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“Good pizza, great bread!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Papa Lou's - CLOSED

Papa Lou's
Price range: US$8 - US$19
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Michigan
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good pizza, great bread!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

We decided to pop in here for dinner one night and we weren't disappointed. We shared the garlic bread with cheese as an appetizer then shared one of their pizzas on special as our meal. No complaints.

Visited August 2014
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Thank Lori Z
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English first
Level Contributor
57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Quick beer nice view ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

After dragging my husband purse shopping at the leather store next door we decided a cold beer was what we needed. Got sat right away on the deck. You could see the lake from our table and we sat and people watched while we enjoyed our beer. Not a huge selection, would have been nice to have more Michigan options, but it was not terrible. Bar stools upstairs are swings which was interesting!

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Thank Mamck27
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los angeles
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Mixed review”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

This place was highly recommended by our hotel and is clearly a popular spot for all sorts (adults, families, couples). Yet I'd definitely go elsewhere next time I'm in town. Food was mixed: some good some not so good, some awful. (The onion soup and hamburger were good, kids loved the child's plain cheese pizza, but the (adult) caprese pizza was drowning in balsamic vinegar, and deserts were likewise awful.). This place is also expensive, and yet they have the nerve to charge extra for extra salad dressing and even a surcharge for paying by credit card!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank ispira
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Jackson, Michigan, USA
Level Contributor
40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Some of the better pizza we've had. Good Michigan beers.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We like thin crust, wood fired, New York-style pizza. Papa Lou's doesn't do that, but it's still among the best pizza we've had in the U.S. Had the Good Fellas and the Della Donna. Crispy crusts supported a lot of toppings (heavy loads of cheese on both). Basil-infused olive oil made both pies. Decent selection of craft brews from around Michigan. Service was more amiable than adept, but it's a pizza joint.

Sit on the deck if you can. Nice views over Little Traverse Bay.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Comesticles
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Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Run by teenagers.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

ABSOLUTELY LOUSY SERVICE. Visited this restaurant tonight with six other people. Left our name with the hostess who said it would be twenty minutes to seating us. In the meantime we observed at least three four-tops empty. We asked for an update after we waited thirty minutes. We were told a table was being bussed just for us. Another fifteen minutes and we were offered two tables on the deck, but not together or we could wait another ten minutes for a table to seat all of us. In the meantime we still saw empty tables around us. All this activity was directed by three or four teenagers at the hostess stand. In all we stood for over an hour to be seated. Two diabetics who had to eat were being led on as to when we would finally get a table. Two members of our party left in disgust and skipped dinner entirely. This is a group who will not go back to Papa Lou's and we are locals not fudgies. And we will tell our friends who will tell their friends.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 20jlk11
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