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T J Charlie's

135 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
+1 231-264-8819
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good49%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
8 Sep 2018
“My favorite local breakfast spot”
4 Mar 2018
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135 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

They have very good reasonably priced breakfasts. The menu is varied enough to make sure everyone can find something that pleases them. Nice to sit at a table on the sidewalk. Friendly staff.

Thank phantom_49601
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We were in Elk Rapids for band competition and hadn't eaten, we were ready for food. Driving around we discovered most places were closed so we saw TJ Charlie's was open and rapidly parked and ran to the door... We sat, ordered coffee and then...More

Thank MMarshall06
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We stopped in Elk Rapids after church for brunch on our way to a Traverse Symphony concert. The restaurant closes at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays and does not have wi-fi available. Bacon and eggs was OK but not exceptional. Service was quite good.

Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Our meal was delicious, and the waitstaff took care of our egg allergy. The food came surprisingly fast because it was busy. The town is very cute with friendly retailers. The visit was well worth our 30 minute boat drive.

Thank Eyesoftexas1997
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We had omelettes which were average. We sat outside, which was nice. The service was very slow, but pleasant staff.

Thank Lhaydanek
Reviewed 16 February 2017

When they are grilling ribs on the grill they are excellent. Probably the best ribs I have ever eaten.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We have started to go to T J Charlie's since October. Every Sunday after church. The food is great. It is consistent, reasonable and fast. Toady the restaurant for 60% full. By the time our food arrived, it was 100% full. Reasonable wait. Bill came...More

Thank YamaYama2020
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have eaten lunch here several times -- usually with friends from church. I tried several items on the menu -- trying to find something good to eat. A year ago, I gave up. Couldn't find anything worth ordering for a second time. So, I...More

Thank Sociable45
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Food was good. Salad was served with lunch instead of prior to. Very dated decor. Very slow service. Good if you aren't in a hurry at all.

Thank Leeannsoder
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Been to Elk Rapids many times but found this gem this weekend. The breafasts were amazing. Homemade huge buttermilk pancakes, REAL whipped butter and warm syrup were AMAZING and pair it with eggs and bacon for a reasonable price. We will be back in the...More

Thank kkadolph
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  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Antrim County  >  Elk Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 231-264-8819
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