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Don's Drive-In

American, Diner
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2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3750
+1 231-938-1860
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You must try the fries!!! Amazing, thick steak fries -and you get a ton! Burgers were great, kids loved the chicken fingers. We'll be back!!!

Thank BreannMarie
Kewadin, Michigan
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent burgers and fries in an authentic diner atmosphere. Get a large shake or malt to share for the table!

Thank sunrisenshine
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132 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Recommended as a quick late dinner option by the proprietor of the hotel we stayed at nearby. Cool atmosphere and great food! The milk shakes were to die for! We also enjoyed the chili cheese dog, onion rings and burger. Great service as well.

Thank LucyLucerne
Boyne City, Michigan
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Had to go to TC for a meeting and met a friend for dinner. We decided to try something different. The burgers were excellent, I had a veggie burger, and the onion rings were enormous. The shakes were the old fashioned kind - thick and rich. They also have other entrees if you prefer something other than burgers. Service was... More 

1 Thank worker b
Elk Rapids, Michigan
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We go to this restaurant at least once a week. Love their handmade milk shakes and chili cheese french fries!

Thank dsdcth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Love the Malts and the Burgers. I have eaten here many times and never had a bad experiences. Great Times!

Thank Tony S
Reno, Nevada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place place opened in 1958. I started going here when I got my drivers license in '59. I always liked their burgers but what does a 16 year old know about food? 'Moved out west in '69 and have traveled the world. I love oysters, New York steaks and pheasant under glass, but have never found a burger I... More 

1 Thank nvflyfishier
Griffith, Indiana
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

If you're looking for a great burger and fries, with some of the old fashion touches of days gone by, this is the place to go... Yes, they even have car hops... If you're in Traverse City, MI. this is the place to go.

1 Thank Martin P
Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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141 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Don's burgers are juicy and cooked to perfection. The fries were hot and crisp which is hard to find at many places today. The shake was fresh but a little thin. Typical diner decor and fast service.

Thank Sharon P
Willoughby, Ohio
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We traveled with our dog so eating options were limited. We stopped here for dinner and it was terrific! Fast service and great food!

Thank Valerie M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3750
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-938-1860

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