Friday, March 12, 2021
Bloomington's Best Brunches
Categories: Wine & Culinary
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Brunch offers a great opportunity to explore local Bloomington flavors. Whether you're in the mood for an egg-centric entrée or need a little hair of the dog, you're sure to find local offerings to satisfy your cravings. Scroll to spark inspiration for your next brunch outing.
Feast Market & Cellar
Feast Market & Cellar boasts a wonderfully unique breakfast menu with dishes including khachapuri — a feta and black truffle goat cheese stuffed pastry with confit garlic, kale, herbs, and a fried egg — and a breakfast charcuterie board. The whimsical menu is perfect for those with adventurous appetites.
The Uptown Cafe has been a Bloomington institution for more than 40 years, so it's no surprise that they offer an epic brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Their classic eggs benedict dish is a fan favorite. If you're looking for something more adventurous, consider the cottage cheese pancakes with blueberries or the eggs sardou.
The Owlery is the perfect brunch spot for our friends with a plant-based diet — all items on their brunch menu are vegan except those that include a choice of eggs or cheese. They offer options like breakfast poutine with mushroom gravy, vegan benedict, and custom vegan pancakes.
La Una Cantina
If you're craving Mexican food, head to La Una Cantina. The restaurant draws inspiration from the state of Oaxaca, which is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine. La Una Cantina puts a modern spin on traditional dishes — their brunch menu includes churros, chilaquiles, and eggs benedict Mexicana. If you're in the mood for a cocktail, try their tequila sunrise or La Una margarita.
One of the most photogenic places in town, Cardinal Spirits, offers imaginative and delicious cuisine to pair with their cocktails. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Their incredible bakery items are made in-house, but a favorite will always be the porchetta eggs benedict alongside a Bloody Mary.
Those who love supporting restaurants with locally-sourced food will love Hive. Their brunch menu includes a Cuban breakfast, avocado toast, and a daily selection of quiche. Coffee lovers will appreciate their cold brew, and those who desire something a little stronger will enjoy the Friendly Beasts cider.
If you want to keep brunch simple, head to Lennie's. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, the Kirkwood restaurant offers a small yet delicious brunch menu. For the pizza-for-breakfast lover, we recommend the breakfast stromboli with a Bloody Mary.
Scenic View Restaurant
Scenic View is just a few minutes outside of town and is absolutely worth the drive for the food and the incredible view of the Hoosier National Forest and Monroe Lake. Everyone raves about the crab cake benedict and the biscuits & gravy. They make mean brunch cocktails, too. Don't miss the opportunity to try their mimosa and Bloody Mary.
Pretend you're brunching alongside fellow Gryffindors while you dine in style at The Tudor Room inside the Indiana Memorial Union. On Sundays, you can enjoy a huge spread on their brunch buffet, which includes a carving station, a dessert bar, and classics like pancakes and eggs benedict. Reservations are recommended.
Students, alums, locals, and visitors love Runcible Spoon! They have a lovely, quaint patio when the weather cooperates. You can also cozy up in their historic house for one of their giant omelets, corned beef hash, or egg bennies. No matter what you choose, you cannot go wrong with brunch at the Spoon.
FARMbloomington serves up farm-to-table goodness every day of the week, but they always kill the brunch game. Their menu changes with the season, but they offer mainstays like omelets, and of course, their famous FARM fries. Something you'll only find in Bloomington is the Hoosier Poutine — two locally-sourced poached eggs, fries, Indiana sausage gravy, and fresh cheese curds.
Pack your weekend brunch with flavor at Social Cantina. The menu may be small, but you'll want to try everything. From pork belly tacos to huevos rancheros to a classic breakfast burrito, you will leave with a full stomach and a big smile. While you're there, also check out their special brunch drinks, which include a tequila-infused mimosa and a "Bloody Maria"—a Bloody Mary with, you guessed it, tequila.
There's a good chance you've been to The Tap for their awesome burgers or extensive beer list, but have you tried their brunch? It's a mix of sweet and savory, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. There are many options, but the chicken & waffles are a shop-stopper.
Calling all Italian food lovers: Grazie Italiano's brunch menu will speak to your soul. Close your eyes while you munch on their salmon hash with sun dried tomato pesto, or the omelette with asparagus and gruyere — you'll swear you're in Tuscany. Order an espresso, spiked with your choice of Frangelico, Kahlua, vodka, or whiskey, for an Italian experience in our beloved B-Town.
Smokeworks' brunch menu may be small, but it is mighty. They offer brunch staples, like breakfast tacos and cinnamon rolls, with an innovative, smoky twist. The brunch menu includes five incredible cocktails as well — the Hoosier breakfast and blackberry bramble cocktails feature locally-distilled liquor for those wanting an authentic Bloomington experience. Bonus: all brunch menu options are under $10.
For the dedicated cream & crimson fan, we recommend Yogi's. A Bloomington staple since 1992, Yogi's offers a brunch menu with a handful of Indiana staples: a breakfast quesadilla, biscuits & gravy, French toast, a breakfast sandwich, and "The Trifecta" — scrambled eggs covered in cheese, bacon, and sausage. They also offer a Bloody Mary, mimosa, and peach Bellini by the glass or pitcher.
Having brunch at Irish Lion is the next best thing to actually having brunch in Ireland. Their Sunday brunch includes all the staple Irish dishes, like corned beef hash & eggs, a Reuben sandwich, and a Dublin City breakfast. The Irish influence stretches to the drink menu with their take on a Bloody Mary and Kir Royale.
Upland Brewing Co.
While Upland is known for their signature brews, their brunch menu is a definite gem. Their apple pecan coffee cakes and stuffed French toast are elevated renditions of your standard pancakes and French toast, and the unique flavor combinations take these dishes to new heights. Pair any brunch entrée with their Naked Barrel seltzer mimosa to complete your brunch experience.
If you're looking for a picture-perfect southern brunch, look no further than Southern Stone. With options like fried Johnny cakes, shrimp & grits, and chicken & waffles, your taste buds will be relishing in southern comfort. Order a southern sweet tea cocktail to take your brunch to perfection.
Bedräk Cafe has a robust brunch menu that is sure to satisfy any craving. If you're looking for a savory option, try the jalapeno cheddar cornbread waffle dish. For the brunch-goer with a sweet tooth, we recommend the French toast bites—you'll love the maple cream sauce that's served on the side.
Crazy Horse offers 80 beers from around the world, over 220 varieties of whiskey, and a brunch menu worth toasting to. They have steak & eggs, French toast, and so many other delicious dishes. We, however, recommend the Crazy Horse breakfast—eggs, sausage or bacon, and three cinnamon waffles.
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