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Mar-Jo’s West

August 9, 2011

  • 325 N. Grand Street
  • Schoolcraft, MI 49087
  • (269) 679-5422
  • No Known Website
  • No Online Menu

It’s been over a week since J and I ate out together.  We’ve had a few bad experiences lately that have really turned me off to dining out and trying new places.  The last few meals I’ve eaten out have been at places I knew wouldn’t piss me off.

On my first day off in a week, J came home from work and asked if I wanted to go to lunch.  I had leftover pizza in the fridge that I really wanted to eat, but I knew she wanted to go out, so I suggested a little diner in Schoolcraft that was recommended to me some time ago.

Mar-Jo’s West is on Grand Street/US 131 in Schoolcraft.  It’s just north of downtown in a small building that sits right next to the road.  The parking lot was still pretty packed at 1:00 when we made it down there and a sign out front proclaims the best food in the area.

We headed inside to find a sign that told us to seat ourselves.  The dining room is pretty typical of a small town family restaurant.  The place mats and mugs are adorned with advertisements from local businesses and the decor is just a bit dated. 

We took a tables along the wall near the kitchen in the front dining room.  In the archaic days before the smoking ban, the facility was probably divided by nothing more than a wall with a large opening.

A waitress saw us sit down and came over with a couple menus.  She went to get a Coke and an Iced Tea.  When she came back, we were still looking through the menu so she gave us a few more minutes.

The whole reason I wanted to make the drive to Schoolcraft was for the burger.   I had heard a couple people tell me how great the burger was and my mouth was watering before I even put the order in.  I went with the 12 oz. Double Cheeseburger which is two fresh, hand formed 6 oz. patties with cheese between each layer.  Like I hoped, the burger was fantastic.  The meat was loosely held together by the cheese which had melted in to the crevices.  The burger had a fantastic greasy taste from the flat top it was cooked on.  The waitress asked me if I wanted fries and slaw with my burger.  I definitely wanted the fries and figured the slaw just came with it so I said yes.  The fries were well cooked food service fries.  I added a little more salt to the large pile of golden brown potatoes which made them just a bit better.  When the waitress came to drop off the check, she asked about the slaw. I told her I’m not really a fan of slaw in general and definitely not a fan of slaw made with mayo.  She took the slaw off the check at that point.  It wasn’t a huge difference, just a matter of a few cents, but it was an appreciated gesture.

J ordered the Grilled Cheese.  This sandwich is made with two slices of Texas Toast with a lot of gooey, melted cheese between them.  The bread had a great grilled, buttery crust and the cheese was oozing out from between the slices.  J was very happy with her choice.  She raved about the grilled cheese pretty much all day.  She also got the fries and slaw with her sandwich.  She did eat about half the slaw and didn’t really say anything about it.  She was really happy with the fries saying they were very well cooked.  They were a little thicker than she usually likes, but they were nice and crispy.

Our bill was just over $20 and it was worth every penny.  Mar-Jo’s is the kind of community diner we look for in every small town we go to.  The food was great and the portion size was much larger than expected.  The burger was one of the best I’ve had and J really liked her sandwich as well.  Mar-Jo’s restored my faith in local restaurants…..for the time being.

12 oz. Double Cheeseburger w/Fries

Grilled Cheese w/Fries

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