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Don's Drive-In

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2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-938-1860
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great stop for lunch

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon. Burgers were really good. Fries were steak fries. Waitresses wear pink outfits and there is an option for outdoor/drive up dining. Service was fast and good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Rochester, Michigan
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

we used a discount coupon from our hotel. Food was hot and fresh. Service was good and friendly. Is busy inside, We took our order to go .

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Rochester, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon. Burgers were really good. Fries were steak fries. Waitresses wear pink outfits and there is an option for outdoor/drive up dining. Service was fast and good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Floor needed a good mopping; actually the whole place needed an overall deep cleaning. Food was average.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We've only enjoyed meals at Don's in our car (for the true old-fashioned drive-in experience) so we don't know if the restaurant is dirty. Probably better not to know. We always get Swiss cheese burgers and the meat is fresh and tastes like hamburgers of old. We only tried their fries once and didn't like them. Cole slaw is good... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Good service, good food, fair prices--hamburger meat that seems to be doubly ground and cooked just right. This throw-back restaurant that features pink-dressed waitresses was as billed--a good place to get good burgers. If you go at lunch, be prepared to stand in line.

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Muskegon, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We took my daughter there for her 13th birthday - her choice - since we were in town. We were there before, a few years ago. We had no complaints then or now. I ordered a double, which was juicy and tasty. My wife loves the fresh cherry milkshakes. We ordered a "carload" of fries, which our sever told us... More 

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Shelby, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The only reason I brought my kids there was because I used to go when I was little. The place was filthy, sticky, and just gross! The best part was the cars with my kids food it them.

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Grand Ledge
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The real fruit milk shakes are excellent, but pretty pricey, as are the burger and fries items. The coin changers hanging on the food-splattered aprons of the wait staff are all part of the ambiance.

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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The atmosphere was retro and fun. Our servers were excellent. Food was a little overpriced and just average.

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Clarkston, Michigan
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I heard so much about this place that I thought next time I am in town I will try it. Not really worth the buzz. Just your typical hamburger joint. We have better burgers down state. I really wasn't all that impressed with this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-938-1860

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?