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“Worth the wait”

Bortell’s Fisheries
Ranked #2 of 70 Restaurants in Ludington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was my first time to Bortell's, and after hearing how good the fish was I was not disappointed. Unfortunately we went on the day after July 5th, one of the busiest tourist days of the year in this area. The wait actually wasn't too long, about 25 minutes standing in line outside their little fish shack. It was worth it. I was rather worried that because it was so popular there would be a Fish Nazi inside waiting for us to ask for something they didn't do, but the whole family was called into service that day, and they handled the crowd with ease and a cheerful attitude. The only drawback I felt was it seemed pretty pricey for fish & chips. But the lake perch & whitefish we got was perfectly done. If I lived nearby I would either go back often or learn to cook fish like this.

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3  Thank Joel_Stewart57
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

If only there was a place like this in every city.

Amazing fresh fish. Get it fried while you wait or take it home uncooked.

The lake perch is probably the best choice. We ordered three different varieties and the perch was the best. All were amazing though.

As another yelp'er noted, there is a small park 200-ft down the road (south) which is a perfect spot to enjoy your fish and chips. The park has a great view and access to the lake and tons of picnic tables.

A MUST stop if you like fish and chips.

Cash only!

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3  Thank bluey44
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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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