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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Bloomington's Best Breakfast

Disclaimer: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we realize some visitors may not currently feel comfortable dining inside restaurants.  In the meantime, please support your favorite local restaurants with carryout or delivery instead!  Be prepared to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, and call ahead as hours of operation may be different than posted.  Above all, thank you for supporting Bloomington's restaurants and shops! 

There's nothing quite like waking up early on a weekend and heading to get pancakes at your favorite restaurant before a nice hike. Or waking up late to get eggs benedict and a mimosa to prepare you for a long day of boutique shopping. It doesn't matter if you're an early bird or a sleep-til-noon bruncher, Bloomington has a breakfast spot for you.

Rainbow Bakery

Bloomington's first vegan bakery has a little something for everyone. If you're more of a breakfast meeting kind of person or of the grab-and-go breakfast persuasion, Rainbow Bakery is a great stop. Donuts, hand pies, breakfast sandwiches, cookies, cakes, and coffee are just some of the findings you'll stumble upon in the brightly decorated stop off 4th Street. If you're looking for a little more caffeine in your morning, Hopscotch Coffee's satellite location, Roastery & Go, is just up Madison Street.



This is how our mornings roll . . . Hive Cinnamon Roll

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Start your day with some of Hive's famous fresh-baked cinnamon rolls (with recipes taken from the Bloomington community!), a savory danish, or a warm muffin. If you're looking for some more traditional breakfast food, try out Hive's daily special quiche, or have something a little out of the box with a Cuban-inspired breakfast bowl. No matter what you eat, you can feel good about yourself for supporting local farmers and organic agriculture through Hive's community partners.

The Village Deli

Famous for pancakes bigger than your plate and their loaded Paxton Potatoes, The Village Deli is beloved by townies and visitors alike. The huge portions give you a real bang for your buck, but make sure you get there early--the breakfast crowds on the weekends fill up the tiny diner right quick. Don't worry though--the VD motto of "eat and get out!" means you'll get seated sooner rather than later.

Uptown Cafe

Uptown Cafe may be best recognized by their amazing Cajun bites and classy drinks, both of which are incorporated swimmingly into their breakfast and weekend brunch. Swing by for some eggs Sardou, creme brulee french toast, or an andouille omelet and make sure to finish the meal with a corpse reviver cocktail (or maybe just a mimosa).

Bedrak Cafe


Bedrak Cafe is serving up Mexican-inspired takes on classic breakfast items. Biscuits with chorizo gravy, breakfast tacos, jalapeno cornbread waffles, and french toast bites adorn the breakfast menu. If you're looking for something a little lighter, try a smoothie bowl or a juice flight and make it a boozy brunch with some champagne added into your custom juice blend!

Runcible Spoon

Runcible Spoon is a cozy breakfast spot, tucked just far enough from the hubbub of Kirkwood Avenue to make it peaceful but easily accessible. Although their pancakes, made in-house and with a custom flour blend, may be the star of the show, don't forget about other specialties, like their corned beef hash. Make sure to check out their expansive tea collection or order a cup of their house-roasted coffee.

The Inkwell


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If breakfast is all about the caffeine for you, look no further. The Inkwell specializes in delicious specialty espresso drinks and a baked good selection that's fresh every morning. Mini bundt cakes and house-made Poptarts aren't all they have to offer, though--make sure to check out their loaded avocado toast or a broken yolk sandwich for a great start to your morning.

The Owlery

This vegan and vegetarian establishment is so good that even your omnivore friends will be begging to come back. The Owlery's meatless comfort food will make you swoon, and their Sunday brunch has everything you could want--from biscuits and mushroom gravy to red velvet pancakes. If you need a take-home treat, make sure to check the bakery case before you leave.


Gillian Fulford

Gillian Fulford