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Dawson and Steven's Classic 50's Diner & Soda Fountain

231 E. Michigan Ave.
Grayling  Michigan  49738
United States
(989) 348-2111
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Midwest Living Review

Hannah Agran
Sandwiches named after songs and a lifetime's worth of Coke memorabilia ramp up the retro atmosphere at Grayling's authentically restored downtown diner.

As Herman's Hermits would have said, "something told us we were into something good" as soon as we walked up to Dawson and Stevens. You can hear the diner's 1950s doo-wop soundtrack out on the sidewalk, so before you even push open the door, you're primed for nostalgia. Inside, this former pharmacy has been converted to a retro diner (the soda fountain is original). A fun museum of Coca-Cola memorabilia lines one wall, and booths are upholstered in pink and seafoam green vinyl. The food is good quality diner fare with a couple nods to current palates. (Somewhat surprisingly, the menu even has a vegetarian section.) All the menu items are named for songs. Sweet-tooths should try the American Pie, a grilled cheese sandwich on buttery Texas toast with a gooey layer of warm apple pie filling and a side of thick-cut homemade potato chips ($5.99). It's sublime, in a totally sinful sort of way, particularly when washed down with a strawberry milkshake ($4.29).

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