About our Fish

Only the Freshest!

Scalawags Whitefish and Chips in Traverse City serves our customers only the freshest fish available. Our Whitefish comes from Cross Fisheries, a third generation fishery in Charlevoix, Michigan.

All the fish we serve is skinned, cleaned and filleted right here in our very own kitchen. Unlike most restaurants, we even remove the dark blood lines which helps to reduce that unwanted “fishy” taste!

On average, Scalawags Whitefish and Chips in Traverse City serves 20,000 pounds of whitefish per year. This does not include our walleye or perch.

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Scalawags Whitefish and Chips Traverse City Girl holding fish

Great Lakes Whitefish Health Profile

Article taken from www.greatlakeswhitefish.com

Great Lakes Whitefish boasts a long list of health advantages. Medical professionals are encouraging the nation to eat fish twice a week because it’s rich in protein, vitamins and beneficial fatty acids. Read on about the powerhouse of nutrition offered by Great Lakes Whitefish fillets.

Omega 3

One 3-oz. serving of whitefish features Omega-3 fatty acids (a very good thing): .35g of EPA and 1.03g of DHA, to be exact. That’s more than pink and sockeye salmon. The government requires us to add: *Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (See Legends of the Lakes™ package nutrition information below for total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol content.)


Three ounces of Great Lakes Whitefish count as an “excellent source” of phosphorus and selenium and a “good source” of potassium. You’ll also find small amounts of calcium, iron and zinc in our fillets.


A 3-oz. serving of Great Lakes Whitefish is also a good source of niacin plus Vitamins B6 and B12. It also contains small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, folate and Vitamins A and E.

What About Contaminants?

Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron have lower levels of mercury than inland lakes and reservoirs. Lake whitefish as a species are at the bottom of the scale in mercury buildup as well. Lab testing has verified that no upper Great Lakes whitefish exceeds the FDA mercury limit.

Great Lakes Whitefish are rigorously monitored for contaminants and pass FDA standards for consumption.

For more information and the full article visit www.greatlakeswhitefish.com.

303 State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Across from the Park Place Hotel


Summer Hours

Mon - Saturday 11am to 9pm
Sunday 12pm - 8pm

Winter Hours

Mon - Thurs 11am to 8pm
Friday 11am to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 8pm
Sunday Closed