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Dine in or carry out, Scalawags Whitefish & Chips seafood restaurant in
Mackinaw City, Michigan cooks in Zero Trans Fat Oils.

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  • Mackinaw City Whitefish
  • Lake Superior Walleye
  • Rueben, Whitefish and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches in Mackinaw City, MI
  • Hush Puppies, Whitefish and Chowder
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Shrimp, Perch and Seafood in Mackinaw
Includes fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, tartar sauce & lemon
1 piece Whitefish
2 piece Whitefish
3 piece Whitefish
Perch (1/2 lb.)
Shrimp (10 pcs.)
Chicken Fingers
     1/2 Order $6.49
Includes fries, coleslaw & pickle
Whitefish Sandwich
Whitefish Reuben Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Turkey Breast Sandwich
Sliced Ham Sandwich
*Add Cheese
Includes fries, pop or milk & pudding
Child's Whitefish
Chicken Fingers
Mackinaw City Hot Dog
Scalawag's famous homemade Whitefish Chowder
Chowder Cup
Chowder Bowl
*Prices may change due to market volatility.

Scalawags Whitefish & Chips
Hours & Location

Closed for the Season, See You In the Spring!

226 E. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI ‎49701


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11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat. 'til 9 p.m.


11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat 'til 10 p.m.

July - August

11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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About Scalawags Whitefish & Chips

We are Opening May 1st for the 2015 Season!

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Scalawags Whitefish & Chips, a fish and seafood restaurant in Mackinaw City, MI, was founded by Brian Parker, a Michigan native, in the summer of 1992.

Brian has more than 40 years of culinary experience. After 7 years of working with Marriot Resorts in Arizona, he returned home to northern Michigan to fulfill his dream of owning his own restaurant. After researching tourism trends in the area, he chose Mackinaw City, Michigan to open the first Scalawags Whitefish & Chips, a quick service casual seafood dining establishment featuring the freshest whitefish, perch and walleye harvested from the Great Lakes. The restaurant is open May through October each year, and for 22 years now, families and groups have planned their vacations and trips to Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island around eating at Scalawag's Whitefish and Chips. Dine in or carry out, we cook with premium vegetable oils -- Zero Cholesterol & Zero Trans Fat. We are dedicated to serving you the freshest, healthy WILD GREAT LAKES WHITEFISH.

What Fresh Whitefish Means to You

Taking a bite out of the Great Lakes has never been more satisfying than it is today at Scalawags Whitefish and Chips in Mackinaw City, established in 1992. Now, 22 years later, we're still serving up delicious, fresh whitefish to longtime customers as well as newcomers every year.

We are all about fresh fish from the Great Lakes, eating healthy and using the right ingredients.

Besides our best-selling whitefish and unbeatable tartar sauce, compliments are coming in constantly for our whitefish chowder and hush puppies.

More popular than it has ever been, the demand for freshwater fish has steadily increased over the past decades not only because more and more are finding out how great it tastes, but also because of its health benefits. We use only the freshest ingredients, and a top-quality, zero tans fat oil for cooking our fish.

Demand for freshwater fish like whitefish, perch and walleye is at an all-time high right there alongside the traditional seafood favorites like shrimp, lobster, tuna and scallops.

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, the supply of whitefish and other delectable freshwater fish has experienced a steady decline, causing an unavoidable increase in price seen more commonly with seafood.

More foreigners are buying available commercial fishing licenses in the Great Lakes, harvesting and taking their catch back to their native country to sell. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reformatted fishing zones and changed the allotments given to commercial operations. Zones that appear to be getting fished out are restricted in an effort to rebuild stock.

More concerning than the issues impacting commercial fisherman in the Great Lakes, is the ever-growing threat of invasive species competing for food with native fish species. The presence of more and more predator fish is compounding the problem. Even the ice cover or lack of it on the Great Lakes can negatively impact the larvae and spawning factors that affect the fish population.

All of this is having an impact on the availability and price of Great Lakes fish. In today's market, consumers consider whitefish a specialty item similar to perch and walleye.

Scalawags customers can have it all. Building on our strong reputation as having the best whitefish, our visitors can choose from a number of menu items including whitefish, perch, walleye, shrimp and chicken tenders. There are turkey, ham and whitefish sandwiches along with our mouth-watering whitefish reuben.

Heartfelt gratitude goes out to our loyal customers. Because of them, Scalawags in Mackinaw City will continue to set the standard for Great Lakes fresh fish, overcoming obstacles, which necessarily impact pricing.

We will continue to keep up on the issues affecting the commercial fishing industry and the Great Lakes fisheries. And, we will keep our customers up to date with legislation and research as well as ways you can get involved to preserve the environment of our Great Lakes and the health of our fish.


Yelp - 4 stars based on 25 reviews | TripAdvisor - 4 stars based on 143reviews

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  • This is the BEST whitefish & chips ever! And the hushpuppies... never had been a fan until now! Delicious.

    5 stars

  • We eat here every year the Thursday of Labor Day weekend. They have the best whitefish!!

    5 stars

  • My husband and I stopped here for lunch on our camping trip last summer. This place was AMAZING!!! We both got the basket and there was NOTHING left in either of ours. This was our first time to eat white fish. They set the bar pretty high. I had other white fish on our trip, but none of them compared to Scalawags!

    5 stars

  • The whitefish they serve is delicious. Highly recommended.

    5 stars

  • Best place in Mackinaw City to eat, hands down.

    5 stars