14 Outstanding Breakfast Places Near Me To Check Out in Michigan’s Thumb

The Upper Thumb is blessed with sandy beaches, fun places to visit, and great inexpensive places to eat. We compiled a listing of the top restaurants, grills, bakeries, and bars that offer breakfast. If you type in “breakfast places near me” while in the Upper Thumb area these restaurants and coffee shops should be listed. These are the top-rated places to go for your morning meal according to the travel sites Yelp and TripAdvisor.

We’ve personally been to most of these fine establishments to start the day and they are all worth visiting for your morning wake up. We combined ratings (Star Ratings) and ranked all the top spots here.


Brew Moon Coffee House and Gallery – Caseville

Blue Moon Coffee Shop - Breakfast places Near Me
Blue Moon Coffee House and Gallery

Coffee, and pastries. A true coffee bar. Not a full breakfast menu but high-quality pastry and nibbles. Hint: Visit the gift shop and bring your laptop. Great place to chill and do a little work on their wifi before you hit the beach.

Open during the summer season – 9 ½ stars


Murphy’s Bakery – Bad Axe & Port Austin

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Murphy’s Bakery – Bad Axe

Bakery – A classic bakery and coffee shop that has been around for years. Is an actual commercial bakery and you will find Murphy’s Bakery items throughout the thumb. One of their best is the English muffin bread. Locations in Bad Axe and Port Austin.

Murphy's Bakery Port Austin
Murphy’s Bakery Port Austin

The Port Austin store for Murphy’s Bakery is located on the northern edge of the Port Austin Farmers Market and is a great place to grab a scone.

Open year around – 9 1/2 stars


Emma’s Coffee house – Bad Axe & pigeon

The atmosphere is friendly and it’s a nice place to hang out and read or work. Known for its wide range of coffee drinks and the Apple Fritters are a must-try. The breakfast items include bagel sandwiches, quiche, and cinnamon rolls. Locations in Bad Axe and Pigeon.

Open year around – 9 1/2 stars


Walt’s Restaurant – Caseville

Walts Restaurant Caseville
Walt’s Restaurant in Caseville During the Cheeseburger Festival

Eggs and Omelets – This is considered one of the top breakfast places in the Thumb. The servers come with an attitude that can come off as snarky but is good-natured. Offers a good American-style breakfast with homemade bread and jams. Hint: Cash Only and ifs it’s super busy you may be asked to sit with others, which has turned out to be fun and interesting.

Noted dishes to try; Homemade Toast, Breakfast Croissant, French Toast

Open year-round – 8 stars 


Franklin Inn – Bad Axe

Hotel restaurant. Business travelers and those workers who are putting up the hundreds of wind turbines in the thumb swear by this place. It’s known for a fine buffet breakfast.

Open year-round – 8 stars


Varney’s Coney Island Café – Harbor Beach

Varneys – Courtesy usarestaurants.info

Large portions and near the harbor. Staunchly loved by the locals.  If you’re a sailor in the harbor it’s a short walk to breakfast. Note: The restaurant has had to change operations. Still open. Currently, only cash as the internet and phone are being upgraded. Open until 1 pm on weekdays. Extended hours during weekends.

Open year-round – 7 ½ stars


The Lighthouse Café – Port Austin

Lighthouse Cafe Port Austin
Lighthouse Cafe Port Austin

This place is across the street from the Port Austin farmers market and a short walk from the harbor so it’s packed on the weekends. Hint: The home fries and homemade bread and sausage are worth the wait on Saturday morning. New owners in 2022.

Seasonal – 7 ½ stars


Main Street Cafe & Bakery – Pigeon

Thumb Breakfast Main Street Cafe

Currently Closed Owner Change to Emma’s Coffee House – Move away from the shore and it gets real. Rub elbows with locals and the farmers who frequent this cafe for their early morning coffee. Full breakfast menu. Specialty is the pecan tarts Hint: Sunday Brunch Buffet is highly popular.

Open year-round – 7 ½ stars


Shelly’s Bar and Grill– Grindstone City

Shelly's Bar & Grill

Roadhouse Bar with a full breakfast menu. A homey feel. Awesome. This place supports many of the local teams and you can usually find entire families stopping by.

Open year-round – 7 ½ stars


Peppermill Restaurant – Bad Axe

Thumb Breakfast - Peppermill

Traditional Family Style restaurant. Huge local following. A place to see and be seen in Bad Axe. with a broad menu and breakfast served throughout the day. A top breakfast spot in the county. The menu has numerous egg options including a dozen omelet varieties. There are also griddle options and pancakes. Tip: Ask for biscuits instead of toast.

Open year-round – 7 stars


The Lamplighter – Sebewaing

Lamplighter Restaurant

Omelets are the specialty and they are served all day. Sunday breakfast buffet. The Rotary Club meets here so it has to be good.

Open all year – 7 stars


Lefty’s Diner – Caseville

A busy tribute to the 1950s. Lefty’s has an original soda fountain bar and a drive-in awning that is not in use.  Good for traditional breakfasts and lunches. Waits can be a bit long but a popular place in Caseville.

Open all year – 6 ½ stars


Chuck’s Coffee in Caseville

Chucks Drive Thru Diner

Chucks is a great place to make a breakfast stop on the go. It’s strictly a drive-thru service located next to a laundry mat. However, the food is good and quick. They offer a range of breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, frappes, cappuccinos, and coffee.

The coffee shop is located on the south side of town across from the True Value hardware store. It is a combined building with the Bay Wash Coin Laundry.

Open all year – 4 stars


Wooded Island Sports Grill – Caseville

Wooded Isle is a relative newcomer and touts itself as a sports bar. However, it offers a full breakfast menu with daily specials. They make their own bread and portions are generous. Hint: Try  Sunflower Seed Bread and homemade corned beef hash. However, it’s currently ranking poorly on social media reviews due to slow or poor service. Hopefully, they can turn this around.

Open year-round – 2 stars



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  1. I’ve been in the food service business for over 50 years, I’ve been to most of those listed and would agree with your comments except for “Chucks”. There is nothing there that anyone should consume, sorry Chuck, but your food is seriously below average.

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