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2003/09/16 19:44:19 (permalink)

Two to try in Michigan

I grew up in SE Michigan, and returned recently for a visit. I rediscovered two of my favorite burger joints.

Krazy Jims Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor is incredible. They had not changed a bit in the 20 plus years since I had last eaten there. They fry up little "sliders" on the grill (1/10 pound each), and then they put 2,3,4, or 5 of them on a full size bun. So you order a "double", a "triple", "quad", or "quint".

Then they have an amazing array of toppings, bacon, fried egg, fried salami, different cheeses, etc, and your choice of roll.

Then in the Detroit area is Travis, a coffe shop in St Clair Shores. They used to be a small chain, don't know if any others exist now. Great little sliders, again this place hasn't changed in 30 years that I know of.


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    Penoose
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/10/08 01:47:00 (permalink)
    Wistah writes:

    >>Then in the Detroit area is Travis, a coffe shop in St Clair Shores. They used to be a small chain, don't know if any others exist now. Great little sliders, again this place hasn't changed in 30 years that I know of.<<

    Travis is a fixture and a classic. Good call.

    There are several places in the Detroit area where you can get similarly tasty little morsels: Hunter House in Birmingham, Telway, Bray's in Hazel Park, and my personal favorite, Geneva Burger. Best consumed while slightly intoxicated, these are the best sliders I've ever had...anywhere. Grilled onions and a greasy burger on a steamed bun...absolute perfection at Geneva. No one does it better.

    Have you ever had Halo Burger (just north of Flint)?

    I'll be sure to try Krazy Jim's next time in Ann Arbor...it sounds fantastic.

    P.j.


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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/10/08 01:55:04 (permalink)
    re: Bar Burgers

    So what about the best $5 burgers in MI? Not $1 sliders with onions (which I love), but a thick 1/3 or 1/2 pound slab of decent meat. The kind of burger you can order "medium rare" if you are so inclined.

    Personal fave is Little Tony's in Grosse Pointe Woods.

    P.j.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/10/08 02:14:47 (permalink)
    HOW ABOUT THE BURGERS AT MILLERS BAR IN DEARBORN. THEY'RE CONSISTENTLY VOTED THE BEST IN DETROIT. THE BUNS ARE STEAMED ON TOP OF THE BURGER WHILE IT COOKS. THE PLACE IS USUALLY PACKED ON WEEKENDS. I ALSO LIKE THE BAR BURGERS FROM WHEAT AND RYE, ALLEN PARK BAR AND MCNASTYS IN NEW BOSTON. FOR SLIDERS BATES BURGERS ARE WONDERFULLY GREASY.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/10/08 12:53:44 (permalink)
    Somehow - inexplicably - I still haven't had a burger at Miller's Bar. Maybe I'll go this week.

    P.j.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/07 09:59:43 (permalink)
    really liked miller's when i tried it saturday. i think penoose would agree....

    and what a place! this unpretentious and perfectly retro blonde wood bar serving beer, burgers and fries or onion rings to a crowd of what looks to me like dedicated regulars.

    and what's even cooler is if you mention this place to anyone. the response is "ooohhhh...yeah. millers." with this quiet, respectful awe. it's legendary. everyone is either a true believer or is aware of it's greatness.

    it's like the johnny cash of bar burger joints.

    aim

    p.s. the only thing that would send it over the edge for me is if they would actually grill the onions...i asked and they wouldn't. but it's not like i can't enjoy a burg sans grilled o's.

    thanks for the suggestion!!!!!
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/07 10:02:19 (permalink)
    hmm...why did it post me three times?

    sorry
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/07 18:17:38 (permalink)
    Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger (known to us Ann Arborites simply as "Blimpy's", the sub chain be d**ned) is my favorite burger place bar none. My order there is a triple, cheddar and blue cheese, grilled onions, regular roll, mustard, mayo, and ketchup.

    Another good burger place nearby is the Full House on Ecorse in Ypsilanti. They make a half-pound "Ace Burger" that's ok, but in my opinion the little "Deuce Burgers" are the best thing they have.



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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/07 18:25:22 (permalink)
    I also have fond memories of the Bray's chain. I know there's a newer one still open on Ford Road in Westland or Garden City, but are any of the old-school ones with the donkey statues still around?
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/08 12:33:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Wistah

    I grew up in SE Michigan, and returned recently for a visit. I rediscovered two of my favorite burger joints.

    Krazy Jims Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor is incredible.



    Spent my first year in Ann Arbor in West Quad just around the corner from Krazy Jim's. That was 35 years ago. My mouth's watering just thinking about a Blimpy burger. (2 patties, american cheese, grilled onions-nothing else)
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2003/11/09 22:32:33 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Penoose

    re: Bar Burgers

    So what about the best $5 burgers in MI? Not $1 sliders with onions (which I love), but a thick 1/3 or 1/2 pound slab of decent meat. The kind of burger you can order "medium rare" if you are so inclined.

    Personal fave is Little Tony's in Grosse Pointe Woods.

    P.j.


    I suggest trying Lena Lous in Ada (Just east of Grand Rapids). They have a 5 dollar burger to die for! Forget ordering frys, takes all you have just to eat the burger... Another good joint is the Grandvilla Dungeon in Grandville (Just west of Grand Rapids), Main meals served are Mexican, but order a Dungeon Burger (2 1/3lb burgers on 3 slices of Texas Toast)...
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2004/06/28 19:43:42 (permalink)
    Great suggestions for folks on the east side of the state, but can anyone help me find a really great hamburger on the west side of the state, specifically in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek/Marshall/Coldwater area?
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2004/06/28 21:30:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jm3amdg

    Great suggestions for folks on the east side of the state, but can anyone help me find a really great hamburger on the west side of the state, specifically in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek/Marshall/Coldwater area?


    Jm,
    Try The Flame Restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo. I didn't eat one there, but the ones they were serving looked scrumptuous. It's on the eastbound one-way street that y's back into the westbound at Bell's Brewery.
    Hungrily, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2004/06/29 01:46:32 (permalink)
    I grew up in Battle Creek, here are a couple good ones. My favorite is Barney's Bar in Bedford, out M-37 towards Hastings. It's about 15 minutes out of town. Definately worth the trip. BC Burger on Calhoun Street runs a very very close 2nd, open for lunch only. It's right down by the Battle Creek Central High School. My friend Derek owns it. Actually BC Burger wins in Burgers, but no fries...:( Another good one is The Stagecoach in Marshall, They have a great ostrich burger, along with their other bar in Battle Creek, The Griffon, which is downtown. I live in NC now, and have only found one burger as good as any of these here, although the BBQ down here more than makes up. Happy eating.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2004/06/29 19:10:18 (permalink)
    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I'll try them all ASAP.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2004/07/14 18:22:42 (permalink)
    I went to Western Mich. Univ in Kalamazoo and had great burgers at a bar/pool hall. They were served with green olives and a tasty dressing. I wonder if it still exists. Sorry, I can't remember the name.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/05/23 23:58:11 (permalink)
    hey ya'll the bray's in westland, mich., on ford road is still open, there used to be one in romulus, they sold and destroyed the one in dearborn hieghts on inkster and ford roads.. tasty..
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/05/24 13:01:49 (permalink)
    In the Muskegon area, try The Station on Broadway in Roosevelt Park. Their "regular" burger is as big as a plate. Their "huge" burger easily feeds two. Someone needs to show them how French fries are made, however.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/11 18:59:03 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by thafunkyone

    ... Another good one is The Stagecoach in Marshall, They have a great ostrich burger... Happy eating.

    I really no longer recommend "the Coach", as the Stagecoach Inn is called. It has changed hands pretty frequently over the past few years, and while the burgers are still pretty good, they are no longer what they used to be. The best burgers in Marshall (actually, just outside of town) are now at the Marshall Moonraker, 2 miles south of the circle.

    I can remember several years ago when local people would call in an order for burgers to go at the Coach and call in an order for fries to go at Rogers' Lounge, which had the best french fries in town. They would then pick their orders and take them home to chow down.

    Miller's Timeout at Helmer Road & I-94 in Battle Creek has a pretty good burger.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 08:58:32 (permalink)
    At "Wealthy St. Grill" in east Grand Rapids you can get a burger, drink and fries for $5. Their burgers are good, but their fries are great.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 11:15:21 (permalink)
    My brother loves Blimpy Burgers, but also says that the Box Bar in Plymouth does a good burger.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 12:24:25 (permalink)
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    At "Wealthy St. Grill" in east Grand Rapids you can get a burger, drink and fries for $5. Their burgers are good, but their fries are great.


    Hey Goon, is that over towards the Eastown area?
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 13:06:54 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by HiredGoon

    At "Wealthy St. Grill" in east Grand Rapids you can get a burger, drink and fries for $5. Their burgers are good, but their fries are great.


    Hey Goon, is that over towards the Eastown area?



    Yeah, at the intersection of Wealthy and Lake across the street from Wolfgang's.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 13:11:48 (permalink)
    Thanks... Thought the name looked familiar... But usually have my radar locked on Yesterdog (or Smittys)..
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 13:14:06 (permalink)
    As far as burgers in Grand Rapids, "The Koppertop" on the westside at the intersection of 4th St. and Stocking Ave. has some good burgers too.
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/12 16:23:03 (permalink)
    All you MSU'ers, how about some burger advice for E. Lansing, especially about a few miles east on the main drag from MSU (near the Circuit City).
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2005/12/29 09:54:45 (permalink)
    Krazy Jim's is still around and if you visit after a snowstorm, they make snow bear sculptures outside right below their front window. I recently went there and told them about the web postings here and elsewhere about their place. They loved it....They said they are popular with the Brits who hit Ann Arbor Mi...(because of the big three auto companies and the University of Michigan)You have to order in a special way...be ready and know what you want ASAP so as to not to "piss off" the cook...(it's a gag really) Look out for the sassy African-American woman....she made me laugh my head off once when she "yelled" at a woman who did not get the joke...(out of towner!!! LOL)They have great soda drinks as well...(we say "POP" in Michigan) but drink only Vernor's...World's best Ginger ale!
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2006/02/23 22:06:56 (permalink)
    Two burger places to try....Ypsilanti which is near to Ann Arbor...Sidetrack's in depot town area of Ypsi...they were voted one of the top ten burgers in the USA. Also there is Bill Thomas Haloburgers in Flint MI. They have several around town, but the first and best one is the one on Saginaw Street with the Vernor's elfs on the mural outside of the restaurant. Get a double with cheese and olives!
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2006/02/23 22:52:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jm3amdg

    Great suggestions for folks on the east side of the state, but can anyone help me find a really great hamburger on the west side of the state, specifically in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek/Marshall/Coldwater area?


    B&J Pub
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    Try the Pub Burger, it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    RE: Two to try in Michigan 2006/03/05 12:42:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by lennonlover2005

    Two burger places to try....Ypsilanti which is near to Ann Arbor...Sidetrack's in depot town area of Ypsi...they were voted one of the top ten burgers in the USA. Also there is Bill Thomas Haloburgers in Flint MI. They have several around town, but the first and best one is the one on Saginaw Street with the Vernor's elfs on the mural outside of the restaurant. Get a double with cheese and olives!


    Both places have a great burger. Sidetrack is a really nice place to meet up with friends for a beer.


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    Originally posted by Rapunzll

    My brother loves Blimpy Burgers, but also says that the Box Bar in Plymouth does a good burger.


    Blimpy burger is fantastic!
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    As far as The Box Bar, their food is ok ... but their beer selection at over 650 beers is worth travelling for!

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