If you say you don’t like brunch, everyone knows you’re probably lying. Brunch is that amazing time of day when you can still indulge in breakfast, while sampling lunch, and washing it all down with a bloody mary or mimosa, judgement free! Brunch has made quite a comeback in the past five years, which has given way to these amazing brunch offerings at some of our favorite Indiana restaurants. Check them out below.
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1. Hoaglin to Go Cafe & Market - Indianapolis
Located along the bustling Mass Ave district in downtown Indianapolis, Hoaglin is only open until early afternoon and provides some of the best brunch in the state. With their own eggs benedict menu, custom pancakes of the day, and creations like crunchy peanut butter french toast, it's easy to see why Hoaglin is a Hoosier favorite. You might need to wait for a table on the weekend, but they'll happily serve you coffee while you wait. Check them out at 448 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
2. Runcible Spoon Cafe & Restaurant - Bloomington
Nestled on 6th St, Runcible Spoon Cafe is one of the most popular places in town for brunch. Decorated like a charming library inside, this brunch spot offers classics like pancakes (you can add strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, etc), biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, fruit and yogurt dishes, and omelets. Don't leave without trying their raved about house roasted coffee! Find them at 412 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408.
3. Toast - Evansville
Toast in Evansville is quite a treat for anyone looking for a gorgeous getaway setting for their brunch spot. Located along the Helfrich Hills Golf Course, the atmosphere at Toast is upscale, classy, and charming. Enjoy the scenery out on the patio while indulging in their classic breakfast pizza or omelet varieties. Pretty hungry? Sample their brunch buffet, instead. Check out this killer brunch spot at 1550 Mesker Park Dr, Evansville, IN 47720.
4. 18 on the Square - Shelbyville
Popular for their Sunday brunches, 18 on the Square in Shelbyville is a hidden gem that will have you coming back for more. Locals love their pancakes, corned beef hash, and eggs benedict, but the chef is always coming up with new, intriguing food combinations. Try for yourself at 18 Public Square, Shelbyville, IN 46176.
5. Sophia’s House of Pancakes - Michigan City
Sophia's House of Pancakes is a beloved breakfast and brunch staple in Michigan City. Open until 3pm, this brunch spot has more of a classic diner atmosphere, with friendly staff and comfortable surroundings. Here, you'll find a variety of omelettes, skillets, and, of course, pancakes. Come hungry to eat here. Taste them at 5250 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360.
6. Le Peep - Valparaiso
Found in Valparaiso, Le Peep is a hopping breakfast and lunch joint that won't disappoint your taste buds. Sure, they have the usual skillets, pancakes, and egg combo, but try one of their specialties like their jalapeno and cheddar chicken and waffle combo to truly be amazed. Check them out at 3800 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
7. The Friendly Fox - Fort Wayne
The Friendly Fox is an eclectic, friendly cafe with outdoor seating and tons of charm. They have tons of unique menu selections, like jalapeno and chorizo quiche, a variety of freshly baked pastries, and creative egg and waffle dishes. Be sure to try their highly rated espresso creations, like the Snickers latte. Visit them at 4001 S Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
8. Wild Eggs - Carmel
Wild Eggs is a fairly new brunch spot in Carmel, but it's getting crazy good reviews. With their extensive egg menu, think unlimited eggs benedict combos, frittatas, and omelettes, insanely huge breakfast burrito, and decadent pancakes, Wild Eggs is one brunch stop you have to check out. Find them at 1438 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032.
9. The Downtowner - Lafayette
The Downtowner is a historic diner in Lafayette that is a community staple. Sure, it's a diner, which means you already know what types of brunch you can expect here, but that doesn't stop the Downtowner from impressing you with their attention to detail and high quality presentation. Next time you're in Lafayette, visit them at 2200 Elmwood Ave D15, Lafayette, IN 47904.
10. Hinkle's Sandwich Shop - Madison
Hinkle's is a community favorite in southern Madison, Indiana, serving their famous Hinkle's hamburgers. Their brunch consists of a variety of eggs and hashbrowns, which you can mix up by adding one of their famous burgers, too. You've never had brunch quite like this. Try it out at 204 W Main St, Madison, IN 47250.
11. Yolk - Indianapolis
Yolk can be found in the heart of downtown Indy and has won over the taste buds of hundreds. From delicious crepes and french toast to more traditional skillet and omelette creations, Yolk will stun you both with their presentation and amazing taste. Check them out at 220 E South St, Indianapolis, IN 46225.
12. Cackleberries - Terre Haute
Cackleberries is famous in Terre Haute for their breakfast foods and hearty portions. Each creatively crafted egg skillet comes with a side of toast or their renowned pancakes. Service is fast and friendly and the prices are extremely reasonable. Try them at 303 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807.
13. Two Cats Cafe - Muncie
Two Cats Cafe in Muncie is a slightly offbeat cafe with a rather obvious theme: cats. While those with cat allergies probably should steer clear, cat lovers can enjoy an array of breakfast and brunch favorites, along with a huge selection of house-made smoothies. Don't forget to try a hot beverage while you're there. Find them at 1813 W University Ave, Muncie, IN 47303.
14. Rosie's Place - Noblesville
If delicious treats like cornbread french toast and french pancakes stuffed with ricotta, lemon curd, and raspberries sound divine, you need to stop at Rosie's Place. This local haunt has new brunch and breakfast specials to try just about every time you stop in, and has freshly baked pastries that you can take to go. Swing by at 68 N 9th St, Noblesville, IN 46060.
15. Portage House of Pancakes - Portage
This diner-style breakfast and brunch place is a must-visit in Portage. The skillets and omelettes are top notch, with plenty of healthier options like fresh fruit. Portage House of Pancakes is generally packed, but service is quick and you rarely have to wait long. Try them at 2122-4752 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy, Route 6, Portage, IN 46368.
I could go for some brunch right now. What about you? What’s your favorite Indiana brunch spot?