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“Where's the Rat Pack?”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mode's Bum Steer

Mode's Bum Steer
Ranked #44 of 298 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fort Worth, Texas
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Where's the Rat Pack?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

This Traverse City institution never disappoints. When you enter Mode’s, you feel like you’re entering a time warp back to the era of tailfins on automobiles. Cocktails, red meat, Formica, red-tufted chairs, and mirrored beer signs on the wall all tell you that this is your father’s restaurant!

Although the place is always busy and a bit cramped, you can count on friendly and efficient service, expertly-cooked steaks, and fresh fish (grab some walleye before they run out).

My wife and I almost always have a great filet, while one of my friends routinely orders the duck. A reasonably-priced wine list (although not top end) assists the evening, along with generously-poured cocktails.

No reservations accepted, so go early or late, or you can anticipate a bit of a wait for your table.

Mode’s Bum Steer is a definite “must go” every time we are in Traverse City.

  • Visited July 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Traverse City, Michigan
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Duck and prime rib”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

My husband has such a problem choosing duck or prime rib; it is his favorite place, therefore, was our place to anniversary dinners.

Visited August 2012
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Sebring Fl
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Favorite of locals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Open over 30 years in small downtown location.
Best prime rib in State.
Great steaks, ribs, etc.
Fast service by staff including food.
Wedge of lettuce with homemade blue cheese dressing is out of sight..
Giant shrimp cocktail.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank GeorgeS237
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Holland, Michigan, United States
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Visited April 2012”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

This restaurant definitely has an old school feel to it and it's what we liked the most plus the AMAZING steak!

It's a small place so go early if you can but you will not regret it!

Visited April 2013
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Michigan
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Old Time Bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Yes, the décor is older – but once you get past that – you will be pleasantly surprised. We visited on a Saturday afternoon – very casual, felt like a hometown bar. We had the coney bar and the best crispy French fries! Great prices – Service was excellent! Saw the other reviews on Trip Advisor so gave it a try – so glad we did.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank travel920
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