Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — why not enjoy it? Especially when there are several restaurants throughout the Hawkeye State that understand this. Whether a signature omelet, a heaping stack of pancakes or eggs Benedict is your breakfast food of choice, Iowa has just the breakfast joint for you. The following are just 12 of what we consider to be the best places in Iowa that serve up exceptional breakfast food (listed in no particular order).
1. Dixie Quicks, Council Bluffs
Dixie Quicks is the place to go for breakfast in the Council Bluffs area. The restaurant offers a unique blend of Southern cooking with Cajun, Tex-Mex and Southwest elements. They serve a mean guacamole omelet or cactus scramble. If french toast is your thing, there's no place better than Dixie Quicks.
2. Bluebird Diner, Iowa City
Bluebird Diner in Iowa City is a cozy yet quaint diner that serves up more than just your average cafe breakfast. They offer a variety of unique and interesting flavor explosions, including their "Oeufs Louis XIV" which consists of three eggs scrambled with Truffles, served with rustic root hash, grilled tomato and house sourdough. Talk about breakfast fit for a king.
3. The Cafe, Ames
The Cafe is Ames' premiere breakfast location, and it's no surprise. From their endless selection of bakery items made fresh every day, to their loaded coffee menu, to their downright delicious breakfast items, it's clear that The Cafe does breakfast right.
4. Breakfast House Cafe, Cedar Rapids
The Breakfast House is a family business passed on for 30 years. You can enjoy all of your favorite classic comfort foods here, as well as some unique dishes that you won't find anywhere else.
5. Downtown Central Perk, Davenport
Downtown Central Perk is a vegetarian coffee house and juice bar located in the historic Central Office Building in Downtown Davenport. If you crave a freshly pressed juice or smoothie in the morning, there's no place like Central Perk. They also offer some pretty delicious meals whose great taste can be enjoyed by not just vegetarians, but anyone!
6. Duncan's Cafe, Council Bluffs
Nestled in a historic part of Council Bluffs is Duncan's - a cozy, family-run cafe that serves up some of the best breakfast in town. Plus, the place is decorated with lots of fun old memorabilia that gives you a taste of local history.
7. Hamburg Inn No. 2, Iowa City
A hot spot for presidential candidates visiting Iowa, Hamburg Inn has been visited by everyone from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton to Barack Obama. Want to know why they keep coming back? Well, if we had to guess, we would say it's the top-notch breakfast food. Particularly their mouth-watering french toast.
8. Cafe Indigo, Davenport
Cafe Indigo in Davenport is a great upscale cafe that serves up American cuisine with a twist. You can taste the difference, as all of their items are made from scratch using fresh ingredients.
9. Jimmy's Pancake House, Bettendorf
Jimmy's Pancake House serves up all your favorite breakfast food in a cozy and friendly environment. Obviously, their pancakes are fantastic.
10. Morg's Cafe, Waterloo
Morg's is a tiny little place on Mulberry Street that offers big servings and low prices on all the classics. The diner is very old school, but in the best way - including the jukebox at every booth. Be sure to try their pecan pancakes.
11. Mullet's, Des Moines
Mullet's is a great place to get breakfast, especially when it's nice enough to enjoy your meal on the roof, where you will get a fantastic view of the Des Moines skyline. Be sure to grab one of their mimosas while you're at it.
12. Waveland Cafe, Des Moines
If you're a hashbrowns person, there is no place better than Waveland. The hype about their hashbrowns is well deserved, and the rest of their menu is just as good.
There are so many more amazing breakfast joints in Iowa, this list barely scratches the surface. What are some of your favorite spots to get breakfast?