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J & S Hamburg

American, Diner
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1083 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686-4737
+1 231-941-8844
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another classic diner for those who don't want to spend lots of money. There is nothing fancy about this place. The food and the staff are outstanding. Everyone is treated like a longtime friend. You won't go away unhappy or hungry. The experienced owners wait tables.

Thank TCjoel
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191 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting items on the menu, I had grilled ham on raisin bread which was very good. Service was also very good. Well worth the trip

Thank m2ice
Traverse City, Michigan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Very solid restaurant close to home. Have had everything from fish fry, to burgers, to my new favorite their corn beef hash. All the reviews on here/ Yelp are true regarding their hash. It is tasty, homemade and just pure deliciousness... Try it and you will not be disappointed! Waitstaff have always been solid. Just a solid restaurant if you... More 

Thank Eliot H
Palm Harbor, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Always busy & bustling - Every time we go to Traverse City, we have to make a lunch stop here. Want to try their breakfast as well sometime. Don't miss it!!

Thank Marcie M
Traverse City
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Have always enjoyed lunch or supper here but found breakfast superior to any other restaurant prepared breakfast. Friends up from downstate and we were all amazed at the food prepared. Two of us got the special for Sunday morning breakfast, "Yooper Hash" and it was amazing. The other friend had the traditional hash and she agreed it was the best... More 

Thank Patti M
Walker, Michigan
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Had a late afternoon lunch on or way to Mackinaw Island and e stopped by J & S per recommendation on Trip Advisor. I had the pork dinner special, old school with mashed potatoes with gravy, a good not great dinner. The fish and chips the other folks had was a better choice. Deep fried the fish was exceptional, crisp... More 

Thank Robert R
Boyne City, Michigan
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135 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We had breakfast and were more than satisfied. It reminded me of more than one truck stop that we have visited.

Thank Bryan M
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105 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Our family has been going to J&S for nearly a generation. The hand-crafted burgers on brioche buns are excellent but so are the creative omelettes and fish and chips. Definitely worth the trip from downtown. The J&S in downtown TC is different ownership. Good, but not the same. If you want some friendly insults with your meal, ask for Gina.

Thank Gravygourmand
Trenton, Michigan
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73 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

A favorite breakfast spot to hear some good tunes, enjoy the paper, and enjoy a killer corned beef hash. The staff is friendly and I always find a spot at the counter with a cup of coffee poured as I sit down. You can tell why people have been coming here for years. Creative diner fare with a funky twist.... More 

Thank TraverseCityDiner
Traverse City, Michigan
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164 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

Since the 1930s, J&S Hamburg has been the iconic hamburger "joint" in town. The original restaurant is still downtown, but this second location maintains the same excellent quality. If you're looking for the ol' J&S, you still need to go downtown. However, if you close your eyes, the food transports you back to the original location.

Thank Doc3100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1083 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686-4737
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-941-8844

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