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Solly's Grille

4629 North Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 332-8808
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/11/2014 4:39:00 AM
Here is the great butter burger of Milwaukee, a city where burgers are a passion. It is a modest-sized patty of beef, cooked through, served on a bun quite literally bathed butter. Not margarine, not flavored oil: pure, dairy-rich, delicious butter. You can get a Super burger (2 patties, and a good idea; to us, a single one is overwhelmed by its bun) or a Super Special, which adds lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise to the mix (also a good idea), as well as cheeseburgers and burgers topped with mushrooms, onions, and Monterrey Jack cheese. The biggest of all burgers is the Cheesehead, which is a half pound of sirloin with Swiss and American cheese, stewed onions, raw onion, and mushrooms. It is virtually impossible to eat with one’s hands, but it’s fun to try!

There are a few other kinds of sandwiches on Solly’s menu, none of which we’ve tried, also omelets and fish fries, excellent crinkle-cut French fries, and made-here pie. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend you reserve it for a milk shake, which is Dairy State-rich and made in flavors that include chocolate, hot fudge, strawberry, pineapple, vanilla, and the superb fresh banana malt. Another confectionery alternative is a black cow made with Sprecher’s root beer. And, this being a city where ice cream is even more beloved than butter burgers, there is a full array of sundaes, too.

Seating is at two horseshoe-shaped counters with stools. The staff of uniformed waitresses go about their business with well-seasoned hash-house aplomb.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Butter burger
fresh banana malt
Cheeseburger
Banana Shake
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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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