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.
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