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5430 Northland Dr Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 361-1808
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6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast

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  • 39
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Breakfast in Grand Rapids

Generous portions of great food, reasonably priced, served by a friendly staff. If you haven't been to RFC, try it, you won't be sorry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Brooks K
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Generous portions of great food, reasonably priced, served by a friendly staff. If you haven't been to RFC, try it, you won't be sorry.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful small town atmosphere cafe, but very big on charm friendly wait staff, and great home cooked food, portions are out of this world, while prices aren't. Loved this place and if ever back this way again, will be sure to stop!

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Grand Rapids, MI
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to eat breakfast for sure - big portions - quick services - sometime the waits are a little long - but I think that only speaks to the quality of the food. I still like the original Alger Heights location better - but if you are on the North side of GR towards Rockford - you really can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I really enjoyed the multi grain pancakes. You get to pick two toppings on them. I picked vanilla yogurt and granola. They were great. Most of their pancakes are huge and these are regular sized which is nice.

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Michigan
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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This place has a great breakfast and lunch menu. The pancakes are huge. The egg dishes are legendary. Potatoes are incredible. They have daily specials on the blackboard, but they tend to be a bit too sweet for me. Oh, speaking of sweet, they sell cinnamon rolls and pies and cakes that are just amazing. One thing to keep in... More 

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife and I visited here on a Sunday morning. The place was packed but the wait was not very long. Our server was Meggie, and she was great. She kept our drinks filled and was very attentive. My wife had the strawberry pancakes. The were huge, and delicious, with a lot of strawberries. I had an omelet with cheddar... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We frequent this place often, always a wait but it is definitely worth it! There baked goods are homemade and we can't resist the cinnamon rolls to either split or take home :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I had the smoked chicken skillet. It was good. It had chicken, egg, potatoes, cheese, green chiles, black beans, corn, salsa, tomatoes, and sour cream. White toast was good. Wish it didn't come with butter already on it.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Real Food Cafe is outstanding. They have the best coffee I have ever had at a restaurant. The food is fresh and excellent. I had the Irish omelet and it was amazing. Fresh corned beef and fluffy and tasty. The service was outstanding. The place is not big and gets crowded fast, but it is worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Great breakfast joint, as evidenced by the line out the door every weekend. We waited through the Father's Day rush, and decided it was definitely worth the wait. This is straight-forward food, much like a diner - just very well prepared. Be aware that portions are definitely big enough to share. Note that they accept cash and local checks only;... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5430 Northland Dr Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: (616) 361-1808

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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