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5430 Northland Dr Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 361-1808
Today
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 30
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  • 1
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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
Worth the wait!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I can't say enough good things about this place. We went about 12:30 on a weekday, and it was packed. About a ten minute wait for a table, which gave us a chance to read their "specials" board. I had the veggie eggs benedict which came with mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. I can't handle poached eggs, so I substituted scrambled.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Wonderful. We picked the counter vs a table because you don't have to wait and Sunday is busy!!! Service is very friendly, fast and the food is great!! Can't wait to return.

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Mo Be
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

They have two locations, one in Alger Hgts. which was the first one opened and one on Northland Dr. They are very much alike, but I think you get bigger portions at the one in Alger Hgts. They have wonderful food, original and very tasty. I would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Excellent food and service. Our favorite. The Healthy Start Waffle and the Portobello Sandwich are two of my favorites, but I've never had a meal there that wasn't outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

I am always happy with my food when we come here. I had the Tuesday morning special which you can get it any day today. The bacon was perfect the egg whites were perfect and the two pancakes were perfect.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I've been to RFC many, many times and never left unhappy. The pancakes, the scrambles, the cinnamon roll, the waffles, the omelettes...all delicious. Take a peanut butter bar to go -- rich and tasty.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Fast service. Great Breakfast. I had one of their specials--a breakfast bowl. Suburb! Served hot and fresh, hash browns, eggs, and cheese, side of toast and small side of fruit included.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

No doubt you will wait to get into this joint, but have a little patience. It's totally worth it. The enormous plate portions will undoubtedly stuff you, or give you something delicious to eat later. The hash and omelets are amazing. So are their pancakes (blueberry!).

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Rockford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

This place has amazing breakfasts. It can get a quite busy and the seating capacity is not very good. But I highly recommend it because the food is it worth it!

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Additional Information about Real Food Cafe

Address: 5430 Northland Dr Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone Number: (616) 361-1808
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
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
Average Prices: USD $5 to $10
Cuisine: American

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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 to $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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