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“Great comfort food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darrow's Family Restaurant

Darrow's Family Restaurant
301 Louvingney, Mackinaw City, MI 49701f
231-436-5514
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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59 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great comfort food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

I've been going to Mackinaw City for well over 30 years, and for some reason never heard of Darrows before. My fault for staying east of the Bridge all those years and not venturing one block west. It was so good that we went twice on this year's visit. Typically, we never go to the same restaurant in a trip. We had fried fish and pot roast the first night. Lunch the next were Reuben and pulled pork sandwiches. The meals were great. Darrow's is not a place for people who have discriminating taste buds and want complex flavors. Darrow's is fresh fried perch, slow cooked post roast (no added spices, other than salt & pepper). The atmosphere is very basic with some nautical designs. The service is functional -- take your order, serve the food, done. The servers do not pay a lot of attention to customers, always seeming to be half distracted. We went twice, two different servers, and they forgot who ordered what when bringing food to the table, and there were only my wife and me at the table. The line on most nights and Sunday brunch is out the door. We had nearly a 40 minute wait the first night. Is it worth it? Yes, definitely. Most restaurants in Mackinaw are often over priced, mediocre food or both. At Darrow's, the price is spot on, and the food was perfect comfort food. The place is so busy during tourist season that I'm sure they focus on getting the food to the table and moving customers along so that the table is free. It definitely feels that way. But when in Mackinaw, I sure that most people want to keep moving along.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Wayne, IN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Long Johns Silver meets Family Restaurant.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Kathy provided amazing service. Family comfort food restaurant. Homemade pies looked great.
I tried the pecan field of greens chicken salad. It was a hearty salad and very good. It hit the spot. The prices were reasonable. Decor reminded me of Long John Silvers. Place was packed. But was seated immediately. Worth the stop in. But ask for Kathy!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bergen County, NJ
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good, homecooked style food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This restaurant is a pleasant change from the usual touristy type places. They don't take reservations, so there is a line, but it moved quickly. There is a large menu, but we all had fish and it was obviously fresh. Meals come with 2 sides, which can also be used for soups or salads. Everything was very good, not amazing, but you can't really go wrong here. The pies are great, leave room for dessert.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Ignace, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Favorite place to eat in the Straits area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Fresh fish, wide selection of fresh pies, fair prices, great service. My favorites are the garlic butter burger or the whitefish fingers with onion rings

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Island, Florida
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“Wonderful meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our dinner were wonderful and the service was outstanding. We had fish and finished with pie. Oh my goodness! the banana cream pie was to die for! We're going back...soon.

Visited August 2013
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