So, watching Diners, Drive Ins & Dives and I noticed a girl wearing a M hockey shirt. Turns out they are in Ann Arbor. Going to go to the spring game and found a new place I want to try. Will it be worth trying out, from all you locals?
I GET IT
Don't get to go there very often now that I don't live in A2 anymore (or since I started doing triathlons and avoiding burgers). I'm a big fan of the bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg. It's the only place I know of that will still give you a runny egg on a burger.
Love that place. Remember to bring cash, they don't accept credit card.
Haven't been there in about a year. I had to take a picture of my last creation, by far my best yet.
...never EVER order the chicken on a football Saturday...burgersburgersburgers...best in town!
Nah you can bring a card; they have an "ATM" at the cash register where you can take out money and then pay for your meal. 25 cent fee, I think.
Unless they very recently brought the ATM back, as far as I know it is cash only. I went about 3-4 weeks ago and they didn't have it.
In the 6 years I've lived in Ann Arbor, there has never been a time when they didn't have an ATM machine.
As of the last month or so, they now have a standalone machine instead of swiping debit cards at the register.
I was there yesterday, cash only, they got rid of the atm a while ago because it slowed things down.
Is Ed too tall Jones to tall? Blimpy is amazing
Krazy Jim's is a must. But try and find someone who knows what's up when you go, because they don't waste time with people who don't know what they are doing, and you will get yelled at.
On a side note, the girl who eats the 21 patties was the captain of the women's club team that year. I started going out with the assistant captain from that team soon after the episode aired...apparently the practice that they talk about going to in that episode was the first day of tryouts. When I met the captain when out with the team, I said, "Oh hey, the girl from Blimpy Burger!" She hated me until St Patrick's Day (Irish drinks heal all wounds).
Enough with the Krazy Jim's... it called BLIMPY (burger, if you have too). Refer to the majestic burger place as such.
I've had their burgers since I was in utero...I went to high school with the owner's son. I think I know what it's called, thanks
Know that any coins you get in change are going straight into the tip jar (the cashier puts them there).
A friend of mine thought he'd outsmart the cashier; he had an order that came to something like $4.72. He gave the cashier a $5 bill and then got out change for 72 cents. The cashier proceeded to toss the change into the tip jar, put the five in the register and got out the 28 cents change to throw into the tip jar. It was pretty dang funny.
Best burgers, and environment in Ann Arbor. BE SURE TO KNOW HOW TO ORDER! She reminds me of a friendlier soup nazi.
Back when I was an undergrad, I was wearing my UM class ring while eating there once, and I took it off so as not to get it all greasy. I accidentally left the ring on my tray when I bussed it. I got a few blocks away and realized what I'd done. I went back and started poking around the top of the garbage. She saw me, and asked what happened. I told her, and she said, "I'm going in there with ya, honey!" Next thing I know, she's flinging Blimpy wrappers and greasy napkins out of the garbage and has her head practically halfway down the can, then emerges with my ring. Blimpy's has had my enduring loyalty ever since.
But if you take a tray for a to-go order, she might kill you
She is absolutely nice, but not when you're in line. She is one of the reasons I love the place and the atmosphere in there.
Her name is Devi (I hope I'm spelling that right; pronounced Da-VEE). I think the yelling during ordering is part of the atmosphere Blimpy's creates, not a reflection of her personality. She's very nice.
I started taking my two sons there when they were very young and still fussy about food. Ordering a single with nothing (and I mean nothing) on it was the the most they would do. She was always very patient and kind to them and remembered them every time we came in. If they finished their whole burger, she would give them a Tootsie-Pop from the jar behind the counter. Actually, she would have given them a a Tootsie-Pop no matter what, but she was trying to get them to feel more comfortable about trying the food. It worked. Now they both love Blimpy's.
So good. Its something that you can only eat once in a while though, because you can actually feel your arteries clogging as you eat, which I guess is an OK tradeoff for a delicious burger. Also, be sure to get the deep fried veggies. They are really good and since theyre veggies they must be healthy, right?
Dude, Blimpy's sucks. Greasy 1/15'th pound patties. Buy a quad from Blimpy's and a quad from Wendy's and let me know if you can tell the difference(besides the botulism toxin that is). If you can I will buy you both. The fries are good, but hardly worth waiting in line(or trying to find parking for that matter).
Connor Oneil's turkey reuben. That's what you want. Better fries and Guinness as well.
You could say similar things about most every great place in A2: the Fleetwood (the food isn't great, the place is dirty as sin, etc.), the 8-Ball Lounge (grimy, cramped dive with lousy beer and no women), the Peoples' Food Co-Op (limited selection, high prices, impractical location for grocery shopping), Ashley's (overpriced drinks, food will kill you), Dominick's (below-average sangria, way too crowded, closes too early). That's not the point of these places. They give the town character. If every place was like Connor O'Neil's, then we might as well have the campus in fucking Canton, Mich.
You go for the company. I pray the health department never shuts them down. I dont know that there's another place on Earth where you can find that much social cultural and economic diversity.
As soon as the indoor smoking ban takes effect, I predict Fleetwood will begin dying a slow death.
you're assuming they follow the ban, which would be distinctly un-fleetwood.
So you have been to Canton, MI?
When i finally went to UM, my little sister gave me a long list of things I had to do when I was a (grad) student, like not stepping on the Block M on the main campus. Sadly, I never made it to blimpy's, and she is ragging on me to this day about it, but i did make it to Dominicks -- hey, i was taking evening B-school classes.
While I understand the point of your post, I take issue with the Dominick's comment. Below-average sangria?!? Blasphemy!
The beer...yes overpriced. Selection...? Yeah, I haven't even gotten past the Guinness. Even a black and tan is a waste...Cool to look at, but for the same price you could have had the whole Guinness.
But the food is the opposite of overpriced. A huge reuben and the best fries you ever had go for like $7. If you want to talk overpriced, go to Zingerman's and pay $12 for a freaking sandwitch. Now that is overpriced. Delicious, but overpriced.
There was a six-month period beginning last summer up until Christmas where Connor O' Neils reeked like puke. The smell was bad enough where I pretty much stopped going. They must have done an all-out bleaching of the entire establishment.
Anyways, Connor's is alright. Expensive beer, Cougars galore, younger girls are relatively prude, standard service. Not a bad 1-hr stop while barhopping, but wouldn't want to spend the entire night there.
I can tell the difference between Wendy's and Blimpy's. Can I take you up on that bet the next time I'm in town? I do like the grease bomb burgers at Greene's in Farmington the best though.
If he's buying now, I'm going for a record then...
Bate's (in Livonia, NOT Farmington) SLAYS Greene's. No offense.
By far the best sliders IMO.
I have heard Bate's is good too. I'll have to try it next time I'm in Michigan. Is there one in Farmington that isn't as good?
There is one in Farmington, but I'll be honest -- I've never been to it. I just have to root for my hometown sliders.
Does Wendy's have fried broccoli? No.
Point goes to Blimpy.
Wait, you're going to say Blimpy Burger sucks, and suggest CONOR O'FUCKINGNEILLS?!?!?!
What can you possibly have against Connor Oneil's? Have you tried THEIR burger? Now that's a religous experience. Blimpy's in next to west quad. Woo freakin hoo. So is diag party store, you going to try to tell me their pizza is edible?
What does location matter? Red Hot Lovers (or whatever it's now called) is next to East Quad, and it's awesome.
My thought was that location is what Blimpy's has going for it.
It's Ray's Red Hots now...and their dogs are now ridiculously overpriced. I went a couple weeks back and spent over $4 to get ONE standard sized chili dog. I don't know about you, but I'm in college and don't have money like that. It was great back when it was Red Hot Lovers, but now it's priced into oblivion. Sad.
Before I left Ann Arbor in 2005, I used to hit trivia night at Connor's on a regular basis, so I am quite familiar with their menu (unless it has changed significantly since then, which I doubt). The burger is good--I would not describe it as a "religious experience." But their roast beef sandwich was terrific (cold--the hot version is awful) and they also had something called the "Irish Boxty" that is very good and, to my knowledge, not available anywhere else in A2.
In other words, I not only have nothing against Connor O'Neil's, but I actually have fond memories of the place. Doesn't change the fact that Connor O'Neil's could vanish in a puff of smoke and nobody would really miss it. But losing Blimpy Burger would be like losing another campus tradition.
Chili cheese fries. Quad with egg & bacon, cheddar, black olives, tomato and A1.
Cheaper than food!
It was better when Jim was there, of course.
Just in case anyone wants to watch it. I have never seen the episode, but as a lover of all things Blimpy, I have wanted to see it. Thanks for mentioning that it was on tonight.
Your wish is my command.......
So much salami...call my mommy
I love seeing any classic a2 establishment getting its due recognition but hopefully the next show that comes to town leaves their douche bag host back at the studio.
While not my favorite TV personality, Guy is easily near the top of personalities for the food network (I think Alton Brown holds the top spot). At least it's not Rachel Ray - definitely waiting for her to drop off the face of the earth.
But it leaves us hanging . . . did the girl eat all 21?
for the first time in over 30 years. Hasn't changed, except that I can't eat as much as i could back then.