Morning Edition: Examining City Market’s Breakfast

The most important meal of the day is no longer a sleepy affair at downtown’s original food court. City Market’s early risers have discovered stick-to-your-ribs fare at stalls like Circle City Soups, where owner Roger Hawkins serves breakfast bowls, chorizo burritos, and a deliciously messy fried-egg BLT with pepper Jack cheese and romesco sauce on a toasted croissant. Three Carrots offers meatless mashups like biscuits with vegan gravy and a surprisingly hearty plate of tofu and grits, while juices enriched with kale and beets at Twenty Two smoothie bar are poured alongside acai bowls heaped with peanut butter, bananas, and hemp granola. Joe Hamgeri and Ian Illig, the new owners of Three Days in Paris creperie, have added morning-friendly specials such as the Newton’s Apple, folded over fig butter, apple slices, brie, walnuts, and spinach. And overlooking it all, the mezzanine level’s recently installed Mile Square Coffee Roastery outpost spreads the java love with coffee flights and Rocket 88 doughnuts.

3 City Market Breakfast Staples

We are open today! President’s Day is a wonderful day to be serving coffee and having #frenchpressmornings with our #trecaffe blend. Come get a cup!

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crêpes + coffee + galentines // #igersindy

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A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.