May 13, 2018

8 Great Places To Get Breakfast In Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, Iowa is beginning to grow a thriving dining scene and, lucky for me, my favorite meal of the day has some shining stars. There are several locally-owned restaurants serving delicious breakfast in Council Bluffs. I asked readers on Facebook what’s new in Council Bluffs and what old favorites are still serving great food (good news, Duncan’s is). There were several that I can’t wait to check out.

This post was written in 2018 and updated in July 2019 to reflect the closure of Stay Sweet Nicola’s and Duncan’s Cafe, as well as the changes to Mad Ox Bakery. I heard the restaurant that’s now where Duncan’s was located (called The Legend Cafe) serves food similar but I haven’t tried it.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Unleash CB. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

restaurants in Council Bluffs

Ready for pancakes, donuts and heaping servings of hash browns? Here are eight great places to get breakfast in Council Bluffs:

712 Eat + Drink

One of the newest restaurants in Council Bluffs, 712 Eat + Drink, is the go-to place for brunch on Sunday.

Where: 1851 Madison Ave.

Why: “712 was so good! I went this AM for the first time,” said Katy J. Another reader, Jenna G. let me know that it was toddler-friendly, too, so while my kids are older, I know I’m good to take them there. Note that 712 only serves Sunday brunch; the rest of the time, it’s lunch and dinner.

Learn more about 712 Eat + Drink here

Main Street Cafe

Main Street Cafe is located in downtown Council Bluffs near Bayliss Park.

Where: 102 S. Main St.

Why: This is a traditional cafe with down home comfort food. And… “The pancakes are huge,” said Katie B.

Learn more about Main Street Cafe here

Sugar’s Diner

Sugar’s Diner is open seven days a week and, rumor has it, serves a mean Bloody Mary.

Where: 2725 E. Kanesville Blvd.

Why: Sugar’s Diner has a loyal fan base, not just consisting of breakfast lovers. But, I’m sharing breakfast spots, so let’s focus on that, shall we? “Sugar’s has amazing blueberry pancakes and omelets!” said Nicole L.

Learn more about Sugar’s here

Mad Ox Bakery

Go in to Mad Ox for the superhero decor, stay for the cronuts.

Where: Update – Mad Ox has closed its storefront and now operates as a special order bakery.

Why: Get your sweet fix here. Mad Ox bakery has gourmet donuts with flavors ranging from Red Velvet Glazed and Pink Champaign, and apparently has a pretty tasty fried croissant (AKA cronut) with optional fillings. You’ll need to order items one to two days in advance.

Learn more about Mad Ox here

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard

donut in Council Bluffs

Where: 19475 225th St.

Why: Their apple cider doughnuts, especially when you get them freshly made, are addictive. They are so good. While the orchard doesn’t serve breakfast (they’re not even open that early), doughnuts are a classic breakfast item, so I’m counting it, folks.

Tip: This is a seasonal place, so check their hours before going. Make an afternoon of it – here’s a list of other things to do at Ditmars besides eating a ton of doughnuts.

Fresh Market Square Buffet

Fresh Market Square Buffet is located inside Harrah’s Casino, and offers kid’s prices to the buffet. Photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment

Where: Inside Harrah’s Casino, 1 Harrahs Blvd.

Why: I’ve got to include a buffet, right? There are three casinos in Council Bluffs, and this is the only with a weekend brunch buffet that includes children’s prices for meals. Come hungry!

Learn more about Fresh Market Square Buffet here

Want more ideas? Unleash CB has a full list of Council Bluffs restaurants.

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Comments

  1. Sammi k. says

    I do not think Sugars should be ob this list at all. The staff are always drunk or drinking no matter the time of day, or most of them have hangovers and are being comeplete a-holes to everyone. The food is mediocre at best. The manager has asked people to leave because their children are being too loud, yet its suppose to be family oriented. I truly think this should not be on here.

  2. Looking at all these food has been me so hungry!

  3. Goldmine is one of our top favorites !

    • Ah, rats, Annette. I almost included Goldmine but I didn’t have much feedback from others on its greatness. Good to know you recommend it!

  4. I love the atmosphere at 712 – I’ll have to try these places out next time I’m in the area!

  5. Try Eat Fit Go… across from Dicks Sporting Store.
    Great food!

    • I have been truly disappointed with Eat Fit Go. I wanted to like them, I really did. I went back four times and tried different entrées each time. The flavor and texture was truly mediocre in easch case. For something I have to heat up myself, I can get a better tasting meal at half the cost from Lean Cuisine. For a chain of frozen food stores, you do not want to be touting this as a CB highlight.

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