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Scalawag's Whitefish & Chips

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$$ - $$$
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226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
+1 231-436-7777
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed 6:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Davison, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My favorite fish and chips! Always excellent. Great place to stop even if you're just passing through.

Thank Diane D
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The fish and chips were among the best, if not the best I have ever eaten. It was raining so we ate inside where it's very basic, but clean and comfortable/

Thank fenmen
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a walk up and order restaurant. The food is great. It has an awesome atmosphere. We really enjoyed our experience.

Thank auntiegodmama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good whitefish and sandwich. Simple menu makes them to provide a Quick service to the customers. The place to dine is very small though. Couple of tables outside as well. The place is almost packed all the time during weekends. I try to stop here to get the basket of fish whenever I cross mackinaw city.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
United States
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119 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first time ever at Scalawag's, I've been to Mackinaw a few times. The Whitefish was very good, I didn't think the batter was heavy, just right. The fries were lacking though. Seemed like frozen? The coleslaw and hush puppies were good too. The hostess/cashier was sweet as can be, very friendly. I would go back. I had... More 

Thank travelchick2
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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375 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small restaurant has been serving consistently tasty fish and chips at its Mackinaw City location since 1992. More recently it has also had a Traverse City location. They offer a choice of whitefish, perch, shrimp, walleye, or chicken fingers, with baskets including French fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, tarter sauce, and lemon. Scalawag's also offers a tasty cup or bowl of... More 

Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whitefish was average at best. The coleslaw was subpar. The hush puppies and fries were good. The whitefish chowder was gross, room temperature and full of bones. We won't be back. For what they charge is was a major let down.

Thank detroittigers1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whitefish is cooked to perfection and is absolutely delicious... add fries, coleslaw and a couple of hushpuppies and it's more than a meal. Dine in or take out...I've never been disappointed!

Thank Jo K
Bedford, Indiana
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Scalawag's for dinner one night on our vacation. The food was ok my husband enjoyed his walleye and my white fish was ok. My husband and I both found a few bones in both our fish baskets but that happens. I feel like we didn't get a lot of food for our money tho. We did leave full... More 

Thank Kara E
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First Place and LAST Place we stop in Mackinaw City!!! As a person who normally doesn't even LIKE FISH, This WHITE FISH DINNER (Get the 3 piece, do Leftovers!!!) is WONDERFUL for a Tasty and fast Meal. Also a Scalawags in Traverse City. What's not to LIKE???

Thank TripperJanet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 3:30 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 am
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-436-7777
Specializing in Great Lakes fish including whitefish, perch and walleye. Lightly battered and fried in a canola corn oil. Zero cholesterol and zero trans-fats. We also offer chicken tenders and array of sandwiches. Our chowder is homemade and prepared New England style. Kids menu, outside dining, groups welcome. Take a bite out of the great lakes.

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