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Solly's Grille

4629 North Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 332-8808
Posted By Gerard Consuegra on 11/28/2007 2:31:00 PM
We found this delightful burger "joint" after seeing it on a TV burger show. Since then, it has become a regular stop for us when we are in Milwaukee. Truly, we travel from Florida to Milwaukee to visit our daughter and without fail make Solly's a regular stop.

The butterburger is simply outstanding and sets the standard for excellent burgers. Since eating one two years ago, I rarely order a burger at another restaurant and when I do, I am usually disappointed. At Solly’s the flavor is rich and the meat is fresh and juicy. For my most recent trip, I selected the Super cheeseburger special made with 1/3-lb of beef, lettuce, tomato, and sautéed onions besides the Wisconsin cheese and butter toppings. I opted for mayonnaise as well as I wanted the complete treatment. In my mind, this is not the place for the diet conscious; flavor considerations are what is important. Regardless, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I was amazed at how well all the ingredients blended so well together. As I finished the burger, I had to use a fork to capture the morsels of bread and cheese that were left on the plate.

While my favorite is the burger, my family insists the hot fudge milkshake is even better. I prefer the standard vanilla, which is served in a traditional stainless mixing cup that held a little over two servings. The shakes are rich with a bit of ice cream froth at the top. The hot fudge milkshakes beg for a long spoon so that the remaining fudge syrup is not missed at the bottom of the mixing cup.

The menu has other items, including chili. I watched as one patron spooned fresh-chopped onions on top of his serving. As we left, I asked his thoughts; he shared a satisfied grin and said outstanding. We have not yet ventured from the burger and shake selections, but my wife pledged that next visit will be for the chili.

Desserts? We never have room. Considering the milkshakes, I am confident that the ice cream desserts are equally rich. By the way, I noticed a selection of pies on the counter next to the grill and they looked outstanding.

Take my word for it; this place is not to be missed.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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This butter burger was sliced in half before all the butter atop the burger had a chance to melt into the meat.
"This butter burger was sliced in half before all the butter atop the burger had a chance to melt into the meat."
Michael Stern





Double butter cheeseburger
"Double butter cheeseburger"
Michael Stern


The cheesehead is the ultimate Solly's burger: 2/3 of a pound of ground sirloin, grilled mushrooms, stewed onions and raw onions, Swiss & American cheese. Plus, of course, plenty of butter.
"The cheesehead is the ultimate Solly's burger: 2/3 of a pound of ground sirloin, grilled mushrooms, stewed onions and raw onions, Swiss & American cheese. Plus, of course, plenty of butter. "
Michael Stern


Pounds of butter, ready to be loaded onto hamburgers
"Pounds of butter, ready to be loaded onto hamburgers"
Michael Stern


A Milwaukee landmark, and one of the great hamburger shrines in America
"A Milwaukee landmark, and one of the great hamburger shrines in America"
Michael Stern


There are three good glassfuls of fresh banana malt in the silver beaker
"There are three good glassfuls of fresh banana malt in the silver beaker"
Michael Stern


Seeing a sign for homemade pie, I couldn't resist.  The reward was an excellent slice of cinnamon caramel apple pie.
"Seeing a sign for homemade pie, I couldn't resist. The reward was an excellent slice of cinnamon caramel apple pie."
Cliff Strutz


Almost all the seating at this busy burger joint is at one of the two large U-shaped counters.
"Almost all the seating at this busy burger joint is at one of the two large U-shaped counters."
Cliff Strutz


Solly's used to be known as Solly's Coffee Shop.  Now it's Solly's Grille.  Inside, the food is as good as ever, and the counter seats are a diner delight.
"Solly's used to be known as Solly's Coffee Shop. Now it's Solly's Grille. Inside, the food is as good as ever, and the counter seats are a diner delight."
Michael Stern


The 2011 Roadfood.com eating tour completely filled up Solly's one evening in October.
"The 2011 Roadfood.com eating tour completely filled up Solly's one evening in October."
Michael Stern



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