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Best Breakfast in Evansville, IN: 10 Places You Need To Try

It's your first morning in your beautiful new apartment at Addison Place, and the first thing you feel upon waking is a rumble in your stomach. You haven't had a chance to stock the fridge, and the cold pizza from your moving day party won't cut it.

Where do the locals go when they're ready to enjoy the most important meal of the day?

Evansville may have a reputation as a sports destination, but those athletes have to eat somewhere! You don't need to look very hard to find a great breakfast in Evansville, IN. Our friendly community boasts everything from family-run bakeries to short-order breakfast restaurants, and our warm local business owners can't wait to serve you.

We've curated a list of our ten favorite breakfast places in Evansville, so you'll never go hungry while you're in town. We'll include popular, can't-miss destinations and our city's best-kept secrets, so you'll be dining like a local from day one. Read on to discover your next great breakfast in Evansville, Indiana.

1. Penny Lane Coffee House

Penny Lane, "the best lil' coffee house in Evansville," is an institution here in town and has even gained acclaim across the country. Rand McNally named it the best coffeehouse in America. This eclectic, human-centered restaurant will quickly become your new home away from home.

Penny Lane's breakfast menu is small but mighty, featuring several hot breakfast sandwiches. You can always grab a muffin or a bagel on the go. The star of the show is the award-winning coffee, which is sure to help you start your day on the right foot.

a cup of coffee with a heart in the foam

2. Kite and Key Cafe

Who says you have to eat breakfast in the morning? The charming Kite and Key Cafe is one of the few breakfast restaurants in Evansville that serves its robust breakfast menu all day, making it the perfect destination for brunch or breakfast-for-dinner night! Locals love to enjoy a hot, strong cup of coffee on Kite and Key's sunny patio. If you're in the mood for breakfast in bed, this local gem delivers to Addison Place. You can enjoy a thick stack of griddlecakes without leaving your stunning new digs.

3. COMFORT by the Cross-Eyed Cricket

COMFORT is the home for refined comfort food in downtown Evansville, with a homestyle-inspired menu. You'll experience a dose of nostalgia, even if you order something new. There's always something different to try, as the breakfast menu is bursting at the seams with innovative offerings. We recommend starting with The Country Benedict, a hearty, comforting take on biscuits and gravy, complete with fruit and a sunnyside-up egg. You might find you're still stuffed to the gills when lunchtime rolls around!

a plate of food is sitting on a table

4. Biscuit Belly

If you're in the mood for a warm, hearty breakfast in a more casual atmosphere, Biscuit Belly is one of the restaurants in Evansville that you can't miss. It may be part of an Indiana franchise, but we couldn't be more grateful to host a location in our community. You'll fall in love with the "bonuts," biscuit donut holes served with a delectable chocolate gravy for dipping. You can even order a mini gravy flight and try a savory smorgasbord of gravies accompanied by warm, bite-sized biscuits.

5. The Friendship Diner

Sometimes you aren't sure what you're craving, but you're hungry, and you want it quickly. Pop into The Friendship Diner and order off their expansive short-order menu. The prices are excellent, so you can try a few things without breaking the bank.

6. Great Harvest Bread Co.

If you're a "toast for breakfast" kind of guy, we have great news. We'll bet that Great Harvest Bread Co. is one of the only restaurants in Evansville, Indiana, offering a different variety of fresh-baked sweet and savory breads every day of the week. Plus, they serve a daily selection of muffins and scones, so you'll always find something fresh to nibble on in the AM.

7. The Pie Pan

The Pie Pan is the perfect all-day destination for breakfast, but we insist you stay all day. Its eggs and waffles may be life-changing, but it's also one of the best bakeries in Evansville, IN. You'll be remiss if you go home without ordering dessert! The locals won't tell you this tip: Thursday is free pie day at The Pie Pan. You'll receive a free slice with the purchase of any entree and drink!

a plate with a waffle and fruit on it

8. Waylon's Diner on Main

Waylon's Diner is brand new to Evansville, and it's already becoming a beloved community staple. They currently offer a fantastic all-day breakfast menu, and their offerings are growing and improving by the day. Stop in and support a growing local businessyou can become one of the diner's first regular customers, even if you're brand new in town yourself.

9. Farm 57

You might not think of a market as a place to grab breakfast, but that's what makes Farm 57 such a brilliant and unique breakfast choice. You'll enjoy your coffee and treats in a heated, homey greenhouse decked in fairy lights. They have a creative coffee menu, and moms love the playground outside the greenhouse. Playdate, anyone?

a cup of coffee sitting on top of a white plate

10. Cleavers Restaurant

If you're having trouble getting out of bed, you can grab a Chicago-inspired breakfast at Cleavers until 1:00 PM (and until 4:00 PM on Sundays). It's also the only place in town where you'll need to return multiple times to try every breakfast burrito on the menu! The menu includes all your short-order favorites, plus a few specialties, like the delectable Banana Foster Waffle.

The Best Breakfast in Evansville, IN

Whether you're dreaming about gooey egg yolks or freshly baked pastries, you'll never go hungry in Evansville. Our favorite local eateries have you covered, whether you're seeking a sit-down feast or a quick bite on the go. Make sure to let us know what you think about your first breakfast in Evansville, IN! Once you've dug into the local culinary scene, you won't dream of eating, shopping, or living anywhere else. If you're still searching for your perfect home in Evansville, know that you're welcome at Addison Place. Schedule a tour today to see why residents love our convenient central location, friendly staff, and spectacular amenities.