The temperatures in West Michigan are dropping outside, meaning it’s the season for staying cozy and warm inside. Whether it’s the food, drinks, or atmosphere, there are many Grand Rapids eateries to choose from that provide snug corners to chat with friends, calming music, a killer Bloody Mary, and delicious food.
To find out which cozy brunch restaurants are fan favorites, we asked the locals on the Experience Grand Rapids social media pages to weigh in. Here are just a few places that are perfect for warming up before braving a winter’s day.
Anna's House offers sweet, savory, and vegan brunch options.
Photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
Saving the world from ordinary breakfast is no small feat, but Anna’s House expertly accomplishes this mission by providing fresh and local ingredients in all of its menu items.
This eatery’s all-natural menu is complemented by a bright and inviting atmosphere that combines soft, cozy lighting and an uplifting blue and green color scheme that makes you feel as though you are sitting down to a family meal at home.
“From your entrée and hand-crafted beverage to your interactions with team members to the joy of sitting near the famous toaster wall or spying the local art or Kitchen-Aid mixer lamp, your Anna’s House experience has been carefully crafted to be cozy,” says Danea Mather, who facilitates menu development and marketing for Anna’s House.
Mather added that some of the most popular comfort food menu items at Anna’s House include the corned beef skillet, cheesy tater tot casserole, chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl, Ghirardelli gourmet hot chocolate, and twilight french toast, which was featured on the Cooking Channel’s show, “Cheap Eats.”
What locals say:
“Anna's House! Nothing warms you up quite like a cup of coffee and cinnamon roll the size of your face,” says @krisspitz on Instagram.
Get the classic or switch it up with one of Wolfgang's eggs Benedict variation.
Photo by Wolfgang's Restaurant
If you find yourself in the Eastown neighborhood among a small mob of people on the sidewalk, there’s a solid chance they are waiting to get into Wolfgang’s Restaurant. Despite the typical line that can be found extending out the door, locals say the experience is worth the generally short wait time.
As Grand Rapids’ first restaurant to serve breakfast all day, Wolfgang’s is a family-owned eatery with roots dating back to the 1900s. Wolfgang’s offers an eclectic menu with options ranging from unique takes on the classic eggs Benedict, skillets galore, steel-cut oatmeal, chocolate and peanut butter pancakes, and a laundry list of omelets.
What locals say:
“Wolfgang's for certain! Pleasant staff, efficient service, the food of course is spot on (the best naps are taken afterward)...And don't forget to order that Cafe Wolfgang. #treatyourself” notes @grandgrubtours on Instagram.
French Toast at Real Food Cafe in Grand Rapids
Photo by Real Food Cafe
Real Food Café
You’ll never go hungry at Real Food Café. Locals praise this quaint restaurant for its large portion sizes and pristine, friendly service.
Whether you sit at the bar to watch the cooks work their culinary magic or grab a table, Real Food Café offers a comfortable and “retro diner” atmosphere at both restaurant locations in Grand Rapids (Plainfield Avenue and Eastern Avenue Southeast).
If your cozy brunch crusade brings you to Real Food Café, be on the lookout for the “baccado” omelet, veggie hash, monster quesadilla, or loaded pancakes. And don’t miss out on what could be considered the ultimate brunch indulgence: Nutella-stuffed French toast (filled with chocolate-hazelnut cream cheese and topped with sliced bananas, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream).
What locals say:
“Real Food [in] Alger [Heights Business District]. Real good fresh food. Real good service,” says Yvonne Hall on Facebook.
Cherie Inn is a breakfast and lunch eatery in the East Hills neighborhood that provides homemade cuisine, gracious service, and the sophisticated ambiance of a European-style café.
First opening its doors in 1924, Cherie Inn is Grand Rapids’ longest-running restaurant and still resides in a 100-year-old building featuring original tin ceilings, vintage art, and furniture that dates back to the 1940s.
Delectable menu options to consider for brunch include any of its variations on eggs Benedict (crab cake, grilled steak, or avocado), raspberry white chocolate chip pancakes, cranberry walnut French toast, Cherie Inn burger, or the turkey and bacon club croissant.
What locals say:
“Cherie Inn – varied menu, warm and homey atmosphere, rarely a long wait. The staff are always so gracious and make a point to remember their regulars,” says @lolomikrut on Instagram.
There are plenty of amazing brunch options in the Grand Rapids area. Check out the Experience Grand Rapids restaurant page for more brunch ideas.
Photo by San Chez Bistro
More Brunch Ideas
These are just a few cozy ideas to get you started. Additional places that locals recommended include:
- San Chez Bistro
- SpeakEZ Lounge
- Brown Butter Creperie and Café
- The Westsider Cafe
- Matchbox Diner & Drinks
Still hungry? Check out the Restaurant page for more foodie hot spots for any time of day.