Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Lakeside Cafe dishes up homestyle comfort food in Muskegon – MLive.com

MUSKEGON, MI – Big breakfasts, loaded omelets and homecooked dinners are staples at Lakeside Cafe in Muskegon.

With its menu of comfort food delivered by friendly staff, owner Ron Estlick says Lakeside Cafe is like “a big family.”

“I want people to come in every day, and I want them to feel like this is their living room,” he said.

Estlick grew up in the restaurant world with his parents operating a bar throughout his childhood. He always liked cooking and transformed the former Mike’s Landing into Lakeside Cafe in 2013.

Estlick kept the menu mostly the same but switched to fresh ingredients and biodegradable materials.

“It’s a place where you can come and enjoy a reasonably priced meal,” he said.

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Well known for its breakfast, the menu is packed with morning classics like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy and stacks of pancakes.

A classic is the Lakeside Ultimate Mess, which scrambles ham, onion, green peppers and potatoes with eggs. It’s topped with melty cheese and sausage gravy for a big breakfast plate available for $9.29.

Another “ultimate” dish are the hash browns stuffed with ham, green peppers, onions, cheese, ranch dressing and sausage gravy for $9.29.

Either can be paired with a steaming cup of coffee.