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“Good coffee but bad experience”
Review of J L Beanery - CLOSED

J L Beanery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $12
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: A coffee shop located in the harbor offering freshly made muffins, scones, bagels. Coffee drinks, fresh fruit smoothies, and teas are available.
Fallbrook, CA
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good coffee but bad experience”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Coffee was great, was going to try the pastries that looked really good in the case but there was a very large fly in it (not necessarily their fault), they have the smallest space possible to prep your coffee, a woman in front of me took her sweet time mixing and tasting..it was frustrating there was no counter I could put down 1 of the 2 cups to just grab what I needed. Tables were full nearby so I had to stand and wait..and..wait.

Visited August 2012
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VickieJ401, Owner at J L Beanery, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
The good news is that you enjoyed the coffee- the bad news is that the rest of the visit was not so great; and for that we sincerely apologize! We value your input and will work toward solving some of the issues you encountered (no pun intended!) Hopefully some of the space issues can be resolved...Thank you for taking the time to post; we cannot solve issues if we don't know about them!
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“Mackinac Gem”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Best coffee, food and laid back atmosphere on the island. If you want prepackaged food and fast coffee, go to Starbucks. If you want fresh delicious food made daily by a friendly kind staff, go to JL BEANERY. Our two young children loved it too! This place is a gem.

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VickieJ401, Owner at J L Beanery, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks so much for your comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed JLB and hope you will return again on your next visit to beautiful Mackinac Island!!
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New City, NY
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great View”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Had two breakfasts here. The staff was great. Everything is made to order. Had 2 different breakfast wraps- really good. My husband had waffle to go - rolled up like a frankfurter roll, with sausage, egg, cheese inside. The coffee was delicious. The view was great, watched the boats coming and going.

Visited August 2012
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Saginaw, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice place for a relaxing breakfast and to get the day started.”
Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

Quaint coffe shop which sits on the water. Has views of the marina, harbor, and lighthouses. If you don't walk down to the marina you find it as it is a hidden gem. Delicious breakfast wraps, breakfast sandwiches, and the best: walking waffle with berries, syrup, and chocolate chips. Absolutely recommended!

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High Point, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“JL Beanery Started The Day Off Right”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We learned about JL Beanery through other TA reviews. We started our day off here two of the three mornings we were on Mackinac Island and were not disappointed.

The walk from all hotels on Main and Market Streets is easy. You will pass through the marina, and the beanery is located directly behind the Bay View Bed and Breakfast.

Inside, you will find a cozy and quaint coffee house with a limited, but excellent menu. After you place your order at the counter, take a seat anywhere and a few minutes later, your food will be brought to you.

Each morning, my wife and I ordered the yogurt (vanilla, or plain) with granola and fresh fruit; and a breakfast wrap. They were both delicious and the coffee was excellent too. Coffee refills are .50 each on the honor system.

There are not many tables in JL, and this is part of the charm. They all have an excellent view of the marina and lake through the large windows topped by transom windows that are opened when a fresh cool breeze is needed. Surprisingly, we did not have to wait for a table on either visit. In fact, on our second trip, just as we finished breakfast, the coveted couch opened up, where we sat for another 30 minutes reading the paper and planning our day.

It may be tempting to stop at one of the many restaurants along Main, but I encourage you to walk the extra 50 yards through the marina and treat yourself to this hidden gem.



Visited August 2012
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