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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, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 6
    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
Huge carload of fries!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
James T
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Muskegon, Michigan
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Muskegon, Michigan
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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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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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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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The restaurant was very dirty. The waitress came up to the table to take our order. That should have been our first warning to leave. Her apron was filthy. It was covered with chocolate and grease. Upon leaving we could see behind the counter where the food is being prepared and the conditions were very dirty and worn.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Our food was delivered quickly. Good burger and chicken sandwich. Excellent fries. Tasty shakes. 50's decor and waitstaff dressed in traditional diner uniforms.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It certainly is not fancy, but it was like stepping back in time to a real Mom and Pop place. The food was YUM YUM YUM!!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A blast from the past nostalgic burger joint. The menu is standard fair for a drive-in and the food was good. Great atmosphere. Just a fun place!

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Atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We had our first and our last meals during our Michigan vacation at Don's. Great burgers and hot dogs but the real stars are the milk shakes--especially the cherry milk shake. Soooo good. The service is also top notch. Our waiter offered to cut our burger in half to share, served everything with a smile and was very attentive to... More 

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Additional Information about Don's Drive-In

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

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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: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?