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Posted on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 7:45 a.m.

Michigan's Best Breakfast Joint: Statewide finalists, schedule for March 11-15

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By John Gonzalez
MLive statewide entertainment reporter

Ambitious? Crazy? Insane?

I'm not sure how to describe the search for Michigan's Best Breakfast Joint, which will take me to 27 restaurants over 5 days in cities throughout Michigan.

It's our first search of 2013.

We did it last year for Michigan's Best coney dogs, BBQ, ice cream parlors and haunted houses.

Now, the search is on for the best breakfast joint!

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We're looking for those places that serve up the best biscuits and gravy, waffles, omelettes, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and anything else that makes a great breakfast.

Our list of finalists was put together by your votes, as well as input from our local entertainment writers. In a couple polls we had some issues with voting; those circumstances were factored into our final decisions.

The bottom line: This is supposed to be a fun search, and a great way to learn about the state's best breakfast joints.

As I said, this is an ambitious list. We encourage you to come out, say hello and meet members of our team.

And maybe help me finish my bacon.

If you have questions, feel free to email me:

Monday, March 11
Bay City
*Krzysiak's House, 6:30-7:15 a.m.

*The Laundry-Fenton, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
*Krystal Jo's, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

*Tim's Tony's Restaurant on Center in Saginaw Township, 11-12 noon
*Fuzzy's Restaurant on Court in Saginaw, 12-1 p.m.
*Savoy Bar & Grill, 1-2 p.m.

Bay City
*Mussell Beach Drive In, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12
Ann Arbor
*Angelo's, 6-7 a.m.
*Northside Grill, 7-8 a.m.
*Nick's Original House of Pancakes, 8-9 a.m.

Detroit area
*The Hudson Cafe, downtown, 10-11 a.m.
*The Original Pancake House in Grosse Pointe Woods, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
*Toast in Ferndale, 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13
*Suzie's Village Inn, Fruitport, 6-7 a.m.
*Tootsie's, Muskegon, 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Grand Rapids
*Anna's House, 9-10 a.m.
*Wolfgang's, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
*Real Food Cafe, Alger Heights, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 14
Jackson area
*Grass Lake Diner, Grass Lake, 6-7 a.m.
*Roxy Cafe, Jackson, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
*Wooden Spoon, Jackson, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

*Leslie Depot Diner, Leslie, 10-11 a.m.
*Mike's Village Restaurant, Dimondale, 11-12 p.m.
*Golden Harvest, Lansing, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15
*Food Dance, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
*Crow's Nest, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
*Full City Cafe, in Portage, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

On March 19 I will announce Michigan's Best Breakfast Joint, as well as my Top 10 ranking.

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Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 6:59 p.m.

I give up! i cannot figure out how to vote for best breakfast joint in Ann Arbor. But my vote goes to Northside Grill if it counts here. Love the fresh squeezed orange juice and the real maple syrup! So many choices, too. Great service as well.

Stephen Landes

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

Nothing in the UP? Are you just a bunch of Trolls?

Kyle Mattson

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

Hi Stephen, We're just running the Washtenaw County sides of things in support of our "home teams" if you will. I agree with you there are a number of notable destinations in the UP and northern parts of the LP worth checking out. Maybe John will expand future "best-of" hunts to include those areas. Are there any particular northern breakfast places you think that would have been worth visiting? It's been a while since I've been to the UP, but planning on going this summer so would be interested in hearing some suggestions.


Fri, Mar 8, 2013 : 2:19 p.m.

Not even getting north of Clare? Hard to call it Michigan's bestbreakfast joint. Garrett's Place in Houghton Lake would throttle all 27 down state.