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Pancake Chef

327 East Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
(231) 436-5578
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Ranked #15 of 46 restaurants in Mackinaw City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Jul 27, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I visit the Mackinaw area often, and I come to expect decent food at slightly higher prices. This was my first time at the Pancake Chef. I had the vegetarian omelette and my wife had the western omelette. Both were very good. Mine had too much cheese; however, I not a huge cheese fan, so I should have ordered my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The best gluten free pancakes I've ever eaten! I had them add pecans they were amazing. I have had celiac for 6 years and felt like it was my birthday to find this place. They also had gluten free toast. Excellent breakfast thank-you it was worth the wait!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stopped in Mackinaw for lunch on our way to the U. P. Kids wanted to eat here because they love breakfast and pancakes. Couldn't believe the prices of everything!! $10 for a hamburger? Considering the place hasn't been decorated since 1979, I hardly feel that it was a high class establishment. I decided to get just the salad bar (a... More

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Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

What a massive disappointment Pancake Chef was! We stopped for a late breakfast (11:00am) on Wednesday. There was a 15 minute wait for the breakfast buffet or 90 minute wait to order off the menu. The restaurant wasn't even full. No problem...we read great things about the buffet, so we'll wait for the buffet. Our name was called and the... More

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Flushing, Michigan, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Family of 5 ate breakfast. Looked at the plentiful buffet but we chose to order off the menu. Reasonable prices, lots of selections and everything tasted great. Its nice to eat at places that cook from scratch. Kitchen times were a little slow, but well worth the wait! No complaints here. Ed was our server and he is an amazing... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our party of four choose to eat dessert at the Pancake Chef on a Saturday evening around 8:30 p.m. The restaurant was relatively busy, and still had a fresh dinner buffet available! Since we had already eaten dinner, we just ordered dessert from the dessert tray. The pies were delicious! Service was fast, and our waitress was very friendly. I... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

TERRIBLE... My wife never complains and she would not stop talkin bout how bad it was!!!! Unreal bad food and worst eating experience we had so far on vacation!!!

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rob f, Owner at Pancake Chef, responded to this review

I am so sorry for your experience here at the "chef". Our intention is to exceed your expectations, and in this case it appears we failed. I, along with any restaurant owner who cares, has the wish that a dissatisfied guest will surely let us know at the time, so we can take corrective measures. The result of your visit... More

birmingham, michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the only place to go in Mackinaw City if you have a crowd or noisy kids. Their breakfast bar is the old standby; however, if you want real eggs or omelets, or specialty pancakes, order off the menu. Good supply of fresh fruit, and they also offer soup and salad. I was surprised when I was offered a... More

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Eastpointe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Clean restaurant, nice staff, good welcoming setting, and food taste was great! Not many ways you could go wrong with pancakes. We ordered apple filled pancakes and buttermilk ones. skimpy on the cheese topping on my husband's omelette other than that thumbs up!

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Highland Lake County, Indiana
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

They has amazing service! They treated my family so nicely & I would definitely return...Had the eggs benedict and its the best I ever had...

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