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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“hush puppies” (85 reviews)
“fries” (85 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
$$ - $$$
226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

We have eaten at this small restaurant several times. The fish is good and about as reasonable as any you will find in Mackinaw City. Meals are baskets with fries and slaw. Wait time is reasonable.

Thank LeftHandedGrandma
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I would like to recommed the perch basket. Wonderful service,a very cleanplace to eat with excellant hot food. You better get there at the right time and plan to stand in line waiting to place your order because a lot of people have heard about...More

Thank Larry H
Reviewed 20 November 2017

If you are looking for an inexpensive place to eat that has great whitefish - look no further! This place is great - you order and they call your number. You can eat inside or out. Great hush puppies too!

Thank Yellowlab8
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

The fish soup is super tasty and good to the last drop. We have gotten the whitefish platters each time and you'd think it would heavy due to the deep frying, however is light and tasty and easily inhaled.

Thank ablackram
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here at the end of the day so it was not busy. It's small but quaint. The whitefish was good but not amazing, a little greasier than I would have liked. The shrimp was huge and very good! I really liked the...More

Thank Smithova
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Fun, nautical environment indoors with outdoor seating available. Reasonably priced. Friendly staff.

Thank Rebeck6
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had lunch here on Saturday afternoon. We ate late enough to have missed the lunch rush/crowd. There were just a few eating when we got there. We all had whitefish and chips. All the food was good. Their tartar sauce and cole slaw was...More

Thank dsarv1
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I had been seeking some excellent chicken strips our entire vacation, and finally found them here. The hushpuppies and fries were excellent, also. Food was received fast and hot. Our best dining experience while in Mackinaw City!

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 7 October 2017

My wife and I the first week of Oct, visit Mackinaw City for the last five years and have always had Whitefish dinners from Scalawag's. This year Oct 4th we had take out Whitefish dinners and I had Whitefish Chowder. Something has changed! the Whitefish...More

Thank Bmad1950
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We stopped there on a recent trip. We like whitefish as you can't get it outside the great lakes so we were looking forward to getting some. Both my wife and rated it a, meh. Not great, not bad, just ordinary. The tarter sauce most...More

Thank Doug W
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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