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T J Charlie's

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135 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
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Kerrville, Texas
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I have eaten lunch here several times -- usually with friends from church. I tried several items on the menu -- trying to find something good to eat. A year ago, I gave up. Couldn't find anything worth ordering for a second time. So, I have not been back, and I have to plans to return.

Thank Sociable45
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Food was good. Salad was served with lunch instead of prior to. Very dated decor. Very slow service. Good if you aren't in a hurry at all.

Thank lakajlac
Holland, Michigan
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Been to Elk Rapids many times but found this gem this weekend. The breafasts were amazing. Homemade huge buttermilk pancakes, REAL whipped butter and warm syrup were AMAZING and pair it with eggs and bacon for a reasonable price. We will be back in the fall

Thank kkadolph
Melbourne, Florida
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Small local restaurant. Friendly staff. Good breakfast items. Large portions. Pancakes are great also the big breakfast. Love sitting outside.

Thank C D D
Saint Paul
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Party of 6 for breakfast. Food was good, restaurant was under staffed with 2 servers on the 4th of July weekend. Dated decor. Average place and food.

Thank MinnTraveler89
Elk Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2015

I love the Farmer's Omnlet It is delicious with lots of mushrooms, potatoes tomatoes and cheese. I eat half and save the other for the next day's breakfast.

Thank tscalkins64
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

Very clean, friendly atmosphere, can eat in or outside. Great breakfast and very friendly server, Ali. You won't leave hungry.

Thank Janey L
Elk Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2015

Years back when the restaurant first opened up, it was THE place to go for a meal. The past few years, it's a little tired, although the staff is still friendly. The food is average fare, nothing spectacular, and the prices are acceptable for what you get.

Thank David W
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is clean and bright and blah. The 3 of us ordered a Cuban, a Cherry Chicken Wrap, and a BBQ Pulled Pork with sweet potato fries. The cuban was declared tp be bland, but spruced up with some lemon and pepper. Additionally the turkey on it was tough. The wrap was stated to be very good. The BBQ... More 

Thank Chris H
Box Elder, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stopped in on a Sunday morning and the place was hopping and lucky we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table inside. There was seating available outside. I young girl brought us water and coffee fairly quick. Another woman brought us the menus and we had to flag her down when we were ready to order. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Antrim County  >  Elk Rapids
  • Phone Number: 231-264-8819

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?