There are no crazy concoctions at Herbie’s; there is however, above-average execution of many breakfast staples. More importantly, there are friendly people there; I mean who doesn’t enjoy a “good morning?” I highly recommend Herbie’s Café. It’s a great place to start your day.
Where I dined: Herbie’s Café, 2007 E. Laketon Ave., Muskegon
When I dined: Monday, Jan. 12, at around 10:30 a.m.
What they serve: Herbie’s Café is a breakfast and lunch restaurant on the east side of Muskegon. The menu is divided into two main sections — a breakfast menu and a lunch menu. The breakfast menu consists of all the early-morning favorites, including omelets, pancakes, French toast and breakfast wraps.
Omelets offered include Southern (sausage, cheese, potatoes, onion, sausage gravy), Farmers (ham, cheese, potatoes, onion, green peppers, mushrooms), Western (ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms), veggie (cheese, potatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms) and Irish (corned beef hash, Swiss cheese).
The breakfast wraps include ham and cheese, Western, Tex-Mex and Sausage. All the traditional breakfast sides are also offered. Everything on the breakfast menu can be had for under $10 and there are specials until 11 a.m. each day that are offered for under $4.
The lunch and dinner menu is also pretty traditional — all the classics, including burgers, wraps, sandwiches, fish, steak, soup and salad are offered. Prices are extremely reasonable with the most expensive item being a 6-ounce sizzler steak for $9.75. Most items are priced under $7.
The atmosphere: Herbie’s Café is housed in a small, square building which features several tables with chairs scattered throughout the space. There is also a small bar at which to eat, which is perfect for parties of one. Herbie’s Café is owned by Jay and Janis Moore and has an airplane theme. The logo of the restaurant features a friendly, human-like airplane caricature and there are small model airplanes hanging in the diner. A large diagram of a B-52 Bomber also caught my eye.
Herbie’s Café was very busy when I arrived around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12. I grabbed what appeared to be the only available seat at a table in the corner, which worked out because it gave me a good view of the restaurant. Most of the people in the diner were middle-aged to older couples, but there were sprinklings of other groups like families and younger couples.
Wait to be seated: None.
What I ordered: Since it was 10:30 in the morning, I decided that breakfast was the most logical choice. I could also tell from what people in the diner were eating and from reading reviews online that I wouldn’t go wrong ordering breakfast at Herbie’s.
The Western omelet at Herbie’s Cafe in Muskegon is made with three eggs, ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms,Brandon Champion | BCHAMPIO@mlive.com
I landed on the Western omelet and was not disappointed with my choice. I can honestly say it was one of the best omelets I’ve ever had. As listed above, the Western omelet is made with three eggs and served with ham, cheese, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. I ordered mine without mushrooms. (I’m not a fan.) I think the thing that made the omelet so good was the cheese. It was perfectly melted, which meant the other ingredients — all cut into small, diced portions — basically became infused with the cheese.
The omelet was served with two pieces of toast each cut in half. I also ordered a half-order of biscuits and gravy, a personal favorite of mine that I always try at breakfast joints. They were equally tasty. There was a hearty portion of gravy poured over two biscuits. It wasn’t too runny and had a good sausage composition. I had coffee and water to drink.
Time for food to come out: 10-15 minutes.
My thoughts: Herbie’s Café is an excellent breakfast and lunch option in the Muskegon area. I only tried the breakfast food, but it was simply delicious, so I can only imagine that its lunch offerings are equally as tasty. I am someone who would say that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I often search out restaurants that offer breakfast. This place is near the top of my list.
I wouldn’t say it does anything very unique with its breakfast offerings, but the execution is top notch. In other words, there is a reason certain foods have become breakfast staples, so why mess with it?
The atmosphere is also a plus. Herbie’s Café really has the feel of a local diner. It’s a small, intimate atmosphere with locally-themed décor. It also features the “old-school” style placemats covered in advertisements from local businesses, as well as trivia cards in the center of the table.
The service was very good and the staff very friendly right from the start. I also witnessed people from several different tables interacting and saying “good morning,” so this is clearly a place where people living on the east side of Muskegon frequently eat.
There are no crazy concoctions at Herbie’s; there is, however, above-average execution of many breakfast staples. More importantly, there are friendly people there. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a “good morning?” I highly recommend Herbie’s Café. It’s a great place to start your day.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Credit Cards: Yes.
Dress Code: Casual.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Contact them: Call Herbie’s Café at 231-773-7600 or visit its website at http://www.herbiescafe.com/
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Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.