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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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“white fish” (49 reviews)
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226 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9666
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ordered the white fish and chicken fingers baskets. Everything tasted good, but I've never had such greasy chicken strips. I literally folded a napkin around each one and squeezed out the grease before I ate it. And we both felt sick the next day....More

Thank Nicole D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent white fish with fries, tartar sauce. The whitefish chowder was also good, and the cole slaw was tasty. Good portions, easy parking, pleasant staff, and indoor or outdoor seating available!

Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little restaurant is a wonderful place to come for delicious whitefish. The décor is very interesting, with all things to do with the fishing trade. A really nice place for a meal.

Thank Linda53039
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was fine, but the food itself was just not very good. We tried the whitefish since that was the most popular item, but it was mushy - we ate the crispier parts around the edges of the fish, but the middle was just...More

Thank MeLindaB38
Reviewed 13 March 2018

It's a treat to come to Scalawags! We do a girls trip every year to Mackinac Island and first up - Scalawags in Mack City! It's delicious, hot and crispy. The fries are delicious and the hush puppies are to die for. The atmosphere is...More

1  Thank lucygirl012018
Reviewed 23 February 2018

Want the best ?? Well you sure found it . No need to move one step, if you do you will regret it. Scalawags is always the best Whitefish and OMG the shrimp. See you in JUNE

1  Thank Marsha B
Reviewed 22 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.

1  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

1  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!

1  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.

1  Thank ablackram
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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

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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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