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Centre Street Cafe

1125 Centre St, Traverse City, MI 49686-3404
231-946-5872
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Ranked #22 of 257 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, Café
Most recent review
- Aug 25, 2014
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English first
Traverse City, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had the daily special. Buffalo, elk and kobe beef meatballs in some fancy fettuccine with lemon caper cream sauce and a bacon, habenero truffle for desert. I didn't care if people stared, I licked the plate. The service was phenomenal, even during the lunch rush. The waitress remembered us from our visit a month ago and even got our special... More

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Lake Leelanau, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is an out of the way, word of mouth cafe. A must stop lunch place, kind of funky, been going there since they opened. Fresh, local ingredients made with a unique twist. It gets really busy at lunch time, and service can be a little slow. Everything is made from scratch and worth the wait. Don't expect a lot... More

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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our lunch here was absolutely wonderful! It was a spur of the moment choice on our way back from Sleeping Bear Dunes. The sandwiches were absolutely delicious and the staff were warm and friendly. You cannot go wrong with a visit to this charming little spot.

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Traverse City MI
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109 reviews 109 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Sandwiches and salads for lunch are the best in TC. Seems they are only open for lunch and close at three so plan accordingly. Small restaurant with limited parking on site. But worth the trouble.

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Scottville, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very small soup & sandwich place. Hard to find, but so worth the effort. Had an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches. Salads looked good, too. They put their own twist on everything. Delicious! Lots of healthy and organic options. We will be going back to the Centre Street Cafe!

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Kingsley, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Great restaurant with great food. Not your ordinary menu. You won't find a grilled cheese or standard hamburger here. Everything is original and because of that expect to spend $8-$15 per person but well worth it. My favorites are the Wasabi Blues Turkey Sandwich and the Mediterranean Pasta. Pete, the owner, is always changing the specials and most are excellent.... More

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Lake Leelanau, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

As the title to this review says, this is a great little out of the way restaurant for lunch or if you are just in the mood for soup, salad or a sandwich. The space is utilitarian but made a bit more interesting by a large number of pictures on the wall for sale that are offerings of local artists.... More

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Traverse City
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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I've eaten here 5 times over the last dozen years. Each time, I've been super happy with the food, but less than satisfied with the service. The lunch service is very slow, and the staff is rather aloof. If you are meeting someone for lunch, you are much better off going downtown and getting better service at a place like... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I'm a local. This meal is unbelievable. If you order it once, you'll do so often. Check it out on the menu!

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Centerville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

It's little out of the way, it's not on restaurant row, but worth the extra minute of the drive to get there. Don't expect fast food, your order is made from scratch. Try a cup of Pete's "Swamp Soup", sit back, relax, and enjoy. The best lunch in TC.

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