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Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

304 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor, MI - (734) 663-4590
Posted By Dan Schmitzer on 1/27/2008 10:25:00 PM
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger is one of maybe five reasons why I can never leave Ann Arbor. The food should in no way be confused with something healthy. If you are a health nut or are planning on visiting Blimpy with a health nut in tow, don't bother. The joy of Blimpy is knowing that you are eating something for the simple joy of eating it.

During the school year, especially during the warmer months, it is not unusual to find a line of hungry, excited people snaking its way through the limited seating area and out the front door. Be ready to wait a while during the lunch hour. If you can't stand for 20 to 30 minutes while waiting to place your order, you may want to visit during off-hours.

In order for people to be served in an efficient manner, it is necessary for the patrons to be paying attention and decisive when ordering. First-timers need to watch the people ahead of them in line, listen to the questions they are being asked by the people behind the counter, and be ready to answer those questions when the time comes.

The number of ordering options at Blimpy will make your head explode. Want 10 burger patties, just ask. If you want a fried egg on your burger, go for it. If you want grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, go ahead and ask, they have it. Pepper rings, blue cheese, green olives, no problem. I tend to avoid the overwhelming number of options and order one of two no-brainer burgers on the menu: The Pepper Steak Bullet or The Chili Size.

Pepper Steak Bullet: triple with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and banana peppers, with chopped scallions, bacon, and ranch dressing, on an onion bun (I'll normally get an order of onion rings to go with it). Chili Size: triple with American cheese, covered in chili, and topped with chopped onion, tomato, and banana peppers on a kaiser roll. You won't be able to pick it up so they are kind enough to provide a fork (I normally order a side of chili fries with this).

The quirkiness and character of the joint and the people who work there makes it a fun time. It's an experience. If you want a plain old vanilla, personality-free dining experience go to Big Boy or McDonald's. If you want to go to place that will give you a story to tell, go to Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger.

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A quint: five patties (about a half pound of beef).
"A quint: five patties (about a half pound of beef)."
Michael Stern





Addictive onion rings. They're a greasy-fingered mess, and an ideal companion to a multi-patty Blimpy.
"Addictive onion rings. They're a greasy-fingered mess, and an ideal companion to a multi-patty Blimpy."
Michael Stern


While these are good and are battered and fried right in front of you, I prefer the puffier, beer batter type of ring. Good is good though and these certainly are.
"While these are good and are battered and fried right in front of you, I prefer the puffier, beer batter type of ring. Good is good though and these certainly are."
Dave O'Ball


One of America's great burger griddles. As you go through the line, watching Blimpies made is hypnotic entertainment. Note how each patty starts nearly spherical, but winds up pancake-flat.
"One of America's great burger griddles. As you go through the line, watching Blimpies made is hypnotic entertainment. Note how each patty starts nearly spherical, but winds up pancake-flat."
Michael Stern


This is where the magic happens. Nothing like flat top burgers.
"This is where the magic happens. Nothing like flat top burgers."
Dave O'Ball


The Pepper Steak Bullet comes sandwiched in a superb onion roll. It is three patties topped with provolone, ranch dressing, scallions, bacon, roasted peppers, grilled onions and cracked pepper.
"The Pepper Steak Bullet comes sandwiched in a superb onion roll. It is three patties topped with provolone, ranch dressing, scallions, bacon, roasted peppers, grilled onions and cracked pepper."
Michael Stern


The onion rings are a greasy, tangled, delicious mess!
"The onion rings are a greasy, tangled, delicious mess!"
Cliff Strutz


A double with blue cheese and a slice of tomato
"A double with blue cheese and a slice of tomato"
Michael Stern


The quadruple burger, here with bacon and cheese, isn't as physically imposing as it sounds.  Still, one of these, along with a side of fries or rings, should satisfy most healthy appetites.
"The quadruple burger, here with bacon and cheese, isn't as physically imposing as it sounds. Still, one of these, along with a side of fries or rings, should satisfy most healthy appetites."
Cliff Strutz


This is not something I plan on eating often, but as a novelty item, the deep fried broccoli proved to be quite tasty.
"This is not something I plan on eating often, but as a novelty item, the deep fried broccoli proved to be quite tasty."
Cliff Strutz


Just about right, IMO: a Blimpy triple with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles.
"Just about right, IMO: a Blimpy triple with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles."
Michael Stern


A double with cheddar and onions, with hot fries.
"A double with cheddar and onions, with hot fries."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


This is a top two burger for me. I'm not sure it's my favorite but it's no less than second best. It's quite simple and that's just the way it oughta be. Absolutely fabulous. A quad seems to be just the right amount of meat. The onion bun is a nice option.
"This is a top two burger for me. I'm not sure it's my favorite but it's no less than second best. It's quite simple and that's just the way it oughta be. Absolutely fabulous. A quad seems to be just the right amount of meat. The onion bun is a nice option."
Dave O'Ball


Blimpy's menu, with so many possible combinations!
"Blimpy's menu, with so many possible combinations!"
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


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"The "Cheaper Than Food" certainly qualifies as an unusual motto, but just adds to Krazy Jim's quirkiness."
Cliff Strutz


In 1953 when the Blimpy opened, far fewer people ate out than do today. Feeding a family on fifteen-cent hamburgers indeed was cheaper than cooking whole meals at home. Hence the house motto.
"In 1953 when the Blimpy opened, far fewer people ate out than do today. Feeding a family on fifteen-cent hamburgers indeed was cheaper than cooking whole meals at home. Hence the house motto."
Michael Stern



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