As “Parks & Recreation’s” Leslie Knope would ask: “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”
Council Bluffs couldn’t agree more, providing some truly scrumptious breakfast and brunch options throughout town. Whether you’re looking for a quirky brunch cocktail, a gourmet doughnut or a country breakfast with all the fixings, Council Bluffs has it all.
Formerly Duncan’s Café, the restaurant is now Legends Café after a change in ownership, though, the menu remains largely the same. Their breakfast menu is large with choices of pancakes, omelets and classic entrees. As of January this year, Legends Café now serves breakfast all day during their hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, except for Tuesday when they are closed and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails
Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails is one of the newest restaurants to open in Council Bluffs, along with Lincoln’s Pub. Similar to 712 Eat & Drink, they serve American cuisine made from scratch along with cocktails and craft beers. Their brunch menu consists of 12 options with everything from a classic breakfast to chicken wings to French toast. During brunch hours, Caddy’s also serves a Meal in a Mug Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary is stuffed with all sorts of skewered appetizer items like a slider, chicken wings and more.
Though not yet specified on their website, Primo’s serves breakfast every day of the week with everything from American style plates to Mexican meals and breakfast burritos. Their menu includes 17 breakfast options like The Over Medium Burrito and Minardi’s Style Biscuits & Gravy. Their breakfast menu also includes a kid’s menu with smaller plates of French toast, pancakes and more.
Lincoln’s Pub is a gastropub located on Council Bluffs’ 100 Block, just a few doors down from Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails. Their brunch menu consists of the traditional like pancakes, steak and eggs and French toast along with the unique like Breakfast in a Cup, Chilaquiles and Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles. There are 13 total brunch options to pick from. Lincoln’s Pub serves brunch on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
712 Eat & Drink
712 Eat + Drink strives to serve meals made from scratch and locally grown produce and protein sources. Their seasonal brunch menu consists of about 10 options from a traditional breakfast to breakfast pizza to a menu item called the Hangover Burger. 712 Eat & Drink also serves up brunch cocktails, including bottomless mimosas. Brunch is served on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in the Horseshoe Casino, JB’s Café is your answer to early morning dining. The café is open 24/7, serving breakfast from 5 to 11 a.m. JB’s serves up 11 breakfast options with items from steak and eggs, omelets, pancakes and more. After your meal, you can explore the casino or the nearby Bass Pro Shop.
Mad Ox Bakery
This unique bakery, outfitted with a superhero and comic book themed interior, makes pastry bars, bread, cakes, candies, cupcakes and, perhaps best of all, gourmet doughnuts. Their doughnut selection changes depending on the day of the week with Tuesdays having the gem that is pink champagne and Wednesdays having pumpkin spice or chocolate glazed (depending on the season). You can see their daily doughnut offerings on their website. Mad Ox is open from 7 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and is closed on Sundays. On Mondays, they’re open by appointment.
— Ashley English is the content manager for the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. For more information about events and happenings in Council Bluffs, go online to unleashcb.com.