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Choo Choo Grill

American, Diner
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1209 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505-4903
+1 616-774-8652
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 16:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For 30 yrs I've lived in GR, I always wanted to stop in. My son(24) also has wanted to frequent the Choo Choo. Owner and staff greeted us warmly and the regulars at lunch were kind, sitting in close proximity to each other. It was noon! Nice old fashioned burgers but plenty of other choices for breakfast and lunch. Will... More 

Thank Kenton K
NE Florida
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127 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Why didn't I come here years ago? I love the old small greasy spoon diners, not saying the food was greasy... Good old fashioned hamburgers, fries and shakes. Very intimate (small) dining area. I happened to time it just right. Only me and one other person there, until I was almost finished, when one of the many "regulars" came in.... More 

Thank hanahwy
Puerto Rico
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I went there for breakfast with my son and his girlfriend and we had a nice homey breakfast. Coffee was served quickly and replenished frequently. Our breakfasts were great, as the pictures depict. The only downside is the size of the establishment...it is extremely small (offering only 2 booths and 5 or 6 stools). Therefore, any conversation can be heard... More 

Thank Kim M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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1,382 reviews
649 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This place has been here forever. It's an iconic burger joint with a dozen seats and is renowned for the banter between the cook, wait staff, and customers (who are sitting right on top of them)....it's a tiny place. Only thing to watch is if you want your burger completely cooked you're gonna have to emphasize that. Burger, fries, drink... More 

Thank RickMIusa
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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431 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is exactly the type of place. Small local place with great burgers, onion rings, and one of the best milkshakes around. One of those places that you go into and the employees know 3/4 of the people coming in and greet them by name. Not very big so choose your times wisely. They have basic breakfast, burgers, and some... More 

Thank Brian K
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 September 2016

food was excellent, wait staff friendly and quick.seems to have a loyal customer base. i especially enjoyed the milk shake. best I have had in a long time.

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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015

This is a very tiny place serving breakfast and lunch. Food is very good and the people, both staff and customers, are wonderful. Had lunch here (hamburger and fries). Sat at the counter with my brother and had a great view of our food being prepared. A very happy place to be.

Thank Dale H
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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244 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

The Choo Choo Grill is nothing fancy and it's not health food, but if you're in the mood for a good burger then this is a great choice. There's a wide variety of burgers and other sandwiches, as well as chilly, fries, onion rings, and a full breakfast menu. There's a host of regular customers exchanging jokes with the employees,... More 

Thank Dave B
Grand Rapids
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96 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Have been before, it is a step back in time. When was the last time you saw a rotory phone. Order the burgers but be careful on their interpretation of medium. Mine was raw in the middle. Fries where excellent, root beer always in a frosted glass.

Thank Arsenaluk
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

It's been about 6 years since I've been to Choo Choo. I recently accepted a job close by so this place will be top of mind! Loved the classic cheeseburger with fries. The staff is very friendly and I love the banter they have with the regulars (and even those relative nubees like me). There's only seating for 12 or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1209 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505-4903
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-774-8652

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