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Friday, March 24, 2017

Best Brunches in Btown: Chosen by VisitBtown Fans

Categories: Wine & Culinary, The IU Student Perspective

Brunch is big in Btown. After a late night out downtown, there's nothing like a little hair of the dog and chicken and waffles to cure whatever ails you. If you're traveling with family and don't want to miss out on this weekend feast, there's plenty of choices perfect for even the pickiest pancake lovers. For this post, we decided to ask you about your favorite brunches in town! Here's what we found out... 

*updated January 2018


You may know Lennie's for their pizza and beer but have you tried their brunch? Their brunch menu includes killer chicken & waffles and pizza & eggs. Don't forget to order a Bloomington Brewing Co beermosa!

Uptown Cafe

The Uptown Cafe has been a Bloomington institution for 40 years so needless to say they have an epic brunch menu offered on Saturdays and Sundays. We heard from a lot of VisitBtown fans about Uptown: Classic eggs benedict is always a good choice while the cornmeal pancakes with blueberries are a fan favorite too. We'll take one of everything. 


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Cardinal Spirits

Definitely one of the most photogenic places in town, Cardinal Spirits now offers imaginative and delicious cuisine to go along with their cocktails. Dinner is served daily but brunch is Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm. Order a few things to share with friends or go big and hog the Rye Pork Chop all to yourself. The bakery items are made in-house and so yummy but my current favorite is the Porchetta Eggs Benedict alongside a Bloody Mary. 



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Needmore Coffee Roasters

Every Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm, Sazon Taqueria serves brunch in this woman-owned roastery on the east side of town. Huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and french toast make frequent appearances. Needmore Coffee also offers quiche, scones, and other baked goods. 


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Scenic View Restaurant

Scenic View is just a few minutes outside of town but absolutely worth the drive for the food and the incredible view of the Hoosier National Forest and Monroe Lake. There were lots of raves about the crab cake benedict and the biscuits and gravy. They make a mean Bloody Mary too.



Is my personal favorite because their menu changes all the time and their creations are a lot more creative than anything I could make easily on my own. The croque madame is always a solid choice. I was just there on Sunday and had the most delicious avocado toast. If you sit outside the lighting is perfect for Instagramming. 


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Tudor Room

Pretend you're brunching alongside fellow Gryffindors when you dine in style at the Tudor Room at IU's Memorial Union. On Sundays, you can enjoy a huge spread on their brunch buffet including a carving station, a dessert bar and classics like pancakes and eggs benedict. Reservations are recommended. 


Runcible Spoon

Students, alums, locals, and visitors love The Spoon! They have a lovely patio when the weather cooperates or you can cozy up in their little historic house for one of their giant omelets, corned beef hash, or bennies. You can't go wrong.


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FARMbloomington serves up farm to table goodness everyday of the week but they always kill the brunch game. Their menu changes with the season but have mainstays like omelettes and of course their famous FARM fries. For something you'll only find in Bloomington try the Hoosier Poutine - two poached local eggs, fries, Indiana sausage gravy, and fresh cheese curds.


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Thanks to everyone that shared their favorites on social media! I'm really hungry now. 


Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she wasn't blogging or grammin' you could find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.