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Weekend Brunchin’ | VisitBN

There’s nothing like a slow Saturday morning after the crazy work week and heading to brunch to catch up with family or friends! The Bloomington-Normal area is filled with many different brunch spots for you to dine and unwind. With the weather getting nicer, you could even enjoy your brunch out on the patios of many of these restaurants for some fresh air and fresh food. From pancakes and eggs to typical lunch fare, here are some restaurants in our area that will hit the spot for brunch!

DESTIHL Restaurant

DESTIHL’s Weekend Brunch is a must! Enjoy their patio on a Saturday morning with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa paired with one of their freshly made brunch items such as quiche, a monte cristo sandwich, huevos rancheros, and chicken and biscuits. Follow their Facebook page for the Weekend Brunch menus announced each weekend.

Fort Jesse Cafe

Fort Jesse Cafe is a popular brunch spot with the locals.  It’s a cheerful cafe serving hearty, diner-style breakfast, burgers and salads in bright, welcoming digs. The menu offers combinations that are a little risky, a lot of fun, and as fresh as possible. Some unique favorites at Fort Jesse include: Shrimp & Grits, BBQ Benedict, Cajun Skillet, Fort Buster and Chicken and Waffles! Check out Fort Jesse Cafe’s full menu here.


Medici in Uptown Normal serves up creative yet delicious brunch items for all ages. Enjoy unique plates like Brisket Eggs Benedict, House Frittata, Smoked Salmon Platter, as well as classics such as omelets, french toast, and breakfast pizza in their sophisticated and trendy atmosphere. Their rooftop patio is the perfect spot to relax in the sunshine, overlook Uptown Normal, and savor a yummy meal. Check out Medici’s full brunch menu here.

The Original Pancake House

If you hit the snooze button too many times, don’t worry! You can still make it out to enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Open until 2pm, you and your friends can enjoy an authentic breakfast. The staff is sure to serve you a warm, amazing meal and will always keep your coffee (or freshly squeezed orange juice) filled. See the Original Pancake House’s full menu here.

Shannon’s Five Star Restaurant

The name fits the experience! For a cozy atmosphere with a great breakfast and lunch selection, Shannon’s Five Star Restaurant is the perfect place to check out.  Their home-style, traditional menu includes biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, breakfast skillets, buffalo chicken sandwiches, burgers, and so much more. View their full menu here.


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