Michigan’s Best Local Food: Standale’s Peppermill Café offers 6-egg omelets and endless coffee

STANDALE, MI — Just an eight-minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids, a hidden breakfast and lunch spot will ensure you never come home hungry.

The Peppermill Café, at 4511 Lake Michigan Drive NW in Standale, offers a full breakfast and lunch menu from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

“I really like that you can walk in at 6 a.m. and get a burger and onion rings or an omelet at 2 p.m.,” owner Lu Hayoz said.

Hayoz has owned the cafe for 16 years and the comfort food spot has become a community favorite.

“The building is so old, I always joke that Moses built it,” she said. “It’s just been a staple in Standale for many years.”

The menu features dishes like six-egg omelets, hat-sized pancakes, skillets, cookies and gravy, homemade soups, meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Standale’s pepper mill is popular for its six-egg omelettes, as well as hat-sized pancakes and endless coffee refills.

The meatloaf is Hayoz’s grandmother’s recipe and the soups are also homemade.

For the first time at the Peppermill, Hayoz recommends the “Filthy Skilly,” which she says is the restaurant’s best-selling item at $13. The “Filthy Skilly” is a two-egg skillet with hand-sliced ​​American fries, bacon, sausage, smoked ham, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, melted cheddar cheese and homemade gravy, all served with toasted bread.

“We never let you go hungry,” Hayoz said. “There are take-out boxes everywhere and we have unlimited coffee. We want you to feel comfortable and have a super enjoyable experience.”

Another popular menu item is the “Laker Omelet,” which consists of six eggs, sausage, bacon, corned beef hash, sliced ​​American fries, and cheddar cheese. It sells for $10.75.

Many students from Grand Valley State University on Lake Michigan Drive frequent the cafe, but people of all ages fill the restaurant, especially for weekend fare.

“We love our middle schoolers, we offer 10% student discounts,” Hayoz said. “And then we have our regulars, with their own coffee cups and they sit in the same place every day. You get to know people’s names and it’s very welcoming.

Hayoz’s favorite menu item is grilled cheese upside down, done on parmesan-encrusted English muffin bread. The sandwich is filled with Swiss and cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and red onion and is served with house fries and a wedge of pickle.

Good food

One of Peppermill’s signature dishes is the Monte Cristo sandwich, served with raspberry melba sauce.

The cafe’s interior is covered in quirky signs, all centered around breakfast and cooking humor. A customer favorite is a sign telling diners that unsupervised children will get “coffee and a kitten.”

“It just started with a few signs from me, so anything fun and foodie, I like,” Hayoz said of the set. “It’s just to entertain people. Now it’s just grown and grown and people are going to bring me signs now.

Playful signs, huge omelettes and constant refills of coffee are part of the atmosphere Hayoz has cultivated for customers.

“I want customers to feel good, a comfortable atmosphere, we want to treat them very well,” she said. “Come see us !”

The Peppermill Cafe can be reached at 616-453-7853. Check it out on Facebook here.

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