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Real Food Cafe Eastern Ave

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2419 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507-3601
+1 616-241-4080
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8:00 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
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Herndon, Virginia
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234 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast as it was meant to be! Eggs, meat, potatoes, biscuit - plenty to eat, friendly and quick service, nice size portions, good prices. One caution - it is cash only, no credit cards.

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Thank ontheroadforgci
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmosphere: I love the old-school breakfast restaurant look it has. There's nothing fancy about the decor, and precisely for this reason I love the place. Service: Staff is super super super nice; manager would always be around to ask you if you're doing alright. Food: I am a French Toast lover, and they know it too. I always get them... More 

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Thank Ali W
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This place has an extensive menu for breakfast and lunch. Food and service are great; the portions are huge. The breakfast Monte Cristo is the best breakfast item in town. They only take cash so come prepared.

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Thank Akhalil11
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Food was great as always. No matter what I have had it's always good. Service can't be beat, the staff are friendly and quick.

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1 Thank Doug M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I have had breakfast at Real Food Café several times. I try something different each time and I have never been disappointed. Great food...good service! TIP: They only take cash, so prepare accordingly.

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1 Thank RZ123
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This restaurant is reminiscent of eating at and old time diner. There are stools at the counter and also tables. Homemade baked desserts. Many comfort foods on the menu.

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Thank ontheroadagain6565
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

I sat at the bar to avoid waiting. While sitting there I watched the cook handle raw meat with his bare hands. He did not wash or put a glove on after. He then proceeded to touch all the other food as well as all food preparation areas including plates. I advised the manager and he said there was nothing... More 

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Thank Alex M
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

This is a locals spot you must try!! We went for breakfast, food was excellent. Our server Carrie was great,she told us about their special menu items....the cinnamon roll pancake is unbelievable, try the english muffin toast!! You won't leave here hungry, too many great menu items!!

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1 Thank Bill R
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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779 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Real Food has become an institution in Grand Rapids, especially Sundays. It's not uncommon to have to wait over an hour to get in, but as you would imagine, totally worth it. Everything is great. Their cinnamon rolls are very competent as are their scones. But everybody comes for the breakfast. The Monte Cristo is extremely good, their pancakes are... More 

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Thank RickMIusa
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I've been here several times, going back almost 20 years. My most recent visit was at lunchtime on a weekday. The place was very busy, but I was seated right away because I was by myself. I had the Reuben with coleslaw. Awesome sandwich! Great food with fast & friendly service despite being very busy. Definitely worth a visit if... More 

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Thank Jeff K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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
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: +1 616-241-4080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?