25+ Best Breakfast Restaurants + Brunch Spots 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.

Ready to try some local fare? After 10,600+ votes for the best restaurants in Kalamazoo, we have the top picks for the best breakfast spots below.

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Leaving Breakfast + Brunch to the Professionals

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 restaurants.

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

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Who Has the Best Breakfast in Kalamazoo?

Here are the top breakfast restaurants in Kalamazoo, as voted by our readers:
1 – Crow’s Nest
2 – Skillet
3 – Breakfast at Tiffiny’s
4 – Berries Famous Pancake House
4 – Nena’s Cooper Cafe
5 – Uncle Ernie’s Pancake House

Directory: 20+ Best Restaurants for Breakfast

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

Here are the favorite places for pancakes, eggs, waffles, crepes and a bevy of mouth-watering breakfast entrees.

🥞 Voted # 1 Best Breakfast Restaurant

816 S Westnedge Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Crow's Nest

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, French toast flavors, and extensive vegan options.

Tables are limited at this quaint restaurant; while worth the wait, expect some delays in snagging a table during peak meal hours.

Where to Find Crow's Nest
Located in the Vine Neighborhood, you'll find Crow's Nest next door to Bagel Beanery on Westnedge.

🥞 Voted # 2 Best Breakfast Restaurant

4023 Douglas Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49004


Opened in 2021, this small-town cafe serves both breakfast and lunch in Kalamazoo.

While a relative newcomer to the breakfast scene in SWMI, their creative dishes are gaining fans with entrees including fried ice cream hot cakes, breakfast tacos and cheeseburger omelets (pictured).

Where to Find Skillet
Skillet is located in Kalamazoo on Douglas Avenue, just off the business loop.

🥞 Voted # 3 Best Breakfast Restaurant

3271 W Centre St Portage, MI 49024
5222 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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.

Where to Find Breakfast at Tiffiny's
Breakfast at Tiffiny's resides in two locations:
• 3271 W Centre St in Portage, in between Centre Street Tap House and Biggby
• 5222 W Main St, near Target in Kalamazoo

🥞 Voted # 4 Best Breakfast Restaurant

4311 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008
234 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Berries Famous Pancake House

After taking over both locations for Theo & Stacy's, Berries Pancake House has established itself as another SWMI favorite.

Although they have pancakes in the name, Berries serves more than breakfast. Find both lunch and breakfast favorites here, served seven days per week (7AM - 3PM) at both locations.

Early morning favorites include Belgian waffles, skillets, pancakes and eggs benedict.

Giving back: After taking over the former Theo & Stacy's location downtown, Berries continued the tradition of serving free meals to the community on Thanksgiving.

Where to Find Berries Famous Pancake House
Berries has 2 restaurants in Kalamazoo:

• Westnedge: 4311 S Westnedge Avenue (just north of Kilgore)
• Downtown: 234 W Michigan Avenue (near Church St, next door to Jimmy John's)

🥞 Voted # 4 Best Breakfast Restaurant

7759 Douglas Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Nena's Cooper Cafe

Nena's Cooper Cafe is a local family cafe where you become” family “from your first visit.

Serving both breakfast and lunch, you can snag some stuffed French toast in the early hours or a famous chicken bowl for lunch.

Where to Find Nena's Cooper Cafe
Nena's Cooper Cafe is at 7759 Douglas Ave, just south of West D Avenue.

🥞 Voted # 5 Best Breakfast Restaurant

4005 Portage St Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Uncle Ernie's Pancake House

Uncle Ernie's has been locally owned & operated since 1959. This restaurant prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients.

If you're an early riser, add this spot to your breakfast stops: Uncle Ernie's opens at 6AM, 6 days/week (7AM on Sundays).

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Portage

6215 S Westnedge Ave Portage, MI 49002

Antique Kitchen Restaurant

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.

Where to Find Antique Kitchen Restaurant
Antique Kitchen is located on South Westnedge in Portage, within the same parking lot as Chili's and Big Lots.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

3610 S Sprinkle Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Butler's Breakfast and Lunch

After working at the Michelle's Sprinkle Rd restaurant for 13 years, William Butler took over this location with a new brand and energy, reopening under the Butler name in January of 2024.

In addition to tasty dining options for both breakfast and lunch, Butler's is also available for catering.

Where to Find Butler's Breakfast and Lunch
Find Butler's off South Sprinkle Road, next door to Jimmy John's in the former Michelle's location.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

330 N Drake Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Augusta

111 W Michigan Ave Augusta, MI 49012

Dig-In Cafe & Catering

This Augusta favorite includes a drive-thru (in addition to takeout and dine in) for easy meal pickups.

Be sure to try Cindy's Biscuits and Gravy, featuring a 50-year-old from-scratch sausage gravy that is made fresh daily.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

2628 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49006

East Egg Campus

East Egg Campus near Western Michigan University has made a name for itself with its massive cinnamon roll pancakes and from-scratch corned beef. Be sure to try their monthly specials.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Portage

6907 Sears Dr Portage, MI 49024

East Egg Portage

Located near Crossroads Mall, East Egg Portage's quirky atmosphere with massive eggs on the walls and tennis balls on the chairs serves up pancakes, 3-egg omelets, eggs benedict, breakfast hash and more.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Portage

7878 Oakland Dr Portage, MI 49024

Full City Cafe

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

We recommend their signature omelets and breakfast bowls.

Prefer to dine at home? Fully City has convenient, online ordering for carryout.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

6375 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Richland

8972 E D Ave Richland, MI 48083

Liz's Parkview Cafe

Located in the heart of Richland, Liz's Parkview Cafe serves breakfast all day and features Water Street Coffee. Part of the EMA Group of restaurants with Michelle's.

Try their family bundles, featuring food to serve 2, 4 or 6 people.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

3290 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Portage

677 Romence Rd Portage, MI 49024
25441 Red Arrow Hwy Mattawan, MI 49071

Michelle's Restaurant

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

1710 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Nina's Cafe

Over 18 waffle entrees at Nina's with fun names including the Elvis Waffle, the Turtle Waffle, and the Hammy-Pammy.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

1105 E Crosstown Pkwy Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Vicksburg

121 S Main St Vicksburg, MI 49097

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.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

4010 Gull Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49048
343 W Prairie St Vicksburg, MI 49047

Roxie's Breakfast and Lunch

Known for their signature blueberry lemon curd pancake, Roxie's opened in 2021 in two of the former Michelle Restaurants locations.

The also serve waffle flights, omelets and a huge variety of breakfast fare.

Where to Find Roxie's Breakfast and Lunch
Find Roxie's in two locations locally:
• 4010 Gull Road: just east of ALDI
• Vicksburg: near N Boulevard & W Prairie at 343 W Prairie Street

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

7141 West Q Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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!

Where to Find Rykse & Co
Rykse & Co is located in Texas Corners, at West Q and 8th Street.

🥞 Breakfast Restaurant in Kalamazoo

312 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Studio Grill

Studio Grill is great for omelet fans. This restaurant is family run since 2010 and sources ingredients locally.

Where to Find Studio Grill
Find Studio Grill on West Michigan Ave in Downtown Kalamazoo, near N Church Street, just west of La Familia Cafe and Jimmy John's.

Kalamazoo Brunch Spots

Brunch is BIG in SWMI and we’ve rounded up some of the local favorites.

In addition to traditional breakfast items, many brunch spots offer mimosas, coffee flights, and some entrees from their lunch or dinner menus.

🥐 Brunch Spot in Kalamazoo

600 E Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

600 Kitchen & Bar

600 Kitchen's pancake board is a safe bet here and a local favorite. If you're feeling more adventurous, try the Cajun bowl or Chilaquiles.

No matter your entree choice, don't forget dessert- save room for the flourless chocolate torte or lemon custard puff.

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM to 3PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Mattawan

57649 Murray St Mattawan, MI 49071

Bird Dog

This brunch spot in Mattawan is known for their firecracker cauliflower and early dog double burger, among other yummy options. Heads up: seating is limited, and they don't accept reservations for indoor dining.

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM to 3PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Portage

3251 Centre St Portage, MI 49024

Centre Street Taphouse

Known for its burgers and tasty pub fare, this Millennium restaurant expands its offerings for brunch on the weekend.

Find traditional breakfast options like eggs, avocado toast and yogurt parfaits. Feeling more adventurous? Try the Irish hash, breakfast chimichangas or Cajun shrimp and grits. For the 21 and up crowd, there is also a Bloody Mary bar.

Brunch Hours: Saturday 11AM - 3PM, Sunday 10AM - 3PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Plainwell

200 E Bridge St Plainwell, MI 49080

Dog & The Bank

While they don't serve breakfast, Dog and The Bank in Plainwell is worth the stop for brunch. They offer sandwiches in addition to omelets, crab benedict, and Dutch baby pancakes.

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM to 3PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Kalamazoo

211 E Water St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

Head downtown to the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange for brunch, where you'll find chicken and waffles, classic breakfast options and breakfast burritos. The restaurant also offers vegan hash and vegan biscuits and gravy.

Included in the brunch menu are $6 Mimosas and Bloody Mary drinks.

Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 3PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Kalamazoo

7177 W Q Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Louie's Corner Bar

Opened in Texas Corners in 2020, Louie's Corner Bar serves brunch until 2PM on weekends, including breakfast pizzas and BYO omelets.

Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11AM to 2PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Kalamazoo

629 Walbridge St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Louie's Trophy House

Louie's Trophy House, proudly known as Kalamazoo's oldest bar, serves brunch on weekends until 2PM. They opened a second location in Texas Corners (Louie's Corner Bar) in 2020.

Both locations offer mimosa flights and BYO bloody Mary bar for adult diners.

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11AM to 2PM

🥐 Brunch Spot in Kalamazoo

10441 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

The Backyard of Kalamazoo

Add newcomer The Backyard of Kalamazoo to your brunch options in SWMI, serving up banana bread French toast (pictured), chicken and waffles, breakfast pizza and a power bowl among its offerings.

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11AM to 2PM


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