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“Enjoyed our lunch...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joe's Friendly Tavern

Joe's Friendly Tavern
11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
+1 231-326-5506
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Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Empire
Cuisines: American
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Bowie, Maryland, United States
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144 restaurant reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our lunch...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Stopped in for lunch during our day of sightseeing. Joe's is a casual place and they have a wide selection of options on their menu. They are famous for their burgers, but also feature a lot of sandwich choices.

I had a burger topped with chili, cheese, and diced onions. It was good, although I thought the chili could use a bit more spice. But, with as many people as they serve and the wide variety of tastes, they may want to keep the recipe a bit on the tamer side.

My wife had a grilled cheese sandwich that had green apple slices inside. She thought it was very good.

Joe's also had a full bar and serves local brews. My wife had a grapefruit IPA that she really enjoyed. It had a nice, crisp flavor.

Our server was very nice and was very attentive.

Recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

  • Visited July 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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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
We are glad you enjoyed your dinning experience at Joe's Friendly Tavern. Hope to have you visit us again.
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Glen Ellyn, IL
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a great place to come after hiking on the Sleeping Bear Point Trail. We like our beer and they had a few craft beers on draft. There are even a few vegetarian options, including a homemade bean burger on some spicy veggies. Our server was pushing the peanut butter pie, which was fantastic though we didn't really need it. Service attentive and friendly even though they were busy at lunch time on a Friday.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Thank you for choosing Joe's. Glad you enjoyed one of our "made with Empire hops" Michigan craft beers. And thanks for mentioning one of our vegetarian dishes. Burgers are our main focus but we have a little something for everyone. I agree, the Peanut Butter Pie is fantastic, I have a hard time not overindulging in it myself. The enthusiastic server pushing the pie was the same girl who makes the pies, she's very proud of her recipe. Once again, thank you for choosing Joe's and we look forward to serving you again.
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Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Liked it, went there twice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nice menu, friendly service. I had asked waitress to make a change from the menu, she was very nice and accomodating.
Food was good. My husband had the walleye special, said it was very good.

Visited June 2014
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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for your review of Joe's. We are glad to hear your enjoyed your experience with us so much that you paid us a repeat visit. We look forward to serving you again.
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West Coast, Michigan
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good Food.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We ate both Breakfast and dinner here. Both were very good, service is good. Get the Breakfast Burritos...very good!

Visited June 2014
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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for choosing Joe's. The Breakfast Burrito is new to our menu this summer. Happy to hear it has fans. Please visit us again when you are in the area.
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West Bend
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lake Michigan circle tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at the Lakeshore Inn in Empire and Joe's is just two blocks away. Large menu, we went with fresh pan fried walley and it was excellent. Nice local place. So good we returned for breakfast the next day - lots of food.

Visited June 2014
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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for making Empire and Joe's Friendly Tavern part of your Lake Michigan Circle Tour. We hope to see you again.
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