Have you ever had a life-changing meal? The kind that each bite produces a different kind of noise you were unaware you made? A meal that makes you do the 'HAPPY FOOD DANCE' when you know it's arriving?

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Look no further than Jackson, Michigan at 606 North West Avenue, home to Roxy Cafe. If you know, you know. If not, this greasy spoon offers the most amazing breakfast you've ever had.

Roxy Cafe Named Best Hole in the Wall Diner in Michigan

50 seat dining room of Michigan's 'Best Hole in the Wall Diner' Photo Credit Scott Clow
50-seat dining room of Michigan's 'Best Hole in the Wall Diner' Photo Credit Scott Clow
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Cheapism.com recently scoured the internet for reviews and rankings on sources like Yelp and TripAdvisor, to determine each state's Best Hole in the Wall Diner. While I can't speak to the other 49, they nailed Michigan's pick.

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Jackson's Roxy Cafe only seats 50 people and their hours are limited as well. No one cares. What they lack in floor space they make up for in portion sizes.

One of two window seats at the Roxy Cafe. Photo Credit Scott Clow
One of two window seats at the Roxy Cafe. Photo Credit Scott Clow
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I would sit on a complete stranger's lap for one of their three-egg omelets with American fries. I'm not sure where they get their eggs, but I've yet to find three eggs at a grocery store that make omelets that big. The food, the atmosphere, and the crew are good, clean fun.

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In 1976 Jim Sarata was 21 and working in the kitchen of Bartlett's Pavilion on Pleasant Lake when, while having breakfast at the Roxy Cafe, overheard the owners talking about wanting to sell. Jim went home and asked his parents for a loan.

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Sarata would then purchase and continue to run the business under the name it had been using since 1941, the Roxy Cafe. His humor and disposition can be seen and felt there today. Sadly, he passed away in 2014 but, his humor lives on through his daughters Sabrina, Trina, and Christina who continue their father's legacy.

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Despite the limited seating, cramped 'waiting area', and tight parking lot, if you've never experienced Michigan's Best Hole in the Wall Diner, put Roxy Cafe on your list of things to do. Plan for a nap afterward.

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