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519 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2207
+1 231-941-1144
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Whether it is a burger "run through the garden", or their great chicken sandwich, the Chef's In has been a local favorite for over 20 years. One of the last salad bars in the city, scratch soups, and an eclectic mix of customers. Highly recommended for lunch or take out.

Thank Gary P
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306 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Order at the grill and wait for the best sandwich ever! Indoor or outdoor seating, although view is of the parking lot. Small salad bar. Fresh made rolls for sandwiches. Friendly staff.

Thank DayBreeze
Traverse City, Michigan
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Homemade buns, huge portions, fresh ingredients. Been the same for years. Simply great food. Literally prepared in seconds while you wait. These guys are pros.

Thank John G
Ludington, Michigan
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

What a wonderful little deli. The sandwiches and soups were outstanding. I usually leave no food uneaten but the sandwich was so big I could only eat half. All very fresh ingredients, they bake their own breads and make their own soups. I had a ham sandwich on rye and a cup of white bean chili. Excellent. I joked that... More 

Thank rhkfwain
Cedar, Michigan
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Have been eating here for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal. The sandwiches, both hot and cold, are killer. Great salad bar and the turkey salad is the best I've ever had. Great service, great prices and fantastic food. A stellar combination for sure.

Thank PLW85
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

This little place has the best sandwiches!! Simple but delicious. Would recommend calling ahead and picking up.

Thank Poca P
Traverse City, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Their homemade sandwich buns are to die for. I usually get the Chicken Cordon Bleu and am always highly satisfied. Speedy, personal service, a popular lunchtime spot with the locals as well. Hot and cold sandwich offerings and next door is Potter's Bakery with your dessert!

Thank UpNorthFamily
Buckley, Michigan, United States
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Love chef's in! Been going here since i can remember, Fantastic food and service! I usually get a burger but the sandwiches are also great, very VERY customizable so you get exactly what you want every time.

Thank Lisa Y
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54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Was heading to Traverse and checked Trip Adviser. Staff was helpful and friendly. My husband enjoyed the chicken sandwich while I tried the hot ham and cheese. Mine was piled high with both ham and cheese and the bun was fresh. Had a nice little wine store and deli attached.

Thank LeannePas
Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

The chefs in I'm my mind is the best sandwich and soup in Tc. I always get the Ruben and it's just fantastic . And there white chicken chili is awesome.

Thank nothappy2010

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Delicatessen, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2207
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-941-1144

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