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Feb 28, 2008 05:50 PM

Family Friendly Burger - suburban detroit

Hello Hounds,

Looking for a familly friendly burger in merto detriot for this weekend. Have been to Miller , Red coat, Sandys on the beach, Side track ect. Looking for a new burger place to try.



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  1. Does it have to specifically be a burger place? The burgers at Brass Pointe in Farmington Hills are very good, and they have a nice menu, overall. And Family Buggy with locations in Farmington hills, Rochester and Livonia has decent burgers.
    The same burger concept as Red Coat can be found at Zinc in West Bloomfield. Zip sauce and all.

    1. Well, I think that, aside from slider joints, you're going to kind of be limited to very good restaurants that also happen to serve a very good burger. I'd say that Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro in Novi would be a *great* choice for you, though whenever I'm there, I just can't bring myself to order a burger, because to me, it'd just be wasting the severely talented Mary Brady's time to go with one of the high-quality burgers they do, in fact, serve.

      I always order an entree, though. I think you'll be tempted that way, too.

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      1. re: boagman

        Thanks so far for the replys.

        Boagman - have been to Diamond Jim's twice now and you are correct both times I didnt get a burger. But forgot they are suppose to have good burgers. I might give them a try.



        1. re: pmh2244

          You might check the threads about Bagger Dave's in Berkley--it's definitely family friendly and emphasizes burgers, not a bar but they do have a limited selection of beer and wine. But it has inspired a lot of mixed feelings on the board.

          Personally I thought the burger was OK, shake was not as good as Steak and Shake, but I really liked the fries.

          There is a sports bar in Berkley on 12 Mile, 24 Seconds, that makes very good bar food including burgers, and I always see families in there with smallish kids.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Yeah, but Coney, those "mixed feelings" about Bagger Dave's have tended *very much* toward the lousy end of the spectrum. I'd say it's around 3-to-1 against the place. I haven't actually tried it myself, so I'm still somewhat reserving judgment, but you'll also note that I'm not flying out of my house to get there, either.

            The shake comment was just brutal, in my opinion. I think that the shakes at S&S are just awful, and to have one come in *lower* than that is almost intolerable. *Surprisingly* good place for a shake: Potbelly Sandwich Works. I've been very pleasantly surprised by how good the shakes there have been. Yes, I have to pound it into their brains that I want my shake to be THE THICKEST SHAKE THEY'VE EVER MADE, but when I say that, they usually get it right.

            24 Seconds isn't a bad place, but *beware* the high smokiness factor. It's very, very smokey in there on busy nights, so be warned. When I'm trying to enjoy good food, cigarette smoke is abhorrent to me.

            One more place I might suggest for burgers, but which I haven't tried myself: that new Shark/Jaws place in Farmington Hills on Orchard Lake Road near 13 mile, on the east side of the road, in the strip mall. It's been getting decent word-of-mouth, and I haven't tried it yet, but it's intriguing me.

            1. re: boagman

              Oh, boagman, you do make me smile and chuckle with your melodrama regarding milkshakes :) No offense, as I respect your opinions, but it's so curious to me that you dismiss S&S for Potbelly (another chain), only to describe "pound[ing] it into their brains" how you want it. Well, shoot, I could walk into lots of places and get all pounding it into their brains about it, too, but I'd rather just order.
              Is there something special about Potbelly's ice cream or their milk that makes you go there not just for the standard shake but for "THE THICKEST"? Have other places not fulfilled this? I'm being totally serious.

              1. re: amandaqtpie

                Amanda, getting a thick chocolate milkshake from any location, anywhere, aside from the now-defunct R&J Coffee Shop in Royal Oak (may it rest in peace, and may the insurance company that defaulted on them reside in the seventh circle of Dante's Inferno), is akin to asking them for a "square circle". Apparently, it's against the laws of physics.

                I suppose I am melodramatic about my shakes, but that's only because I love them so, when done correctly. Steak and Shake adds some kind of mystery powder (and's not malt) to their shakes, and I find that not only odd, I find it *disgusting*!

                The biggest problem with getting a properly thick milkshake however, Amanda, is usually the idiot teenagers/college students who usually just don't give a rat's behind. I had yet another crap milkshake this past weekend from TGIFriday's, and I *only* had it because it was basically the cheapest thing there. Once again, saying "The thickest shake you've ever made!" made absolutely *zero* difference. I got the standard "Well, I don't make them..." line, which I've decided will never, *ever* suffice as an excuse again. Ever. If they can't get it right, I won't accept it, nor pay for it. And you'd better *believe* that your tip depends on it.

                I wish we could have this conversation face-to-face'd know that I'm being perfectly serious. My friends actually roll their eyes when I order one. That's why, when I find something like Potbelly, which will actually do it right, with decent ingredients, I'm quite happy.

                Fair enough?

                1. re: boagman

                  Absolutely fair! I really was trying to be light-hearted, so I sincerely hope I didn't offend. I'm a milkshake lover, but mostly make them at home (I suspect you probably do, too?)

                  And in total fairness to you, I'm going to Potbelly tomorrow for a milkshake to give it a try. Wish you could join me!

      2. another vote for Mary's (diamond jim's) they make the best chili-burger i've had..called the poncho burger.