LV Recommends: Breakfast joints worth waking up for

Try these area restaurants for your morning meal.

Micky’s Irish Pub

11 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

This longtime downtown Iowa City establishment is well known for classics like the Conglomerate sandwich. Their egg rolls pass the test, too. Oh, and did you know Mickey’s offers a full breakfast menu on the weekends? They have some very tasty and unique menu items for egg lovers. Ever have a day when you want a quesadilla but you also want breakfast? Micky’s can provide the solution. The Breakfast Quesadilla is stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and black beans and served with sour cream, salsa and avocado on the side. Don’t pass on the Irish Eggs Benedict, though. This morning meal is a riff on a classic eggs benedict preparation, subbing in corned beef for traditional ham.

Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina

1857 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City

Originally located in West Branch, Mexico Lindo has recently expanded to the southeast side of Iowa City! The restaurant has a *huge* menu, rounded out with a couple breakfast items (served all day) for those of us who need an egg fix during lunch and dinner, too. The Huevos Rancheros come with fried eggs topped with a rich and spicy ranchero sauce, and are served with rice, refried beans and plenty of fresh tortillas. You can also order the Huevos con Chorizo, which tosses delicious crumbled Mexican sausage in alongside scrambled eggs.

Bluebird Diner

330 E Market St, Iowa City

The northside of Iowa City is home to many legends, Bluebird Diner being one of them. This diner serves breakfast all day and steals the show. The menu showcases omelets and some of the best pancakes in town, but also more inventive dishes that are unique and give the restaurant a leg up on other diners around. Take for example the Huevos Epsteinos––griddled parmesan polenta cakes topped with smoked pork green chili and over-easy eggs––or the Krakatoa omelet which erupts with its bacon, jalapeños, red onion, cilantro-lime cream cheese and pepper jack. The real star just might be the St. Blue sandwich, Bluebird’s take on the Chinese-American staple, the St. Paul sandwich. Slices of toasted sourdough bread provide the foundation for an egg foo yung patty piled with pulled pork, mushrooms and cabbage. Curious and delightful.

Brewhemia — Zak Neumann/Little Village


1202 3rd St SE #101, Cedar Rapids

This NewBo neighborhood espresso bar is often functioning in full-throttle mode. After your favorite caffeinated cup of heaven or exotic tea, it’s time to make a breakfast selection. The breakfast burritos were recently noted by the Food Network as some of the best in the country, so you can count on them always being a standout choice. The tortilla is loaded with refried beans, eggs and cheese with the option to add vegetables, potatoes or chorizo for a hand-held meal that’s perfect to the last bite. The cafe also makes a great quiche of the day and some of the best biscuits and gravy in town.

Breakfast House Café

820 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids

This is the very definition of a hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint. A small but very mighty kitchen cooks up some of the greatest pancakes and French toast you’ll ever have. Order those as your side or for the table because their omelets can’t be passed up. The Cheesehead––with melted cheddar, Swiss and American––or the Iowa Farmer––with bacon, sausage and ham––both take simple ingredients and craft them into a morning dish that will keep you returning to this cafe again and again.

Skillet Café

101 1st St E, Mt Vernon

With a name like Skillet Cafe, you’d expect an amazing breakfast, and that’s exactly what you’ll find. Put historic Mount Vernon on your radar and let Skillet Café’s eggy lure draw you in. The Philly Steak and Reuben are both fantastic ways to get your day going, but don’t be confused; we’re not talking about sandwiches, here. These are omelets, baby! Their menu also features made-from-scratch corned beef hash and it’s a truly beautiful thing––especially with a couple runny eggs placed over the top.

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