like yours! We never quite made it up to your level of deliciousness. I have very fond memories of eating all the foods at Runza and the frennch dip for dipping fries and homemade burgers. We take my brother and his wife who never had Runza, every time they come back from Indiana and they take a few to go. Freeze very well I might add. I Love the memories Runza has given to me as well as a very satisfied tummy for myself and my family! My office is moving to a new location next month in the Runza neighborhood, can't wait!! Chili is awesome too.. smiles..
Runza is the only restaurant we have found that our entire family of 5 likes. My boys don't ask if we can go out to eat, they ask if we can stop and get Runza on the way home. We are such Runzatics that when we went out of town recently we stopped to eat in a town that did not have a Runza restaurant so we ended up eating at another burger joint where my son ordered his hamburger "the Runza way"! Thanks for making a place our whole family can enjoy!
Runza? It was love at first bite about 38 years ago when I first moved to Nebraska. Since that first bite, I have also become addicted to your delectable burgers, and currently the smothered grilled chicken sandwich. That melted cheese, flavorful onion, and succulent mushroom combination is hard to beat!! Whenever I have an excuse to eat out in our town, Runza is my first choice--that's the easy decision. Then, the hard decision--what to order?
My first Runza was back in the 70s when I attended art school in Omaha. Working at Pepsi-Cola on 72nd Street, the guys regularly made a quick run to the Runza on L Street. I was hooked. I've been in Chicago since the mid-80s, but EVERY time I return to Nebraska (for football, family events, or football, haha) my first stop is always at the Blair Runza. Back in Chicago, not one person I've ever worked with knows what a Runza is, but EVERY TIME I bring back a couple dozen frozen and they taste one, they ALL wonder why I didn't bring back more for them!