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The Front Porch Cafe

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9235 Main St, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9800
+1 231-588-2000
07:00 - 14:00
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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954 reviews
581 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We always come to The Front Porch to eat when staying on Torch Lake during the summer. Such nice folks here. This is a non profit ministry with suggested donation prices on your ticket. Pay more and help feed the needy or pay less if you need to. All prices on the menu are suggested donations. We had a great... More 

Thank dshendri
Toledo, Ohio
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Good value for breakfast before heading for a day on the beach. Wide menu with pies, breakfast, or lunch. Small library to grab a book. Friendly servers and mission to serve it's local community in need.

Thank Nic K
East Jordan, Michigan
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

The staff was so friendly and helpfull. The food tasted great. Did not have a along wait time at all. Very satisfied... No complaints.. Will be back.

Thank Kerri T
Jonesville, Michigan
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109 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much from this small town eatery. Staff was very friendly. Food was very good. I thought that I made some of the best jam in the world. Well, there is stiff competition for my title at the Front Porch Cafe.

Thank MiMisterMike
Ellsworth, Michigan
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 October 2015

The entire staff makes you feel like family and friends! Scott is so excited about the quality of food and products. Jan and all the girls are professional, fast, and experienced.

Thank Amatteroftaste2013
Detroit, Michigan
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Not only was this place absolutely adorable and the servers were kind but they allow people to come and eat and pay with whatever they are able to. They also give people a chance to pay it forward and pay for a meal for someone who comes in and cannot pay. Please visit this place, take a seat, eat and... More 

Thank MajGolden
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 October 2015

This place is amazing. It is actually a community-service-based non-profit. Most of the employees are volunteers. Proceeds after costs go to various community charities. My wife and I went for a late lunch. The décor is light and airy and country-inspired. The menu is not fancy but does offer many options. The food was delicious and our server was very... More 

Thank Geaux502
East Jordan, Michigan
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

What is there not to like about this family friendly restaurant? The food is just fantastic, you can tell it is homemade, with care and pride! The have real homemade pies that are delicious! We have never had a bad meal .The staff are all friendly... just like you were going to a friends house to have a quick bite... More 

Thank Julie K
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

When the town's last family restaurant closed several years ago, the resourceful folks in Ellsworth banded together to establish what is termed a "co-op" to take its place. Many community members help to operate the Front Porch, and Ellsworth again has a spot where locals and visitors to the area gather for well-prepared breakfasts and lunches, and to again help... More 

Thank BH24
Coopersville, Michigan
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147 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015

What a great little restaurant...an unusual 'feel-good' establishment as it is a non-profit that benefits needy folks and other causes in the area. Menu items are listed with 'recommended' prices. The Café is open until 2pm for breakfast and lunch. We both had the day's 'special' which was a grilled ham and cheese with tomato basil soup. I have to... More 

Thank Ronmsparks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, American
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9235 Main St, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9800
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Antrim County  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 231-588-2000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?