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!
I have a long time love affair with Runza food. I grew up eating hamburgers and fries and have to have a burger at least once a week. When the cold weather comes I love to have a burger or Runza with my chili. I am 71 years old and have to say that in growing up, my love for runza food has carried over to my two daughters. Even though they are grown up, married with children, they still go to Runza often. I would like to believe I had something to do with their addiction for Runza food. Thanks for a chance to give praise and thanks to Runza for their great food.
I love Runza. I was in the grocery store the other day and I heard this little 5 yr. old boy asked his mother, as she pushed him in the cart, "Mommy I have been good..can we go to Runza when you are done shopping, I want french fries.." she said yes.... I said to him, "I have been good too, can I go to Runza , it is my favorite place to eat." he replies and said "Sure, see ya."....how cute. I was reading one of your place mats on my tray yesterday at Runza, and it said "If you name your child "Runza" he will grow up to be President." I thought of that little boy and I thought how neat that would be "President Runza". Thanks for great service and great food. When I got my food yesterday, the employee said to me, "Your Runza is very hot, it just came out of the oven." Yes, great tasting hot food, but how nice to warn me about it being very hot. Have a great New Year....
My husband and I are avid cyclists and nothing tastes better than a burger and onion rings after a day in the saddle! Your yummy burgers and crisp onion rings really hit the spot. Runza fills us up and gives us the energy we need to bike the distance home again. Great reward for a hard day of pedaling!
My name is Angie and I grew up in the small town of Cozad, Nebraska. I can remember as a child when we would take a trip to "the city" (be it Kearney, Lincoln or Omaha) and I would be so excited for my day to pick where we got to eat (all 3 of us kids each got 1 day to choose where we would be eating.) I always chose Runza, really, was there ever any better choice?! Then as an adult I moved away to North Carolina and seriously went through Runza withdrawals so my mother would actually send them frozen to me as well as when she would visit she actually FILLED her carry-on with frozen Runza's. My roommate whom grew up in Florida had no clue why I would get so excited when a package would arrive UNTIL she tasted one!!! She was HOOKED!! Fast forward 10 years and I moved back home to Cozad to find a Runza in my hometown.THUD. Now fast forward to 6 months ago, I finally convinced my N.C. roommate to move. As it turns out, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and chose to come here to do her chemo treatments. So we travel every 28 days to Kearney for a grueling day of blood tests and chemo and much to my chagrin, Kathy has chosen and discovered that her favorite meal (and the only meal that seems to stay down after chemo) is a meal from Runza. Every 28 days we make that trip to Kearney to take care of "business" and after EVERY treatment we make a stop at Runza to get her a warm and filling meal usually followed by a cinnamon roll. TY Runza!!!
My mother, way back in 1949, had her first Runza at the the original location in Lincoln Nebraska. I literally grew up on Runza's. Only once did my mother try to recreate the mix of flavors tucked inside that warm golden bun. Once was enough to realize that nothing could top the original. Our entire family right down to my 13 grandchildren have grown up on Runza's. The weight of it our hands starts the excitment. And now that it's Christmas time, we always send Runza to our friends who have not had the opportunity to experience them. From shore to shore and beyond we send them to our friends.
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado when I was a freshmen in high school. I am currently a Senior at Colorado State University (CSU) which is very close to Colorado's ONLY Runza Restaurant in Loveland, CO. Lets just say that I did not just choose CSU for the instate tuition, but for the short 20 minute drive to my home away from home. Runza takes me back to the very hot and humid days in Nebraska with my family and friends.
Have you heard about this? The Young family from Sioux Falls, SD, does all it can to maximize its visits to Runza each and every time they come close to one of the many Runza restaurants. You see, there is no longer a Runza outlet in Sioux Falls or South Dakota. So, whenever they hit the road, they get their hands on coupons, maps, the Runza website and make sure they can pull off and get them some of that great goodness of Runzas, Burgers, Fries, Onion Rings and some time even more...oh my! It is heaven on a plate or heaven in a brown paper bag...it always works for us and helps satisfy our cravings until the next trip to Nebraska....some times we even re-adjust the travel calendar to add a trip or two to Nebraska and Runza!
While attempting to recreate my own home-made version, I realized that there is no place like Runza to eat a Runza sandwich. Not even Gran'ma can out-do a Swiss Mushroom Runza!
My 21 year old son is in the Marines and really misses his Runzas!!! When he was back on his 10 day leave in May he drove 40 mile round trips to eat at Runza!! He ate at Runza 4 times on that leave. We have sent him a dozen Runzas - thanks to your on-line site. That made for a very happy Marine. I have 4 Runzas hidden in the freezer wrapped and labeled for his midnight snacks when he hopefully gets some leave over the holidays. We thank you for your great product. Val
We did not have Runza back in Indiana, but then we moved to Colorado and there it was...Runza. I thought what the heck is Runza??? Well, now I know. Our Runza and everyone who works there is wonderful. The young ladies and gentlemen are exactly that...ladies and gentlemen. They are not only friendly, but they actually care about their customers. Then there is the food...delicious! Especially the onion rings. I am a very picky eater when I eat out, and when it comes to onions rings, even more so. Runza is the ONLY place where I will order onion rings. And there are times when I will go there just because I want Runza Onion Rings! That is saying a lot for me, because to get there it is 7 miles one way!
When my daughter was just one year old I was eating Runza sitting on the floor with her. I got up to go into the next room for a few minutes. When I came back I came around the corner to see her chomping down on my cheese Runza! She was grasping it tight with both hands & eating it! It was so cute! She looked up at me & smiled & I laughed! Her first real food experience was a cheese Runza! We'll always remember that & have it written down in her baby book. She's 5 now & we bring it up almost every time we visit! :)
In 1966, I moved to Lincoln from a small town in southern Kansas. It was my senior year. Not too happy about being here. That changed after I met some really great life long friends. On a beautiful fall day we drove out to Pioneer Park and on our way home one of my friends said, 'Lets stop for a Runza!' I had no idea what that was but I got one and tried it...the rest is as they say...history!!! I am glad to say, we are still enjoying the wonderful taste of Runzas!!!
My most memorable Runza story is walking up the street in the summer evenings with my grandson for a swirl ice cream cone. It has always been a special treat for the two of us together. We have been doing it for the past 6 years. He is 14 now and he skateboards and I catch up with him at the corner. LOL...
Not only is our family "Runza" eaters, but one of our children lives in Tennessee with 3 grown boys.....so off we go for Thanksgiving with 2 dozen frozen Runza's in the car.....anything for a Runza.......Last Christmas they came here, and after unpacking, first stop....Rumza's..........The oldest takes them to Alabama and shares with college roommates... 'This year they will go also to Ole Miss college with 2nd grandson....those Runza's do love to travel.
When I was going to Hastings College I would frequently take a study break with my friends and we always picked Runza.......not because it was just a few blocks from the college, but because it had the best cheese burgers and onion rings around! Now that I'm out of school I still pick Runza as the best place to eat to satisfy my hunger cravings. The food is always cooked fresh with high quality ingredients to give us Runzatics a mouth-watering experience! Every town and city in the USA should have at least one Runza!
Whether it's here in Omaha or on the road, Runza is my go to place. Gretna, Lincoln, York, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Gothenburg, North Platte, Ogallala - I stop at each and every one along the way as I travel across Nebraska to visit my family and friends. I love road trips and I love Runza, and thankfully they can go hand in hand and I'm never too far away from the food that I love!!
Once upon a time Santa Claus had a giant sack of Runzas because it was Temperature Tuesday. Santa wanted to make all the worker bees day a little brighter so he asked his elf Henry to bring lots of Runzas to their workplace. Because Henry was such a faithful and hard-working elf he made the workers at not one, but two companies, extra happy that day. As a reward for his efforts and kindness Henry was rewarded with a car that smells awesome all week long.
My most memorable "Runza experience" was when I went to my first Runza many years ago. I had what was then the "new" Runza filled with all sorts of lovely goodness, hamburger, cabbage, and all the rest. It reminded of me of my German Grandmother's kitchen. Now it is the " classic" on the menu, and I still go to it when I choose to remember my German Grandmother's Kitchen. Yet now I have branched out to the chicken offerings on the menu, also Miller and Payne Cinnamon Rolls. The originals I sampled there, the ones you have really bring back the good times. So going to Runza is a way to share with my grandchild the meals I had in the past. Hopefully it will become his most memorable Runza Experience when he goes with me.
When it is harvest time it is great to get meals from Runza that are sacked individually for the guys in the field. They look forward to me delivering their green and brown sacks!