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“Still a Favorite” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joe's Friendly Tavern

Joe's Friendly Tavern
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Empire
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Suttons Bay, Michigan
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126 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Still a Favorite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Joe's continues to be an unpretentious, nice place to eat a simple meal. The burgers that were once (maybe 20 years ago) spectacular there are now just very good and the chili might have slipped a bit, but the restaurant continues to serve food that is better than average and is reasonably priced. What hasn't changed is the setting. Joe's is comfortable and rustic. It's the kind of place that, before we moved up here, we used to visit just for a flavor of "Up North". That favor is still there and as succulent as ever.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Arlington Heights, Illinois
2 reviews
“great family restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

The food is excellent and really well priced. I used to eat here with my family as a child and things haven't changed much, which is a definite plus!

Visited September 2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“First night tradition.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Each and every year of going to Glen Arbor our whole family go to Joe's in Empire for dinner. The men wear their Joe's shirts and the kids gather their coins to win stuffed animals. My grandson and granddaughter have become experts at this challenge. :-) The food is wonderful and you'll always be greeted with Frank's friendly smile and taken to a table without too much of a wait. Make sure to order the smelt when you order to have with your drink while you wait for your food.

Visited July 2013
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Traverse City, Michigan
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135 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Friendly ?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Service was tough since one waitress tries to serve the entire place. The food was OKay - no big deal and the prices didn't match the quality. We went several times to try it and have made a conscious decision not to return.

Visited July 2013
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very tasty food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Had the special, and it was very tasty. The Reuben was very good. The sweet potato fries are cooked to perfection. The service was a little slow, but very friendly!

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