Pancake Chef

7 recent ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available
Reported GF menu options: Pancakes
Safety Rating
6 ratings

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327 E Central Ave
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Most Recent Reviews


Asymptomatic Celiac

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I forgot to verify what others have already posted about safety. Waitress did verify that the French Toast was GF, and I believe she ran back to verify it was made on a separate surface from the rest, but I cannot remember if that actually occurred (a lot has happened during my travels Around Lake Michigan!). We got there before they opened, and I'm glad we did--the restaurant filled up quite quickly on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. I ordered the French toast with a side of bacon (4 strips). Everything was delicious, and the staff kind and professional. Will definitely eat here, again, if I am in the area.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 days ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Gluten free pancakes are made with Pamela’s gluten free flour. We stayed away from the buffet. The waiter was careful to mark out gluten allergy so the pancakes were prepared safely. The plate was huge with 5 pancakes each!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 week ago read full review

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We ate here twice during our stay. The GF pancakes and GF french toast are amazing! Also was able to get GF toast with omelet order. The buffet has several GF options, except the bread items.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Kid Friendly
  • Restaurant

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GF French Toast with a side of bacon (bacon is unconfirmed to be GF)
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Gluten Intolerant

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Yummy gf French toast cooked on separate grill. Mimosa on point!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Pancake chef’s gluten free tenders are amazing! We subbed out the French fries for mashed potatoes. Everything was AMAZING!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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They only have GF pancakes - their meat, eggs and hash brown are no longer GF

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Very safe very good definitely celiac safe 💖

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Run my celiac friends. Pancakes are made on same griddle as other pancakes. Gf toast is made in same toaster as other toast.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was wonderful!! I have celiac but I am not highly sensitive. My family and I went and the food was delicious! Our waiter did wonderfully with handling my meal, going as far as to have a different waiter carry my plate so she wasn't carrying it with my families plate. I did have minor cramps about an hour after, I do not know if that was a direct cause of the food or not.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten Free pancakes were GREAT! Staff seemed to understand celiac.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Hashimoto's

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Ate there during COVID-19 pandemic. Could not reach them on the phone so went downtown. They did not offer carry-out, so we got an isolated table in the back. Celiac family member ordered GF pancakes. Non-celiac but gluten-sensitive person ordered chef's breakfast (meat, eggs, hash browns, gluten-free pancakes). No ham available and no substitutions available. Best thing about the meal was that the garnish (bit of kale and two grapes) was delicious, and the eggs were good. The hash browns were greasy. The bacon was OK at best. The allegedly GF pancakes tasted good, too, but celiac family member quickly developed severe abdominal cramps. Either the pancakes weren't GF or there was significant contamination. Also, they have a surcharge for using credit cards. We do not plan to return.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff seem to be fairly knowledgeable, and they aren’t forgetful, either.

The gluten-free flapjacks (pancakes) are just about the same size as the regular ones. In addition, you get five of ‘em for a standard order.

Overall, this was a pretty decent pancake place. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GLUTEN FREE pancakes!!!!! 100%👏🏻 I have celiac disease and did NOT get sick after eating the pancakes. Tell them you are allergic and they’ll make them on a separate preparation station. Would definitely go back! (They do have other gluten free options but the pancakes were sooo good!!)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Waitress was excellent! Ordered hash browns and veggie omelette. Recommend

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had breakfast for dinner, and it was great and gluten free without having to substitute anything. GF pancakes were good (almond based?) and I didn’t have a reaction after.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place needs to be removed off this list. They may offer gluten free but I got sick after drinking a cup of coffee! Off from coffee you ask, yes, they put saltines in their sugar container to keep it fresh. I would never of seen it if it wasn't for it blocking the pour sprout. Very disappointed and will not be back. Wait staff is not knowledgeable at all, not to mention the outrageous price, $42.00 for 2 people for a breakfast that would only cost 1/2 the price elsewhere.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Yummy breakfast! We were so hungry and the eggs and hash browns were dekiscoiys!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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They have gluten free toast options and gluten free pancakes that are amazing!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent food with many GF options. Separate cooking area in the kitchen got GF. Best GF pancakes I’ve had. Very accommodating.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My server seemed knowledgeable when I informed her I had Celiac’s Disease- she told me that they would wash and clean the area my sandwich would be prepared. She brought it out with & touching fries. I asked if the fries had a dedicated fryer and she said no... 🙄 she did bring another plate for the fries to go on.. I shouldn’t have ate the sandwich but I did.. and here I sit less than 40 minutes later sick on the toilet :(

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Be aware of the seasonality of this area. I would recommend coming between memorial day and labor day. We were here the weekend before memorial day and GF pancakes were not available.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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GF pancakes were amazing. Eggs. Sausage links and hash browns also extremely good. I ordered my eggs over medium well and they were perfect. Will definitely return. Compliments to the chef!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My waitress was really unhelpful. She said they didn't have a dedicated fryer and the only thing I could substitute was the soup and salad bar. I don't trust open salad bars to not be cross contaminated and I couldn't eat any of the soups. I wasn't going to pay nearly $20 after the gf bun upcharge and the salad bar upcharge for a burger and a possibly contaminated salad, so I didn't eat here.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had lunch, dedicated fryer and cooking space. Chef paid us a visit to reassure us. Our daughter loved the burger and fries.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My son who has Celiac had the gluten free pancakes with blueberries. They gave him 5 pancakes that were about 5 inches in diameter and were quite fluffy. Our waiter, Nikola, was very kind and explained the gluten free food was made in a different area of the kitchen and the grills were not shared. When we first walked in I asked the host if they had gf options and he rattled off several, including buns, and said to make sure we told our server we needed gluten free so they could make sure the kitchen was informed. My son finished off all of the pancakes and had no reaction. We will for sure go back the next time we are in the area.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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This place is so friendly and have many gf options everyone was very welcoming. Highly recommend it. I got the gf pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips. It was very good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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My server, Amanda, was super helpful and could answer my questions, or was willing to go find out if she didn't know. I had the gluten free pancakes with bananas and pecans, and they were AMAZING! I definitely recommend this restaurant.

UPDATE: JULY 2017 My boyfriend and I stopped here on our trip back south from the Porcupine Mountains. We were immediately greeted by George who welcomed us with a smiling face, and made us feel like family. We had great service from Nikola, who was patient, informative, and helpful in making sure all my dietary restrictions were met. We both got the Bison burgers with the salad bar, and they were amazing. Everything was home made, down to the freshly grated cheese at the salad bar. On previous visits I have also had the GF pancakes, which were delicious as well. Their prices were extremely reasonable. We will definitely return to this place that made us feel like we were coming home for dinner.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I overate because I could! Delicious and safe. 👍👍

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I had the blueberry gluten-free pancakes and it was delicious. I did not get sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Our waitress was superb. My daughter and I both have celiac and went out of her way to make sure everything was safe. We had a wonderful breakfast and definitely would go back

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Over the course of a few days I had breakfast here 3 times and was never disappointed! Awesome omelettes and gluten free toast. Yes they use Pamela's mix for pancakes and is still good. Wait staff is very friendly. Go here as soon as it opens before going to the island!

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Their gluten free pancakes were delicious. They also had sugar free syrup available . Cozy restaurant. .friendly staff..and they have Canadian bacon, regular bacon, sausage etc. Really good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The gfree pancakes were a delight. I asked them to add pecans and they did! 5 pancakes are $10+, but it was nice to be able to go out for breakfast and get something besides eggs and bacon. They use Pamela's pancake mix. No ill effects. They also have gfree bread, but I didn't try it.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Celiac

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they may have gluten free pancakes on the menu but that is it. even the breakfast sausage is battered!?! NOTHING on the dinner buffet was gluten free except corn and iceberg lettuce salad.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Pancakes are good and gluten free, you get 5 huge ones for one order!

Updated 10 years ago read full review

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