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4 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. There were several that I can’t wait to check out.

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

EDITED: This post was written in 2018 and updated in February 2022 to reflect the closure of Stay Sweet Nicola’s and Duncan’s Cafe, as well as the changes to Mad Ox Bakery. There have regrettably been too many closures! For a fuller list of locally-owned restaurants, check out this breakfast post on Let’s Go Iowa.

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

712 Eat + Drink

Council Bluffs breakfast 712
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 breakfast
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

Sugars breakfast in Council Bluffs
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

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

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

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Monday 5th of November 2018

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

Bob McCoy

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

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.


Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

I love the atmosphere at 712 - I'll have to try these places out next time I'm in the area!


Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

712 did have a unique atmosphere. It's different from most of the others on the list.


Monday 21st of May 2018

Goldmine is one of our top favorites !


Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

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!

Cheryl @ O the Places We Go

Monday 21st of May 2018

Looking at all these food has been me so hungry!

Sammi k.

Monday 21st of May 2018

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.


Monday 21st of May 2018

Yikes. Thanks for your input, Sammi. That is a different version of Sugars than the one my friend shared with me.

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