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10 Best Breakfast Spots Where Iowa Started

Grab a bite to eat and fuel up for a day filled with adventures.

Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 favorite places to grab breakfast in the Dubuque area.

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Adobo's Mexican Grill

Is it Saturday morning without an Adobos Breakfast burrito? We don’t think so! Breakfast items are served on Saturdays during the summer months from their food truck at Farmers’ Market or out of their restaurant on Main Street during the winter. It’s no secret this is a favorite for locals…and no surprise it tops the list!


Caroline's Restaurant at Hotel Julien Dubuque

Located along historic Main Street in a nearly 200 year-old hotel, sits Caroline’s Restaurant. ​Named after the owner’s great-great grandmother, Caroline (Rhomberg) Fischer was a driving force and business woman much ahead of her time and the inspiration for the name of the hotel’s restaurant.

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Devour Cafe

This locally-owned (and local fave) coffee roaster offers dishes that live up to it’s namesake. Devour Cafe is located on the Central Avenue ‘curve’ and is known for its delicious menu, inviting ambience, and variety of coffees.

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Midtown Marina

Just across the Mississippi River in East Dubuque is Midtown Marina. With a full service marina and hot breakfast served riverside, it’s not hard to see why this spot made the list.

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Jitterz Coffee & Cafe

Rounding out the top half of the 10 best list is Jitterz Coffee & Cafe. Located on historic Main Street, this coffee shop is a local favorite. From fresh baked goods to a hot cup of joe, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here.

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Sunshine Family Restaurant

Next up is Sunshine Family Restaurant. Known for their classic down home breakfasts like biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, pancakes, and everything else in between.

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West Dubuque Tap

​Say you’re going to West Dubuque Tap for breakfast and most people will tell you that you ‘gotta try the Magic Muffin’. Piled high with eggs, biscuit, hashbrowns, and cheese, this is a breakfast staple everyone can agree on.


Habits Coffee & Mini Donuts

Everything is better when it’s in miniature and that is definitely the case with Habits Coffee & Mini Donuts. Try a variety of flavors and combinations made fresh to order. Pick up an espresso, smoothie, or other tasty drink to go with.

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Charlotte's Coffee House

From smoothies, drip coffee, and lattes to waffle scrambles, specialty toasts, and acai bowls…Charlotte’s offers a varied menu. Named after the owner’s mother, this coffee shop is one you can stop in to for a quick bite, or hang out for a few hours.

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Convivium Urban Farmstead

Last (but not least) on our list is Convivium Urban Farmstead. Surrounded by a series of community gardens, Convivium was started by a husband and wife team transformed a 1920’s greenhouse into a multi-function space with a commercial kitchen, coffee shop, restaurant, and more.