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Scalawag's Whitefish & Chips

226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
+1 231-436-7777
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“hush puppies” (82 reviews)
“fries” (104 reviews)
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226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Just okay. There's so many options for good food in Mackinaw City, but this is just so-so. Walleye was good but not great and it was overpriced for one piece. Choose wisely.

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Okay spot for cheap eats. The fish was small and thin, the fries were cooked in the same oil as the fish so the fries taste fishy. Overall not impressed. But it was cheap, so what do you expect

Thank randellc
Reviewed 1 week ago

This fried White Fish cannot be beat. Not greasy and always fresh. Basket served with hush puppies, fries, and coleslaw. The White Fish Chowder is excellent. The also have other fish and chicken too but how can you not get the White Fish. You can...More

Thank U6870XQlindam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visit would definitely go back. The food was really good. The shrimp basket was excellent.

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to the one in Traverse City also. Fish and sides are good ( especially the scalloped potatoes and hush puppies). I prefer the broiled but my spouse likes the fried. You order at the counter and they bring your dinner to you. Service...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small joint in the city but so far the best in Fish & Chips!!! Worth its price!!! Nice cozy place to dine in!!!

Thank Jose_Lorenzo_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for a bite to eat while shopping in Mackinaw City. My wife and I both ordered the Whitefish and Chips. Generous portions with fries and hushpuppies. The food was excellent as well as the service and the staff very friendly Both inside and...More

Thank Jerry B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sort of like a fast food restaurant. You place your order and pay for it at the counter and when it is ready they bring it to your table. The fish was good but battered and deep fried. The place to sit down to eat...More

Thank arthuro272
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read many reviews of Scalawags I needed to try it for myself. Did not disappoint. Service was fast. Fish came our hot and delicious. Whitefish and the Perch were great and the prices reasonable

Thank Tapcon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch one day. Hubby got the Walleye and I got the shrimp. The shrimp were huge and you get 8-10 in a basket. The walleye was wonderful as well. It seats and feels like fast food but tastes better than anything you'll...More

Thank Sioux4ever
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14 August 2017|
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Response from LokieB | Reviewed this property |
We were there late and in the pouring rain. There was only two other tables when we went in and didn't have any wait. We didn't see the owner but our waitress and the other one were having problems finding a table that had... More
29 June 2016|
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Response from Jan C | Reviewed this property |
Their menu shows baskets for either whitefish or shrimp but no combo.
Jared L
19 May 2016|
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Response from blazermcc08 | Reviewed this property |
I would say at least 30 people could sit inside.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$3 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available
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Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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