If there’s one fictional character I relate the most to, it’s Leslie Knope of Parks & Rec. Intelligent, driven, motivated by love of community.. and lover of breakfast foods.
I don’t often take time in the morning to eat breakfast, as my morning routine involves rolling out of bed just in time to take a shower, get dressed, and leave, so on the mornings when I do slow down, I like to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and hot, breakfasty goodness.
Thankfully, I have friends who also enjoy all things breakfast, and we’ve instituted a monthly brunch club! Meeting the second weekend of the month, we hop around different breakfast joints in GR to grab food and gab. This past month, we chose to go to Marie Catrib’s.
Marie Catrib’s is a Grand Rapids staple, and for good reason. Founded by Lebanese immigrant Marie, the menu is an eclectic mix of middle-eastern, American, and original staples, ranging from classic omelettes, Mexican inspired burritos and huevos rancheros, and unique hash skillets. When we went on a Saturday morning, the place was popping at the seams with young families, millennials, and baby boomers alike. We had a 30-minute wait but it was well worth it.
For my breakfast, I chose to get the Soo Lox – a nod to Sault Ste. Marie, a 350-year-old city in northern Michigan that is home to the Soo Locks, which allows freighters and cargo boats to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
I was first introduced to Lox as a breakfast choice two years ago on a work trip to Chicago. I was attending a company event with a colleague from Philadelphia, and our hotel had Lox on the breakfast menu. We both got them and I fell in love. I had never been a great fish fan, but the salmon + cream cheese + bagel combo is a sure winner for me. Unfortunately, not too many places that I’ve been to in the Midwest have this as a breakfast option, so I was happy to see it offered at Marie Catrib’s and it did NOT disappoint. The salmon and capers were amazing!
I couldn’t leave without visiting the deli, where they have cases of your typical deli fare – salads, meats, etc. – and desserts! I knew I would be disowned if I didn’t come home with a few things. Clockwise from the left are: gluten-free carrot cake, a tub of chocolate pudding, a brown butter chocolate chip cookie, and lastly a Buckeye. Each item was an amazing treat, and my family even liked the gluten-free cake, which is a testament to it’s flavor and texture.
If you find yourself at Marie Catrib’s, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT PUDDING!! It is intensely rich and decadent – I’m talking like you can have one spoonful and have your chocolate and sweet cravings satisfied. I ate it spoonful by spoonful for several days.
Do you have a favorite brunch spot? Let me know in the comments!