Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s crucial to get it right, wherever you are. Luckily, if you find yourself in Kalamazoo, then there are plenty of great places to have a breakfast that’s classic, indulgent or healthy, depending on your taste. We think you can’t go wrong with any one of the following 10 breakfast and brunch joints.
Crow’s Nest is a locally owned upscale diner and undoubtedly one of Kalamazoo’s breakfast and brunch specialists. Highlights of the menu include unique takes on French toast, such as espresso, amaretto pecan and strawberry shortcake flavors, as well as a range of creative omelettes and scrambles. It’s worth the inevitable wait at busy times, but it’s also open 24 hours over the weekend.
In the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the Studio Grill is a family-owned restaurant that proudly uses fresh ingredients in its homestyle cooking. Among the unique offerings, there’s the fries scramble or the sausage hash for savory fans, while the apple pie or cinnamon roll pancakes will satisfy any sweet tooth. As well as the excellent food, people love the personal service.
Theo and Stacy came to Kalamazoo from a small town in the south of Greece in 1973, and now, they have two diners in the city and one in Portage. Alongside Greek specialties, they serve up large portions of breakfast food all day for excellent prices. Eating here is like joining the family for a brief moment.
If you’re looking for deliciously hip and modern breakfast food with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, Food Dance has you covered. It’s committed to sourcing products locally and supporting farmers and artisans in the region, so expect lots of fresh ingredients and information about where they came from on the menu.
Julianna’s Restaurant has been a fixture in the area since it opened in 1989 in the roadside spot of a former fast-food place. Its breakfast menu includes all the classics as well as harder-to-find options like country fried steak, corned beef hash, and potato casseroles, which are hash browns smothered in hollandaise sauce with various extras.
This retro diner chain has locations in multiple cities across Michigan, and the Kalamazoo location is southwest of Western Michigan University. It promises all-natural, fresh, local and quality ingredients across its huge menu, which has everything from a chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl to a Cuban spin on eggs benedict.
This café from the Kalamazoo Coffee Company is not only one of the city’s best coffee shops, but it also serves brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The menu has a variety of scrambles as well as pancakes, French toast, waffles and sandwiches off the griddle. Obviously don’t miss out on the coffee too, made with beans roasted in the same building.
If you’re looking for someplace simple, or you’re just in a rush, Station 702 is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast classics all day. Order at the counter, and minutes later your hot breakfast will be brought to you. Popular items include the breakfast burrito, tacos or flatbread, the breakfast pizza, the BBQ brisket scramble or any of the omelette options.
Kalamazoo’s most famous brewery is also home to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, which serves brunch from 10 am to 4 pm on Sundays. Choose from a varied menu including chicken and waffles, chorizo and avocado brunch tacos, and sausage gravy and egg breakfast poutine. It also has beers which are exclusive to the café if you want to make it a boozy brunch.
On the second floor of the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, Burdick’s for Breakfast has a popular breakfast buffet that includes made-to-order pancakes, eggs, omelettes and more. If you’ve got a big appetite, you can have as much as you want from the buffet for just $14.99, making it one of the best value options in the city.