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Ultimate Guide to Brunch In Michigan

There’s no denying the recent popularity of brunch. Whether it’s the food, the ambiance, or the occasional “boozy brunching,” it’s quickly become a favorite weekend activity. With an abundance of places offering brunch specialties, we took the liberty to create our own best places for brunch in Michigan roundup. Whether it’s a spot specializing in 7 days a week brunch, or weekend specialties, we can assure these spots will satisfy your cravings.

From the Motor-City to Lake Michigan—the U.P. to the Capitol—we’ve rounded up our favorite brunch spots all around our great Mitten State. So take it easy this upcoming weekend, sip a mimosa (or two), and enjoy a Michigan brunch.

Best Brunch Locations in Metro-Detroit

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Dime Store, Detroit

Right downtown in the Chrysler House, this brunch bar serves up only the best of the best. With a plethora of different eggs benedictine and a chocolate churro waffle special, we were basically in heaven. Pro tip? Order something savory for yourself and something sweet to share, that’s how good it is. But beware: because it’s a bit of a small spot, you may be waiting an extra 20-30 minutes for a table.

What to order: The cold-smoked salmon benny.

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Toast, Birmingham

This retro joint will fulfill all your brunch desires. With savory sandwiches to a “Holy Cannoli” french toast option, you’ll want one of each. Plus, they have options for your vegan friends!

What to order: Chicken-n-waffle benny, because, of course? 

Union, Clarkston

Most notably known for their mac and cheese, Union serves up one heck of a brunch spread. Plus they have a full bloody-Mary station? What more could you ask for! Plus if you’re not feeling the classic brunch specials, feel free to order off their mac and cheese menu.

What to order: Chorizo burrito. 

Lansing’s Best Brunch Spots

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Golden Harvest, Lansing

This classic Lansing joint is popular among MSU students and Lansing natives alike. The retro-diner is just big enough to fit you and a few other pals… If you’re not there early enough, be prepared to wait outside, rain or shine.

What to order: Whatever is on special… Trust us.

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The Creole, Old Town

Walking into The Creole is like walking into a cafe in New Orleans. The French inspired Creole cuisine is hard to find in Michigan. Though they have a full lunch and dinner menu, we’re most impressed with their weekend brunch.

What to order: Their delicious beignets, because where else in the Mitten can you get this New Orlean’s inspired pastry?

Best Places for Brunch in Northern Michigan

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Patisserie Amie, Traverse City

Brunch at Patisserie Amie is like transporting yourself to a open-air cafe in Paris. The quaint French bistro serves up a delectable brunch menu daily, with items such as “les oeufs” and “les sucrées”—be sure to brush up on your Francais before you go.

What to order: we recommend the classic French omelet.

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Martha’s Leelanau Table, Suttons Bay

Located right off M22 in an old house, this place is definitely a local favorite. With classic Michigan menu items such as the “M-22 Scrambler,” you’ll find something to make you feel at home. Plus, their raspberry jam is to die for.

What to order: Cherry walnut french toast with Leelanau maple syrup.

Ann Arbor’s Best Brunch Spot

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Cafe Zola

Cafe Zola is as Ann Arbor as you’d expect it to be, but the menu is absolutely endless. Whatever you’re in the mood for (crepes? eggs? a salad?) Cafe Zola can whip it up and satisfy your craving in no time.

What to order: any of Zola’s favorites. 

Best Brunch in West Michigan

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Terra GR, Grand Rapids

Located in East Town Grand Rapids in the old Kingsley building, Terra GR is the spot for farm-fresh brunch specialties. Their Saturday and Sunday brunch menus differ, though both offering classic egg dishes and boozy drink specials, you can always expect something different from Terra.

What to order: whatever omelette is on special; it usually includes whatever veggies are in season. 

Crow’s Nest, Kalamazoo

Known as Kalamazoo’s favorite restaurant, Crow’s Nest has a near never-ending brunch menu that will satisfy literally anyone (no really, they have an entire section of vegan options).

What to order: Davidstown Freighter Sandwich

Best Brunch in the Upper Peninsula

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Donckers, Marquette

How do you know this place is the real deal? President Obama stopped in here during his visit to Marquette in 2011. Though he didn’t order off the brunch menu, it still receives the Presidential stamp of approval.

What to order: anything sweet! It’s a candy shop, after all. 

Did we miss your favorite brunch in Michigan spot?

Let us know in the comments – we’re always looking to update our best brunch in Michigan guide!

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  1. They’ve only recently started serving brunch, but I’m in love with Diamond’s in Howell.

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