A family-owned and operated cafe, committed to serving our community homemade & delicious food

located in elk rapids, Michigan

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We are a restaurant focused on locally-sourced, fresh, and homemade ingredients for all of our dishes. All of our food is prepared with care and intention to deliver you wonderful service and delicious food. We aim to be a place where you can connect with the community around you and feel like family.

Grab a coffee & chat, a sandwich to-go, or stay for a home-cooked breakfast

From our fluffy pancakes to our hearty sandwiches bursting with seasonal produce, each creation is a labor of love, ensuring that every meal is a memorable experience.

Prepared with love & intention

We are proud to be lovers of all things local to our community in Northern Michigan. We believe in the power of supporting our community's farmers, artisans, and producers

Lover of all things local

From the moment you step through our doors, you are welcomed with open arms and treated like family. 

Genuine hospitality

It takes a Village - My village is my family, KJ and Landon. We put our heart and soul into this cafe so that our guests feel the love. I am honored to share this journey with our community here in Elk Rapids and beyond.

A journey through food & hospitality

"I love so many things about this place! The food, the feeling like family, the people--- oh I love the people! It's nice to have a place to enjoy a great breakfast that connects with my soul and makes me feel like I'm home. This cafe brings me back to the feeling of home--the kind where life was slower and time with friends and family was the center of focus. Thank you, Ames Street Cafe!" 


The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The staff is very friendly and treats you like family. My wife loved the eggs benedict and my three egg omelet was absolutely delicious. Customer service is tip of the spear. Take it from an old Marine Veteran, you will love Ames St Cafe.


Love love LOVE! Elk rapids needed a brunch place like this. Their breakfast and lunch is great. I love their BLT, french toast, and honestly any of their baked goods. They also have great service and are on honest with you about when tables will be open.


By far, it's one of my absolute favorite places to eat! You can't beat a meal that is from scratch with farm fresh ingredients! So much love is put into the food here, and you can tell. One of my favorite things is how much the staff love working here, it's not uncommon to over hear them thanking each other and offering to help. That kind of family atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome! Come as you are! The food is out of this world A-mazing!


We loved Allie's food truck and were thrilled when she decided to open Ames St Cafe! Her food is creative, cozy, and made with love. I have loved every dish I've ordered and I dream about the focaccia bread—the BEST.  She is always so patient and thorough when answering food allergy questions and so mindful in her offerings for unique dietary needs. How lucky our little village is to have Ames St Cafe. THANK YOU, Allie!

Jon + Emily

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145 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629

We are a "first-come-first-serve" establishment. We do everything in our power to accommodate parties of every size, however, if you have a party larger than six, we recommend you giving us a call at 231-498-6005.

Monday 9 AM - 1 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 1 PM
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9 AM - 1 PM
Friday 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday 9 AM - 1 PM

OPEN FRI - SUN 5 - 8 PM for casual fare, soft serve, and sweets