Top 5 Indy Brunch Spots

Top 5 Indy Brunch Spots:

If there is one thing millennials have gotten correct with their lifestyle, it is the art of brunching. I mean, really, what is better than kicking off your weekend right with a delicious cup of coffee and an Instagramable stack of pancakes? Toss a mimosa or bloody Mary in there and it's tough to argue with brunch. With that in mind, I’m giving you my top 5 Indy brunch spots. This isn’t necessarily in order, so if your favorite spot is in 3rd, don’t shoot me. But please do leave a suggestion in the comments or on our Facebook page, because I always am on the lookout for new places to try!

  1. Cafe Patachou:

    1. Yes, Patachou is an easy choice to make this list. Now with three locations across Indianapolis (downtown, Meridian-Kessler, and Carmel) people all over Indianapolis are only a quick drive from one of the top 5 Indy brunch spots. Patachou runs the gamut from delectable (if not so healthy) options such as pancakes with maple syrup, to vegetable-packed omelets served with a side of their home-made bread and lightly dressed arugula. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it at Patachou. But, what really makes them great is the self-serve coffee bar. You know you’re going to wait when you go to brunch. At least at Cafe Patachou you can start to function like your normal self by caffeinating while you wait to get your table.
  2. Milktooth:

    1. One of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in all of Indianapolis, Milktooth actually made it onto Bon Appetit’s list of the 10 best new restaurants in America. This place is a hipster’s paradise. You’re as likely to see a twirled mustache on a waiter as you are to see an oozy breakfast sandy. But, it somehow isn’t at all pretentious, and the food is truly outstanding. However, you’re going to wait. Probably for a long time. Which, they’ve conveniently combatted by having a coffee bar at which you can pick up a super creative pastry (the coffee cake is EXCEPTIONAL) and your favorite coffee drink. For the pure creativity and fun experience, Milktooth is definitely a top 5 brunch restaurant in Indianapolis.
  3. Eggshell Bistro:

    1. Located on Rangeline and 116th in Carmel, Eggshell Bistro is the definition of a hidden treasure. First, they have the best coffee in town. It is $5 a cup (somewhat high, even for a true coffee-holic like me) but it is ridiculously good. Also, the menu is Middle Eastern-inspired and includes things such as Shakshuka Eggs and Dukka Eggs. I had the Dukka when I was there, and it was the best thing I’ve had for breakfast in years. If you’re anywhere near Carmel, you need to make a stop at this place. The decor is also really fun, and doesn’t look anything like the super-modern places you normally encounter around town.
  4. Rosie’s Place (Zionsville):

    1. Considering the reputation Zionsville has, I’d expect more brunch options, but maybe it is just because Rosie’s is so good, no one else is trying to challenge this shoo in for the top 5 Indy brunch spots. First of all, their homemade desserts which they sell at the front could be a store in and of themselves. It is such a challenge every time to not walk out with an entire tray of the 7 layer bars. If you’re really in the mood for something sweet, their oatmeal pancakes are tough to beat. Also, the undercover star here are really the breakfast tacos. They. Are. Phenomenal. Definitely my favorite thing on the menu. Check it out next time you’re at our box on a Saturday - it’s only 10 minutes away in downtown Zionsville!
  5. Yolk (Ironworks building at Keystone):

    1. I may be partial to including Yolk on my list for the top 5 Indy brunch spots due to the hot sauce they make in house, but at least I can admit that. Now, in my experience, the Yolk in the Ironworks building is much better than the one downtown. I’m not sure why, because the menu is the same, but having been to both, that’s my opinion. I really love the omelets here. They have a ton of fresh and health options to throw in, and they’re served with amazing potatoes. Plus, the coffee here is really good. Are you seeing a trend here? Having good coffee makes a difference, so please, splurge for the better beans, restaurant owners. Another thing I really love about Yolk is their slight Mexican influence on the menu. More than anyone else on this list, they embrace the spicy flavors of our southern neighbors which I seriously love.

There you have it. The definitive guide to the top 5 brunch restaurants in Indianapolis. Think I missed one? Leave a comment below with your favorite. No matter where you like to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning, we can all agree that brunching is awesome, and we should all do more of it. So, this coming weekend, set your alarms, gather your friends, and get ready to enjoy some awesome eats at one of these five places.

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