The 10 Best Brunch Spots in Iowa!

Whether you go for the sweet or savory, the early morning eats or the afternoon treats, maybe even a little bit of both, no one can deny the overall enjoyable experience that is a late morning brunch outing. If you happen to be in Iowa over the weekend, and are looking for a filling meal between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you’re just in luck, because spread throughout the state are some amazing brunch opportunities. If you don’t already have a favorite, it’s well worth your time to check out these 10 best brunch spots in Iowa.

1. ReUnion Brewery & Restaurant, Coralville, IA

While any day of the week is the right time to visit the ReUnion Brewery & Restaurant in Coralville, if you really want to get the full experience of what this celebrated eating establishment has to offer, you need to check out the Sunday Brunch. Taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Sunday brunch at ReUnion is an all-you-can eat situation that allows customers to choose from Applewood bacon, scrambled eggs, and a whole assortment of delicious breakfast fares. If you are looking for a bit of the hair of the dog, ReUnion also has a bottomless mimosa and bloody Mary options to choose from.

2. Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

Featuring a long menu of home-cooked entrees throughout the week, perhaps the most popular time to visit the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana is during the state-famous Sunday Brunch. Taking place from late morning to early afternoon, the Ox Yoke Inn Sunday brunch consists of 20 chilled salads, weekly specials, and all the breakfast staples you could want, including omelets and meats. For a fun place to eat and some delicious food to go along with it, the Ox Yoke Inn can provide everything you’re looking for a fun eating experience.

3. Centro, Des Moines, IA

Reservations are recommended for the weekend brunch at Centro, but even if you must stand in line, the brunch menu at this Italian-urban Des Moines eatery is worth the wait. Featuring off the menu entrees, appetizers and drink specials, it’s best to come with a big appetite to the weekend brunch at Centro. Whether you go for the Portobello fries or the stuffed French toast, and perhaps you add a visit to the Bloody Mary bar to your experience, everyone will find something they like at this Des Moines staple brunch spot.

4. Salt Fork Kitchen, Solon, IA

Serving as a made-from-scratch, local restaurant, Salt Fork Kitchen offers breakfast until 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, including a Bloody Mary bar and other libations on the weekend. What really sets the Salt Fork Kitchen above all other brunch spots in Iowa is there food, and specifically the quality of their food. Locally sourced and seasonally available, chances are that you traveled further to the Salt Fork Kitchen than your food did, providing for some of the freshest brunch fares you can find in the state. Taste the difference yourself at this unique and environmentally conscious eating establishment in Iowa.

5. Cafe at the Meadows, Altoona, IA

Featuring skillets, omelets and hearty breakfast options, Cafe at the Meadows is a fully functioning brunch establishment that has a taste for everyone’s palate. As part of the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel, you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the great dining, and whether you are looking for a meal to fill you up for the rest of the day, or just a quick bite between all the action, Cafe at the Meadows covers it all with their large menu and customizable eating options.

6. The Pig and Porter, Cedar Rapids, IA

Featuring ingredients that came from local farmers in the area, The Pig and Porter of Cedar Rapids strives to provide quality food served in unique ways. No better example of this locally sourced deliciousness and clever serving style can be outside of the Sunday Brunch offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With order-off-the-menu options like house biscuits and gravy or a hash brown double down entree including hash browns, fried chicken, hot sauce and an egg, if you have any taste buds at all, you’ll enjoy your next brunch visit to The Pig and Porter.

7. Bix Bistro & Lounge, Davenport, IA

Located within the luxurious Hotel Blackhawk of Davenport, the Bix Bistro & Lounge provides one of the classiest and most appetite-destroying brunches in Iowa. Taking place only on Sundays, not only does the brunch menu at the Bix Bistro & Lounge include all your favorite breakfast fares (and some new favorites), plus a bottomless mimosa and bloody Mary bar, but the Bix Bistro also provides some excellent background music to your meal with the Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet that plays live throughout the brunch hours.

8. Café Dodici, Washington, IA

Featuring authentic Italian-inspired food that cannot be beat, Café Dodici is a must-visit Iowa restaurant any time of the week. Come Sunday however, between the brunch hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., this celebrated eatery really comes to life. Featuring new flavors for old favorites, including almond croissants, eggs benedict and frittatas (plus much more), the dedicated-to-quality chefs at Café Dodici will surely leave you with a taste you won’t soon forget. If you are looking for a big meal to satisfy your hunger throughout the rest of your day, it’s recommended to try out the Italian bacon and eggs carbonara found on the main dishes portion of the brunch menu.

9. Americana, Des Moines, IA

Make your brunch reservations now for Americana in Des Moines, because come every weekend, this hip Des Moines eatery is the place to be. Featuring over 40 menu items on their brunch menu, including a custom grilled cheese station, a build-your-own breakfast taco station and all the comfort foods that define breakfast for you, Americana delivers big with a meal soon not forgotten. Throw in the bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary bar that you can add onto your brunch experience, and it’s tempting to spend every weekend eating at Americana.

10. Iowa Power Company, Iowa City, IA

Overlooking the Iowa River on the edge of Iowa City, the Iowa River Power Company provides a classy eating experience in a casual atmosphere no matter the meal you sit down for. If you really want to taste all the best that the Iowa Power Company has to offer, it’s recommended to check out the Sunday brunch which features a little bit of of everything found at this celebrated eating establishment. Featuring six different stations ranging from meat carvings to decadent desserts, there is something for every palate to enjoy at the Iowa Power Company, and plenty of seats to accommodate whatever size of party you might be bringing along.

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