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jaydough Mar 10, 2009 11:42 AM

My friends and I are planning on having an evening where we decided once and for all which metro detroit slider is the best.

Living on the east side, we know of some places that need to be a part of this competition, but to make sure we have the best represented, I was wondering what YOUR favorite slider in metro detroit is?

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    RedTop Mar 10, 2009 01:19 PM

    Grady's Lounge on northbound Gratiot, north of Ten Mile Road, in Roseville. Sliders and a beer. MMMM...

    Surprizingly, just today I found out Ram's Horn is offering a three slider combo meal for $4.99. Sliders and no beer, uuunnn,

    1. dearborn barkis Mar 10, 2009 05:06 PM

      The two best spots for sliders are Hunter House, Woodward just north of Maple in Birmingham, and Bates Hamburgers, 5 Mile & Farmington Rd in Livonia.

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        boagman Mar 11, 2009 12:36 AM

        Don't believe the Hunter House hype...though to be fair, it *is* rather famous, but the food is just lousy. Can't say whether Bates is good or bad.

        Green's in Farmington Hills at Orchard Lake and 10 Mile, though? There's the King of Sliders, son. ;)

        1. re: boagman
          dearborn barkis Mar 12, 2009 05:27 PM

          Hunter House, better than anyone, does the delicious grilled onions, don't talk to anyone for a day with that breath, take two baths to get those onions off your skin, hope the wife doesn't notice, where's my cologne, routine.

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            wolfmonk Mar 13, 2009 11:04 PM

            I'll second Green's. Good stuff there, wish it were closer to the east side.

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          Jim M Mar 10, 2009 06:51 PM

          If you're doing "upscale" sliders and including Ann Arbor, try Rush Street in downtown Ann Arbor on Main.

          1. Fritter Mar 11, 2009 06:09 AM

            Do the "Bates" bombs count?
            I haven't had one of those in a loooooooooong time.

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              GoalieJeff Mar 14, 2009 04:45 PM

              Bate's and Green's are both very good slider joints , Hunter House had a great location and are a bit pricey for a wee greasy burger . Not bad , just ok in my book , about the same level of droolyness as Cometburger , won't make a special trip for either . I will , however , routinely make special late night trips for my personal favorite , The Telway at 11 & John R . We've discussed this issue before and people are proud of their favorites . I think your favorite is probably the first really good slider you ever had . In my case that would be The Telway . But you can't go wrong with Bate's or Green's .

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                Fritter May 16, 2009 05:25 PM

                I passed the Teleway today and I dug this thread up to ask about it. I think it was 9:30 or so Saturday morning when I went by and the place was busy.
                I've got to give Teleway a try. Any idea how long they have been there? Looks like they have been around as long as Bates.

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                  Maxamilus May 16, 2009 06:54 PM

                  Apparently over 50 years. Definitely my favorite slider joint.

                  http://huntergatherernyc.com/2009/01/...

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              yorbacus Mar 21, 2009 01:12 PM

              Telway in Madison Heights on John R. and 11 Mile. Green's is outstanding as well. Make sure to get some crinkle fries!

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                rainsux Mar 21, 2009 04:45 PM

                I mourned the closing of Rocket Eddy's today by making my first trip to Telway. I left
                happy.

              2. otisf Mar 24, 2009 01:36 PM

                Bray's Belly Busters, the corner of 9-Mile & Dequindre in Hazel Park. But be warned, you'll pay for it the next day.

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                  boagman Mar 24, 2009 09:20 PM

                  While I certainly enjoy the Belly Buster, I don't consider it to be a slider. The Belly Buster is more of an homage to the Big Mac, only better, and it's far bigger than a traditional slider. It is pretty delicious, though, and you're right: you pay the next day.

                  Worth it! ;)

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                    tdmort May 16, 2009 05:50 PM

                    There's also a Bray's in Westland. Their cheeseburgers are the best. Lot of grilled onions, thinly sliced pickles, ketchup and mustard. What more could you ask for? Their crinkle cut fries (extra crispy) are great.

                    Also, I love the sliders at Sidetracks in Ypsi. They are known for their burgers but once I tried their sliders I've never gone back to the bigger burger.

                    1. re: tdmort
                      JanPrimus May 18, 2009 10:01 AM

                      While I am mainly a Bates 5 Mile and Farmington fan...I think the grill at the Bray's in Westland is getting better as it gets older. I went when they opened and was far from impressed. I have been twice since and I think they are getting close to where they need to be. This has made me a believer in a well seasoned flat top grill.

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                        RedTop May 18, 2009 12:36 PM

                        Good thought, Jan.

                        Maybe the grill is what makes me think the Travis at 9 Mile & Mack is the best greasy spoon on the eastside.

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                    mrfinewine Jun 21, 2009 01:50 PM

                    Geneva's on Harper is gone, I've heard? That place was great. Anyone know if it's reopened?

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                      SonyBob Jun 21, 2009 09:15 PM

                      When it comes to Bates vs. Hunter House, it's Bates, hands down. The best was the one at Novi Road and Grand River but was closed and torn down (progress??). The Farmington Road in Livonia location is a close second. Hunter House is fun during the Dream Cruise but other than that, it's just average.
                      Bob

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                        JanPrimus Jun 22, 2009 05:30 AM

                        I think the bigger battle is between Greene's and Bates.

                        I think the burgers at Bates are a hai.....ummm not that word..

                        I think the Burgers at Bates are easily better than Greene's. This I am sure is not a consistent view among all slider gastronomes.

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