Local institution for classics like steak & eggs
Though it’s operated on Zionsville’s cobblestoned Main Street since forever, this place is no culinary stick in the mud. Their lineup is prepared with locally sourced eggs, pork, and bacon (from places that are literally right down the road), and includes a surprising number of vegetarian items. The steak and eggs have been pleasing the locals for decades. If you’re looking for something a little more current, sample the shrimp & grits or the duck tacos. If weather permits, definitely enjoy your meal and a mimosa on the establishment’s patio.
Ever-changing lineup of old-school brunch goodies
This smallish Downtown Greenwood establishment likes to keep things simple and local. We’re talking Indiana craft beers and Indiana-sourced produce, meats, and wild game. It’s all incorporated into the restaurant’s American-style cuisine, created by chef/owner Mark Henrichs. Unfortunately the lineup changes so often that there’s no permanent menu. His past efforts include unique takes on everything from poutine to biscuits and gravy. One item that’s pretty much always available is the fried pork tenderloin -- an Indiana staple that’s sadly growing ever more rare these days.
Charlie Brown’s Pancake and Steak House
Traditional favorites in the shadow of the world’s most famous race track
There’s something to be said for a decades-old establishment that packs in the locals and offers all the traditional breakfast/lunch favorites. That’s the sort of magic you’ll find at Charlie Brown’s in downtown Speedway, located within walking distance of the town’s namesake, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indianapolis 500). The menu includes literally any item that could remotely be construed as breakfast-appropriate. Expect long lines on weekends.