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“New and Greatly Improved”

Lakeside Resort & Party Store
Ranked #178 of 316 Restaurants in Traverse City
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We had stopped by this restaurant a couple of times in 2014 and 2015 and were very unimpressed. The location is beautiful and unique and we thought that it had great potential. However, the food was mediocre at best, the drinks were overpriced and the service was not the best.

We happened to stop there in 2016 on the first day that the new owners were in control and were told by the giddy server, "They're not going to change a thing!" We thought, "They'd better change MOST things if they want to survive!"

The fact is, that it's like a brand new place! The food is excellent (we've had the Lakeside Burger and the pulled-pork tacos--which were fantastic! BBQ pulled pork with a mango salsa topping. Highly recommended! Oh, and the $2 Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy in the 16 oz can was the drink of choice both of our first two visits there. Excellent drink special!

The place has been packed. Last time we tried to stop in by boat there was nowhere for us to moor and the parking lot was packed. Bad for us, but a great sign for the health of the restaurant and the success of the changes that the new owners have made.

Great job, Lakeside! Keep it up!

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Thank tctom2003
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

We are visiting US staying locally, and saw the sign for this restaurant when we were driving past. It was not a great evening - windy and cold, so we were a bit concerned about the place being a Tiki Bar. But inside the place is a gem - a warm welcome, friendly service and excellent food from a simple menu featuring BBQ and food smoked at the restaurant. Plus an icecream shop next door - perfect! Talking to the managers it appears that most of the clientele comes off the lake, but it's also an easy place to drive to from Traverse City. The setting is wonderful, overlooking a small marina and across the lake. The view was lovely, even on our overcast day, so would be amazing on fine evening. It was slightly expensive for a place with plastic cutlery and plates - if there had been china and metal cutlery we wouldn't have noticed the price. But that was our only minor issue - the ribs were very tender and we ate everything with our fingers anyway!

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Thank Bertavv
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Have been going here for over six years and will not be going back. VO on the rocks are now $7.00 for V O and three wines with hamburger and Bill was over 68.00. could have had drinks at most places. In TC for the same or less money.

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Thank Wayne P
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing views of Lake Leelanau, especially for the sunset. They have great food, service, and a fun atmosphere. Daily specials rock and prices are great.

Thank Amanda C
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