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Real Food Cafe Eastern Ave

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2419 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507-3601
616-241-4080
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 113
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food

The food is outstanding! My husband and I have been several times and it is never a disappointment. Well worth the wait to get seated!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kalli H
via mobile
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is outstanding! My husband and I have been several times and it is never a disappointment. Well worth the wait to get seated!

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Thank Kalli H
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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Was very good. Plenty of food. You won't go away hungry from here. Had the cinnamon pancakes, 3 very large pancakes barely ate half of them. Everyone's food was very hot. Awesome. Will try again.

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Thank Snoop6773
Plymouth, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Waitress was great! I had a scramble and the Michigan cherry pecan pancake. I can only say it was the best breakfast ever. Excellent flavors.

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Thank Bob P
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Worth the wait for a table. Write your own name on the wait list, enjoy free coffee, and in no time your table is ready. Sundays serve breakfast only. Also, cash or check only. But a handy ATM is located at the back of the restaurant. The stuffed pancake, Northland scramble, breakfast quesadilla, and standard eggs, potatoes, bacon and toast... More 

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Thank rdsw
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

About our 4th visit. Everytime has been great. Any of the Egg Benedicts are great. Perfect eggs. Try the Irish if you like corned beef hash! Yum.....

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Thank rotor372
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

I got the oatmeal. It was good. It comes with milk, brown sugar, and bananas or raisins. I wish real food had more options for vegans. But they have great food.

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Thank Glen_Arbor_Blues
Comstock Park, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Went here on a Saturday at 11:30 am for an early lunch. It was busy with a wait list to sign in on. They had a sitting area so I didn't have to wait outside. Sign noted that they do not seat you until your entire party is present. We waited about 20 minutes I got chicken BLT wrap, which... More 

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Thank PapaBaar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

We're light regulars at Real Food on Northland Dr. and every trip is amazing. The food is great, the service is quick and welcoming, and the atmosphere is bright and cozy. Get the Dagwood and take home a cinnamon roll. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu though.

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Thank Jeff A
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

What can I say about this great little café run by its original owner (Frank!) and a favorite breakfast spot for not just the neighborhood but food fans in general? You better come hungry! Not only are the portion sizes out of this world but the taste is phenomenal and consistent. I brought friends from a neighboring city and they... More 

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Thank Cheri V
Wyoming, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I came here on the recommendation of a relative, and seeing it written up several times on the EatGR site. Not impressed with their breakfast. It strikes me as a place like Marie Catribe or Wolfgang's that are popular only because they are supposed to be popular. Classic example of groupthink. I was in a party of five. One of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2419 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507-3601
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: 616-241-4080

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?