There’s nothing trendier (or more delicious) than a great brunch. While most of us enjoy heading out for an occasional mouthwatering meal between breakfast and lunch, this habit can become pricey in no time at all. When you’re searching for fresh and tasty options in Michigan that won’t completely break the bank, check out our list of budget-friendly brunch restaurants throughout the state (in no particular order).
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. O.W.L. (27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak)
This amazing diner is open 24 hours per day, so you can even enjoy a makeshift "brunch" in the middle of the night if you so choose! O.W.L. serves up all sorts of delicious fare, from chorizo egg sandwiches to biscuits and gravy, much of which is prepared with a Mexican-American flair. The prices are great and the food is even better: what’s not to love?
2. The Windmill Restaurant (28 W 8th St #220, Holland)
Prepare to wait a while when you opt for brunch at the Windmill, particularly on Sundays, but trust us when we say that this eatery is well worth the time you’ll spend in line. The food and service you’ll appreciate at this small but mighty eatery in downtown Holland are second to none. We recommend the hash brown omelette or deep-fried cinnamon roll (yes, you read that correctly) for when you’re feeling especially hungry.
3. The Whistle Stop (501 S Eton St, Birmingham)
You’ll immediately feel at home when you step into this Birmingham eatery for a brunch gathering with loved ones. Enjoy mouthwatering breakfast and lunch classics at reasonable prices as you appreciate the eatery’s no-frills atmosphere. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll enjoy the Whistle Stop’s french toast, fruit, and whipped cream specials!
4. Merry Inn (204 N Michigan Ave, Manton)
Be sure to come hungry when you stop in for brunch at this delightful spot, which offers large portions and a friendly atmosphere. Diners rave about perfectly prepared pancakes, massive cinnamon rolls, and classic breakfast items that make for perfect brunch options. You’ll be telling your friends about this wonderful hidden gem in no time.
5. Lakeside Inn Restaurant (27 W Lake St, Sand Lake)
This lovely eatery remains open throughout the day, but we recommend stopping in during its breakfast and lunch hours for a hearty and delicious meal. The service here is attentive and friendly, so you’ll immediately feel like you’ve made new friends at this beloved local cafe. Whether you opt for freshly made soup, a tasty sandwich, or a mouthwatering Mexican omelette, you’ll certainly be satisfied.
6. Wolfgang’s (1530 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids)
There’s often a wait to snag a seat at this amazing eatery in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood, but one bite of its food will help you understand why. Wolfgang’s is an affordable alternative to some of the city’s trendier brunch spots, and its dedication to taste and service set it apart from the rest. From a vegan skillet to Eggs Benedict, there’s truly something here to satisfy every diner.
7. Soup Spoon Cafe (1419 E Michigan Ave, Lansing)
Hungry? Make a stop at this Lansing fixture, which offers awesome food throughout the week and a special brunch menu on Saturdays from 8 A.M. until 2 P.M. Choose from options like a B.L.T and avocado sandwich, stacked french toast, seafood chowder, and so much more. The prices are right and the tastes are unbelievable. You’ll undoubtedly be back for a second visit.
8. Donckers (137 W Washington Street, Marquette)
When you find yourself way up north in beautiful Marquette, a trip to Donckers is certainly in order. This cafe and sweet shop is primarily known for its homemade chocolates and other sugary treats, but it also features an on-site restaurant that draws in countless visitors for breakfast and lunch eats. With options like freshly made waffles and steak hash, your taste buds will be in heaven at Donckers.
9. Frank’s Place (123 W Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie)
The charm at this family-run eatery is almost palpable, and you’ll feel like an old friend as soon as you take a seat inside. With a full-range breakfast buffet, plenty of standard lunch options, and awesome prices, this no-frills restaurant is sure to become your new favorite. No matter how many times you visit, Frank’s truly never disappoints.
10. Alice’s Restaurant (116 S Main St, Cheboygan)
Make sure to arrive before 2 P.M. to catch weekend hours at this delightful little spot, which prides itself on some of the friendliest service around. As if that weren’t enough, the food options at Alice’s will have your mouth watering in no time, whether you choose a fish and chips basket or an order of pigs in a blanket. If hipster brunch locales aren’t for you, Alice’s is certainly calling your name.
11. Hilltop Restaurant (18047 US-41, L'Anse)
Two word: cinnamon rolls. When brunch time arrives, satisfy your hunger by biting into one of the massive cinnamon rolls served up by Hilltop Restaurant. If a sugar overload isn’t quite your speed, opt for steak and eggs, a bowl of warm oatmeal, or corned beef hash. No matter what you order at Hilltop Restaurant, you’ll be impressed by its reasonable prices and tasty selections.
Are there any other brunch spots in Michigan that are a must-visit for diners on a budget? We know our list only scratches the surface, so feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below!