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“The Best Lake Perch & more”
Review of Scalawags

Scalawags
Ranked #62 of 299 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Chicago, Illinois
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367 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“The Best Lake Perch & more”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I had to try Scalawags after reading all the positive reviews. Easy to find and park. You walk up to the counter and order, simple, I knew the 1/2 lbs of lake perch is what I craved. Having tried lake perch at many restaurants all over the great lakes area, this is the BEST. Perfect light batter, a simple tartar sauce to compliment the fish, not hide the taste. French fries, tasty and fresh.
I was great!. The owner/cook was friendly, and I told him that the perch was the best I ever ate. He was very appreciative, and showed me the raw fish. Very cool. The price is average.
I think I may go back tomorrow for more fish.
Make this a stop, if you're in town.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Belleville, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good whitefish”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Food is good and fairly priced. Great for when you want a quick fish fix. Clean restaurant and convenient location.

  • Visited August 2012
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“Amazing fish”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you love whitefish, you must stop here. Great fresh seafood, cooked perfectly. Tad on the expensive side, but I thought it was worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Boston
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good value for local fare”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Traverse City is a real mecca for foodies, and in this context Scalawags may seem somewhat down-to-earth. However, if you can't get a reservation at the fancier places, or have a sizeable family with you, or just want to sample some of the Great Lake fish, this is a great place to have a dose of whitefish or walleye, deep-fried or even better, grilled. Well seasoned and accompanied by good standard fare of a couple of hushpuppies, fries & coleslaw, it's a relaxing atmosphere, fun decor, no reservations needed and open every day. Totally casual, great for families.

  • Visited August 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Yummy whitefish”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

I really liked my food when I went there, which is strange because I usually don't like fried fish. Definitely a good place for food for a great price. I had the whitefish, it was yummy. I would recommend if you like seafood.. The interior is a little over-the-top, but the fishermen/women I was with seemed to like it so I guess if you are into that sort of thing, it's hip.

Visited June 2012
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