Boasting a burgeoning brunch scene, the beloved city of Kurt Vonnegut has always been home to some of the best spots for a breakfast of champions and now offers more than just a regular plate of bacon and eggs. Mainstay breakfast burritos, three-egg omelets, and multi-stacked pancakes are joined by huevos rancheros, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas along with Bloody Marys and mimosas to create mouthwatering and heart-stopping selections to start the day. Follow the list below for some of the best breakfast and brunch places in Indianapolis to awaken your taste buds.
1. Metro Diner
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Located in a historic building dating back to 1938, the Metro Diner is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has been Jacksonville’s favorite place for breakfast for more than 25 years. Owned by Chef Mark Davoli and family, the charming eatery offers more than just great food – it provides a warm and welcoming place for people to gather and enjoy imaginative twists on old classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With over 80 years of combined restaurant experience, the Davoli family transformed the regular menu to include innovative new dishes created from fresh, locally sourced ingredients like the crab cake Benedict, Frisco breakfast sandwich with grilled deli ham, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese on grilled sourdough bread as well as the ever-popular 12-inch Metro Pancake with sweet or savory toppings.
7225 US 31, Indianapolis, IN 46277, Phone: 317-285-0149
2. Cafe Patachou
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Café Patachou is hailed as being a “student union for adults,” where customers can gather and socialize over delicious food and freshly brewed house-roasted coffee. One of several locations around the city, this favorite breakfast nook sits in a friendly neighborhood on the corner of 49th and Pennsylvania Street and whips up a hearty brunch worth writing home about. Its menu provides an array of warm farm-to-table fare such as savory omelets, thick breakfast sandwiches, hot-off-the-griddle pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and fresh salads along with a self-serve coffee with daily rotating flavors. Try the perfectly prepared omelet stuffed with brie, spinach, and mushrooms, served with thickly sliced homemade bread, or take your pick from warm bagels, scones, and cinnamon toast to have with your coffee.
4901 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-925-2823
3. 3 Sisters Cafe
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Located in beautiful, historic Broad Ripple Village and renowned as being one of the best spots in town to head to for hearty breakfast and vegetarian dishes, the 3 Sisters Café is always packed with folks pouring in for breakfast and weekend brunch. Named for the three staple Native American crops – beans, corn, and squash – the café serves a menu that features all three as well as the regular egg plates, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and waffles. The menu also features excellent vegetarian options like a grilled eggplant sandwich or meatless chili and spinach and goat cheese sandwich on fresh French bread. Boasting a warm and cozy atmosphere in a pretty spot, the 3 Sisters Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
6223 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-257-5556
4. A2Z Cafe
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The A2Z Café is a family-owned and operated café that serves a menu of classic comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Named after owners Ashraf and Zulma, the friendly café boasts comfortable seating and a light and airy atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of breakfast fare. The menu offers healthy options like old-fashioned oatmeal and fresh fruit, thick smoothies with honey and yogurt, and Greek yogurt parfait along with favorite morning munchies like multi-egg omelets with various fillings, biscuits, sausage and gravy, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon swirl pancakes, Belgian waffles, and French toast.
4705 E 96th Street, #35, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Phone: 317-569-9349
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5. Art's Skillet
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Serving plain and simple food in a casual and relaxed setting in two locations in Indianapolis, Art’s Skillet is a great place to go for a delicious breakfast and brunch. Named after the owner, Arturo, who prides himself on serving fresh, made-to-order fare prepared with only the highest quality locally sourced ingredients, the café serves a menu of traditional breakfast items, such as a variety of full egg and egg white omelets with different fillings, skillets layered with potatoes, and signature Benedicts. Also on the cards are French toast, pancakes, and waffles hot off the grill with sweet and savory toppings, egg scramblers, and healthy options like oatmeal bowls, fruit plates, and croissants. Items can be customized to diners’ tastes and are served with a selection of hot and cold beverages, including freshly brewed coffee and tea. Things to Do in Indianapolis
8255 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN 46226, Phone: 317-672-2367
6. Wild Eggs
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Wild Eggs is a family-friendly restaurant chain that serves breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and homemade soups in a warm, contemporary setting. The charming eatery features comfortable tables and chairs with cloth linens, water pitchers and a pot of coffee on each table, and freshly cracked pepper offered with every meal by friendly staff and serves imaginative and inventive twists on classic breakfast fare. Menu favorites include bananas Foster waffles topped with banana rum caramel sauce and toasted sourdough bread topped with applewood smoked bacon, roasted turkey, fried egg, white cheddar cheese, and smoked paprika. Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict is a winner with two poached eggs, green onions, avocado, chorizo, and queso fundido on top of two green chili cheddar corn cakes. The cuisine is paired with house-roasted and custom-blended coffee, in-house espressos, spirited coffees, Bloody Marys and mimosas.
314 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-744-8283
7. Charlie Browns Pancake & Steak House
© Charlie Browns Pancake & Steak House
Charlie Browns Pancake & Steak House is a classic down-home diner with leatherette booths, banquettes, and tables that are decorated with racing memorabilia and other eccentric décor that serves a traditional menu of breakfast and lunch favorites. Early bird breakfast begins at 6:00 am and offers all the usual dishes of filling-packed omelets made with multiple eggs, hearty breakfast sandwiches, plates of bacon, eggs, sausages and hash browns, and griddle specials like pancakes and waffles with sweet and savory toppings, plain or stuffed French toast, and freshly baked muffins. Freshly brewed coffee and tea can be enjoyed in or on the go.
1038 N Main St, Indianapolis, IN 46224, Phone: 317-243-2502
8. Chef D’s Breakfast Restaurant
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If it’s simple, unpretentious, and freshly prepared belly-filling food you are looking for, then Chef D’s Breakfast Restaurant is the place to go. Situated on Michigan Road and open for breakfast and lunch daily, Chef D’s menu features all the traditional breakfast favorites such as plates of bacon, eggs, sausages, and hash browns, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. Tuck into burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, omelets made with multiple eggs, and pancakes with sweet and savory toppings as well as plain or stuffed French toast. Chef D’s Breakfast Restaurant offers in-house and take-away dining with online ordering and delivery services.
8347 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-991-4982
Located in the hip “SoBro” area just south of Broad Ripple, Delicia is a stylish eatery that serves innovative New Latin cuisine and signature cocktails in a lively, light, and industrial-chic space. Boasting high ceilings with knotty exposed wood beams and a color palette of gold, white, and steel gray, the sophisticated area features a poured concrete and mirrored-back bar that serves some of the city’s finest cocktails, elegant Club Med-style seating, and a laidback beach club vibe ambiance. The menu features creative fare with Latin-American, Caribbean, and Spanish influences with dishes such as smoked salmon frittatas, Cuban toast with cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts, and dripping in condensed milk, syrup, served with heirloom breakfast potatoes, and chilaquiles rojos with mole oaxaqueño, guajillo chile sauce, fried eggs, Chihuahua cheese, and queso fresco. Sip caipirinhas or sangria or enjoy a samba with the little sister to Delicia, La Mulita, next door.
5215 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-925-0677
10. Flap-Jacks Pancake House
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Flap-Jacks Pancake House is a family-owned and operated venture with four locations around the city that focus on serving homemade from-scratch buttermilk pancakes with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. Along with the delicious pancakes, the breakfast menu also features regular plates such as eggs any style with bacon and hash browns, a variety of meat and vegetarian skillets, multi-egg and egg-white omelets, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, and sweet or savory waffles. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, Flap-Jacks Pancake House also serves a hearty menu and a selection of daily specials as well as two homemade soups each day.
633 E Main St, Brownsburg, IN 46112, Phone: 317-852-4905
11. Good Morning Mama’s
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Good Morning Mama’s is a former gas station and auto repair shop turned 1950s brunch spot complete with kitsch décor, memorabilia on the walls, Formica tables, and a working jukebox. Like any classic American diner, Good Morning Mama’s serves up steaming piles of eggs and bacon, fluffy omelets packed with fillings, and large breakfast sandwiches with bottomless cups of hot coffee. The menu also offers a few unexpected dishes, such as the Hawaiian Loco Moco, which is a well-executed version of the rice and brown gravy island standard, and a huge meatball sub along with deep-fried Italian biscuits and scrambled eggs served with whole wheat spaghetti in pomodoro sauce and topped with parmesan cheese. Weekends see long queues for tables, but you get to drink all the coffee you want while you wait.
1001 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-255-3800
12. Hotcakes Emporium Pancake House & Restaurant
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Hotcakes Emporium Pancake House & Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant on Bluff Road that serves breakfast and lunch every day in a casual, relaxed setting. The breakfast menu boasts traditional and creative dishes, such as country-fried steak and eggs, Mexican skillet, farmer’s omelets, and crepes Suzette, along with a variety of hotcakes, waffles, French toast, and country eggs done in several ways. A selection of meat and vegetarian skillets are on offer for hungry diners, while stuffed croissants, cinnamon apple oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, and ham and beans are available for those wanting lighter bites. Freshly brewed coffee and tea along with fresh fruit juices and sodas are available all day.
6845 Bluff Road, Indianapolis, IN 46217, Phone: 317-889-2253
13. Indy's Famous Pancake House & Grill
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Serving simple, delicious, and freshly prepared fare with hot coffee every morning, Indy's Famous Pancake House & Grill has long been a staple on Emerson Avenue for hearty breakfasts. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, Indy's menu features a variety of griddled pancakes with sweet and savory toppings along with all the traditional breakfast favorites such as plates of bacon, eggs, sausages and hash browns,and hearty breakfast sandwiches. Belly-busters include burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and fluffy omelets made with multiple eggs as well as stuffed French toast. Indy's Famous Pancake House & Grill offers in-house and take-away dining with online ordering and delivery services.
8028 S Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46237, Phone: 317-497-8592
14. Le Peep
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Le Peep Restaurants is a group of family-owned and locally operated eateries that have been serving loyal customers an extensive menu of all-American fare and specialty coffee drinks since 1988! The casual breakfast and lunch chain has locations around the city and still serves the same list of traditional favorites with creative upgrades along with a selection of classic brunch cocktails, mimosas, salty dogs, craft beer, and wine. The breakfast and brunch menu still features many customer favorites like The Health Club and The Roost – think two eggs, potatoes, a choice of meat, and an English muffin – along with a fruit parfait of house-made granola, strawberries, and bananas and the off-the-menu Churro’ n Bones of waffles, cinnamon sugar, and bone-in cured pork belly.
8255 Craig St, Indianapolis, IN 46250, Phone: 317-576-0433
15. Lincoln Square Pancake House Meridian
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The Lincoln Square Pancake House Meridian is one of a mini-chain of pancake restaurants owned by the Katris family that serve hearty American fare for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Established in 1989, the family-friendly restaurant chain grew from humble beginnings into over 10 locations around the city, each with their own character and charm but all serving the same delicious diner food and bottomless coffee. The menu boasts all the traditional diner favorites from eggs and omelets to sandwiches, scramblers, biscuits and gravy, skillets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast as well as several Greek classics like gyros, pitas, and Greek salads.
2330 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: 317-602-5040
16. Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles
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Steeped in history with deep family roots dating back to 1939 when Maxine Redmon met Ollie Bunnell, fell in love, and started a family, Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles is a true family-owned and operated restaurant that was established in 2007 to reflect the love and comfort that was synonymous with Maxine’s food. With a mission to provide “a taste of love in every bite,” the cozy eatery serves a menu of mouthwatering comfort fare made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and prepared with love. The little café boasts an ambiance that takes diners back to being in grandma's house as they tuck into traditional Southern and soul food such as Jolene's Fish N' Grits, Shirley's Biscuits and Gravy, fried green tomatoes, and Maxine's Wing Dings.
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-423-3300
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Blending contemporary elegance and style with innovative cuisine and impeccable service, Mesh promises a dining experience like no other. Typically known for dinner, the brunch at Mesh is a winner with creative dishes like a breakfast burger topped off with a fried egg and Dijon-maple syrup, a short rib brioche grilled cheese, and Ora King salmon paired with tomato confit on a toasted bagel. Tuck into starters of house-made biscuits, lemon mascarpone and seasonal jams, deviled eggs with Applewood bacon and avocado, or kung pao calamari with ginger-soy slaw. Pair the perfect cuisine with a perfect cocktail like a Bloody Mary Queen of Scots, Mesh Bellini, or a Sunday special half-price bottle of wine and sip them out on the gorgeous back patio on sunny weekends.
725 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-955-9600
18. 1913 Restaurant
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Based in the Omni Severin Hotel on West Jackson Place, the 1913 Restaurant is an elegant eatery that serves a unique locally and a regionally sourced menu that reflects age-old Midwest recipes with a modern twist. Named after the year the hotel was built, 1913 Restaurant combines timeless culinary methods with fresh, locally sourced farm-fresh ingredients to create classic and signature dishes such as cage-free deviled eggs, Fischer Farms farmstead filet, maple-bourbon glazed bone-in pork chop, and the decadent Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie. Freshly squeezed juices and an array of specialty coffees are also on the menu, ranging from bottomless Americano coffee to caramel macchiatos and espressos.
40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225, Phone: 317-634-6664
Hailed as one of the best restaurants in the world, Milktooth is an award-winning fine dining restaurant in downtown Indianapolis that serves a to-die-for brunch. Set in Fletcher Place in the heart of Indy’s historic neighborhoods, Milktooth serves a rotating menu of globally inspired seasonal fare and childhood breakfast favorites that highlight Chef Jonathan Brooks’ knack for quirk and playfulness. Brunchers tuck into everything from Cap'n Crunch and Pop-Tarts, Dutch baby pancakes with vanilla-rum parsnip puree, and Belgian waffles to Chinese black rice pudding, sweet tea-fried chicken, oysters and beet salad, and bacon and doughnuts. The inventiveness doesn’t stop with the cuisine – try the coffee with Crunchberry cereal powder and fig and Amaro syrup.
534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-986-5131
Located in the Circle Center Mall, just steps from Monument Circle, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the Indiana Convention Center, Nada is a casual taco and cocktail joint that serves classic Mexican fare and creative cocktails in a hip space. Brunch ranges from light plates like chicken tortilla soup, Nada's mac n’ cheese with roasted poblano, Mexican poutine with crispy red potatoes, or Mex' Orean fried chicken buns to heartier and hotter dishes such as crispy pork belly tacos with guajillo diablo salsa, guacamole, and pickled pepper, and the Al Pastor – chili-marinated pork with pickled pineapple and white onion. Sip a range of Mexican cervezas, signature cocktails, or easy-drinking house wines.
11 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-638-6232
21. Northside Kitchenette
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Located on the north end of trendy Broad Ripple Village, next door to its sophisticated evening sister restaurant The Northside Social, Northside Kitchenette has been serving a loyal following for breakfast and brunch for the past 8 years. Boasting year-round indoor and seasonal outdoor seating on the greenery-infused portico and patio, the laidback American café serves an all-day breakfast of cheese and bacon omelets, brioche French toast, bowls of oatmeal with honey and fruit, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and eggs Benedict. Lunch plates range from fresh salads, homemade soups, and sandwiches to meat and vegetable entrees, a selection of sides, and mouthwatering desserts.
6515 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-253-1022
22. Ruth's Cafe
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Located in the Keystone Shoppes mall, Ruth’s Café is a cozy café with bright, eclectic décor, quirky art pieces, and comfy tables and chairs that serves delicious breakfasts and lunches in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Ruth’s all-day breakfast menu features a variety of classic and unique variations of Benedicts, which are topped with two poached eggs and made-from-scratch hollandaise sauce and served with a side salad. The griddle goodies offer such delights as stacks of pancakes with sweet or savory toppings, French Toast, and Belgian waffles. Also offered are biscuits and gravy, Norwegian potato cakes served with sour chive cream and fresh fruit, Norwegian lefse – potato flatbread rolled with butter and cinnamon sugar – homemade granola and oatmeal with honey and yogurt, and fruit ramekins.
3443 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Phone: 317-757-8006
The Steer-In is a long-standing down-home fixture on 10th Street on the East Side that has been serving classic all-American and Irish cuisine for nearly 60 years. The comprehensive menu has everything from salads, soups, and steak to pasta dishes, signature burgers, and breakfast bites along with mouthwatering desserts, daily specials, a special kids’ menu, and a range of non-alcoholic beverages. The breakfast menu is built to satisfy with a variety of eggs done several ways, omelets, scrambles and skillets, griddle plates like pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and specialties such as biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage and egg dishes, and the signature Manhandler, which features three eggs done any way, savory sausage, crispy bacon, a half order of biscuits and gravy, and a choice of potatoes or toast.
5130 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, Phone: 317-356-0996
24. The Garden Table
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The Garden Table is a local eatery and fresh juicery that take farm-to-table dining to the next level. Boasting two Indianapolis locations with modern rustic interiors bathed in natural light, The Garden Table serves creative menus of seasonally influenced and locally sourced food and cold-pressed juice, all of which is prepared from natural ingredients that are grown and harvested by local farmers. Open for both brunch and dinner, the Garden Table is the perfect spot for healthy brunches of raw pad thai poke bowls, healthified Reuben sandwiches, and quinoa breakfast bowls topped with two poached eggs, house-made pesto, and hemp seeds. Pair the cuisine with one of the herbescent libations such as a Neon Nectar (orange, carrot, apple, lemon, turmeric, ginger), or a Cashew Concoction of filtered water, coconut water, cashew, spirulina, maple, vanilla bean, and Himalayan pink sea salt.
908 East Westfield Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-737-2531
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