Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Unless you consider its second cousin, brunch: in which case, bring on the build-your-own-bloody mary bars, endless combinations of omelettes, and made-to-order stacks of plate-sized pancakes! Breakfast and brunch are both a big to-do here in West Michigan, and we’re sharing 5 of our favorite places to cozy up for a cup of freshly-roasted coffee and the magnificent menu items to match:
Breakfast & Brunch
Step inside Anna’s House (Plainfield, East Beltline, or Grandville) and prep your palate for an escape from ordinary breakfast. Gluten-free to dairy-free, cage-free to vegan, the menu options at Anna’s cater to you just as much as the friendly faces who serve them. Try the decadent and locally-loved Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl or the creme brûlée-inspired Twilight French Toast, or dig into the Hippy Hash or Corn Beef Benny. Whatever you choose, Anna’s menu is full of locally sourced, dietary-friendly options that’ll leave you wanting to dive back in again and again.
Long lines? Count on it. Worth the wait? Every minute. Mosey over to Wolfgang’s in Eastown and make nice with the list of benedicts and skillets on this menu. Sip Wolfgang’s signature brand coffee, savor well-stuffed omelettes, or opt for decadent delights like Tiramisu Pancakes and Banana Bread French Toast.
Real Food Cafe
A stop at one of two Real Food locations can mean either breakfast barside to watch your pancakes cooked to order, or tableside, cozied up in the quaint (yet always jam-packed) retro diner. Friendly service and oversized portions make this Grand Rapids original a go-to, and favorites like the Nutella-stuffed French Toast and Cinnamon Roll Monte Cristo make every bite sinful (and oh-so-worth it!).
Looking for scratch brunch whipped up with the good stuff from our local farms? Get to Marie Catrib’s (and get there early) because you won’t be the only one waiting to nosh on favorites like a hash prepped with housemade chorizo or stuffed french toast with caramelized bananas served on cinnamon raisin bread. Grab a glass of fresh squeezed juice or a cup of joe, and get ready to brunch with the best.
Brunch inside a cozy, European-inspired cafe tucked away in the East Hills neighborhood? Don’t mind if we do! From a Crab Cake Benedict to a Cuban Pork Hash, the brunch menu options here are as inspired as they are delicious (and they’re even served until 2pm!). Dig into some Almond Joy Pancakes, or try a Chicken & Chorizo Omelette, but whatever you do, savor the unique essence and personalized service that come with every visit to the Cherie Inn.
Build-your-own Bloody Mary Bars
Rather sip your brunch instead? Check out some of these favorite build-your-own bloody mary bars!