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“Amazing coffee, amazing view!”
Review of J L Beanery - CLOSED

J L Beanery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $12
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
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.
1 review
“Amazing coffee, amazing view!”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

You couldn't place a coffee shop in a better location. Amazing coffee with an equally amazing nearly 360 degree view of the straits of Mackinac.

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English first
Lake Zurich, Illinois
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“Charming coffee house”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The JL Beanery is a great quaint coffee house. The owners and staff are very friendly and engaging. The view is awesome and the muffins great. We had a tasty scrambled egg -vegetable plate and it was very tasty. It is a nice place to sit and relax, enjoy the view, read the paper or just watch the boats sail in. And ... great coffee!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank xtech1
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Boise
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195 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“SIMPLY PUT; "FANTASTIC!!!"”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Without question, this place has the best coffee and coffee speciality drinks on the island plus the best sandwiches and pastries. But, what's even more special is the service received from the owner and staff. The warm greeting received when one enters sets the stage for a truly great experience. One really feels valued as a customer. Having your coffee and/or sandwich on the dock immediately outside overlooking the harbor and Lake serve to add greatly to the ambience. My wife and I especially appreciated ideas from the staff on attractions we might enjoy, i.e. Captain Dave's two-hour sailing experience on his beautiful sailboat docked immediately behind the coffee house at the dock. Plainly put, you'll certainly be glad you selected the J L Beanery to add to your enjoyment of the island.

Visited September 2012
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Thank durf1
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Great Lakes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Almost skipped my race!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

We chanced upon JL Beanery while searching for coffee on the morning of the Mackinac 8 Mile Race. What a comfortable, charming place to have coffee and a muffin while enjoying a beautiful view of the bay in wicker rockers. It was so relaxing and unpretentious that I almost decided to skip the race! The coffee was fresh, tasty and was just the right blend for morning. The muffin was also very good.

We had a such a good experience in the morning, that we decided to try them for lunch. They have a good variety of sandwiches and salads to choose from. Our food was delicious and very fresh, prepared and served in an attractive way.

The prices are completely reasonable and fair for what you get.

It's just slightly off the beaten path, but definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited September 2012
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new richmond wi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“I DON'T GET IT”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

I just do not understand this place, seems like they cater to the local boaters and the rest are just left to figure out this confusing place. Do they have a server or not? Do they serve you coffee or are you supposed to serve yourself? Do they have fresh bakery goods or are they old and better toasted. Also, does it take over 10 minutes to toast something, when there where 2 other customers there? Sorry, have traveled to many places, this is one I will not take the time to figure it out.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank PACKERBACKER1231
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VickieJ401, Owner at J L Beanery, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Please accept our apologies for your less than positive experience at JLB! Our goal is to provide good coffee, good food and a relaxing experience; obviously we did not succeed during your visit!
We are always interested in feedback and will work to improve the areas that need attention. Thank you for taking the time to post your comments-we hope to earn a better review given another opportunity!
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