This week on the Andrea Crossman Group blog, we’re going to begin a series of monthly spotlights on area businesses, restaurants, events, and other hot spots that make West Michigan a unique and beautiful place to live.
With its beautiful natural resources and waterfront towns, West Michigan features a diverse collection of events, eateries, and attractions all found along the Lake Michigan coast.
Perched on the shores of Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan is well-known for it’s Dutch Heritage. The town also features some of West Michigan’s most beautiful parks and beaches, with a thriving boating community and terrific fishing as well.
Holland’s Dutch heritage also means there are some unique attractions for residents and visitors alike including local eateries like de Boer Bakkerij and Dutch Brothers Restaurant.
The de Boer family has been creating mouth-watering Dutch treats in Holland since Lammert de Boer immigrated from Kollum, Nederland in 1956. After landing in Holland, Lammert became part owner of Hempel’s Pastry, a business his son Jakob would then manage from 1976 to 1991.
After accepting a position as Head Baker for supermarket chain Publix, Jakob moved to Sarasota, FL with his family. However, missing his Dutch roots, Jakob returned to Holland in 1997 and opened De Boer Bakkerij.
Jakob de Boer’s three sons have also followed in their father’s, and grandfather’s footsteps. Collectively known as the Dutch Brothers, the three younger de Boers have been operating their family’s bakery since their father, Jakob, retired in 1998.
Samuel de Boer is the family’s head baker, while Mitchiel became head chef after graduating from the Florida Culinary Institute. The third Dutch Brother, Jacob, is the company’s business manager.
The de Boer’s original bakery on Holland’s north side has been a local favorite for decades. When Mitchiel joined the business in 2005, he also brought the idea to open a full service eatery and in 2007, Dutch Brothers Restaurant was born.
With a booming business on the north side of town, it only seemed logical to add a second restaurant on the south side and in 2018, the Dutch Brothers opened de Boer Bakkerij South. Smaller than the north side restaurant, the newer location still offers many of the same pastries, desserts, and freshly baked breads.
Today, both de Boer Bakkerij locations offer many traditional Dutch treats like Kraklingen, Banket, Tijgerbrood, and Lemon Chewies along with standard bakery fare like donuts and cookies.
Open for breakfast, the north side de Boers Bakkerij and Dutch Brothers Restaurant also serve traditional dishes such as Eggs Benedict and omelets from Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 am till 12:30 pm. Their bakery is open till 2:00 pm.On the south side, de Boers and Dutch Brothers are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm and feature the same wonderful Dutch pastries, along with chicken sandwiches and barbeque, salads, loaded mac-n-cheese, and much, much more.
Visit deBoers and Dutch Brothers on the north side of Holland, MI at 360 Douglas Ave or call 616.396.2253. You can find the same great food and atmosphere on the south side at 380 West 16th St or call them at 616.396.2253 for more information.
For more information, hours, and locations, visit de Boers Bakkerij and Dutch Brothers Restaurant online at www.deboerbakery.com.