The Mulefoot Gastropub

596 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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I had been here for NYE and the food was okay. We live close and my husband really wanted to have a real dinner here so he made reservations as they get busy during the weekend. I looked over the menu online in advance and didn't really see much I would like since I am not a big meat eater. I didn't really have high expectations. We arrived a few min late for our reservations and we had to wait for a table. The restaurant is small and they block off the back room for some reason. After a few min we got a seat at the bar so we decided to stay there because we like the bartender. He even remembered us from NYE. He is very knowledgeable about all the food and beers. We LOVE fried pickles and haven't had them in ages so we got that as an appetizer. OMG. Best fried pickles ever! They looked small and a little sad, but my god, after that first bite! Pure heaven! The batter was dense, flavorful, and did not fall off the pickles. I could have eaten five orders! It took us a while to decide our entrees. Hubs ended up with the burger and I figured I'd try the Mac and cheese. It has duck on it and I don't do duck so I was being daring! The first bite I made sure I got a little of everything - noodles, duck, and crispy onions. I could not believe how tender and delicious the duck was! I could not put my fork down. I tried some of my husbands burger. As I said, I'm not a big meat person and rarely order a burger...I don't know what cut of meat they used but it was by far the best burger I've tasted. If you love local beers and delicious food, check this place out.
How we heard.... The Mulefoot Gastropub's name makes one want to stop in because it's an unusual name for a city in the middle of nowhere or rather, Imlay City. But you got to hand it to them, it strives to do the sexy-hug-the-earth thing and offer people haute-ish cuisine using local Michigan products. Thumbs up. (Pun intended). My friend that recommended this place, just RAVED about the food. I totally trust her - so I was excited to check it out. First impressions and atmosphere. So, we finally walk in just when it opened that night. The host stand is a bit of a walk from the door, so we were greeted when we reached her stand. The bar was on the right of the stand and main dining room was to the left. Imagine rustic atmosphere: servers in denim and flannel, re-purposed wood square tables, local "art" on the cream walls, lighting was dimmed, temperature was cooler than desired and the music was a variety from jazz to country. Nothing broke up the space, lacking coziness but tables were spaced apart well. We did dig the cool flower vases in the middle of the tables made from old glass flasks and heating apparatus, circa old high school chemistry labs. First impressions and atmosphere were "B". Food. I ordered the hamburger because it should be above average because this was NOT a chain, sports bar nor diner. I was banking on something special. And my hubster ordered the meatloaf. Then, we waited.... and waited.... and waited. Mind you, we JUST walked in when it opened and they were NOT busy. We waited at least 20 minutes or more. By the time the entrees arrived, it all made sense when I took my first bite into the fries. They were soggy, laden with grease, no flavor and not salted. I don't think they turned on their fryers long enough to have the fries cook correctly. Then I bit into my burger, and it had fairly good texture and flavors, but too salty. Was that supposed to make up for the unsalted fries? My hubby said his meatloaf was good, but it was overdone and salty. I took a bite of his pork meatloaf; and would agree with him. So, we sensed a pattern... these are country folk and they love their salt on meat. To say the least, I was disappointed with my burger because I put too high expectations on them. But, fries should be EASY to do and that was a fail. So, the food overall was a "C". Drinks. The coffee was delicious because it was french-pressed, done correctly and good quality brand. My husband's vanilla stout was OK. We give drinks a "B+". Service. The server was personable, bubbly, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Her timing was good, though we were her only table for a while. She made sure we enjoyed our visit overall. Service was an "A". Washrooms. The ladies restrooms were probably one of the best restaurant restrooms I've seen. I was surprised, to say the least, that it had to be noted. Most are cold, dingy, unkempt. However, the lighting was bright, the temperature wasn't cold, spacious stalls, local "artwork" displayed, clean overall and therefore gets an "A". Overall. So overall, the experience was 3-stars (not 4-stars) because the food was quite disappointing and everything else was fine. Would we go back? It's a coin toss. We'll take our chances. The coffee, service and clean restrooms were redeeming. Now, if it was cozy enough, we would have ordered dessert. It makes sense why my friend highly raved about this place. I forgot her diet is a typical American diet. So anything made with quality ingredients, prepared with a variety of flavors and umami notes, she'll rave. But if you usually eat like this, be prepared for an average experience at The Mulefoot. Will Michigan raise the bar in what's considered great food and service? Seems like it continues to settle for mediocrity.
I was surprised to see a restaurant of this type open in a very remote rural region not typically the place you find foodies looking for the latest new thing. Several friends recommended it and we made a reservation for 5:30 on a Saturday. It was fairly empty but as the evening wore on it filled up. The decor could only be described as rustic/arty: a strange combination of shabby chic white painted barn siding and large colorful modern art portraits. Our table looked like a varnished picnic table and wobbled badly every time someone put his arms on it. We were four adults and our restaurant savvy 10 year old grandson. He ordered a burger and fries. The fries were phenominal - I believe fried in duck fat. He only ate 1/2 his burger but ate an entire house-made cone with hay softserve ice cream for dessert. (Real hay). My husband ordered French onion soup. It came with a strange white "foam" instead of cheese on top and was tepid- it should have been hotter. His "special" was meatloaf, which was OK, but sliced rather thinly- a bit crispy. He liked it though. I ordered the duck breast on a fermented black barley cake. The duck skin should have been more crispy, but the meat was cooked properly, pink but not too rare. I didn't much care for the barley cake. The waitress told us about a lobster "side" with any meal for only $4. It came in a tiny dish, no more than 3-4 inches. We laughed when we saw it. Pieces of sauteed lobster, probably left over from breaking down a lobster for something else. The dessert "Pot de Creme" was in an even tinier dish. It came with a small warm oatmeal bar. The chocolate was not as silky as expected and more like a pudding, but the oatmeal cookie was good. Finally, I ordered a martini, which came in a normal martini glass only half full. It was half the size of any other martini I've had anywhere else. For $10 I felt ripped off. I'm willing to try again, but hope I am more impressed next time. I like the menu and the concept of using local food and specialty pork, but the food needs work. We were impressed with our server, Jacqueline. She answered all our questions about the food and was very cheerful without being our best buddy. I'm willing to give this place another try, but at these prices my expectations are high. I hope we will have a more successful visit next time.

(810) 721-1019

Gastropubs, American (Traditional)

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McDonald’s

635 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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We stopped here on the way back to Canada from Mackinaw city to get an ice cream and wow it was melting so quick... The service is fast and the server are not rude. The seating is pretty nice, and washrooms are clean. They have an awesome kids play area and the restaurant is designed very well and has covered a play area, cafe, and restaurant very well. There is parking on the location and they have free Wifi.

(810) 724-0688

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Dairy Queen

1761 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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Blizzard toppings are skimpy here. Prices are a little lower than most Dairy Queens. The interior is dated and somewhat cramped. Service tends to be slow if you're inside because they seem to focus on the drive through first. No self-service fountain drinks. Nice outside seating area.

(810) 724-6904

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Wah Wong Express

2056 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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Best place for Chinese takeout. Large portions and everything is delicious!! The cream cheese crab rangoons are the best I've had from anywhere, and same with the almond chicken.
I'm a foodie. And Wah Wong's has a very special place in my heart as the first Chinese food I ever tasted. We were a meat and potatoes family, and Chinese was too adventurous for us. It took a great deal of urging to get my mother to agree to trying it out. She conceded, and we got the Almond and Sweet & Sour Chicken... and... I... HATED it. We didn't even finish it. A couple months later I had a craving for it. Strange? I know. But we got it again, and it was amazing and we've never looked back. Wah Wong's Sweet & Sour sauce is the standard by which I judge all Sweet & Sour Sauce. It has yet to be surpassed. It isn't that nuclear red maraschino cherry stuff you get at most other places. Its like a golden with a touch more sour than sweet that really sets it apart. If you dine in, you get a huge portion, with wonton soup and and egg roll for $8. A bargain. The sauce saturates that coating on the chicken and it is just delicious. It used to be served with carrot and cucumber slices instead of pineapple chunks, which we preferred. I now live in New England, and honestly have my mother bring me Wah Wong's Sweet & Sour chicken every time she visits. I'm sure it's not like authentic Chinese cuisine, but then again I'm not sure what is. (bear gallbladder? tiger penis? shark fin? rhino horn? some other beautiful creature that is on the brink of extinction?????) Aaaaand... I have not sampled anything but Sweet & Sour Chicken since that first try so many years ago. But I highly recommend it!
Had been a long time customer and been highly supportive of this particular Chinese restaurant. Today I ordered the almond boneless chicken and it was awful (Batter was too thick on it and was very soggy/not done. No big deal, it's usually very good. Called them up and they said to bring it in and they would remake it. Went back and they were upset about the complaint and asked us to leave. Eventually got the money back. All the manager said was "I don't want to argue" and sent us on our way. Never coming back. AWFUL SERVICE!!!

(810) 724-1221

Restaurants

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Big Boy Restaurants

1949 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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I love this Big Boy. I don't know what it is, but this Big Boy is easily one of the better ones I've been to. The burgers are delicious, the Belgian waffle with strawberry sauce is delicious, the spaghetti is delicious. Everything I've had here has been pretty good. The plates/cups have been replaced with the new anniversary ones and they're way better than the old ones. Another plus? The waitresses here are super friendly, along with the host/hostesses. You're usually never left waiting to get a table for too long.
I enjoy the breakfast here, especially the lumberjack potato pancakes. The service is always good here but the lunches and dinners are not as good. The french fries are terrible now.
Food is very good! However service seems to be lacking in the past probably 18 months. There was a longtime management team that I see has been replaced and there seems to be a lot of turnover (maybe contributing to the service issues)

(810) 724-3664

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Lucky’s Steakhouse

2000 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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Best place in the area for steak!
EDIT: My last visit , in December, was one of the best visits that I've had at Lucky's. My burger was cooked exactly like I like it (well done, no pink), the food was fresh, the meat was fresh, the waitress was very friendly and brought bread when we finished the first loaf. Definitely a great visit, so I'm changing my review. :) OLD REVIEW: Very hit-or-miss. Fettucini alfredo and macaroni and cheese are pretty good. Their chicken tenders are VERY greasy. The bread and their chunky potato soup are basically the best things on their menu. I'm pretty sure all of their meat first comes frozen. Price is way too high for the quality of their food. The service is...okay. Not great, not too bad either though. It depends on the time of day you go and what server you get. All in all, it's a good restaurant to go to if you're okay with having expensive, decent food.
This is not a 5 star. It was good for the price, but really loud. I hate to say it too, but the people rating this 5 stars need to get out more. Maybe it's because I'm from Texas and we know what good beef is, I don't know but this generally just didn't suit it for me. Service was definitely attentive, but that doesn't win the battle for me. I will note the mah maui another member of our party had at the table was good, but generally wouldn't go out of my way to return here.

(810) 724-4100

Steakhouses

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New China Buffet


Imlay City, 48444
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Silver Grill Family Dining

535 N Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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Have been here lots. Servers act surprised if I don't finish eating my food. A simple, "Would you like a box for that?" is all that's required. I don't like being questioned & don't feel like I have to explain.
Five stars for this family restaurant to which we return when in this area. Extensive menu of family fare as well as very good Sr. and Kid's menus. BEST deli meat stacked high on sandwiches we have ever had. Exceptional lightly breaded onion rings. Excellent value...you will not leave hungry. Super friendly and customer-focused wait staff. Don't expect cloth napkins and romantic ambiance ... just great home style cooking!!
Ate lunch here for the first time in 30 years. This used to be a truck stop restaurant, but a drug store sits where the large parking lot once was, back when M-21 and M-53 rumbled through here. Stopped in just before 1pm and actually thought the place was closed when I didn't see any cars in the parking lot out front. Saw a couple headed towards the front door and after seeing them enter, decided they were open for business. In the next 20 minutes or so, the parking lot filled up, as did the seating inside. Ordered a Cajun burger and was pleased with the sandwich. A side of cole slaw ran $1.50. All in all, a nice meal for a decent price.

(810) 724-2300

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John’s Country Kitchen

1829 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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While in Imlay City, you have options, limited options but options just the same. When it comes to family style dining you have 2; Big Boy and John's and you already know what's at Big Boy. Making the case for John's is simple, if you like Coney Island / Greek type food, come here. If you want to spend less for breakfast, come here. If you want home made specials for dinner, come here. See, pretty simple. I had a Gyro and it was stuffed full and slathered in sauce with plenty of onion and tomato. No portion control issues here folks. They're definitely not in the back like Quiznos weighing your meal on a scale. Did I mention I had a great cup of coffee?
Good food, fairly clean restaurant, good prices. Not very "country", like the name suggests - it is more of a typical "coney island" type of affordable family restaurant, but we were full and satisfied when we left. I wish they would have cleared some dirty dishes from the table and I wish they would have asked if we wanted refills, instead of us having to ask for them. The waitress was friendly, but extremely quiet and not very attentive...never did get her name. We would return if we were in the area, but it was not a 5-star experience.
First I'll start by saying, the waitresses serving were very nice and acknowledged everyone who walked in the door. The food was very low quality, cold and old. Even the saltines were stale. The floors were filthy. While eating we were offered more coffee but after seeing that the coffee pot was also dirty, we declined. Though we did come in on Sunday around 5 and they may have had a Sunday rush earlier, the cleanliness was not acceptable. Socializing seemed more important then cleaning.

(810) 724-2822

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Burger King

1923 S Cedar St
Imlay City, 48444
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Omg I love the original chicken sandwich so much. I live in San Francisco and I can't find a better sandwich than this. Its the best in Imlay city Michigan. Hats off to the chef. Order it cut in half, with cheese! You won't be disappointed
We stopped here on the way back to Canada from Mackinaw city to get a meal as I do prefer their fish burger as oppose to McD's... The service is fast and the server were friendly. The seating is pretty nice, and washrooms are clean. They have an awesome kids play area, which is closed and separate and I think that's where they have birthday parties. The place had too many flies in the restaurant which was not good and pleasant to eat. There is parking on the location.
Horrible service, bad food and one restroom. Even bad by fast food standards. If you are looking up Yelp reviews for for burger something else is wrong but good luck!

(810) 724-2248

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