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“Oatmeal Cherry Pancakes for the Best Breakfast Before Sleeping Bear Hiking”

Joe's Friendly Tavern
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Empire
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Oatmeal cherry pancakes were filling and tasty. Ambiance is typical Midwestern bar, complete with wood paneling and slightly dark interior. Reasonable prices.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience at Joe's. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch, and had to wait for a table. A lady, two people behind us, walks in grabs a table because she knows someone who works there, and they let her...rude! The food is good and you get decent size portions, but don’t sit next to the kitchen unless you want to hear vulgar language.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

I'm not exactly sure what went down with the lady that was in line behind you, but I can assure you.... it is not Joe's Friendly Taverns policy to give preferential treatment to people our staff knows. Sometimes larger groups in line behind smaller groups get seated first, sometimes the opposite happens. It all depends on which size table becomes available first.
Now for the swearing.... we certainly do not condone that. Sometimes, in the heat of action our cook staff forgets they are in an open kitchen. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It will be addressed.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We were staying at the Indigo Bluffs RV Campground about 3 miles away and the front desk staff recommended this place. Great little tavern, very near the entrance to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Great pub atmosphere and fantastic burgers. I ate a whole one by myself, which is unusual, but that's how good they were! Gotta stop by here if you are in the area.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and our service. Thank you for sharing your experience at Joe's with the TA community. We hope you visit us again, soon.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We went in on a Sunday what would be prime time about 11 with 10 people got seated right away we had 3 small kids with us. the servers were amazing super nice and great with the boys ages 3,4 and 7. Food was good served quick. Friendly's is a great name for this restaurant

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience at Joe's. We hope you visit our area (and us) again.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

During a slow time, Monday late lunchtime, we stopped in for a late lunch. The service was slow, inattentive, and “unaware.” Great burger as usual, but the prices seemed unreasonably high. Maybe still “tourist pricing” from the summer?? A little disappointed.

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Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Sorry we disappointed you, good customer service is something we pride ourselves on. Thank you for letting us know we fell short on this occasion. We will take steps to correct this.

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