Breakfast—considered to be the most important meal of the day. From hearty omelets, to sweet pancakes, to a wonderfully-filling breakfast sandwich, Indiana’s best breakfast spots will surely satisfy. Here are our 9 favorites.
Although not considered your typical breakfast joint, Dan’s Variety Bakery has been serving up the most delicious and delectable doughnuts and coffee since 1975. Even though the sign on the door says that Dan’s opens at 1 a.m., there is always a line down the block beginning at midnight, if not sooner. Dan’s is the place to go in Kokomo for a non-traditional breakfast. Try the buttercream filled doughnuts! You won’t be disappointed!
If in the mood for a more traditional breakfast, another well-known place in Kokomo is Frittata’s Restaurant. The restaurant is family owned and operated, and the food completely homemade. Because of its popularity, on any given day the parking lot is full and there is sometimes a waiting period of about 10 minutes. But the food is absolutely worth the wait! Ask your waiter or waitress for the special of the day!
When asked where the best place is to find a good breakfast close to Kokomo, the automatic answer is the Dutch Café in Peru, Indiana. It might be 45 minutes north of Kokomo, but the drive is worth it for a delicious, home cooked breakfast. Not sure what to get? Try the Country Sampler, which has biscuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns, one hot cake, and served with homemade toast. The portions are generous here at the Dutch Café, so be sure to ask for a takeout bag on your way out!
If you have ever seen the show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” 3 Sisters Café might sound familiar. The restaurant was featured in an episode centered on local favorites, and it is easy to see why. The owners are lovely, warm and welcoming, and the food is spot on. The atmosphere is also unique and pleasant. 3 Sisters Café runs their restaurant out of a beautiful, three story Victorian-era home, and it almost feels as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Rosie’s Place is the place to be in breakfast if you ever find yourself in Noblesville, Indiana. Located in the heart of downtown Noblesville, Rosie’s is another local favorite. Rosie’s Place is warm and inviting, with a delectable menu featuring dozens of delicious, homemade options to choose from. Not to mention breakfast is served ALL DAY. It doesn’t get better than that! Try their gluten free pancakes or breakfast tacos!
Passing through Cicero, Indiana (population <5,000), it might not look like it has much to offer but hidden inside this small town is a great place to stop for breakfast. It’s the place where everybody knows everybody. Think of it as the modern day version of “Cheers,” minus the beer. Erika’s Place is very down to Earth and has a warm vibe to it, as does the legendary Erika herself and her staff. We highly recommend the Greek omelet!
The newest addition to breakfast places in northern Indiana, the Toast and Jam Café has only been in business a few years, but they have already received such a warm welcome. Warm and quaint, this café is a must stop! Start your day off with Breakfast Bites, fried bite size dough nuggets tossed in cinnamon and sugar and served with a cream toffee sauce. Who doesn’t love a fried doughnut? Feeling like something a bit more filling? Try the Farmhouse or some Oreo Pancakes! As Rachel Ray would say, “Yumm-o!” What makes Toast and Jam unique to other breakfast joints across Indiana are their unique but delicious, homemade breakfast options.
Shipshewana is Amish Country here in Indiana, and the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre is Amish cooking at its finest. Part of the Riegsecker Marketplace, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time. The Bluegate Restaurant offers an amazing selection of breakfast options, from the Healthy Gourmet Sundae (nonfat yogurt with whole grain cereal and your choice of fruit), Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls to their gourmet muffins made fresh from the Bluegate Bakery.
Last but not least, is The Bluebird Restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From frittatas to omelets, biscuits and gravy, to their many loaded skillet options, you can’t go wrong with The Bluebird. The restaurant also offers healthier selections such as multi-grain, egg whites, turkey bacon, fresh fruit, and gluten free options!
The selection at Indianapolis’ Milktooth is nothing short of refined. Whether you’re craving something light and healthy or something perfectly sweet, Milktooth is sure to satisfy. Order their sourdough pearl sugar waffle made with sweet cherry compote, salted honey corn butter, graham cracker crumble, and powdered sugar.