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Miller's Burgers - Really? [Dearborn MI]

I worked in Dearborn for years...I have been to Miller's many times. I know I am in the minority when I say this, alas I know I am not alone. Sure the beer honor system is a novelty and having no plates is cute, but I have NO idea why people fawn over the burgers there. I get the Red Coat Tavern burger thing...but not Miller's. I have asked many time in other threads but I have to ask once in it's own thread.

Please tell me what the hell makes people fawn over that burger. Please?

Edit: Sorry I did not include the city on the thread title. Dearborn MI

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Red Coat Tavern
31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073

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  1. Miller's has truly wonderful burgers. A bit overpriced. But truly wonderful. You have to get the baked beans to fully understand the Miller's experience--as well as waiting in line for an hour at lunch.

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    1. re: dearborn barkis

      Every time I ask I get many answers about the experience.....but no one tells me what is special about the burger. Again...I have worked and lived not far from Miller's for over a decade and have been there many times. Even saw Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs in there once. I am NOT saying the burger is bad....I am just saying it is not special by any means.

      1. re: JanPrimus

        Maybe it's the grillmaster, JP?

        Someone manning a flattop to fill an order is very different from a grillmaster who knows his/her product and the stove in use.

        1. re: RedTop

          My good friend Summerfield was aghast at seeing the grillmaster at Miller's pressing the patties on the grill, expunging the juices to the flames. But the burger tasted good, nevertheless.

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          Summerfields Restaurant
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      2. re: dearborn barkis

        The baked bearns? Seriously? They taste like Busch's Baked Beans out of the can.

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        Baked Beans
        103 S Main St, Lake City, MI 49651

      3. Funny that the Google map on the sidebar shows Red Coat but not Miller's.

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        1. re: dearborn barkis

          I guess both of us had to pick a fight tonight :) - We both attack institutions and have differing opinions. I love a good food fight!

          1. HeHe Jan. I have worked in Dearborn for 27 years. One of the first recollections I had at Ford was a coworker who took to me to Miller's. He said it was the best burger in Michigan. I have no evidence to refute it.

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              1. re: JanPrimus

                The burgers are indeed wonderful. No salt, no additives. Just grilled ground round. But I don't know where Mr. Miller gets his meat, unless it's heaven.

            1. I first went to Millers about 5 years ago and liked it and go there annually. I went there last summer and was disappointed. It seems like the quality of the burger has gone downhill. I took a peek behind the counter, and the burgers looked like they were now preformed and came out of a box. To me, the burgers are good in a greasy plain sort of way. Are they the best in Michigan? I don't think so. I actually think their are a few places like Red Coat and my bbq that are better. I also think that 5 guys is better. But again, that is just my opinion.

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              1. re: FetaCheese

                I will fully admit to loving a Five Guys Burger myself.

              2. Okay, I now am on an actual computer and can weigh in on this.

                I used to be a die-hard Miller's supporter myself, but I can say that I don't get there all that often due to my location, and the last few times I have been there, it's been on the disappointing side. I fully admit to being taken in by the honor system used there; I think it's quaint, trusting, and I quite enjoy that. I distinctly remember the burger being better at least 10 years back, though. The bottom line for me is this: if they're going to charge what they do for their burgers (and it's a stinking *lot*), and I'm going to have to wait the abysmally long time for them that I do, said burgers had better be really amazing, and these days, they're not, or at least not consistently so. That's a pretty big problem.

                I am really, *really* confused, though, about the Five Guys' thing. Folks: I've had a fair number of Five Guys burgers now, and while there's certainly nothing wrong with a FG burger, neither is it anything to write home about...*at all*. It's functional, and sure: it's better than McDonald's, but I honestly couldn't say that it's any better than Wendy's.

                I've been consistently happy and impressed with the Cocktail Hour burger served at Roast. It's an absolute pleasure to bite into that thing, at only $3. The only thing I might critique with that burger is the english muffin for the bun, but that's honestly personal preference. The quality of the meat (both the beef and the bacon), and the proper preparation of the egg, and cheese (if you like that sort of thing) really comes together and sings. Few things better than this before a game at the Joe.

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                1. re: boagman

                  (Five Guys) I think the thing for me that would not be for you is the culmination of the ingredients. There is a certain total sum of the parts things going on and I want to include the cheese in this. I know your feelings on cheese so I could understand your perspective.