Let’s face it: mornings can be rough sometimes. But there is one question that can make even the most tired individual get out of bed: "Want to go get brunch?" The concept of combining breakfast and lunch has been around since the late 19th century and is still going strong in Grand Rapids. Experience Grand Rapids polled the best experts around, our readers, for recommendations on the best brunch spots in GR. Warning: if you aren’t hungry, you may be soon.
A top choice of many is Cherie Inn on Cherry Street in the East Hills Business District. Opened in 1924, Cherie Inn is Grand Rapids' longest running restaurant. The European style breakfast and lunch café specializes in homemade fare including eggs Benedict, homemade granola and one Experience Grand Rapids reader's favorite special, sea scallop eggs Benedict.
Anna's House Twilight French Toast
Photo Credit: Anna's House
Another recurring name in the brunch game is Anna’s House. With locations in Plainfield, Grandville and most recently Holland, the retro-style diner prides itself on making unique dishes that meet a variety of dietary needs including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. With an eye on health, Anna’s House serves all-natural chemical-free meats and serves many fresh, house-made items daily. With brunch features such as a Monte Cristo served between two pieces of French toast and topped with raspberry melba sauce, who can resist?
The Westsider Café on Walker Avenue and Wolfgang’s in Eastown are also worth a visit. In fact, one Facebook fan credited Wolfgang’s for changing his life and making him a better person, thanks to their Hollandaise sauce over poached eggs. Whoa. The Westsider Café is also consistently noted as one of the best spots in town with locally sourced, high-quality food and genuinely friendly servers for the six years one of our local experts has visited.
San Chez Bistro breakfast
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