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The Franklin Inn

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160 E. Huron, Bad Axe, MI
+1 989-269-9951
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Sully, Iowa
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103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

There were a lot of locals here for the lunch buffet. The food was good, but not great. Variety was also good. Service was very friendly and helpful.

Thank Jeff P
Miami, Florida
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is definitely the premier hotel-motel in Bad Axe. Clean rooms, a great dining room, friendly bar staff. The owner is always on premises and friendly, really a nice guy. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Thank johnbukie
London, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Friends took us there for dinner. I can't begin to tell you how below average it was. The steak was like shoe leather, the fish was frozen and deep fried, the popcorn shrimp had be popped for a long time. The ribs were almost average but at least they were tender...flavorless but tender. The salad bar was good... no imagination,... More 

Thank Pete N
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Dine frequently on weekend when buffet is avaialable. Extensive choices with prime rib as an option. A salad and desert bar are also offered together with the buffet. Great coffee! A complete bar is also available. A banquet hall is avaiable for booking.

Thank Danachas
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Franklin is a tried and true location for all you can eat buffets in the Thumb. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is consistently tasty. Plan to eat hear if you are hungry and desire a filling meal at a fair price.

Thank David J
Bad Axe, Michigan
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Franklin Inn is med. priced. Good to have Banquets there. The staff is great. Nice clean place to stay overnight.

1 Thank Fran L
Pigeon, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Their buffets are very generous, but the food is so-so. I would suggest ordering off the menu for dinners.

Thank Margaret N
Augusta, Georgia
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113 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

This used to be a go to place for a great buffet. Unfortunately, it's gone downhill over the years. It's just a bit below average now, but the wait staff was at least attentive.

Thank David P
Detroit, Michigan
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Was in here this past Saturday night for dinner with a friend and we both had the buffet. It was pretty good. A good selection for the salad bar, let alone the main buffet itself. Good salads, seafood and prime rib.

Thank DDUB_10
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

It seems like over the years they have been selling more items that come from Gordon Food Service or some other prepackaged source. Quality isn't what it used to be. Desserts are so so. I don't like paying to eat out when it tastes so so.

Thank seetheusainaford

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E. Huron, Bad Axe, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Bad Axe
  • Phone Number: +1 989-269-9951
It is the restarant within The Franklin Inn Motel,which searves to the regular public. We had buffet style and everything was delicious,and fair priced

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