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