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Best breakfasts: Indianapolis

The big race hits town on Memorial Day weekend, and whether you’re shaking off the night before or need a great start before hitting the track, these spots deserve to take the pole position in your brunch lineup.
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Any restaurant named one of the world’s best by Condé Nast Traveler deserves your attention: Although the menu changes frequently, not-to-miss staples include the Ancient Grains Porridge (trust us) and the Lamb Steak Burger Melt with caramelized onions and peppers, Swiss cheese and a sunny-side up egg. Try to snag a spot at the bar where you can watch the talented staff cook. Because this is such a hotspot, expect a wait: Stumble in when the coffee bar opens at 7 a.m. and wait for brunch that starts at 9. 534 Virginia Ave.,

This coffee-and-wine bar serves up new spins on South American cuisine. The devotion to coffee here is intense; be sure to start with the artfully presented Café Miel, a house specialty. Indulge in a treat at the pastry bar, but save room for flavorful dishes like the Croquetta with lump crab cake, shrimp and chipotle Hollandaise or the Huevos y Frijoles with black beans, Spanish rice and two eggs over easy. To tame the heat, order one of the four rotating draft beers or a specialty cocktail. 4850 N. College Ave.,

The up-and-coming neighborhood of SoBro boasts numerous bars and restaurants, including this local favorite where for-sale art by locals adorns the walls. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty on the locally sourced, made-from-scratch menu. Crowdpleasers include the skillets and scrambles, but even non-vegans agree that the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy, with a mushroom veggie medley, deserve the spotlight. Just don’t pass up the Impeccable Chai, which is brewed on-site using a special recipe. 653 E. 52nd St.,

Late Night Bite: After 9 p.m. in Indy, the place to be is Ralston’s Draft House. The joint stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends, filling hungry bellies with everything from snack foods like Reuben fries to more filling plates like oven-baked flatbreads. Yet, most folks come to Ralston’s for its 40 taps, many from local and regional breweries. 635 Massachusetts Ave.,

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