May Eats: Breakfast & Beyond
From all-American breakfast food and Detroit-Style deep dish to French-inspired crepes that work for breakfast, dessert, or both, these three new kids on the block have menus that promise to soon become old standbys.
Brown Butter Creperie & Cafe
Getting its start as a food truck back in 2015, Brown Butter Creperie finally opened up its first brick and mortar shop in an Eastown landmark on Feb. 15, located in the Windmill Building at 1436 Wealthy St. SE (the former site of Cakabakery).
Revamped with charming French-inspired indoor and outdoor dining areas, Brown Butter's aesthetic matches its menu, a made-from-scratch roster that includes a ton of sweet and savory crepe styles, caramelized sugar crystal-topped liege waffles, a full espresso bar, and a host of paninis and salads, to boot.
With most of its ingredients sourced from local producers, Brown Butter Creperie & Cafe also offers catering services, and you can still catch the original food truck at farmer's markets and events around West Michigan.
Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Matchbox Diner & Drinks
Just down the road from Brown Butter at 1345 Lake Drive, the old-school style Matchbox Diner & Drinks is a tasty new option for all-day breakfast lovers and sandwich fans alike, offering thick-stacked deli sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes, and malts.
Made with ingredients from a list of local businesses that include Ada Beef, BLiS, The Brinery, Nantucket Baking Company, Simpatico Coffee, Grobbel's, and Gielow Pickles, Inc., Matchbox Diner offers fresh twists on familiar favorites and a dining room with cozy booths and clean bright windows that make it an instant classic.
Good Pizza Company
Though Good Pizza Co. has been testing the waters with new customers for a few weeks now at 10 Jefferson Ave. SE, today marks the official grand opening for the new downtown deep dish pizzeria. Today’s Star Wars themed event introduces the weekly feature pizza—this week's recipe called The Boba Feta for obvious reasons—and kicks off at noon with live music and entertainment that will run through 8 p.m.
Bringing a long-awaited deep dish flavor to Grand Rapids downtown pizza game, GCP's sourdough crust is made in-house and its menu offers gluten free and vegan options at no extra cost. Open for lunch and available by the slice, Good Pizza Co. also recently launched a delivery service available after 4 p.m., so you officially have no excuse not to try a pie on for size.
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday: noon-9 p.m.
Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News EditorImages courtesy of Brown Butter Creperie & Cafe, Matchbox Diner & Drinks, Good Pizza Co.