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Jan 15, 2008 11:54 AM

Bagger Dave's in Berkley (Detroit)

A new venue offering "legendary" burgers and fries opened up in Berkley on 1/13/08 (Sunday). It's on Coolidge between 12 Mile and Catalpa. I reckon it's a tad early for anyone ti chime in, but I'm looking forward to giving it a shot, and to reading trip reports. So post them if you got 'em!

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  1. I just ate there tonight, and i have to say it was nothing special, the last thing I would call it is Legendary...Just another overpriced burger place with a catchy name... the fries were cold... but hey at least they had big screen tvs

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    1. re: gastronomical

      Gastromical, I have to agree and add a little. I was just there, drove by it on my way home, thought I would give it a try. The sign says "established in 2006" and states the place is "legendary", but oddly enough Ith has been open 3 days and is the frist of "many" according to the bar-tender. ??? Hum... Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc. has 12 or so BW3's 6 or 8 in the metro area and the rest in Florida. Bagger's has a beer and wine list and offers 2 kinds of grinds, beef and turkey offered in singles and doubles, there are many toppings to choose from and a selection of sanwiches, and specialty burger. Fries in sweet and russet potatoes available in 2 sizes of bags.The room is wood finished, the train running through is on a short track, oversized pictures of Berkley are through the room, andd there are many flat screen t.v.s through out the place. It is non-smoking which is a plus IMO. The staff was plesant and friendly.

      On to what I ate. I ordered the BBQ Bacon Burger (5.99) and a small "bag" of russet fries (2.19). I also had a Bell's Brown (4.75). I ate at the bar. The order came promptly but was not my order ( happens, it's a new place). The error was taken care of. The patty weight is 3 oz. and ALL burgers are cook to med-well (as stated on the menu). Two patties slightly bigger than a slider, soggy bacon, light sauce, and a flimzy bun. I couldn't really tell the burger had chedder on it. The grilled onions were larger cut and crunchy. As for the fries. The potatoes are unpeeled russets and hand cut. I believe the fries were not rinced well of starch after cutting and go to the fryer without being blanched. This believed methodology yielded very brown, soggy fries. The jackets left on the fries were gritty. The thing is they were not crispy at all. If kennibec potatoes were used with this product and they were a bit smaller cut this methodology would have yeilded a light colored crisp product.There was no salt on my fries and the burger was not well seasoned nor were they hot. All was served in paper lined 10" cake pans (a step up from BW3'S paper baskets) and the not so good fries were in a bag.

      It was not bad but not good. It is a burger joint with beer and big flat screan T.V.s. I can't say it was a value. The place will probably do great in this area, as places like this always do (and make buckets of money). I just had hopes it would be better. But, it would have been much better IMO if they seasoned all better. Boy do i miss In and Out and Fat Burger. Cheers.

      1. re: buttermonkey

        Wow, I was hoping for better from them. Danaher's was decent and I was sorry to see them tank in that space. We'll give BD's a couple of weeks then see if they've improved from your experiences.

        There's always Red Coat for burgers and 24 Seconds for a bar/TV experience!

        1. re: buttermonkey

          Is it really the same ownership as BW3's...Because that would explain a lot Ha Ha! Easily in the top ten worst eateries I've been to. Yeah I did notice the 2006 thing was was kinda questioning that as well.

          1. re: buttermonkey

            After reading Buttermonkey's thoughts one thing stand out a lot to me

            "There was no salt on my fries and the burger was not well seasoned nor were they hot."

            I have found many burger places recently in Michigan some older 50's style places etc. That seem like they are going to be good. Get excited to find a good burger close to home. But then I get the food which is cooked properly etc. However the burger has not been seasoned at all. I mean no salt pepper nothing. And personally I hate few things as much as unseasoned hamburger. A couple of the places could have had a great burger if they just seasoned the hamburger.

        2. I just had lunch there. I drive past this place everyday and I was very curious to see how the food was. The place was full so I sat at the bar. Service was quite good. I saw the bartender keeping tabs on all the tables near the bar making sure they got their food promptly. I got the beef burger on sourdough with a handful of toppings and a bag of "Idaho fries". There were some great things about the burger, and some not so good things. It had a *wonderful* seared crust. I don't see that too often at a burger place. It was overcooked though. As mentioned in previous post, all burgers are cooked to Medium-Well, mine was beyond that. Also the burger was quite small, covering only 2/3rds the bread. Halfway between a slider and a "real burger". Sourdough was toasted and the toppings were quite good. The fries were quite good. Deeply caramelized, very fresh. These are quite different then Mc-Wen-King fries. They are not crunchy on the outside, but not soggy/oily either. Overall it was pretty good.

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          1. re: jay.radcliffe

            Maybe my fries were around a moment, who knows. I forgot to mention that they use peanut oil. Not so good for those that might have nut allergies. I also will try it again in a few weeks, until then its Red Coat, Hunter House, or Town Tavern in Royal Oak for me. Town Taver has KILLER burgers and BEAUITFUL truffled fries that are hot, crisp, and "hand-cut" in house via proper method as per the chef (a friend of mine).

          2. I wanted to eat here as Berkley does not have many options. It was long overdue for a family place to eat. My sister and I ate there today for lunch and I was worried due to the post already on here. Well we had a great experience, the burgers were cooked perfect. I ordered the BBQ Bacon burger and it was great, the bacon amount was just enough and the BBQ sauce was wonderful. My sister made her own burger and she doesn't eat burgers much, but loved it. The service was speedy and the people were nice.

            I did not like the seating - we were at a table where they had 3 (2) people tables next to one another, my sister and I were at one and then right next to us the other table had 2 people at it. Thank goodness they were nice people and it was fine, but I did not like that at all, too close for comfort. This is my only complaint.

            The ranch dressing was great too which was used to dip our fries in - they were good too. It was busy and the service was still good.

            I would recommend.

            1. Ok I just read the review in the Mirror or some paper about how the burgers are " made to order " . How is " all burgers cooked medium well " made to order ? I think I shall skip this chain of mediocrity ...

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              1. re: GoalieJeff

                I dont like my burgers medium well either so I will skip this chain of mediocrity also. I dont think that this place will last long contrary to earlier posts that it will last. We will see.

                1. re: donna521

                  Yesterday's Freep said they were already planning to open one in A2, but not downtown.

              2. DAMN! why for just once can't someone get it right in this culinary hell-hole!

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                1. re: HoogieEats

                  Millers, Beau Jacks & Red Coat will have to suffice, even Fuddruckers seems acceptable here.

                  1. re: HoogieEats

                    Curious--what do you want that Red Coat et. al. are not providing?

                  2. re: HoogieEats

                    Sounds like it's worth the drive to Fatburger in Southfield when they open soon. Cheaper and more consistent. Has anyone heard updates on the opening? Oh how I miss them!
                    (Well, I prefer In-N-Out but who's complaining.)

                    I e-mailed on the Fatburger website about a month ago asking for updates and got a reply that they were planning on end of January. Can't wait!

                    1. re: kellycolorado

                      What fatburger in southfield. When? Where? I'd love any info.

                      1. re: buttermonkey

                        It's going to be at the Tel-Twelve area in Southfield, right next to the new Best Buy, in the former Island Jerk Chicken or whatever that place was. The Fatburger does seem to be coming along, but it does appear to have slowed. Still, end of the month doesn't seem unrealistic.

                        1. re: boagman

                          hell yea, i'm a west coaster & miss the in and out and fatburgers.

                          1. re: buttermonkey

                            Drove there just today. Still not open, but progress continues. Didn't see any major "Opening on..." signs in the window, but I didn't drive up to the door or anything...just drove by on Telegraph Road and glanced that way.

                            1. re: buttermonkey

                              Every time you crazies mention "In and Out Burger" my first reaction is "Hey! We have those here!" Of course, I'm *actually* thinking of "Hot and Now Burger" which is a *hideous* way to spend one's money on, um, "food".

                              But're a long, *loooooooooong* way from seeing anything like a Pink's around here. In fairness to us, though, we probably blow the crap out of LA's ice cream, here. We sure love our ice cream, *if* you know where to buy the good stuff. Mmmmmm...extra butterfat. :)

                            2. re: buttermonkey

                              I am an exiled west coaster too and I miss In & Out a lot. Hell I miss all the California charbroiled burger chains. Those burgers in restaurants similar to Coney Islands but imo the burgers were pretty damn good especially when a drink fries and a burger was like 3.50. But I miss In & OUt the most. I just hope Fatburger in southfield is run better than the one I experienced in Ohio.