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“Great local place.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Burroughs Tavern

Burroughs Tavern
5311 Brighton Road, Brighton, MI 48116-9726
810.229.9988
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Ranked #34 of 111 Restaurants in Brighton
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great local place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My husband and I brought his folks here for dinner on Friday, 4/11. The staff are a wonderful group of people, a lot of them kids just working their summers away at this golf course setting-- our server was very friendly and also knowledgeable about the menu. My mother-in-law and I each had the fish fry (cod with fries and cole slaw). I opted for mac-n-cheese instead of fries. The fish was great! The fries and cole slaw were good, the mac-n-cheese was not what it was the last time we were in. Their cornbread, though, is amazing! It comes with a generous dollop of their honey pecan butter and, seriously, it is like eating a piece of cake-- heavenly! My father-in-law had their "Full Monty" and loved every bite, right down to the baked beans and garlic redskins he had alongside. He said the baked beans were the best he'd ever had. My husband ALWAYS gets the smoked meatloaf (unless, that is, they are sold out of it-- which happens because it is a well-known local favorite!). It's just a nice place to have dinner all-around.

On Fridays and Saturdays they have live music in their tavern area, and that's pretty fun for after dinner, too. You would literally not know a more raucous crowd was brewing in the tavern while you're dining in the restaurant, the place is that big and nicely laid-out. We love it there!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Howell, Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A okay place, but not great.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Don't set your expectations to high when going there, the food is just okay and the service stands to be improved. I am glad the new owners saved this restaurant, but its out of the way location does not do itself any favors.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Howell, Michigan, United States
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“Bad food.slow service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We stopped for dinner.. had to wait for hostess.. Then it took 10 for a waiter..he apologized & said they only had 2 waiters working. . He was nice & apologized. He then recommended the perch which was on special so we both ordered it. When it came It was burned on the bottom side & served with skinny over cooked asparagus. & bland white rice which was cold. .they did take one meal off the bill but we won't be back for a long while if at all...

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“Worst dining experience I have ever had.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Don't waste your time on this horrible food. Our food was cold, and undercooked. The dining area where we ate was not clean and out of date.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not so great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Had lunch here on January 1 and were possibly the first customers of the day (12:30 pm). The whole restaurant was extremely cold (old building; 12 degrees outside) but it made it unpleasant. Waitress looked liked she had been there all night - come to find out the restaurant had been open until 4:00 am for New Year's Eve and she hadn't left until then. Now she was back the following day for opening.

Food was only fair to okay. Coffee tasted like it had been sitting for quite some time; the "Burroughs Bites" of goat cheese, etc., on toast points was fine; beer boiled shrimp seemed to be fine; nachos were bad - very little black beans and the cheese barely melted. Service was poor, especially for a restaurant that was not busy.

Neat old building but definitely needs some maintenance - carpet old and worn in areas, floor needed vacuuming from previous evening, floor in kitchen (as we walked by) was dirty.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be back unless some improvements are made.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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