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“You wouldn't know by looking....”

Bortell’s Fisheries
Ranked #3 of 70 Restaurants in Ludington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our family has been vacationing in Pentwater, MI, for a week every summer for many years. This past week a friend who lives in that town asked us if liked this restaurant. We'd never even heard of it! We immediately gathered our family and drove up to this nondescript fishery and take out restaurant to try the food in the evening. The first glimpse was off-putting as it has a warehouse appearance to the outside and no visible clue that the seafood is outstanding. We stood in line with many other people and ordered our fish from the varieties arranged in the windowed display case. All but the teenager in our group of nine ordered the Lake Perch dinner. Each dinner came with fries and cole slaw, and then we ordered onion rings for the table. All drinks, canned or bottled, are in a refrigerator case by the cash register and are $1, whether for soda or water. One progresses through the line, from ordering the meal, to deciding whether it should come with or without salt, to selecting an optional beverage, in an assembly line fashion. By the time one reaches the cash register, the food is being bagged for take out. One can either take it outside to a handy picnic table on their lawn, or else take it home for dinner in your own setting. The fish, although deep fried, had no greasy taste or appearance. The fries and onion rings were hot and tasty. All nine in our group agreed that this was the best fish dinner we'd ever had, despite the take out nature of the place. We'll be going back again and again, following our excellent dining experience last week.

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4  Thank SinisterCyclone
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I love good smoked fish & Bortells is always a highlight of our annual trip to Ludington. We just took extended family for the 1st time & they enjoyed the dinner as much as the beautiful view in the park across the street!

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3  Thank Kristen S
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Bortell's has excellent fish and chips dinner! We had walleye and whitefish. Fish fried to perfection. Their fish ranks equal to Islamorada in the Florida Keys and London, UK. As other reviewers have stated, they do not take debit or credit cards. Outdoor seating only - you order inside and take your fish dinner to picnic tables outside. The location is a bit out of the way from either Ludington or Pentwater but definitely worth the drive!

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2  Thank lovetotravel20001
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

A great place for non-greasy, crispy fried fish. Lots of kinds to choose from: trout, cod, salmon, smelt, tilapia...

Nice selection of smoked fish too.

Cash only and eat outside in picnic area or on the beach nearby.

2  Thank BandBsRGr8
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Cannot wait to go back!!!!! Mmmmm..... So delicious!!! We had the whitefish dinner. It had tons of flavor! Plenty for one person with the fries! They only accept cash, so come prepared for that. It's a nice area put in the country so I doubt there is an ATM near. We don't normally carry cash but happened to have some that day, thank goodness. I would to have wanted to miss it!!!

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3  Thank JCLacy13
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