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Lil' Chef

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1616 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, MI 48640-5634
+1 989-631-3660
06:00 - 23:00
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Midland, Michigan
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Good food, with friendly prompt service. The environment is clean and receptive. The food was served warm but you might want to give specifics as to not be disappointed....example: bread toasted until "browned", etc.

Thank GoTurner
Midland, Michigan
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

For last few years, they have not added one single item to their salad bar, their menu is the same always, and the service is bad.

Thank vivianmh2014
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

I've been frequenting here for 20 years! The service is always good and the coffee is great. With all the big box places "the chef" as us locals call it is a stand out in the mom and pop places to go!

Thank Joshua T
Midland, Michigan
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

I Used to work here I've seen food dropped on floor and re-plated most dishes are microwaved including the baked fish i have seen cooks use washroom and walk right by a sink without using it. walk in cooler is Dirty there have been finger marks in ice cream tubs from hand eating. The only Good thing i can sat... More 

2 Thank Penny W
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

I have been to Lil' Chef a few times before tonight and it has always been "okay". The times we have been there in the morning have always been decent. However, we went in the evening today and tonight's visit was not as pleasant. Mother and son outing. The salad bar left a lot to be desired. No broccoli, cauliflower,... More 

2 Thank Natalie G
Traverse City, Michigan
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484 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015 via mobile

Sadly places like this are going away for cookie cutter restaurants. I enjoy the small town feel as well as these types of restaurants that I grew up with. Good food and kind service. Worth the stop.

Thank Joseph L
Royal Oak, United States
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149 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014

Friendly, personalized service with delicious food has made Lil Chef a favorite spot for decades. Easy to find with plenty of parking, once inside our two orders of Farmer’s Omelet and French Toast were well prepared, served promptly & delicious. Our first experience with Lil Chef was in the early 80’s when we were in Midland for the annual two... More 

Thank Ernest M
New Jersey
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213 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

Went for breakfast, home fries brown on outside raw in the middle. Reminds you of Denny's food. Waitress very nice keeps coming around to make sure everything is fine. About a dozen breakfast specials.

Thank Trkr483
Midland, Michigan
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

The servers are always friendly here. The last time I was there we were talking about business and she said that it has been down there lately. The food is average restaurant fare and while nothing to crow about tastes pretty good and will fill you up nicely.

Thank momma_of_kitties
Midland, Michigan
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168 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013 via mobile

This place has a small town feel - it seems as if everyone knows everyone. I had a daily special of chicken over biscuits that was very good. It had lots of chicken pieces, peas, corn and carrots in gravy over buttery biscuits. Parmesan breadsticks were pretty average. The peanut butter pie tasted of "Nutter Butters" - not my cup... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1616 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, MI 48640-5634
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Midland
  • Phone Number: +1 989-631-3660

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?