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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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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (62 reviews)
“fries” (89 reviews)
Opens in 17 min
All hours
American, Fast food, Diner
$$ - $$$
226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped in for lunch while out shopping and was not disappointed. I got the grilled chicken sandwich and my fiancée the fish sandwich and we walked out happy and full ready to finish our shopping

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is delish!! The white fish are nice size chunks of fish. The shrimp are huge n the best I had so far... I was so lucky to get a smelt dinner and it was huge n cheap. They make their smelt just like...More

Thank Pattie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good but not the best whitefish or fries I have had. I liked the liked the menu variety but no combos with shrimp. Mind you I am fanatical when it comes to fish lol

Thank Pitchi K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had been waiting years to return to this whitefish mecca, and happened to catch them on their first day of the spring season. Service quick and friendly, and prices good. Good fries and puppies. My wife felt the whitefish had off flavors, like using same...More

Thank Corsair53
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...More

Thank flowerhead2
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
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
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...More

Thank travelbobKalamazoo
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...More

Thank lindao10
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...More

Thank Denny M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you offer a combo basket with white fish and shrimp? JW
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
is there much inside seating?
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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available
Good for
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
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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.