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Pancake Chef

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327 East Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
(231) 436-5578
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 139
    Excellent
  • 138
    Very good
  • 71
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Breakfast in Mackinaw City

If you are in Mackinaw City you must stop in here for coffee and pancakes/breakfast. The BEST. Even if you are at a hotel that offers breakfast, skip it and come here. It's worth it. Ample portions for sure. Enjoy. Worth a second and 3rd visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
janieg50
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Bedford, Indiana
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended, we had great food and service even though it was close to closing time. We liked it so well we went back the next morning for breakfast.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Overpriced, mediocre food. Needs updating-seated in a booth and could feel the springs in the seat. Wouldn't eat there again.

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Jackson, MI
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68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped in during a walk down the strip. We ordered two pasties, pancakes, and a sandwich between us and friends. None were great. The floor was disgusting, the dinner buffet seemed way over priced but the staff was super nice. I don't think I'd return. $50 for our half of the meal was absolutely not worth it. We had... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are in Mackinaw City you must stop in here for coffee and pancakes/breakfast. The BEST. Even if you are at a hotel that offers breakfast, skip it and come here. It's worth it. Ample portions for sure. Enjoy. Worth a second and 3rd visit.

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Illinois
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Food is great and while sometimes the service is slow, it is usually because the place is packed. My family always eats here when we visit the City/Island.

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Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Not for coffee lovers, pass on breakfast buffet, although breakfast burrito was the one item our party enjoyed. The skillets are light on ingredients, except heavy on the hashbrowns. Long wait for food mid-morning on August weekday. Friendly waiter, but overwhelmed kitchen. Ask if the kitchen is behind if you go...

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Michigan
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

During our stay we came here twice, the second time because the first visit was very nice. My kids did enjoy the breakfast buffet so that was a bonus. During our first visit we seen the table next to us get seated and had to ask for a server because one never came to them, we thought crazy because our... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My family and I rolled into Mackinaw City way later than originally anticipated and our visit to the Pancake Chef was completely by accident. We asked the concierge at the hotel we were staying at where a good place was to get food so late (it was after 9pm) and she recommended one of the bars in town. Concerned about... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Breakfast was very good. Loved the pecan pancakes and husband loved his omelet. Had to wait 20 minutes for a table which was bad. For the four of us, it was $63.00. I ordered sides and pancakes. Will stop here again. Waitress was very friendly.

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michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped here for lunch with 4 children and 3 adults. Waited 1/2 hour for a table, and when we were finally seated, found several empty tables near us. Apparently the Hostess doesn't know how to put two tables together for a group. Ordered our food and waited 40 minutes for pancakes and eggs. This visit put us over an hour... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 327 East Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: (231) 436-5578

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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