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“New management, same average restaurant.”

Schelde's Grille & Spirits
Ranked #68 of 304 Restaurants in Traverse City
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Traverse City, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
505 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“New management, same average restaurant.”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Howard Schede has been retiring from the restaurant scene and his daughter and son-in-law w own this location. There is some good and some poor to be had. The vegetable sirloin soup is rich and delicious. The French onion soup was salty and seemed to have a burnt flavor. The salad bar ($3.95 extra) is pretty good.
My pasta dish with meat balls and sausage was just right in spice but the sauce was an uninspired red paste. Overall not yummy Italian. The DW's pasty was covered in a dark gravy that seemed like a cross between canned gravy and Jiffy Lube. Portions are large, I took 1/2 of my pasta home and DW took her whole pasty home.
If it's a premium entrée you seek, go somewhere else. If you are content with average comfort food and a few tasty items then pull up a chair.

  • Visited April 2014
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lyle7692
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Just a nice family restaurant”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We went to Schelde's as a family. Great light in the front of the place under the skylight. The salad bar is small but packed with everything good. The soup was clam chowder and was excellent. Kids got portions large enough we had to take food home. Great all around experience. Thank-you!

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MILLINGTON
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't Show Up Late.”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We showed up a half hour before closing and asked if it was ok. We were assured it was fine they seat people right up till closing. Everyone in our group only ordered soup or an appetizer or dessert. We knew it was late and didn't want to order big meals. Evidently our server did not agree with the policy of seating customers till closing. He was very unhappy and unfriendly. The French Onion Soup was the worst I have ever had.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Diane4219
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Elmira michigan
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent service!”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The food was great. The service was outstanding. The restaurant was very clean. Definitely will return. The music didn't fit the atmosphere.

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Bay City
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food, nice variety”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here on a Sunday for breakfast. We didn't realize that until 11 am all that was available was the buffet. We weren't really all that hungry, but stayed anyway. There was a great variety of food items including pumpkin and plain waffles with several toppings, a couple types of eggs, eggs Benedict, sweet rolls, potatoes, etc. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly and kept our coffee cups filled. Will go back...with a bigger appetite.

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1 Thank MichaelFred
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