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Darrow's Family Restaurant

301 Louvingney, Mackinaw City, MI 49701f
231-436-5514
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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English first
Saugatuck, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The review of the title explains Darrows family restaurant..."terrible". We had just completed a day on Mackinac Island and to top off the wonderful and memorable experiences we had, we decided to choose Darrow's as way to unwind and enjoy some good food. We couldn't have made a poorer decision on our part, as we had waited for 10 minutes... More

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The Villages, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We've been eating here for more than 20 years and have never had a bad meal. The line is usually long, but it moves quite fast as service is efficient and the kitchen keeps up well. Even when busy, the food comes out quickly. My favorite is the chicken/pecan raspberry salad. On cold days the hot beef or turkey sandwiches... More

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Great restaurant.Was busy,but the line was moving very fast.Staff were very efficient and polite.Nice atmosphere.They have good menu choices.Had white fish dinner.It was delicious.Took apple pie to go.Tasted like real home made.This restaurant is a must do when visiting Mackinaw City.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My father-in-law absolutely loves Darrow's and talks about it in between visits, then raves about it when we are there. He is a huge fan. They have great portions for a great price, fresh fish and tasty treats. My only holdup on my love with this restaurant is that they offer NO options for people with food allergies. I would... More

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Anytime I am withing 50-60 miles of Darrow's, I make sure I stop there for a meal. My friends rave about the whitefish (I'm not a fish eater) and whatever I pick has been top notch. And if you like desserts - a huge variety and have yet to find one I didn't want more of. Best time to go... More

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Holly, Michigan
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7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Darrow's has been a tradition for our family for thirty years. We used to eat there when camping or traveling with our kids and now we go there whenever we pass through town. Family atmosphere with very good to great food, depending on what you order. Old-fashioned American-style meals with homemade pies. The whitefish is excellent.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Our hotel recommended this restaurant. It is very reasonable with great homemade cooking. Real mashed potatoes. Fantastic and huge portions. You can order half portions.which I did and it was still plenty. when you enter , there is a huge selection of desserts. It is very popular and always a wait according the locals waiting in line.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Wonderful home cooked food and great deserts. Sit back and listen to the conversations. You will really learn about the area. They always have specials and I gravitate to either White Fish or Meat Loaf. The walls are filled with photographs of the past. 'What's Happening' is just a booth or waitress away. Fudge is not the maqin menu item.

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Rockville, Maryland
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26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We were at the Mission Point Lighthouse near Traverse City, when several people in the gift shop urged us to eat at Darrow's when we were in Mackinaw City. Glad we took their advice one Friday night in September! Darrow's got its start as a diner, but it has evolved into a popular family restaurant serving American fare. The wood-paneled... More

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Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My wife and I wanted a find a place for a light, quick lunch after touring the Lighthouse before we hit the road for Oscoda. It was 1:30 when we found Darrow's with a parking lot nearly full and a line-up extending out the door. We went in anyway. The line moved quickly and we only waited about 5 minutes... More

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