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Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen

617 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9593
231-264-0530
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Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Elk Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Vegan, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Detroit, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

That being said- my honey, who doesn't like spicy much, loved our choices. We started out with the fried green tomatoes and the bayou sampler. All delicious! Each item was delectable. Then we had the corn crayfish chowder and the gumbo. Each was what we wanted. The gumbo is very flavorful and spicy. The chowder is not at all spicy!... More

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Grand Blanc, Michigan, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Just went to Pearls for dinner and the meal and service were excellent at this fun eclectic little restaurant. But I'd never tried the Crawfish Chowder till this visit. OMG! It is AMAZING! I had a cup and wish I'd ordered a bowl. It was recommended by one of my dinner companions. For a really fun destination and authentic New... More

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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97 reviews 97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you like Cajun food, you will love this place! I am not a fan of anything spicy, but the 3 other people I was with loved every morsel. I had a salad which was very good. I also loved the fruit bread they served! Very moist and delicious, as were the blueberry muffins. The corn muffins has peppers in... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In an area noted for good restaurants, this is outstanding. It's on Ames Street, a cross street going away from Lake Michigan, so it's a bit out of the way, but do track it down. My friend and I arrived on a rainy Labor Day afternoon, fearful that it would be closed because it was a Monday, but the parking... More

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Elk Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Always good food and service. Only reccomendation would be to update menu and to take reservations during July and August.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I ate at pearls on vacation because it had vegan and regular menu advertised. Seriously it was one of the best v vegan meals I have had. My husband the carnivore had crawfish corn chowder which was spectacular. I had the house salad made vegan which was a nice portion and great flavors. Main meals were the... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Am a devoted gumbo hunter. I love the stuff and am passionate about how it's made. I was fortunate to have learned to make gumbo from Paul Prudhommes first sous chefs back in the 80's. Pearls gumbo nails it altho perhaps a little less of a chocolatey roux. We also had an excellent crab and crawdad chowder with big chunks... More

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Lake City, Michigan
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106 reviews 106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Came here for lunch, ordered the jambalaya and étouffée. For the kids, they were sharing chicken strips menu. Food was very good and the décor was cool. Definitely recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited Pearl's last night with my sister for an early birthday celebration. We have eaten here many times over the years and it never fails to impress. It is mid August, the busy time in Northern Michigan. It was a Monday night and we arrived at 6:30. We were shown directly to a table. When we finished, there were... More

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hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great for families and friends, this restaurant is a home run. Friendly, efficient staff, great New Orleans theme, super food, and terrific ambiance. If needed ask for extensive gluten free/Celiacs menu. They even deliver Celiac muffins to the table if someone is ordering GF. Vegetarians in our party were happy too. Long lines so go early. Sunday brunch less crowded... More

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