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“A great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hard Times Family Diner

Hard Times Family Diner
136 N Phelps St, Decatur, MI
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Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Decatur
Cuisines: American
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Orland Park, IL
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“A great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Pleasantly surprised by the decor but even more surprise by the quality and quantity of the food as well as the reasonable prices. An extensive menu from sandwiches to dinner meals that include a salad and soup bar. Great service and atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Big Breakfast, Glad We Came Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Recommended by regular area vacationers, exceeded our expectations. Big family style table right next to the kitchen if you want to visit or quiet corner booth, seat yourself.

"Family" in the name means each breakfast is large enough to feed the family. We chose carefully to taste as many items as we could, all were excellent: fresh country eggs, crisp bacon, perfectly cooked American fries, hash, oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins, pancakes, and of course, coffee.

And waitresses who were attentive, personable, and happy to have you come to their restaurant. It says "Diner" in the name, but look for the store front restaurant in downtown Decatur.

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“This is the real deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Having roadtripped across America from coast to coast, I'd grown pretty weary of the usual chain diners on offer at every truck or fuel stop.

Honestly.... I randomly took the exit towards Decatur & found this place by accident.

The service was open& friendly, the food spot on & tasty... I knew I was in trouble when the appetiser of chicken wings turned up, & they were the juiciest ones I've ever tasted; plus they put a couple extra on for good measure.

The hand made beef burger is just that, a proper hand made patty, the salad was crispy & fries crunchy.

I cannot recommend this macs enough. What a great little find!!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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