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Scalawag's Whitefish & Chips

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$$ - $$$
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226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
+1 231-436-7777
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 07:00 - 17:00
Mon 11:00 - 23:00
Tue 07:00 - 22:30
Wed 06:30 - 15:30
Thu 06:30 - 19:00
Fri 08:00 - 10:30
Sat 06:30 - 19:00
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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Considering how pricey a whitefish dinner in Mackinaw City can be, I think this place is pretty amazing. I actually preferred the taste of the whitefish served here over that served to me at an expensive family restaurant in town. I think I've dined here three times now and I have yet to be disappointed. And I love that they... More 

Thank flowerhead2
Churubusco, Indiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We like the whitefish they serve. It always has a good taste with no thick breading. You can eat inside or outside.

Thank weaverj693
Level Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We have been going to this favorite whitefish restaurant since it opened years ago. It never disappoints! Can't get your fish any fresher and they have the BEST tarter sauce you'll ever try...

Thank Terry M
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102 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Whenever I visit northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula, I feel obliged to eat a little whitefish. Scalawag's didn't disappoint. The fish was not too heavily deep fried, which was a plus. The fries were pretty good and the service was friendly and efficient. The prices were reasonable for what you got. I would stop by there again in the... More 

Thank travelbobKalamazoo
Wyandotte, Mich
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Every time we go through Mackinaw city we stop here. The food is so good. Their main seller is whitefish, but the also have other types of fish, and chicken fingers. Each dinner is served with fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. This restaurant closes for the winter

Thank lindao10
Batavia, New York
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We enjoy fresh Whitefish, and at Scalawags we found it very reasonably priced. And....we were able to eat outdoors at the end of September. What a treat. It tasted so good, we held off lunch a week later on our return trip until 2:00, so we could eat there again. We will always try to time our trips to (or... More 

Thank Denny M
Davison, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

My favorite fish and chips! Always excellent. Great place to stop even if you're just passing through.

Thank Diane D
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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179 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The fish and chips were among the best, if not the best I have ever eaten. It was raining so we ate inside where it's very basic, but clean and comfortable/

Thank fenmen
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a walk up and order restaurant. The food is great. It has an awesome atmosphere. We really enjoyed our experience.

Thank auntiegodmama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Good whitefish and sandwich. Simple menu makes them to provide a Quick service to the customers. The place to dine is very small though. Couple of tables outside as well. The place is almost packed all the time during weekends. I try to stop here to get the basket of fish whenever I cross mackinaw city.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 22:30
06:30 - 15:30
06:30 - 19:00
08:00 - 10:30
06:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-436-7777
Specializing in Great Lakes fish including whitefish, perch and walleye. Lightly battered and fried in a canola corn oil. Zero cholesterol and zero trans-fats. We also offer chicken tenders and array of sandwiches. Our chowder is homemade and prepared New England style. Kids menu, outside dining, groups welcome. Take a bite out of the great lakes.

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