Breakfast lovers in Grand Rapids are a passionate bunch, as we found out when we asked our social media followers to recommend their favorite a.m. dining destinations. More than 50 restaurants received votes and each respondent was convinced their favorite served the very best breakfasts (or breakfast-forward brunches) in town.

Our takeaway? Any one of these eateries will provide a great start to your day. We’re highlighting one or two particulars about each restaurant below to help you choose one for your morning meal. We’re also calling out the top 10 vote-getters to give you a sense of the area’s most popular breakfast spots.

A good breakfast will fuel you for the adventures that await you in Grand Rapids –  so eat hearty!

National Waffle Day and Flights of Flavor photoshoot at Social Misfits, 2023

Social Misfits brings eclectic and inventive scratch-made waffles to the table, like the indulgent Peter Parker.

Photo by Addison Causley for Experience GR

Butcher’s Union. Located just across the Grand River from downtown in the Bridge Street Entertainment District, this “meat & whiskey” restaurant offers a full brunch menu every Sunday and a limited brunch menu on Saturdays. “Breakfasty Stuff” includes Wagyu Steak & Eggs, Cheddar Strata and Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. There’s also a kid’s brunch menu on Sundays.

Daisies Place GR. Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday only, Daisies Place offers a selection of Southern-style favorites, including occasional Soul Food Sunday menus, plus luscious mocktails.

Maggie’s Kitchen. Another restaurant in the Bridge Street Entertainment District, Maggie’s Kitchen serves Michocán-style Mexican breakfasts – such as Huevos Con Chorizo and Machacado – all day from Tuesday-Saturday. 10am-3pm.

MeXo Tequila & Mezcal Bar. Bringing a modern touch to the classic pre-Hispanic cuisine of Mexico, MeXo offers a Sunday brunch that includes authentic breakfast dishes, including Huevos con Chorizo, Omelette ala Espanola and Patelitos Yucatecos.

Omelette Shoppe. This Medical Mile favorite is known for its skillets, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and yes, omelettes, served through 2pm, 7 days a week.

Pochis Colombian Restaurant & Café. Treat yourself to some authentic Colombian dishes for breakast, including bandeja paisa, picada, arepas and patacones. Specialty drinks include Colombian coffees. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

San Chez a Tapas Bistro. Mediterranean and Spanish Flavors infuse the breakfast/ brunch menu at this downtown restaurant, available Tuesday-Sunday.

Social Misfits. Start the day with sweet or savory waffles featuring ingredients as varied as cold smoked salmon, fried chicken thighs, wild mushrooms, peanut butter ganache blueberry compote. Coffee, milkshakes and cocktails are also on the menu. Open daily.

SpeakEZ Lounge. Brunch includes such delectables as a Truck Stop Omelette, Korean Pork Crepe and Queso Burrito – and it’s served from 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at this Prohibition-style eatery.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar. Enjoy scratch-made Southern-style breakfast dishes all day long, every day of the week, plus special brunch selections on Saturday and Sunday.

Graydon's Crossing Brunch Food In Grand Rapids, MI

Many mouth-watering breakfast options, like the Biscuits & Gravy or Breakfast Burrito, can be found at Graydon's Crossing's Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Photo by Brian Craig for Experience GR

Bill’s Family Restaurant. Located a bit east of downtown’s Medical Mile, Bill’s is a diner-style restaurant serving breakfast anytime – well, anytime from 6pm-2am Monday-Saturday.

Cannonsburg Grist Mill. Breakfast is available all day (6:30am-9pm), every day, at this restaurant – which is also a deli, butcher shop, bakery and smokehouse. The exterior looks like an old country store; inside, you’ll enjoy delightful twists on country-style breakfast dishes.

Choo Choo Grill. Locally famous for its hamburgers, the Choo Choo Grill also packs in the patrons for breakfast starting at 7am Monday-Saturday. Be aware that seating is limited to 20 or so people, but you can always get takeout.

Doki’s Meat Market. Comstock Park is the setting for this family-owned business sure to please meat-loving breakfast aficionados. There’s French toast, pancakes, muffins, oatmeal and more for the rest of us. Tuesday-Saturday. 

Evergreen Inn Restaurant. Get a good old-fashioned breakfast, from biscuits and gravy to country omelettes to country fried steak and eggs, at this Rockford family fave. Tuesday-Sunday.

Fat Boy Burgers. 70-year-old burger joint also serves up a menu of mouth-watering breakfast dishes, from eggs benedict and country-fried steak to pancakes and a fried egg sandwich. Tuesday-Sunday.

Gaia House Café. Vegetarian restaurant offers a crowd-pleasing selection of meatless breakfasts, including a Pesto Cheese Omelettte, Veggie Stash and Cornbread French Toast. Open daily.

Graydon’s Crossing. Smoked Salmon Benedict, Ribeye & Mushroom Benedict, Shakshouka and Cheesecake French Toast are just some of the mouthwatering selections on the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu at this global pub.

Logan’s Alley. Open at 7am seven days a week, this neighborhood pub offers a “Brunch & Such” menu available all the way to closing time. Nursing a hangover? Try the Hangover Tots, smothered with cheese, sausage gravy, jalapeno peppers and an over-easy egg.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm. Start your weekends off right with breakfast on the farm, served from 9am-11 am Saturdays and Sundays. Selections include breakfast pizzas and mimosas from the farm’s Pink Barrel Cellars.

Morning Star Cafe. You’ll have to go all the way to Grand Haven – 40 minutes from downtown GR – to sample the Southwest-style breakfast dishes at this vibrant café. Local fans say it’s worth the drive! Open daily.

Mr. Burger. The breakfast menu hasn’t changed much since this fast-food restaurant opened its doors in 1967 – which is just what locals love about it. This is the original location on Lake Michigan Dr. (northwest GR) and there are six more around town: 28th Street, Alpine Avenue, Northland Drive, Kentwood, Wyoming and Hudsonville. Open Monday-Saturday.

Murphy’s Family Restaurant. This Allendale eatery about 20 minutes west of downtown GR is treasured for its homestyle breakfasts, including bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, French toast, omelets and cinnamon rolls. Open Monday-Saturday, with an all-u-can-eat breakfast buffet Saturday morning.

The Nest Egg Café. Another Allendale breakfast spot, The Nest Egg offers a broad menu of from-scratch dishes made with locally sourced ingredients – omelets, pancakes, waffles, crab cakes, veggie has and much more. Monday-Saturday.

Pulaski Days. Not a restaurant but a celebration of Polish Heritage that takes place on an October weekend every year ­­­– and invites the public into historic west-side Polish halls for authentic breakfasts and more. Check out their Facebook page for Sunday breakfast options. 

Sally’s Famous Restaurant and Whatta Pizza. How famous is Sally’s? Enough so that Grand Rapidians make the one-hour drive to White Cloud for the Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet. Save room for the homemade cinnamon rolls.

The Sovengard. This Scandinavian-style restaurant served a killer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays – and patrons look forward to the same when The Sovengard opens in its new Bridge Street location in summer 2024.

A breakfast burger from The Commons in Grand Rapids

Enjoy The Commons' delicious weekend brunch (with a retro twist).

Photo by Eric Zuniga for Experience GR

Basalt. “We’re like a diner, but better,” boasts this Uptown neighborhood restaurant, which offers a selection of Tex-Mex inspired breakfast dishes. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Blacklist Bagels. You’ll have to follow Blacklist’s Facebook page to find out where and when this popup shop will appear next with its scrumptious New York-style bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Days and hours are limited.

Bobcat Bonnie’s. This Breton Village restaurant offers breakfast items on its “brunch & lunch” weekday menu and a full brunch (with cocktails) on Saturday and Sundays.  Regulars rave about the homemade cinnamon rolls.

The Commons. Just outside downtown, tucked into the ground floor of a historic Heritage Hill apartment building, this 70s-themed restaurant serves a weekend brunch that includes some classic throw-back breakfast dishes: pancakes, chicken & waffles, skillets and more.

El Globo. An authentic Mexican restaurant located a few blocks from Garfield Park, El Globo serves a breakfast of traditional fare from the Mexican state of Jalisco, including chilaquiles and many huevos dishes. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Good Truckin’ Diner. Uptown neighborhood eatery serves breakfast all day long. Enjoy hearty pancakes, French toast, omelets, breakfast burritos and tacos, and more from 7am-3pm every day of the week.

Keiser’s Kitchen. Owned and operated by the same family since 1945, this Lowell restaurant offers homestyle cooking at its very best. Steak & eggs, biscuits & gravy, omelets, hash and other breakfast items are available all day. Open 7 days. 

OSKAR Scots. Located in Caledonia, about 20 minutes southeast of GR, OSKAR Scots offers an all-day breakfast menu categorized by what breakfast lovers consider the five basic food groups: bacon, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and biscuits & gravy. Open daily.

The Red Geranium. Two locations -- Gaines Township and Wyoming (southwest GR)-- serve up a variety of American breakfast favorites – omelettes, eggs Benedict, skillets and much more – 7 days a week.

Terra GR. Wood-fired Breakfast Pizza. Smoked Salmon Benedict. A Hair of the Dog Bowl filled with cheddar buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. The weekend brunch menu at this Uptown restaurant is as inventive as it is delicious.

YoChef’s Café. Many of the breakfast items at this Kentwood café – and there are a lot of them – can be made “Group Size” for sharing at the table. Weekly specials and a kid’s menu add even more fresh-made breakfast choices. Tuesday-Sunday.

76th Street Truckstop Diner. Family-owned and operated in Byron Center, this classic diner serves a wide variety of breakfast dishes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Named one of Michigan’s Top 10 Diners. 

Anna's House. The Grandville location of this local chain offers up a fresh approach to traditional diner service, using local, all-natural ingredients to craft tasty breakfast dishes through 3pm daily. Anna's House also has Plainfield (northwest), Northland (northeast) and East Beltline (southeast) locations.

Arrows Restaurant. This Hudsonville restaurant – about 20 minutes from downtown GR – offers something for every breakfast taste. (Seriously, there are 50 or so dishes to choose from.) Breakfast is available Monday-Friday from 6:30am-11am.

Noble Restaurant. This relaxed breakfast & lunch café in Wyoming delivers “a noble way to eat” – scratch-made meals free from artificial colors and flavors, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial nitrates. Many vegan and gluten-free options. Open daily.

Playas Nayaritas. A Mexican seafood restaurant for breakfast? You better believe it – this Wyoming eatery offers an expansive morning menu of Mexican and American favorites. Try the Costeño, combining scrambled eggs with shrimp and octopus. There’s a kid’s menu, too. Wednesday-Monday.

Russ' Restaurant. The Grandville and Wyoming locations of this beloved eatery serving West Michigan since 1934 offer a variety of classic breakfast dishes plus a menu of "Dutch Deals.” Yummy baked goods, too. Monday-Saturday.

Sports Center Café. Neighborhood bar and grill in Wyoming serves breakfast all day – everything from Avocado Toast and a Breakfast Burrito to a Veggie Skillet and Western Omelet. Wednesday-Sunday.