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***** The Local is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 87 reviews!

  • *****

    Very good breakfast food with unique options in a friendly quaint atmosphere. I recommend the waffle breakfast sandwich. The waffles were very tasty and it tasted very fresh. Though it would be nice if certain dishes came with sides like hash browns without additional cost, the prices are still very reasonable. Highly recommend if you’re in the Elk Rapids area looking for food breakfast food.

  • *****

    First stop on our vacation! Incredible omelettes with unique flavor combinations that did not disappoint! Quaint little place with good character. Would recommend to anyone in the area and will definitely be back!

  • *****

    Be prepared to wait in line, but don't leave! It is worth it! I had the breakfast wrap- fluffy scrambled wrapped around sausage, rolled into the tastiest herb tortilla. Sweet potato hash was enjoyed by a gluten-free diner, and Eggs Benedict and Chicken Waffles by the other folks with us.

  • *****

    Great breakfast of stuffed hash browns,somewhat limited seating inside bit patio also available. Good value and large portions.

  • *****

    Great fresh food with a little flair. Clean, and nice selections. Service is ok....would go back

  • *****

    Great breakfast. I had the local omelet it was fantastic. Ordered to go so I cant rate the service.

  • *****

    Great food, even better service! The owner and her daughter make the place feel friendly, homey, and they treat everyone as regulars! Love The Local. You can't go wrong work breakfast or lunch-everything is great!

  • *****

    Very nice restaurant, good food friendly employees, & clean.

  • *****

    Great atmosphere with an delicious but somewhat limited menu. Fantastic service and a great piece of local culture.

  • *****

    Love having breakfast at The Local! My favorite is the avocado toast that comes with scrambled egg whites and fresh fruit- good and healthy. My friend shared her sweet potato hash which was to die for! Good coffee, too- ?

  • *****

    Great dive for lunch. The Monte Cristo was delicious.

  • *****

    Excellent breakfast, friendly staff & clean. I had stuffed hashbrowns & my husband had an omelet, both were very good.

  • *****

    This place is beautiful, staff is attentive, and the service was fast. Great prices too. This is not your average breakfast place.

  • *****

    Amazing little family owned spot that's doing twists on the classics

  • *****

    We had the best breakfast here. It was so good we went the next morning too. Our new favorite place!

  • *****

    Hired The Local to cater my daughter's graduation party. Everything was perfect! Guests raved about the food (especially the raspberry french toast bake!!) Very professional, everything was set up perfectly, food was delicious, prices very reasonable. Leading up to the party Jamie was very communicative about possible menu items and costs (this was the first time I've had to hire a caterer myself so had tons of questions!) Very positive experience all around!

  • *****

    Locally sourced bacon! Yumm!!

  • *****

    The food was amazing, and the service was excellent

  • *****

    The best food, service, and atmosphere. You must try stuffed hash browns and chi latte. 5 stars!

  • *****

    Great food and good prices. Friendly wait staff.

  • *****

    Good food and service.

  • *****

    Great hamburgers. Good service. Too many straws with drinks, no straw needed with water.

  • *****

    Clean. Great food and service. We will definitely be going back!!

  • *****

    So good! Casual diner atmosphere with awesome food. Any place that serves breakfast past 11 and will give you a side of avocado is my kind of place.

  • *****

    Great options and all fresh. Small diner style shop but very big on taste. Very locally aware and proud. Good place to grab some grub!

  • *****

    The best breakfast ever! Thanks Patty Jennings for recommending!

  • *****

    Best HOMEMADE HASH in the entire NW area.
    Great service & never leave hungry ?

  • *****

    Good food, great service, and very affordable.

  • *****

    Definitely stop by this location! They have a small building, but they have amazing food and absolutely wonderful staff. They serve delicious breakfast and a great lunch. Plus in the summer, they open up their patio area so you can enjoy their good food outdoors. They don't have a lot of seating so on busy days there may be a bit if a wait, but it's worth it if you ask me!

  • *****

    The stuffed hash browns were delicious and we had excellent service.

  • *****

    Fantastic fresh food! Great burgers, fries, sandwiches. I haven't had anything here yet thst I didn't love. Gem in Elk Rapids.

  • *****

    this is a great find. great food .great service. i was impressed with the menu . i cant wait to go back and try something different. i had the monte cristo. it had real turkey and real ham, not deli style meat.

  • *****

    Was very happy with our meal that we had... it was packed ...the outside was packed... but we had pretty fast service.... the waitress was awesome ...very friendly ..very helpful.... definitely go eat their people !

  • *****

    We were in town for a girls weekend and decided to try it out. We loved it so much, we went every morning for breakfast. The staff was friendly and the food portions were perfect. We will be back soon as we've already planned our next Elk Rapids adventure!

  • *****

    Stopped in yesterday for breakfast. The staff was wonderful and the food amazing. Will definitely be back and I have been spreading the word to family and friends :)

  • *****

    So delish! Best coffee...and if they ask you if you would like raspberry jam...the answer is YES!

  • *****

    The beet salad and homemade chai are the best I've had! Highly recommend!

  • *****

    Ate there today. Super yummy. Not a long wait for it to b home made food. The server was great. Seems how I never know what I really want. For sure if u r in ER stop in.

  • *****

    Interesting exterior. Interior is rather plain. The food selection and preparation is absolutely outstanding.

  • *****

    I will always call this place, "the bait shop," but the current occupants are doing a good job. Food is good, decor is pleasant, wait staff are professional.

  • *****

    The food is great and from local farmers. I usually have salads and everything is very fresh.

  • *****

    The food was fresh and well priced had friendly staff with good service. Is easy to find with adequate parking out front

  • *****

    I've only had breakfast here but I was impressed! I had the sleeper omelette with coffee and orange juice and it was all delicious. Very generous portions-it kept me full all day! The omelette was cooked perfectly and the gravy had lots of sausage. The only minor thing was there was a lot of red peppers in it, a little too much for my liking but a minor thing. Service was friendly and quick. Nice little cafe to stop at. I'll be back!

  • *****

    Group of 6 great food and service ????

  • *****

    Cozy little spot with big portions. The Stuff hashbrowns and biscuits and gravy my wife and I had was very good .

  • *****

    Great food and great service. I like to judge breakfast places by what they do when you ask for your hash browns extra crispy; most places don't do anything, this place made them perfectly extra crispy.

  • *****

    Wow! Omelettes are light, fluffy and non greasy. Thank for the gfree options! ??

  • *****

    We have been to The Local and gotten carry out several times now, and really enjoy it! Be sure not to miss the Eastside Wrap and Banana Bread French Toast!! If the prices were a little less we would be regulars! Overall it's a great spot!

  • *****

    A great local spot! We really enjoyed our lunch! The onion rings were a little over cooked, but still good - just cut the roof of our mouths. Definitely worth a stop of your in ER!

  • *****

    A superb breakfast lunch spot just outside of downtown, worth the trip!

    We had prompt service upon walking in. The restaurant itself has a cute design and very clean! Outdoor seating is available to soak up the lovely summer weather. I ordered the chicken salad, they were gracious to accommodate my request of replacing the wrap with a bed of greens. Another in our party got a steak salad that was a winner. Both meals were super tasty and served quickly.

    Prices are totally reasonable - we had full lunch with iced tea for $22! I will most certainly be coming back, there were a ton of other yummy sounding items on the menu. The food here is better than quite a few places you find on the main drag.

  • *****

    We are moving to elk rapids so had to find a great breakfast place and the local fits the bill,great food friendly place to sit and relax, the service excellent, big pancake person,will be back again and again, love sitting outside, we have to try the lunch,but as of now breakfast on the menu.
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  • *****

    The stuffed hash browns and the blt omelet was so good. My wife and I shared. The service was fast and very friendly. Definitely will be coming back for to try lunch.

  • *****

    Best breakfast I've ever had

  • *****

    The stuffed hash browns and the belt omelet was so good. My wife and I shared. The service was fast and very friendly. Definitely will be coming back for to try lunch.

  • *****

    Very good breakfast. A generous serving. Every time we have visited "The Local" the service and server was great. This last visit we had Jordan as our server. Jordan is very informed of the menu adding witt and humor to further enhance our visit. There was a youg male bus/server that was also working, I thing he said he was 15 doing a super job. This young man greeted guest and carried on a dialoge with others already eating. We have been to "The Local" several times and observered the one female cook that has an attractive blond over brunett hair style. The continuity with the other prep cooks was refreshing. A HAPPY place to get good food and attitude.

  • *****

    Nice little restaurant. Wait staff was very accommodating.

  • *****

    Best breakfast and awesome service!! Highly recommend the Avocado Toast!!

  • *****

    Friendly service with relaxed atmosphere. Third time visit, won't be the last.

  • *****

    Consistent superb service and deliciously inventive menu choices make for a great meal every visit.

  • *****

    Excellent food with nice surroundings. Great for breakfast or lunch.

  • *****

    Very good sandwiches. Always look forward stopping here for a bite to eat. Friendly staff who don't rush us even when it's closing time.

  • *****

    Met a good friend here for breakfast at his suggestion. The food is quite reasonably priced, plus your get quite a bit of food as well. The chicken biscuit sandwich is a BIG meal - a large chicken breast encrusted in griddled corn chips sanwiched in a homemade biscuit enrobed in ample amounts of black peppered sausage gravy. Wow... It was quite the meal that I'm set until an early dinner. The waitstaff is super friendly. Do not miss this place!

  • *****

    Great place!

  • *****

    I LOVE this place. The attention paid to sourcing healthy ingredients is very much appreciated by this writer. The attention paid to serving amazingly delicious old-fashioned breakfast favorites (albeit fattening) are appreciated by my husband. There is something for everyone here. A fantastic, very much needed, addition to the Elk Rapids food scene.

  • *****

    The food is great. I recommend getting the stuffed hash browns.

  • *****

    Great food and friendly atmosphere. Can't wait to come back.

  • *****

    Great Food good service.

  • *****

    Absolutely our favorite place to eat breakfast when we are in town!!! Perfection!

  • *****

    Great little spot for breakfast and lunch. Out of the ordinary menu compared to rhe other restaurants I've been to. Keep in mind this isn't a big place so be prepared to either wait or be crammed in during the weekend and during tourist season (summer). They do have outside tables if you dont mind being outdoors. The staff the day I ate there were friendly and the establishment itself was clean and welcoming.
    I highly recommend their sausage gravy. They give a generous amount and it's loaded with chunks of sausage. Not a big fan of the Local's Own omelette, think it could do without the avocado but to each their own, right? We usually get the Stuffed Hashbrowns as well. Not big on pancakes but theirs was decent.
    Would definitely pass on the word to those new those looking for something out of the regular eggs and toast place.

  • *****

    Great breakfast food and the atmosphere here will make you feel like an Elk Rapids local in no time! The blueberry pancakes were a personal favorite of mine...

  • *****

    Great place for breakfast. The chicken sandwich on a biscuit with gravely was excellent. The service was gas and friendly. Highly recommend the place mid you are passing through.

  • *****

    Great little breakfast spot. The menu was really creative and a nice change of pace from the other "greasy spoons" in the area. Try the avocado toast for something light or go for the hash brown bake if your hungry. The patio is perfect for nice summer morning.

  • *****

    Amazing! NOT to be missed. Jamie and get well - trained staff serve up the freshest fare around. The biscuits & gravy took me back to North Carolina. My poached eggs were definitely fresh from the farm. Have not visited for lunch yet... More later. Amy Forslund-Amos

  • *****

    What a cool place and fantastic addition to "the local" scene. You can tell the owners put a ton of work into the decor and atmosphere. Servers (especially Shannon!!) are awesome, recommending items with both knowledge and smiles. Oh, almost forgot...the food is yummy, tasty, and certainly something you're not going to get anyplace in town. You should make this a regular stop!!

  • *****

    Super delicious fresh tasting egg white omelet with fluffy blueberry pancakes(fresh juicy berries). Homemade pickles on the lunch menu. A definite stop if you are traveling through, by, around Elk Rapids, Michigan. Outstanding, gourmet food with great, friendly service.

  • *****

    Awesome little spot in Elk Rapids for breakfast or lunch. Quality ingredients with creative preparations. Loved the stuffed hash browns and look forward to returning to try the Michigan beef burger and so many other menu items. Good job by owner Jamie and staff! I'll be back for sure.

  • *****

    This great little breakfast / lunch spot just opened in the East business district of Elk Rapids...so just a quick hop from "downtown". Went for breakfast...awesome omelette selection. I had a BLT omelette and my wife had a "build your own". Delicious! We are going back!!!!! What a nice addition to the limited restaurants in Elk Rapids. We checked out the lunch menu and are excited to try lunch! This building has seen several eateries come and go but I think this one is here to stay!

  • *****

    We had no idea this place had been open and overhauled to serve up some of the best breakfast I've had in a long time, let alone the best in the Elk Rapids area. We so needed this in the area and I LOVED everything about this place. 1. The food is home made with love, you can tell and truly can taste the difference, YUM! The ingredients are fresh and delicious with a lovely selection of items that are inventive, but also providing the "classics" (no clue what the other review was talking about, you can absolutely get eggs, bacon, toast - you just have to READ the menu, that shouldn't be too much to ask). 2. Jamie was our waitress and is one of the owners, how CUTE is she?! She was absolutely service focused, really knowledgable and super accommodating when it was still lunch and I had a hankering for soup, she offered to serve it up with no problem. 3. The decor is fabulous, keeping it simple, clean and super cute. The list goes on as I can't go on enough about the experience. We shared the french toast which was delish and I had the stuffed hashbrowns, YUMMMY with a side of their home made jalapeo cheddar toast. I can't say enough and encourage you to make this your go to breakfast/lunch spot.

  • *****

    The sleeper omelette will change your life. The banana bread French toast is out of bounds.

  • *****

    Really, really good breakfast spot! The food is just terrific and the staff was pretty friendly and didn't leave us waiting. If you can't have gluten, the gluten free banana bread French toast will change your life! I recommend it to everyone whether you are gluten free or not!

  • *****

    Best burger I've ever had! Best homemade pickles as well! This is truly a hidden gem. Everything I've had so far has been great but there house burger with egg on it is exceptional. If your in elk Rapids or driving to TC stop here on your way, you won't be disappointed.

  • *****

    Amazing Owner Jamie and Staff and a great number of selections for Breakfasts and Lunch.
    Had Goat cheese, spinach, avocado, mushroom omelette. Going back tomorrow for a Cuban.
    A must do in ER.

  • *****

    Great place to grab a quick lunch or breakfast! Would recommend to anyone in town! Have been here multiple times and have never been disappointed in the food or service.

  • *****

    Best damned omelettes in the area
    Real eggs, not out of a milk carton, white cheddar, fresh breakfast saysage, whole mushrooms. Yum

  • *****

    Breakfast and lunch only.
    Awesome food! Everything we ordered was really good. Service was friendly. Very reasonable priced menu.
    Place was small and busy...but busy is good sign, right?
    I would go back every morning if I lived here!

  • *****

    Well prepared food at reasonable rates with interesting choices!
    Salads are fresh and sandwiches have a little twist, an interesting sauce or an unexpected ingredient. Also:great logo featuring the three lakes: Elk, Skegemog, and Torch.

  • *****

    Really outstanding innovative offerings. Banana bread French toast is wonderfully creative and innovative. Jamie owner is creative and talented. Roselyn was a terrific server. We will certainly stop again.