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“Don't Miss This Breakfast!”
Review of Mac's Soda Bar

Mac's Soda Bar
Ranked #11 of 64 Restaurants in Fairhaven
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Alexandria, VA
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1,602 reviews
832 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 528 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Breakfast!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Jevon Malcolm is the owner and master chef of this restaurant, that has been in business for 65 years. It is a Fairhaven institution with Mac in the kitchen and his wife and kids in the dining room as servers. The breakfast menu is 6 pages in length so there is something for everyone. The omelets are creatively cooked and very tasty as are the egg benedict dishes. Pancakes come in a variety of interesting flavors. The prices will surprise you -- they are incredibly low -- with the portions incredibly large. Only 12 tables in this small place so there is an intimacy about your breakfast experience -- like having it with your family. If lunches and dinners are this good, it would be hard not to make Mac's a regular stop throughout the week. Only a mile from the Interstate so take time to enjoy a special treat.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Best prices ever!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Every meal here yields two. I take home the leftovers for the next day. And you pay less than as if you were to get a single meal anywhere. YOU CANNOT BEAT THEIR PRICES!!!

  • Visited April 2014
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“This place is a hidden jewel absolutely delicious food they make you feel like family”
Reviewed 4 May 2012 via mobile

5 stars best subs in town always delicious food always made with passion and the staff always makes you feel welcome I live this place

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Harrisonburg, VA
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“Excellent Food!!”
Reviewed 15 July 2011

Mac's Soda Bar has the most amazing food. Simple, homecooked local favorites for a great price. I would recommend it for anyone of all ages..Your WHOLE family will enjoy, and those kind of restaurants are hard to find.

  • Visited March 2011
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“It's average for me.”
Reviewed 6 July 2010

I am just not a fan of how they prepare their foods. My favorite food is fish and chips and they just don't make it the way I like it. They use a very heavy english style batter and I like a traditional style fish so it's just a personal conflict. They do have two choices of batter but the light option is still a little too heavy (again, for me). But I like some of their other foods and the lobster roll is reasonably priced and good.

We do go because the value is solid. We recently got lunch for four and I paid $45 dollars for two lobster rolls (one with chowder, one with a quohog), one clam roll and the fish and chips (light batter!!). Can't beat that.

The food isn't bad, it's good, I just can't say it's very good. I would go here a lot more if they prepared the fish a little more traditionally.

Other good options include the stuffed quohog (great value, getting both halves) and the chowder.

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