OT - Best Burger In Each State

Submitted by Moe on March 3rd, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Came across this list on Yahoo today.  No big surprise as Blimpy Burger was the vote for Michigan.  As a Chicago resident, I was happy to see Au Cheval make the list for Illinois as that burger is to die for.  And lastly, the best burger I ever had made the cut, at Parlour in Minneapolis.  So board, did the list do your state justice?


NOLA Wolverine

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:20 PM ^

You'll see some back and forth in this thread (I see there already is) that'll be a nice guide. I like Frita Baditos (yes it counts), Jolly Pumpkin, Red Hawk, Five Guys, Quickie Burger, Burger Fi in order off of the top of my head (I don't have that list in front of me!). 

This is a great reference for all things food, including some talk about burgers: 


It's basically a tourist's dream, real testimony from real "locals." Much more reliable than going through Yelp! and what not. Don't know if you'd be a tourist or not, just throwing that out there. 

Blue Bunny Friday

March 3rd, 2015 at 3:19 PM ^

The above link is still alright.  Frita Baditos is pretty great and very different from Blimpy.  Both have their virtues, but only one has a chirizo burger.  It's worth it even though the taste stays all day.

NOLA Wolverine

March 3rd, 2015 at 6:28 PM ^

You can go there (Quickie and Burger Fi, that is) at 1:45am and get a burger, fries, and a beer before closing after a night of drinking. God bless America. 

If Blimpy's gets to go on Yahoo!'s (and others in this comment thread) list because their servers are instructed to act rudely, then getting a late night brew with your burger certainly can be weighed as well. 


March 3rd, 2015 at 2:05 PM ^

That's debatable (Redhawk, Fleetwood and Grizzly Peak have some mighty fine burgers), though I certainly don't disagree that my love for Blimpy and it's superiority over other burgers in the area has waned since it's move.  One thing that isn't debatable though is how popular it is.  It's been featured in countless best of lists and foodie TV shows, and because this Yahoo list is nothing more than a popularity contest, Blimpy seems like a very safe and wise bet for Michigan.


March 3rd, 2015 at 5:48 PM ^

I've been only once since they changed locations (even though I only live 5 minutes away from it).  When I went, the guy in line in front of me was not prepared and asking all these questions at the grill.  Me and the man behind me were just looking at each other like "why the hell is the cook letting this guy get away with all of this."  The burger is still great as always, but as you alluded to, the atmosphere of the Blimpy Burger I know and grew up with just isn't there anymore.

dupont circle

March 8th, 2015 at 10:25 AM ^

I didn't get Miller's at first either. Took me two or three visits to get it. The vibe, simplicity of the burger, beer glasses, cans of soda, checkout process, suited Ford and Severstal execs sitting next to blue collar workers. The place is magical. Classic humble Detroit.


March 3rd, 2015 at 2:11 PM ^

The Red Flannel Saloon in Paradise, MI in the UP has some damn good burgers. Also, having lived in Los Angeles, I would have given the nod for California to Father's Office.


March 3rd, 2015 at 2:12 PM ^

I don't know if I would make the proclamation that Blimpy's was the best in the entire state, but it is certainly worthy to be listed among, say, the Top 20 to 30 in the state, I would think. The reason I say this is that I have to hand it to places like Bridgewater Bank Tavern, Frank's Eastside, Cutter's and other perhaps lesser discussed places that also have some pretty damn good burgers. Miller's Bar in Dearborn or Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak might rank up among the ones I've had too. It's a very hard decision indeed.