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Pancake Chef

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

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  • 54
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place.

The place is pretty big. Can get really busy because it is right by the Shepler's Ferry. The food is really good and the staff is very friendly. Will go there again!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Arlene C
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The place is pretty big. Can get really busy because it is right by the Shepler's Ferry. The food is really good and the staff is very friendly. Will go there again!!

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Windsor, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We seemed to arrive at Pancake Chef at the wrong time, as their breakfast buffet was very busy. We wanted Over Easy eggs, so we opted to order off the menu. It took about an hour to get our food, which was average at best. Waitress was super friendly and efficient, she saved this from being a total disaster.

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Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We arrived in mid afternoon as we returned from a visit to Mackinaw Island and the restaurant was very quiet. However, we were not bored because the friendly staff engaged us in interesting conversation and we felt like friends by the time we left! By that time, many other diners were beginning to arrive. The food was prepared to perfection... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Prices were off putting at first, but the quality and portion size made it well worth it. That breakfast fueled us til dinner.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

good for breakfast but nothing special , everything from frozen only pancakes are good. also little bit pricy for breakfast. not many breakfast places in mackinaw city so that will be a decent choice.

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Spooner, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

we had a good breakfast buffet and a nice service. plenty of items on a buffet and your coffee cup was always filled. i think my son ordered hot chocolate and that was a little pricier than average? Plenty of sitting room

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I've eaten here 3 times. All 3 times we had breakfast foods. It's decently priced and good food. Friendly staff. Good place to go with family/children. The morning before we left we went here for the breakfast buffet and it was great. Lots of choices and it all tasted good. Perfect for filling up before a long day ahead.

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Lansing, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had an overnight in Mackinaw City and stopped at the Pancake Chef before heading out in the morning. Great traditional breakfast options and service. Even the plain pancakes are yummy. You can't go wrong stopping here.

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Roscommon, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is one of the very few places left in Mackinaw City that is owned and operated by a family, rather than big business or corporate. The staff is SO nice and the food is wonderful! Don't go anywhere else!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were in Mackinaw City overnight before heading to Wilderness State Park and wanted to avoid the crummy hotel free breakfast. So we walked downtown and were the first customers of the morning here. Ed greeted us and provided excellent service. The food was good standard fare, well prepared and tasty. I had to knock it down one star for... 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?