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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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  • 43
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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 4
    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 burgers and shakes

Don's is a great drive-in spot for a quick burger and shake. We try to grab a bite here at least once or twice during the summer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
DJC577
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Stuart, Florida
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Brighton
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The food was average. Comparable to a coney island. Service was awful. We stood at the entrance for 15 minutes before someone told us to seat ourselves, i explained we had 7 people she said we needed to separate our party, we said no we could wait. We got seating behind where the waitresses talk bad about the customers so... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Don's is a great drive-in spot for a quick burger and shake. We try to grab a bite here at least once or twice during the summer.

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Aurora, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Standard diner food, well executed and in a great setting with friendly service at a fair price. Nice lunch spot!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great burgers, great hotdogs but don't forget the best ever fresh fruit shake (we had cherry as this is cherry country) and the fried pickles. Just writing this review makes want to go back to Don's and have another cherry shake.

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Orem
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47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Have been here a couple times. The food is real good, but the Shakes are excellent and HUGE! This is an old school drive-in, so it will bring back memories of your youth.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Don's is a long standing favorite. Best milkshakes, burgers in baskets, chili and soups, all in a retro diner-style restaurant. Wait staff are usually very attentive. Still a good bet for a well prepared and reasonably priced meal.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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61 reviews 61 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 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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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: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?