Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

Ever wonder where this phrase originated?

Like a breakfast detective, I scoured the Internet in search of answers. Unfortunately, I came up short. There are conflicting responses on who said this first. Many sources point to a local cereal family member (John Harvey Kellogg) while others attributed it to industry rival General Mills, with their Grape Nuts ads in the 1940s.  No matter who said it, I would argue that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

My love of breakfast, however, does not always match my skill set for cooking breakfast entrees. I’ll admit that I have no idea how to make a frittata. Or eggs benedict. And I’m not fully sure what a blintz is. But I do know how to eat them and love trying new restaurants.

If you’re in the same want to explore beyond pancakes and waffles comfort zone, read on for local restaurants serving delicious breakfast foods. And, most offer kid-approved menu options.

20 Egg-cellent Breakfast Spots You’ll Want to Try

Waffling on your restaurant choice for breakfast in the Kalamazoo area?

We asked for reader input and rounded up 20 of the best places for pancakes, eggs, waffles, crepes and a bevy of mouth-watering breakfast entrees.

Kalamazoo

Anna’s House on Stadium is known for being allergen-friendly, including an extended Vegan menu. Tip: Join the waitlist on Yelp to minimize your table wait.

Located in the Vine Neighborhood, the Crow’s Nest serves breakfast all day and features coffee and pastries from Fourth Coast Cafe (located downstairs). This upscale diner also features over a dozen egg specialty dishes including the delectable Nest Scramble.

Food Dance, a downtown Kalamazoo tradition, is passionate about sourcing their ingredients locally. The ambiance is worth noting here too: enjoy your delicious breakfast while surrounded by welcoming, colorful murals.

The famous Breakfast Stew calls Maggie’s Cafe home in the Stadium Shoppes in Kalamazoo. Their signature grilled skillet dish includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, chopped ham, bacon, and sausage. Maggie’s also offers an extensive bakery case and takeout/catering.

Nina’s Cafe on West Main serves over 18 waffle entrees with fun names including the Elvis Waffle, the Turtle Waffle, and the Hammy-Pammy.

Grab brunch on the weekends at Old Dog Tavern. Drop in on Saturday and you’ll hear kids music from Benjammin.

Poor Richard’s Cafe on Crosstown Parkway has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. This old fashioned restaurant is adorned with collectibles and home to the Original Alaskan French Toast.

Station 702 on Douglas Avenue is a fast casual restaurant that focuses on fresh omelets. Order your meal at the counter and take a seat; they will deliver to your table. They also encourage calling ahead for a tasty breakfast to go on your way to work.

Omelet fans will enjoy Studio Grill on West Michigan Avenue downtown. This restaurant is run by a father/daughter duo and offers Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for kids.  

Portage

Antique Kitchen Family Restaurant on South Westnedge is known for its large portions and makes all patrons feel like family.

Located across from the Kalamazoo Airport, Café Meli offers an extensive breakfast menu including baked frittatas, swanky pancakes, and wicked crepes.

D&R’s Daily Grind Cafe is a quaint spot located on Portage Road. Kids love to sit at the counter stools. They offer a number of original breakfast entrees with memorable names including The Lump, Potato Mess and The Sportsman.

Stop by Full City Cafe on Oakland Drive in Portage to experience their “eclectic American cuisine” in this family casual restaurant. Full City sources from multiple local farms and offers catering as well.

Surrounding Communities

LaRue’s Family Restaurant in Oshtemo Township is family owned and operated and aims to serve tasty homemade food. Known for their eggs benedict, they serve breakfast all day. Cash only.

Meet the mother/daughter team who passionately run the Garden Griddle in Paw Paw. Their restaurant concept was simple: a casual, cozy cafe with food made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. Kids will love their delicious homemade french toast sticks.

If near Texas Corners, try Rykse’s & Co on West Q Avenue. Their bakery cases are full of goodies, including enormous cinnamon rolls (try them grilled!). Kids favorite spot to dine is on the upper level.

Sausage Gravy enthusiasts should check out Scooter D’s in Parchment. Customers enjoy the friendly and small-town feel of this diner- and so will early birds! They open at 5:00 AM.

Multiple Locations

Grab Chicken and Waffles or Hippie Stew at Breakfast at Tiffiny’s, with two locations in Portage or Kalamazoo. Breakfast is served all day. 

There is likely an East Egg near you. All locations offer locally grown eggs, house-made bread and a great kids menu (try the chocolate chip pancakes). Families will appreciate the quirky diner ambiance here; chairs have tennis balls on the feet and some locations have eggs on the ceiling.

Local favorite Michelle’s Restaurant operates in Portage, Mattawan, Kalamazoo, and Vicksburg. All locations serve breakfast all day with Water Street Coffee.

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