Easter is right around the corner and many families celebrate part of the day by going out to eat for an Easter Sunday Brunch. Here’s my take on three of the Iowa City area’s best, the Hamburg Inn, the Village Inn and the Iowa River Power Restaurant.
Hamburg Inn – 214 North Linn Street , Iowa City . Voted “Best Burger” and “Best Breakfast” this iconic eatery is known not only for the great comfort food, but as a “Meet the People” stop for politicians. Pictures of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and a number of other prominent office holders grace the walls. My personal favorite breakfast item on the menu is the Iowa Omelet, it’s stuffed full of Iowa ham, hashbrowns and American cheese. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu and I can attest that I’ve never had a bad meal there and the service is always top notch. There’s a reason you have to wait for a seat at the Hamburg Inn, it’s that good. Open 6:30am to 11pm Monday through Sunday. Under $10 per entree.
Village Inn – #9 Sturgis Drive , Iowa City . If you don’t quite know what you’re in the mood for, if you’re not sure about trying some place new, hit the Village Inn. The food is always good, the service is consistent, you know you’re going to get a good meal, it’s an excellent go to place when ‘you just don’t know.’ A clean family style setting, the Village Inn is well known for breakfast classics like Eggs Benedict, crepes and hickory smoked bacon. Their chicken fried steak is outstanding! The Village Inn is all about comfort food, everyone in your family will find something to their liking on Easter Sunday. They have great pies too! Under $10 per entree.
Iowa River Power Restaurant – 501 1st Avenue , Coralville. Perhaps the most popular Easter Brunch destination in the Iowa City area is the Iowa River Power Restaurant. It’s a family tradition, you’ll see three perhaps four generations on Easter Sunday enjoying the offerings of this place. What started as a flour mill and power generating station in 1902 has turned into one of the most notable eateries in the area. The Sunday Brunch menu is served up buffet line style, complete with traditional carving stations featuring prime rib, honey ham and smoked salmon. For breakfast lovers there’s a Belgium waffle station, all kinds of fresh fruits as well as time-honored breakfast items consisting of sausages, a variety of egg dishes and potatoes. The dessert table is the best around, loaded with a variety of cakes, tortes, cream puffs and cheese cakes. Easter Sunday Brunch is 10am to 1:30pm. Kids aged 5-10 can eat for $8.95, eleven-years-old and up, $16.95.