Hungry in Cereal City? Try Fire’s List of Top Battle Creek Restaurants

Battle Creek may be known as “Cereal City,” but when mealtime comes around you’ve got a lot more than Kellogg’s to choose from! In fact, Battle Creek restaurants offer a thrillingly diverse menu for the adventurous diner, ranging from classic pizza and grinders to standout ramen, homestyle Southern cuisine, and a few true surprises.

Where should you start your search? The staff at Fire Creek did the heavy lifting for you, putting together a list of the absolute best Battle Creek restaurants. Try them all, and then let us know which one you loved best!

Fire Creek’s List of Top Battle Creek Restaurants

Rafaynee

Rafaynee

97 W Michigan Ave

Battle Creek, MI 49017

(269) 201-4499

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Battle Creek may be a long way from the South, but you wouldn’t know it after a visit to this homey and well-loved purveyor of classic Southern cuisine. From savory gravy-smothered or barbecued chicken to heartwarming sandwiches—meatloaf sandwich? yes please!—to a standout jambalaya crowded with sausage, shrimp, and whole crawfish, this family-run affair will make you feel, well…just like family! It really is just like the menu says: “It’s the taste the takes you home!” 

Umami Ramen

Umami-Ramen

215 Michigan Ave W

Battle Creek, MI 49017

(269) 441-0015

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The storefront may be simple and unpretentious, but the flavors at this kinda-Japanese / kinda-Korean / kinda-everything eatery are anything but. From a drop-dead pork tonkotsu broth with ramen or a rich vegan miso option with udon, the soups are likely to become a minor addiction. But you’d be foolish not to venture into whimsical options like fiery-hot Jamaican jerk wings in a red curry broth or even a “Korean burrito” or Middle Eastern falafel wrapped in Indian naan flatbread. Trust us: It works.

Cavoni’s Pizza and Grinders

Cavoni’s Pizza and Grinders

5424 Beckley Rd D

Battle Creek, MI 49015

(269)979-1673

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If the sight of a classic thin-crust pizza loaded with spicy pepperoni gets your motor running, point yourself in the direction of this old-school Italian joint pronto. From picture-perfect pies—there’s even a “Taco” option that’s well worth a try—to piping-hot grinders bursting with meatballs, fresh Italian sausage, and melty mozzarella, this no-frills but popular Battle Creek restaurant will satisfy that most basic food craving of all: A great pizza.

Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine

Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine

451 W Michigan Ave

Battle Creek, MI 49037

(269) 753-1702

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The food of Burma—now known as Myanmar—is rare in the United States, and that’s a shame. A truly original mix of Thai, Chinese, and Indian influences, it wraps up the best of all these cuisines with a truly individual spin. Begin your journey with green tea salad, a sharp and invigorating salad with a pleasing funkiness that may just remind you of another funky green leaf. Shan noodles combine savory minced chicken with chewy rice noodles and a crunchy peanut garnish. And your visit wouldn’t be complete with trying Mo Hin Ga, a sort of fish-and-noodle chowder with a panoply of fun garnishes. It’s one off-the-beaten-path option well worth trying.

And of course, make sure to stop by your favorite Battle Creek dispensary afterward!