Best Brunch in Indianapolis
It’s still early…but brunch is always calling. With salty and savory treats, caffeinated sips and a much-needed hair of the dog, here is the only list you need to satisfy the weekend’s afternoon hunger pangs.
Easily the busiest brunch spot in town sits inside an old rehabbed Fletcher Place garage. Chef Jonathan Brooks doles out a glorious spread including seriously inventive Korean BBQ fried chicken wings (paired with a Sapporo) and local berry Dutch baby pancakes with cucumber curd, cashews and powdered sugar. To drink, its either a bottomless cup of Tinker coffee or “for the table” style mad dog margaritas.
Trader's Point Creamery
About twenty minutes outside Indianapolis, this chic, rustic-industrial 19th century dairy barn also houses The Loft Restaurant. With a sustainable menu from their farm – there’s a bounty of organic dairy products, fresh produce, artisan cheese and grass-fed beef. The hearty breakfast mac and cheese features smoked chicken and the rice bowl cradles ingredients like oysters mushrooms, peas and a fried egg or cup of ground yellow creamy corn grits.
From the folks who run the wildly popular Patachou, this nonprofit café along the 18 mile-long Monon Trial features gorgeous plated menu items including a pesto frittata, steak and egg tartine and a cinnamon roll with lavender yogurt frosting and strawberry jam. For lunch, the curried chicken salad sandwich is a delight with local draft beers like Indy’s own Bier Happy Pils. We recommend keeping your iPhone handy, both the colorful array of food and the narrow digs are unforgettable.
For a Latin spread of breakfast tacos, huevos benedictos and chorizo omelets, Delicia (Spanish for delight) is a hip, lively spot to dine. Staples like biscuits and gravy are gussied up with cornmeal and topped with a chorizo-thyme gravy and of course, there’s bottomless coffee galore. Trust us, no one leave hungry.
The Garden Table
In the heart of Broad Ripple, for a healthy dose of garden toast (think mashed avocado), chilled acai bowls and salmon buckwheat crepes, this light, airy and immensely popular juice shop is a stellar place for a nutritious weekend start. To drink, there’s also kombucha and a $24 probiotic shot of a powerful progurt (with 1 trillion CFU live probiotic microorganisms—we assume someone is there counting them all). Coming soon: a second downtown spot.
Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar
This sweet, casual French spot doles out ample omelets coupled with smothered fried chicken, classic brioche French toast and sweet crepes with brown sugar and banana. For classic bistro seating, pop outside under the canopied patio with a chilled champagne cocktail.