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“Nothing better for Breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Real Food Cafe

Real Food Cafe
5430 Northland Dr Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 361-1808
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Ranked #21 of 802 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nothing better for Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

In a small strip mall, this place is busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. The quality is excellent and the menu is broad and deep. Service is fast and helpful. The price are OK and the value is good. It may not be as well known as its sister restaurant or Wolfgang's, but it is every bit as good. Just don't get there late or expect to wait. We try to get there at opening. Within 10 minutes, they are packed and stay that way for 2-3 hours, and this place is somewhat out-of-the-way.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Worth the wait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We always make a visit when back in GR to see the family. I recommend going early if you don't like to wait for a table, because it is always busy. Not a bad thing, but rather a testament to the amazing food! Also better for smaller groups or couples.

The breakfasts are the best around, and they are enormous. Go hungry, and share with a friend or be prepared to get a box! Try (subject to availability) the Montecristo sandwich, Wafflewich, Bacon pancakes.

The daily specials are also amazing! Just wish they would offer the Monkey Cake again at the Northland Drive shop, so good!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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“Dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

After reading so many rave reviews we decided to give RFC a try. Long wait to be seated 45 mins. After this I checked where we were at on the list and found that we had been skipped by 6 or 7 parties! Mistakes happen but you would think that of the five or so people seating guests someone would have noticed. Got seated and a very friendly waitress took our order. Two Monster omelettes. Food arrived quickly and looked good but after a few bites we discovered that our omelettes were raw and running inside. She took our omelettes back and had them remade and the next one had more onion in it than anything else. I love onions but I could not eat this. I wasn't upset just disappointed and probably will not go back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Michigan
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86 reviews 86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Best. Pancakes. Ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

This place is one of the busiest places I will go to eat because their breakfast food is so great. I've never had their lunch, but if you are in town and don't go here, you are seriously missing out.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Place for Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We love eating here. Sometimes there is a little wait, but well worth it. We have eaten breakfast and lunch here. I love the portabella sandwich. Our favorite breakfast is the vegetable hash. Portions are huge and all of the food is made from scratch. The pancakes are so large, one is usually enough! Be sure to try the cinnamon roles. One will feed two people. Very reasonably priced.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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