Let’s be honest: everyone loves a delicious brunch. There’s something special about waking up early — but not TOO early — and heading out with friends to enjoy a tasty meal. Here in Michigan, we’ve got plenty of wonderful brunch spots to explore. While it would be impossible to list them all, here are ten brunch destinations in the Great Lakes State that will have your mouth watering in no time.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Golden Harvest Restaurant (1625 Turner St, Lansing)
There’s usually a line to get into this one-of-a-kind eatery in Lansing, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. With the most wonderfully quirky decor and menu imaginable, you’ll never forget your stop at Golden Harvest. Try peanut butter chocolate waffles, a french toast sandwich, or chorizo grits — what’s not to love?
2. San Chez (38 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids favorite is known for its tapas, but there’s an extensive menu of other tasty brunch items as well. From omelets to breakfast hash to a truly decadent cinnamon pecan roll, you’ll find something at San Chez to satisfy each and every craving.
3. Crow’s Nest (816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)
Come hungry when you arrive at this longtime favorite in Kalamazoo, which charms locals and visitors alike with its friendly service, incredible food, and lovely atmosphere. Indulge in a breakfast burrito, satisfy your sweet tooth with an order of banana bread french toast, or keep it simple with an omelet — no matter what you choose, your stomach will thank you.
4. Rochester Brunch House (301 Walnut Blvd, Rochester)
With the word "brunch" right in its name, there’s no doubt that this restaurant has some of the best food around. It’s hard to find a more delightful eatery than this one, which comes complete with a menu of unique selections. Try the red velvet pancakes, indulge in chicken and waffles, or sweeten up your morning with an order of cinnamon roll pancakes.
5. Pumpernickel’s Eatery (202 Butler St, Saugatuck)
This cozy eatery in downtown Saugatuck is absolutely charming, no matter how many times you’ve visited. While Pumpernickel’s is open for traditional lunch options, it also serves up a truly wonderful brunch — including fresh bread, all sorts of delicious eggs made to order, oatmeal, delicious fruit, and potato casserole. It doesn’t get much tastier than this.
6. 45th Parallel Cafe (102 W Broadway, Suttons Bay)
Venture to the charming town of Suttons Bay for an amazing brunch at this cafe, which offers up amazing meals in a quaint atmosphere. The omelettes alone make a trip to this eatery worth it, with flavor options ranging from chorizo sausage, smoked bacon and potato, and portobello mushroom. Your taste buds will surely thank you for stopping in.
7. Sava’s (216 S State St, Ann Arbor)
Downtown Ann Arbor is overflowing with restaurants, but Sava’s is certainly one of the city’s true gems. Every Sunday, the eatery offers up a magnificent brunch buffet, but its menu is unforgettable every other day of the week as well. Sip on a mimosa as you enjoy Belgian waffles, sweet potato latkes, or flavorful huevos rancheros. You’ll certainly be back for seconds.
8. Augie’s On The Bay (175 W Lake St, Tawas City)
This no-frills eatery is an absolute must-visit for Michiganders who love brunch. As its name suggests, Augie’s sits alongside the water, so the atmosphere is undeniably beautiful — and its menu is equally as wonderful. Enjoy anything from fresh Great Lakes fish to fantastic warm bread with cinnamon butter. There’s always something new to taste and experience at Augie’s.
9. Coachlight Restaurant (423 W Washington St, Marquette)
Head northward to Marquette for a bite to eat at Coachlight Restaurant, which is truly one of the city’s best kept secrets. With plentiful options for diners of all ages and dietary preferences, a simple yet beautiful atmosphere, and fantastic service to match, Coachlight is a must-visit for brunch enthusiasts from across Michigan.
10. Frank’s Place (123 W Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie)
This hole-in-the-wall eatery is utterly charming, with friendly service and delicious eats to match. Try the corned beef hash, appreciate the restaurant’s large portions, or opt for a classic breakfast — no matter what you order, this spot is sure to become one of your favorites in the Upper Peninsula. When you’re finished dining, take a late morning stroll along the gorgeous Soo Locks.
This list only scratches the surface of Michigan’s most delicious brunch destinations. Did we leave any of your favorite spots off the list? Share your suggestions in the comment section below!