Cozy Corner Café is a diner-style restaurant that seems to cater to a breakfast and lunch audience, although it’s open until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday so dinner is also an option during the week.
Where I dined: Cozy Corner Cafe, 3162 Heights Ravenna Road, Muskegon
When I dined: Monday, March 23, at around 10:15 a.m.
What they serve: Cozy Corner Cafe is a diner-style restaurant that seems to cater to a breakfast and lunch audience, although it’s open until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday so dinner is also an option during the week. The restaurant advertises that you can order breakfast or lunch at any time of day and the menu features many options that reflect that.
The breakfast portion of the menu is divided into three sections: Farm-fresh breakfasts, two-egg omelets and hot griddle favorites. The farm-fresh breakfast section has some intriguing options, such as the Cozy Breakfast Club ($6.25), stuffed hash brown ($6.79) and Cozy’s Southern Skillet ($5.75.) Everything in the section can be had for under $9 with the steak and eggs and country fried breakfast being the most expensive at $8.49.
Omelets on the menu include veggie, Sante Fe, Denver, pizza, corned beef hash, cheese, farmers, ham and cheese, bacon and cheese and sausage and cheese. They all cost under $7. French toast and regular, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes are also available for under $5.
The lunch and dinner portion of the menu features all the diner staples: Burgers (bacon, olive Swiss, mushroom Swiss, patty melt with grilled onions, cheese and plain) toasted subs (deli, French dip, pizza and veggie) and sandwiches (deli, Philly beef, fish, chicken, Reuben and grilled cheese). A variety of hot sandwiches are on the menu as well. All items are under $7.
Baskets include wings, chicken strips, cod and breaded shrimp and are under $7.
The atmosphere: Cozy Corner Cafe is located on the outskirts of Muskegon off of Heights Ravenna Road. It’s one of many businesses in the Center 1 Plaza and has a simple front, but a very visible “Open” sign. The interior of the restaurant is also very modest. It’s basically a kitchen and a large room with tables scattered throughout it. The walls are pretty plain with the exception of some old kitchen decor and photos.
The restaurant was pretty busy when I arrived just after 10 a.m. The clientele was mostly older couples or gentlemen having breakfast together, although other demographics were interspersed throughout the restaurant. One touch I did enjoy was the presence of information/trivia pamphlets at each table. Couples around me were quizzing each other while they waited for food; it’s always nice to have your mind occupied while waiting.
Wait to be seated: None
What I ordered: Breakfast – I visit a lot of places similar to the Cozy Corner Cafe so I try to order something a little more unique when I eat at each place. It’s hard to compare simple breakfasts because they’re all pretty good. It’s hard to mess up breakfast. With that thinking in mind, I ordered the Cozy Breakfast Club, a sandwich made on white bread dipped in egg batter and served with ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheese. It was served with hash browns or American fries. I ordered the latter since that’s what was included with the photo in the menu. I also ordered a side of biscuits and gravy, a personal favorite of mine. I had coffee and water to drink.
Time for food to come out: Less than 15 minutes
My thoughts: Like I said, it’s kind of hard to screw up breakfast and for the most part I enjoyed the food at Cozy Corner Cafe. The sandwich was a little too greasy for me though, and I guess I wasn’t crazy about the egg batter-soaked bread. The potatoes were my favorite part of the meal; they were crispy on the outside but nice and fluffy on the inside. They were also riddled with onions, which gave them a nice flavor. The biscuits and gravy were pretty standard. I added quite a bit of pepper to them because I like them with a little more flavor than how they were served.
My service was great. The waitress served me promptly and was very attentive to refilling coffee and water. Everyone eating in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying themselves as well, as they were having lively conversations about everything from previous bad breakfast experiences to how there are too many channels on TV these days.
I have to imagine the Cozy Corner Cafe is one of those places that has plenty of regulars and really focuses on catering to locals. That being said, I felt very welcomed while I was there and the staff was very friendly. Plus, the prices are very reasonable. It’s probably not somewhere you’re going to make a special trip to go eat at, but if you’re looking for a quick breakfast or lunch and you’re in the area, you can do far worse than this “cozy” joint.
Hours: Monday through Friday – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Credit Cards: Yes.
Dress Code: Casual.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Contact them: Call Cozy Corner Cafe at 231-733-0011 or visit its website
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