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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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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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Detroit, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Came in to Pearl's on a whim while in Traverse City for the Cherry Festival. Funky & fun little place with great music piped in (they changed it from Zydeco to "Nawlin's" blues for us). We ordered one of their signature drinks, it was ok...have had better, but it did the trick. Looked over the menu and decided to order... More

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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Came in for a celebratory family dinner and was not impressed. We tried several different things on the menu. ALL of our sides (veggies, potato, etc) were cold. My husbands pork was very overdone. Perch special was cold. With all the great reviews we were excited for a great night with family and left disappointed.

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

You have to go here! It's the best Cajun food I've had... Ever. We were a rowdy bunch of 12, Pearls, accommodated us with ease and efficiency. Impressive. The decor is fun as well as the outside waiting area with a bar and entertainer which makes the time go by fast. I had the fried catfish and I caught myself... More

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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This place had the BEST Authentic Cajun Food outside of Louisiana. The Crawfish Eetufe was Delisous! And the atmosphere was very cool! Pearl's is the place to go without a doubt in Elk Rapids.

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Michigan
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

First thing I was in LOVE with the crawfish pager given at the hostess stand - very unique! Don't be scared by all the cars parked up and down the street. The place is large inside and the parking lot small - so lots of overflow. Bar are is nice and the wait staff there were all super friendly. The... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is the only restaurant I have experienced southern cooking in the state of Michigan! This is the true southern hospitality! We found Pearl's a few years back by searching for the best rated restaurants on Yelp and Urbanspoon and there we found it! They offer many dishes and the prices are extremely reasonable. Sometimes, there is a long wait... More

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Michigan
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108 reviews 108 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've never had Cajun food this good outside of New Orleans. Good sized menu - hard to make a choice. I tried the special that day. I forget what it was called, but an awesome spice combination. Alligator was very tasty and tender, not overcooked. If I closed my eyes while eating the Red Beans and Rice, I'd swear I... More

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Holland, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We found Pearl's through word of mouth when several friends said we must make Elk Rapids a stop on a recent trip to Northern Michigan for a baseball tournament. Having just been to New Orleans and still craving New Orleans cooking, we figured out how to get there. A couple of things before you point your car in the right... More

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