If you’re looking for breakfast in Elk Rapids, Bellaire and Ellsworth you’ll find everything from a lighter breakfast of coffee and baked goods, to a feast of eggs and pancakes. Don’t miss out on these local Northern Michigan restaurant favorites.

Harbor Cafe

This Elk Rapids’ hometown cafe features five kinds of pancakes, nine kinds of omelets, weekly specials, and some creative, crave-worthy surprises, like the Blueberries-N-Cream French Toast. Closed Wednesdays. 129 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.8700, THEHARBORCAFE.ORG.


This hip coffee shop in downtown Bellaire is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or for those wanting something on the lighter side. Homemade scones, muffins, pastries and quiche complement a full menu of fresh-brewed espresso drinks. 102 N. BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 231.533.6262, MOKABELLAIRE.COM.

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen

Many think of this New Orleans-inspired restaurant as a dinner destination, but the Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) proves Cajun cuisine also has a place at the breakfast table. Our favorites include the cheddar grits, andouille hash and eggs, and crawfish Benedict. 617 AMES ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.0530, MAGNUMHOSPITALITY.COM/PEARLS.

The Front Porch

This nonprofit volunteer-run community kitchen was launched in 2008 in the country village of Ellsworth. Classic breakfast fare, daily specials, and a great community vibe. The modest prices are all suggested donations. 9235 MAIN ST., ELLSWORTH, 231.588.2000, FRONTPORCHELLSWORTH.ORG.

Mrs. Pete’s

A classic diner experience and bona fide locals’ favorite. Breakfast menu includes all the hits: oversized griddle pancakes, homemade biscuits and gravy, French toast, and eggs just the way you want them. Generous portions, fair prices. Breakfast served until 3 p.m. 735 E. CAYUGA ST., BELLAIRE, 231.533.5555.