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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 - 10:00 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, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cute little Happy Days diner

Stopped in last night for a quick bite. I was surprised they had a veggie burger on the menu. Would have ordered it but got no the fish basket instead. Very good cod, along with the fries and slaw. Our waitress was every very attentive and courteous. She smiled alot, thinking it was our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
drpoff
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Stopped in last night for a quick bite. I was surprised they had a veggie burger on the menu. Would have ordered it but got no the fish basket instead. Very good cod, along with the fries and slaw. Our waitress was every very attentive and courteous. She smiled alot, thinking it was our southern accent:). Inside decor was like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

It's everything you want from a diner. Great burgers, fries, milkshakes and grease. It's often extremely busy in the summer, so expect a wait.

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Detroit
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

What a great throw back to the 50s. Excellent shakes (which you can upgrade to a malt), burgers of all sizes, booths & drive-up stations for the summer. All that was missing was Richie & the Fonz.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

As reviewed, milkshakes, hamburgers and (cottage style) fries were tasty and delicious. Our order took ~10 minutes to prepare. But, BOY, is it EXPENSIVE! Two burgers, two shakes and an order of fries cost just under $25! Probably not the place for senior citizens, families, or cheap dates!

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Midland, Michigan
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101 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Yep, just a drive in, but the food and service has kept it in business all these years. It has the look and feel of a 50's drive in. If nothing else, it is worth the stop just for the malts!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Been coming here for years and not much has changed. Always good food and I think the same wait staff! The short order cooks are a rough looking crew but they whip up a great hamburger! The chili cheese fries are awesome. Make sure you leave with a malt, you just have too!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Before I lived here we stopped at Dons every trip to town. Now we go for a milkshake now and then, and sometimes take guests for the fun atmosphere. The milkshakes are still giant and yummy, but the burgers and fries and fried mushrooms are just "meh". This town has become a crazy diverse foodie town and think they could... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I love the food and environment here! It is a 50's style diner with amazing food! The burgers are amazing and so are the shakes! It is fun to eat inside because of the environment but it is also nice that they have the old-fashioned drive up eating outside as well!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don's has been around forever! If you LOVED the 50's, you'll LOVE Don's Drive-In... Old style burgers, malts, shakes, and fries! Even has a "car-hop" so you can order and eat in your car, like the "old" days. Good food at a good price!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Great place for a great old-time burger. Friendly service. I only wish I would have tried one of their milkshakes!!

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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?