Great Dining in Grand Rapids- Part two: Real Food Cafe

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Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

     A SE Grand Rapids standard has opened a location on the NE Side (Northland Drive between E. Beltline and Cannonsburg Road.  THE REAL FOOD CAFE- lives up to the name.

     We tend to go for late breakfast/early lunch so we've not encountered much of a wait, but the word is spreading (and I'm someone conflicted about spreading it more, as it could contribute to bigger crowds yet).  But it's so refreshing to find a LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT where the owner is on the floor greeting guests, busing tables, whatever is necessary to assure that things are running smoothly.

     The breakfasts are wonderful.  Fried potatoes (that back in my restaurant days were called American fries) with onion cooked in. YUMMMMMM.  High quality bacon, ham (I assume sausage too, but I'm not much of a sausage guy).  Pancakes that are as big as your head and lighter than air.

     The servers are very busy, but never to busy to smile, take good care of you, welcome you warmly and maybe most importantly, serving your food while it's still piping hot.

     Portions are ample, the menu is varied. If you cannot find something that sounds great, you're not trying.  I've been greatly tempted by the desserts, but other than a gigantic cherry oatmeal cookie, I've fought the urge.  I understand Mrs. Owner is a pastry chef by training, and it looks like it.  

     We sent a dozen of the aforementioned cherry oatmeal cookies to our daughter in Romania. She asked us to never do it again. She didn't say so, but I suspect they had a very short life expectancy.

     Daily specials, homemade soups, amazing omelets, wonderful service in a no pretense, very attractive environment. 

    They don't take plastic, but there's an ATM in the entry, and cash or local check will work.

    Two locations: On on Eastern Ave in Alger Heights the other on Northland Drive, South of the River in Plainfield Township.

Enjoy!
 

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Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
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We love this place and have enjoyed your company. The atmosphere on the Eastern store is great. See you their soon.
Dec 10, 2007 01:49 PM #1
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Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor
5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI
Love the veggie hash, the homemade soups and (of course) the oatmeal/dried cherry cookies. 
Dec 10, 2007 01:53 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
I have resisted the desserts so far though I don't know how, they look so wonderful!  The name describes it so well - it REAL FOOD for REAL people.  See you there soon, I bet!
Dec 11, 2007 03:47 AM #3
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty
My three dining companions at Real Food agree.. so 4 out of 4 people agree that REAL FOOD IS TERRIFIC!
Dec 11, 2007 04:50 AM #4
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Eric...

All I have to say to this...Is...Ding fries are done :)

Go ahead. Delete me. LOL.

TLW...ROAR!

Dec 11, 2007 07:46 AM #5
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Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
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Hi Eric - great post! Skip the onion for me, sausage, not bacon and waffles not pancakes! It seems we have different likes but I would just about bet that THE REAL FOOD CAFE could provide these for me with very little wait! Thanks for highlighting a new dining choice for me! And...if I can run into you there it will make my experience that more special!
Dec 11, 2007 12:19 PM #6
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Looks like I'll have to come visit and check this place out! 
Dec 11, 2007 12:27 PM #7
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

TLW- I wouldn't think of deleting you..

Mary- sounds like a tomato tomaato... potato/potaato kind of thing.  But I'm sure they'd be able to accomodate your sausage/no onion/waffle thing.   Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Eric- This place and so many others.. plus our symphony, the ballet, the opera and plenty of jazz and blues around town too, for a music lover such as yourself.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you're feeling better today.

Dec 11, 2007 02:01 PM #8
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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
I pass it all the time as i live on eastern. I may have to stop in a grab a bite.
Dec 12, 2007 01:04 AM #9
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
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Robert- You should do that!  It's good old fashioned food, great service and I believe a wonderful value.
Dec 12, 2007 02:21 AM #10
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