20+ Best Breakfast Restaurants Near Kalamazoo

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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 to this culinary mystery. 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.

While my love for breakfast is strong, my cooking skills to prepare breakfast are not. 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. On the bright side, this gives me a fantastic excuse to try new breakfast restaurants.

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

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20+ Egg-cellent Breakfast Restaurants You’ll Want to Try

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

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


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600 Kitchen & Bar for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About 600 Kitchen & Bar:

While not officially a "breakfast restaurant," 600 Kitchen joins the list due to their fantastic weekend brunches, served from 10AM-3PM, Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to try their pancake board or market omelet.

Kids' Top Picks:

Order Sophia's French Toast stack for the kids. Toppings rotate weekly.

Anna's House for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Features
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan

What We Love About Anna's House:

Anna's House expanded their Michigan footprint into Kalamazoo a few years ago, opening on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo. Their menu is very allergy-friendly, including an extensive Vegan menu.

Kids' Top Picks:

"Snowy" French toast, topped with powdered sugar and strawberries

Antique Kitchen for Breakfast

Portage Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Antique Kitchen:

Known for its large portions, including the biggest omelets in town.

Antique Kitchen has been a local favorite for three decades with fast, friendly service.

Kids' Top Picks:

"Kiddy" size waffle & chocolate chip pancakes

Breakfast at Tiffiny's for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Breakfast at Tiffiny's:

Breakfast at Tiffiny’s serves breakfast all day, with fun food and a touch of southern flare. Top picks include their Chicken and Waffles, Hippie Stew or stuffed French Toast.

Additional Location:
3271 W Centre St, Portage, MI 49024

Kids' Top Picks:

French toast sticks & pancakes

Cafe Meli for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Cafe Meli:

Located near the airport, Cafe Meli offers an extensive breakfast menu including baked frittatas, swanky pancakes, and wicked crepes

Kids' Top Picks:

Chocolate chip waffle & granny's oatmeal

Colonial Kitchen on Drake for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Colonial Kitchen on Drake:

Locally-owned and operated, the Colonial Kitchen serves both breakfast and lunch all day, allowing you to enjoy a variety of entrees at any time.

Kids' Top Picks:

Chocolate chip griddle cakes

Crow's Nest for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Features
  • Vegan

What We Love About Crow's Nest:

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 is known for its variety of egg specialty dishes and decadent French Toast.

Kids' Top Picks:

Kid-sized breakfast burrito

Dig-In Cafe & Catering for Breakfast

Augusta Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Dig-In Cafe & Catering:

This Augusta favorite includes a drive-thru (in addition to takeout and dine in) for easy meal pickups. Locals like Cindy's Biscuits and Gravy, featuring a 50-year-old from-scratch sausage gravy that is made fresh daily.

Kids' Top Picks:

Kids can add blueberries or chocolate chips to their pancakes or French toast.

East Egg for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Features
  • Gluten Free

What We Love About East Egg:

There is likely an East Egg near you. All locations offer locally grown eggs, house-made bread and a quirky ambiance (some locations have eggs on the ceiling).

Additional Locations:
6907 Sears Drive Portage, MI 49024
23901 City Center Circle Mattawan, MI 49071

Kids' Top Picks:

Chocolate chip pancakes & yogurt with granola

Full City Cafe for Breakfast

Portage Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Full City Cafe:

Experience their “eclectic American cuisine” in this family casual restaurant. Full City sources from multiple local farms and offers catering as well.

Kids' Top Picks:

From scratch buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon butter (add chocolate chips!)

Garden Griddle for Breakfast

Paw Paw Best Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Features
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

What We Love About Garden Griddle:

This mother/daughter team's restaurant concept was simple: a casual, cozy cafe with food made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. After grabbing breakfast, be sure to take some extra bakery items home to enjoy later.

Kids' Top Picks:

French toast sticks & the bakery case

Larue's Family Restaurant for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Larue's Family Restaurant:

Family owned and operated and aims to serve tasty homemade food. Known for their eggs benedict, they serve breakfast all day. Cash only.

Kids' Top Picks:

Silver dollar pancakes

Maggie's Cafe for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Maggie's Cafe:

Home to the famous Breakfast Stew! 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.

Kids' Top Picks:

Tom’s Chocolate Chippers: 3 small pancakes with chocolate chips, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Michelle's Restuarant for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Michelle's Restuarant:

Specializing in breakfast fare, Michelle's cracks over 13,000 eggs per week. All locations serve breakfast all day with Water Street Coffee and feature convenient online ordering.

Additional Locations:
25441 Red Arrow Highway, Mattawan, MI 49071
3610 S Sprinkle Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
677 Romence Rd, Portage, MI 49024
343 West Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097

Kids' Top Picks:

Blueberry, pecan, or chocolate chip pancakes

Nina's Cafe for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Nina's Cafe:

Over 18 waffle entrees with fun names including the Elvis Waffle, the Turtle Waffle, and the Hammy-Pammy

Kids' Top Picks:

Mint chocolate chip pancakes & strawberry shortcake

Old Dog Tavern for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Old Dog Tavern:

Grab brunch on the weekends at Old Dog Tavern in the historic Star Paper Company building.

Kids' Top Picks:

Music from Benjammin on Saturdays

Poor Richard's Cafe for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Poor Richard's Cafe:

Family owned and operated for over 30 years. This old-fashioned breakfast restaurant is adorned with collectibles and home to the Original Alaskan French Toast.

Kids' Top Picks:

Cinnamon swirl French toast

Rise N Dine of Vicksburg for Breakfast

Vicksburg Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Rise N Dine of Vicksburg:

Family-owned diner on Main Street in Vicksburg, open for breakfast and lunch. Check their white board for daily specials.

Kids' Top Picks:

Homemade cinnamon rolls

Rykse & Co for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Rykse & Co:

This family-owned restaurant features a drive-thru, two-story seating and an extensive bakery case full of goodies.

Their cinnamon rolls are legendary- try them grilled for something different!

Kids' Top Picks:

Kids' mini ham & cheese omelet, anything in the bakery case & dining on the upper level

Studio Grill for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Features
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

What We Love About Studio Grill:

Studio Grill is great for omelet fans. This restaurant is run by a father/daughter duo .

Kids' Top Picks:

Mickey Mouse pancakes

Tea Pot Dome for Breakfast

Paw Paw Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Tea Pot Dome:

Known for their corned beef hash and biscuits and gravy, The Tea Pot Dome has been a local favorite breakfast restaurant since 1927.

Kids' Top Picks:

Homemade raspberry jam, pancakes and waffles.

Uncle Ernie's Pancake House for Breakfast

Kalamazoo Best Breakfast Restaurants

What We Love About Uncle Ernie's Pancake House:

Locally owned & operated since 1959, Uncle Ernie’s has been a staple & rated one of the #1 breakfast spots for locals in the Kalamazoo area.

Kids' Top Picks:

Mickey Mouse pancakes & hot chocolate

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2 thoughts on “20+ Best Breakfast Restaurants Near Kalamazoo”

  1. Hi,

    Thanks so much for including our restaurant, Nina’s Cafe in your 20 Best Breakfast restaurants near Kalamazoo. We would like to add that our phone number is incorrect in article. The correct phone number is (269) 373-6462.

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