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22 great brunch restaurants to try in Indy

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in Indy, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

Pancakes with strawberries and chicken and waffles

The INDYtoday team chose Morning’s Breakfast & Brunch for a team outing with its Summer 2022 intern.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options, along with menu recs, and pro tips. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Quick and easy

Public Greens | Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-8:00pm, Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | This modern, farm-inspired eatery serves a rotating series of seasonal bowls, grilled, and handheld items + is also a working urban microfarm.

Cafe Patachou | All locations open daily until 3 p.m. | Cafe Patachou prides itself on serving dishes made from scratch with local premium ingredients — we highly recommend the cinnamon toast with your meal.

Easy Rider Diner | Wed.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.- 12 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | This Fountain Square diner serves up mouthwatering chicken + waffles, amongst other traditional American and Southwestern brunch items.

Love Handle | 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Closed Wednesday | Find breakfast + lunch sandwiches with local, artisanal ingredients and enjoy its vintage ambiance.

The Garden Table | Times vary by location | Menus at the Broad Ripple + Mass Ave. locations may differ, but one thing worth trying — The Garden Table’s cold pressed juices.

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Willow and Star Flowers created this arrangement ahead of Valentine’s Day + it’s still up. | Photo via @petitechoubistro

For a special occasion

Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar | Sun.-Tues. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | A tightly packed + aesthetically pleasing patio serving up classic bistro fare earned it recognition as one of Travel & Leisure’s Top French Restaurants in the US.

Milktooth | Fri.-Mon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | You’ll find a unique and globally-inspired menu + an atmosphere perfect for brunch.

Gather 22 | Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. | This brunch spot is serving up classic brunch food like eggs benedict with special offerings like the “momo-sa tower.”

Rize | 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (3 p.m. on weekends) | Rize offers a selection of farm-to-table breakfast + lunch options that feature fresh ingredients from Indiana farms.

Canal Bistro | Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | This family-owned and operated restaurant serves fresh + authentic Mediterranean food you can get without a passport.

Root & Bone | Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon.-Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. | A trendy restaurant with an industrial vibe plating thoughtfully sourced, farm-fresh mains + sides.

The Oakmont | Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | A trendy spot with retro-style decor offering elevated versions of comfort classics and weekend brunch.

Eggshell Bistro | Wed.-Fri. 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | Located in Carmel City Center, this spot is all about fine brunching from the vision of Chef Hanes, who has been nationally recognized + awarded throughout his career.

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We recommend making a reservation for brunch at Gather 22 — they fill up quick.

Photo by @gatherindy

Pastry paradises

Gallery Pastry Bar | Sun.-Tues. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | A chic, bohemian venue offering European fare for brunch + dinner, plus pastries, coffee, and a full bar.

Amelia’s | Every day 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | For a quick grab-and-go option, stop by Amelia’s for coffee + a pastry. Dessert for breakfast? Try the gelato.

Landlocked Baking Company | Tues.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | This Irvington gem serves up coffees, pastries, and brunch with vegan options.

Leviathan Bakehouse | Wed.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | This bakery was named the best bread in the state by Food & Wine.

For the family

Good Morning Mama’s Cafe | Tues.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | We recommend sitting on the back patio at this SoBro brunch spot serving up homemade breakfast and lunch.

Lincoln Square Pancake House | Every day 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | This classic first-generation family business (established in 1989) has 10 different locations across central Indiana.

Mornings Breakfast & Brunch | Every day 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | It’s not a trip to Mornings without its Instagram-worthy mimosa flight.

Rock-Cola 50’s Cafe | This classic retro diner serves up brunch options like steak and eggs, pancakes, waffles, and french toast — in addition to the burgers and shakes that you would expect.

Ruth’s Cafe | Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | This casual cafe has all kinds of egg-citing menu options.

DIY brunch

Prefer to stay in? Host your own brunch with crowd-pleasing spreads + supplies good enough for a chef.

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