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Brunch Is The New Black: 8 Favorite ‘2nd Breakfast’ Hotspots in Alpena, Michigan

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

Brunch Is The New Black: 9 Favorite ‘2nd Breakfast’ Hotspots in Alpena, Michigan

“Let’s brunch!” is taking cities across the nation by storm as brunch, that perfect time between traditional breakfast and lunch, becomes the most popular meal of the day.
Alpena is no exception to the popularity of brunch and offers a variety of restaurants to please the palate and satisfy your brunch-y cravings. Here are a handful of local favorites with a must-try item from each!

Connie's Giant Cinnamon Roll

Connie’s Cafe serves GIANT cinnamon rolls!

1.) Connie’s Café: “Jumbo Grilled Cinnamon Roll”

This sweet treat is not your average cinnamon roll. Home-baked to perfection and three times the size of a normal cinnamon bun, with the option to add pecans and seasonal frostings such as pumpkin spice in the fall, this delectable pastry is the most popular of many different baked goods available from Connie’s signature breakfast dishes.

(Breakfast served until 2pm)

Located at: 11585 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766


2.) The Fresh Palate: “Fiesta Burrito”

It’s a brunch party in your mouth! Or, a burrito for the bruncher looking for some Mexican flare to spice up their morning. Consisting of egg, guacamole, cilantro, sour cream, black bean corn salsa, pepper jack, and a rice quinoa pilaf, the party is just starting!

(Breakfast served until 11am)
Located at: 109 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707 (inside the Center Building)

3.) Nick’s Southside Diner: “Southside Big Breakfast”

Nick's Southside Diner

Nick’s Southside Diner

Take a step back in time in this 1950’s style diner for the perfect traditional dish for the hungry man (or woman!). Play a song on the jukebox and enjoy 3 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of sausage, 2 pieces of ham and hash browns with toast. Sure to keep you full ‘til dinner!

(Breakfast served 24 hours)
Located at: 3023 U- 23 South, Alpena, MI 49707

4.) JJ’s Steak & Pizza House: “JJ’s Omelet”

This namesake omelet consists of Applewood smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms which is then topped off with American cheese and stuffed into a folded egg omelet. Tasty and hearty, this omelet comes with toast and the option to add hash browns or American fries on the side or inside your JJ’s Omelet.

(Breakfast served until 2pm)

Located at: 411 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707

5.) CW’s Barbeque: “Sanctuary Skillet”

The Sactuary Skillet

CW’s Barbeque’s “Sanctuary Skillet”

A flavorful must-try, this belly-busting skillet is loaded with diced ham, smoked bacon, sausage, fresh mushroom, green peppers, onions, potatoes, cheddar cheese, and eggs cooked your way.

(Breakfast served until 11am)

If you happen to be out for brunch on a Sunday, this is the place to be for their “Sunday Brunch Buffet” featuring eggs benedict, an omelet station, Plath’s Polish sausage, biscuits and gravy, fluffy scrambled eggs, potatoes and a wide selection of pastries and fruit. Don’t miss this grand buffet!

(Sunday buffet served until 2pm)
Located at: 1000 US 23 North, Alpena, Michigan 49707 (inside the Sanctuary Inn Hotel)

Cabin Creek Coffee barista

Cabin Creek Coffee has a great variety of coffee and a good sized breakfast & lunch menu

6.) Cabin Creek Coffee: “Garden Veggie Croissant”

Grab yourself some fresh-brewed coffee or one of their signature lattes with a garden veggie croissant made with 2 eggs, Swiss cheese, red pepper, tomato, and a garden veggie spread. Don’t forget the homemade scone! Blueberry-lemon is a fan favorite.

(Breakfast sandwiches made to order all day long)
Located at: 201 N Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707 (also, check out their mall location on US-23 South)

7.) John Boys: “Country-Fried Steak”

Let your taste buds take a trip to the South for some down-home good eats at John Boys. With their signature country-fried steak smothered in a homemade sausage gravy, this savory dish comes with 3 eggs, potatoes, and toast on the side.
(Breakfast served 24 hours)
Located at: 817 W Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707

8.) Take 5 Deli: “Facebook”

Take 5 Deli breakfast plate

Take 5 Deli breakfast, made the way you like it

OK, so we’re not suggesting you order the Take 5 Facebook page, but if you’re maybe not so mobile when brunch time rolls around you can order delicious omelets, eggs any way you like them, and all the hash browns and sides you want right through their Facebook page!
(Breakfast served until 11 a.m.)
Located at: 130 W. Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707
Facebook link:

9.) C.I.A Restaurant: “Twin Towers Breakfast”

The secret is out at Center for Incredible Appetites! Offering a satisfying breakfast named after the twin towers, which consists of 2 pancakes or 2 French toast, 2 eggs any style, sausage or crispy bacon. You’ll love their homecooked style and friendly service. (Breakfast served until 3 p.m.)

Located at: 503 N. 2nd Ave., Alpena, MI 49707

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