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“Good pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Tractor

Blue Tractor
Ranked #32 of 298 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pinckney, Michigan
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nice beer selection and food menu. Try the fried green beans and the Cuban burger with sweet potato fries.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank parrottHead1960
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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Tractor, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hi parrottHead1960,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experience with Blue Tractor. We are happy you came to visit and enjoyed your time with us. We love the fried green beans and are happy to hear that you enjoyed them as well! We would love to know how we can do better. Please let us know how we can exceed your expectations. Feel free to contact our General Manager Andy Weaver at (231) 922-9515 or bluetractor@mission86.com if you would like to provide further information or have any other concerns. Your feedback and support are much appreciated and we hope to see you again soon!
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“Not as good as it was last summer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went to enjoy the mushroom mac and cheese and they no longer have it. What a disappointment. Our whole day was planned around that. Not sure that I would rush back soon. They just don't seem to have it together like they did last year. Our food was fine and came out hot but we were not wowed like we have been in the past. Our waiter Scott was very good.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank NortonG
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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Tractor, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hi NortonG,

Thank for visiting Blue Tractor and taking the time to leave a review. At Blue Tractor, we bring our customers the highest quality ingredients that Northern Michigan has to offer, and we try to offer local products whenever possible. Sometimes this means having to take off items on our menu that we love. We are sorry that you were disappointed in your recent visit to Blue Tractor.

Please let us know how we can exceed your expectations in the future. Feel free to contact our General Manager Andy Weaver at (231) 922-9515 or bluetractor@mission86.com if you would like to provide further information or have any other concerns. Your feedback and support are much appreciated and we hope to see you again soon!
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Traverse City, Michigan
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Training Needed in All Areas”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

On a recent return visit, both service and food preparation had noticeably declined. This appears to be a result of poor or non-existent training. The menu featured Michigan craft draft beers with a note to ask the server to describe them. However, our server, clad in jeans and tee shirt, could only read a list stuck in her order pad. She couldn't pronounce the names nor could she describe them. She was likewise unfamiliar with other aspects of the menu.

All members of our party ordered the featured burger - something we have enjoyed before. When the items were finally served by a manager, she didn't know who ordered what. Her comment was that the server didn't write them down in the correct order. Most of the hot food was cool or cold. However the cool burgers were also well overcooked. The manager apologized and asked if we would like something "to go," to which we replied that no, we wanted a properly prepared meal. Medium burgers would be great. The manager's reply was that this particular burger was prepared medium well.

Unfortunately, our replacement burgers were still overcooked, but at least they were hot. The manager offered the excuse that it was a busy night and this was the featured item. However, there were several empty tables. Usually when we dine there, the tables are all full and we have a wait.

My impression is that neither the server nor the cook were properly trained, thus resulting in a less than satisfying experience. Fortunately, there are many other restaurants in Traverse City so we will be in no hurry to return to the Blue Tractor

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Old_Chief1
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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Tractor, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hi Old_Chief1,

Thank you so much for visiting Blue Tractor and taking the time to share your feedback. We’re truly sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. We want to ensure our customers have an excellent experience and we apologize that our standards, as well as yours, were not upheld. We appreciate your feedback and will definitely address your concerns. We’d like to know how we could remedy your experience, so please feel free to reach out to our General Manager Andy Weaver at (231) 922-9515 or bluetractor@mission86.com if you would like to provide further information or have any other concerns. Your feedback and support are much appreciated. We hope that you'll give us another chance and that we can exceed your expectations next time.
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Bowie, Maryland, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Glad we tried it...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

I had read a few reviews of Blue Tractor, so we decided to give it a try while we were in town.

They had a good selection of Michigan beers and our server was able to tell us about some of them. My wife and I enjoyed our selections.

For dinner, my wife had a pulled pork pizza and I had a two meat combination plate, beef brisket and pulled pork. The beef tasted good, but it was not nearly as tender as I have had in the past. The pork was good and you could taste the smoke.

I was also a bit disappointed in the french fries. While they were hot, I could tell they had been cooked awhile before I got them. I am of the opinion that fries should be cooked to order. It isn't that hard to do.

Our server was very nice and attentive.

All in all, it was a good visit. I think my "very good" rating is a bit high, but the restaurant is better than average.

For those who are in the area, I do recommend giving it a try.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank KPR18
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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Tractor, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hi KPR18,

Thank you for visiting Blue Tractor and taking the time to post a review about your experience with us! We pride ourselves on our service and happy to hear it exceeded your expectations. We apologize that the beef brisket and french fries were not to your liking. However, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience dining with us. We would love to know how we can do better. Feel free to contact our General Manager Andy Weaver at (231) 922-9515 or bluetractor@mission86.com if you would like to provide further information or have any other concerns. Your feedback and support are much appreciated and we hope to see you again soon!
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Zeeland
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

We've been to a number of restaurants in Traverse City but this was our first time to the Blue Tractor. We now have a new favorite. Nice variety, delicious and reasonably priced. Very comfortable seating area and casual atmosphere. For a July 4th weekend dinner we anticipated a hour wait but were seated in 15 minutes. I would attribute this to friendly fast moving staff. From our hostess, waitress,bartender to cooks, they are on the ball. Very satisfied...we'll be back.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Dan V
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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Tractor, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Hi Dan V,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your positive experience with Blue Tractor. Here at Blue Tractor we focus on three things: a relaxing environment, good beer and excellent comfort food all while providing great service. Happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations! And thrilled to know that we are your new favorite! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you back again soon! Cheers!
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