Tip generously like Jason Derulo when you visit these Black-owned Omaha restaurants

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  • Published on March 13, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Places

The singer recently gave his server a $5,000 tip when he visited an Omaha restaurant.

Jason Derulo is “blessed to be a blessing.” During a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, the singer and his family visited Charleston’s Restaurant where he gave his server, Jordan Schaffer, a generous $5,000 tip on a $759.99 bill.

Shaffer shared the act of kindness on TikTok on March 7. At the end of the video, he shouted out Derulo saying, “Hey Jason, thank you. You just paid for a semester at my college. I can’t say thank you enough.”

“So, you know, I hope you and your family have a wonderful time in Omaha and I hope you see us again,” Shaffer continued, later showing the receipt with the tip. “Thank you so much. And dude, check it out. I can’t believe this. What?!”

Derulo commented on the viral post saying, “You seem like a great person. Thank you for taking such great care of our fam. Keep spreading the love bro.” The singer also posted his reaction to Shaffer’s original post.

The next time you find yourself in Omaha, visit these Black-owned restaurants for some delicious eats. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a tip.

Big Mama’s Kitchen

This family-owned and operated restaurant first started as a catering company over 40 years ago and is known for its mouth-watering menu. Big Mama’s is famous for their oven-fried chicken and sweet potato pie ice cream, but they also serve chicken wings, fried catfish and sandwiches. This soul food restaurant has also had its fair share of screen time, as it has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Sundance Channel’s Ludo Bites America and Travel Channel’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down.

Best Burger

Located in North Omaha, this joint was born out of a simple question: where can you get the best burger in the neighborhood? When life partners and co-owners Ashlei and Universal couldn’t name a spot, they created Best Burger to be the answer. The fast-casual establishment prides itself on using fresh, quality ingredients that are sourced with intention. Offerings include The Muenster Mash, which features two patties of your choice (beef, turkey or black bean). Two slices of muenster cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and housemade pear pepper jam on a toasted brioche bun. They also have house-made sauces and hand cut fries.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Lalibela is bringing authentic Ethiopian cuisine to Omaha. Dishes come with injera, a sour fermented flatbread with a spongy texture that’s meant to be eaten with traditional stews. Think of it as an edible utensil.

Jim’s Rib Haven

Jim’s is a family-owned restaurant that’s been a staple in Omaha since 1967. They’re known for using high-quality ingredients, which produces a high-quality product. This Jim’s has it all: spare ribs, beef ribs, rib tips, links, chicken and more, all of which can be made into a dinner or sandwich. Baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and saucy fries are just a few of their side options, and they serve peach cobbler for dessert. For folks who are hungry and in a hurry, Jim’s Rib Haven has a drive-thru.

Okra African Grill

Okra African Grill is chef-owner Nina Sodji’s love letter to her home country of Togo and Africa as a whole. Okra’s menu is diverse, as guests can choose from specialty bowls such as the Jellof Rice Special or Peanut Butter Chicken Special, or create their own bowl. There are also vegan options for folks who’d like to keep things animal free, and desserts like beignets and flan.


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