Some people call Indianapolis the Heart of the Midwest, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is the city smack in the middle of Indiana, below Lake Michigan, it’s also home to all-American events such as the Indianapolis 500 speedway. The city’s breakfast cuisine is hearty too, with home-style cooking a speciality on most restaurants’ weekend brunch menu.
Ever-so-slightly outside of Indianapolis, the location is what makes The Loft special. Though still in the city, this gem transports you to the country on Traders Point Creamery and Farm. Named Indiana’s only organic farm-to-table restaurant, The Loft features the farm’s organic dairy and 100 per cent grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chicken. Fresh food and produce not available on the farm comes from local growers or artisans and seasoned with herbs are handpicked from the Loft’s garden.
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Café Patachou offers a great selection, especially for brunch. The quaint, bright space is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Try the California dreamer omelet with avocado, white cheddar, sour cream and jalapenos. Of course, all produce is subject to ripeness and availability.
Chef and co-founder Valerie Vanderpool creates the delicious and beautiful food offered at Zest! The concept is ‘Downhome Goes Uptown,’ taking homely dishes made from scratch and raising them to an uptown, sophisticated level. Breakfast highlights include a goat cheese, organic greens and mushroom egg scramble and the famous double-sausage gravy made with locally produced apple-wood smoked bacon & breakfast blend sausage and considered top by Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Zest’s Twist Lounge means that you can pair your breakfast with an inordinate amount of small batch, natural and organic cocktails.
Good Morning Mama’s has little left that recalls the auto-shop that the building once was. Plenty of windows and a bright and playful 1950s interior are perfect for a good morning and a good brunch. Classic breakfast food at a moderate price, Good Morning Mama’s has a huge selection for breakfast or brunch.
Housed in an antique home-turned restaurant in historic Broad Ripple, Three Sisters Café has offered homemade comfort food for 15 years. Go for their renowned lemon corncakes with seasonal berries. Vegans aren’t left out and the menu clearly denotes what options they have. Other highlights include the house-made maple vanilla granola or simply the classic pancake.
Northside Kitchenette décor is an appealing mix between local farmhouse and urban chic. Once an appliance shop, now it sports an exposed-beam ceiling, reclaimed wood under a crisp white to-go counter white booths lining a walkway with pops of yellow and red color in the pillows and paintings. Outdoor dining is available under the portico or on the patio depending on the season and weather.
Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles is the place for Southern comfort food in Indianapolis. Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles is the result of a lifetime of cooking both professionally and to feed the family, and a whole lot of love. In fact, Maxine’s professes to give ‘a taste of love in every bite’ and though the décor is non-existent and the location low-key, the prices are inexpensive and the servings are generous.
Tulip Noir’s goal is to prove that healthy can be delicious. Their menu is seasonal and proudly states, ‘our menu empowers you to happily eat your fruits and veggies.’ At Tulip Noir you can be sure that your food is natural, organic, ethically traded or free trade or homemade, if not a combination of everything.
Le Peep is known for its breakfast dishes and high quality, fresh ingredients. Now with six different restaurants in Indiana, it’s still serving unique breakfast dishes and using quality, fresh ingredients and winning awards to prove it. Stick with the award-winning omelets and order the Sailor Man, a seafood and spinach affair. Or try the pan-handled skillet dishes, the restaurant’s number one menu choice.