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.
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.
Café Patachou, 225 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, US, +1 317 632 0765
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.
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.
Northside Kitchenette 6515 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana, US, +1 317 253 1022
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.