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“This is how it is....”
Review of West Bay Diner

West Bay Diner
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Michigan
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“This is how it is....”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We were persuaded by a couple locals to try this diner again and we found it much better than our previous visit so I wanted to update my review. The food and service is pretty good and the place is much cleaner. The hours are kind of irregular due to the owners health, but certainly is a decent restaurant. It's a shame they are not typically open for breakfast, because that is what GM really needs.

  • Visited August 2013
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Chicago
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Like a trip to a museum, but with a shake”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

If you have an appreciation of the history of diners in America, you should certainly check this place out. From an architectural standpoint, this place should be on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The owners have certainly put their heart and soul into restoring the place and operating it.

Yes, the food is not wonderful. But you know, the food of middle America in 1949-- when this diner was built-- was actually not too wonderful. So this place is historically accurate in that regard too.

Anyway! if you're not in a hurry, and wish to meet some local people, this place is a good bet.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Fussy_Janet
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Chicago, IL
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Slow but sure”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Very kind staff. The owner is overwhelmed with a claim to fame as a published author. A very long wait, but we were on vacation and were not bothered. The complaint was they ran out of everything from whitefish to waffle cones with the influx of customers which limited the food choices.

Visited August 2013
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Thank CarolSmu
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Gulliver, Michigan
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nothing could be finer...diner”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

When we are called from shore of Lake Michigan to that of Lake Superior, we head to grand Marais and the diner. It has the cimbined atmosphere of soda shoppe, deli, and buffalo burgers! True, service is slower...just don't expect Big City speed at top of Upper Peninsula, friendly waits, no one seems to mind. Grown kids visiting from West US praise malts, grands love the coffee. Owner- wife a celeb for two recently published books...where does she fin writing time--it's always filled when we visit!?!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Vicki H
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Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Eat your heart out, fast-food America!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Wonderful food in a completely restored diner (read the back of the menu!). These folks work their batuties off to bring you great food. Club sandwiches piled high with the real stuff (no wax meat), great soup and chili, wonderful old-fashioned soda fountain service. It's clear that most people who wrote reviews here didn't read the back of the menu. If you do, you'll learn something about the "one waitress." She and her husband own the place and they followed a dream: that's why the food is so good! Ellen is also a seriously good author. Check this place out and don't complain about the service: everything here is done with care and a good dose of love. The kitchen is tiny and only so many plates can come out at a time. We got there a bit early for lunch and were seated and served quickly, so be smart. If you arrive at the height of the lunch hour, you may have to wait a bit, but that will give you time to take the place in (and read the back of the menu)! It's completely worth every minute you spend there. Eat your heart out, fast food America!

  • Visited October 2013
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