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Dear Mom would NEVER make a fried bologna sandwich for us to take to school for a lunch. I was so deprived.

So, I've found two local bars who do this treat, both in St Clair Shores:

Boat Works
Mikes On The Water (seasonal).

Asking local 'hounds if there are other good-to-great fried bologna sandwich offering in metro Detroit.

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  1. Question: What makes a fried bologna sandwich "great"?? All I can picture is fried bologna on grilled bread. What else can you do with it?

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    1. re: tokyo

      A good fried bologna sandwich has house made bologna. Very thick slices....

      If you need to experience house made bologna...hit up Biercamp in A2!

      1. re: JanPrimus

        Doh! I was just there yesterday!

        1. re: tokyo

          That's what I absolutely love about DTW CH, the dames like Oppsie and Tokyo say, "Doh!" when they miss out on stuff like Chinese lunch buffets and baloney sandwiches. Where else can one find this kind of awesomeness? Sorry to stray somewhat off topic, but I'm just giddy.

          1. re: VTB

            Funny, I was thinking the same thing about this thread -where else but Detroit would you find a topic about fried bologna sandwiches? :)
            I have my standards... random though they may seem... but cured and processed meats (of good quality of course!) do not offend my feminine sensibilities.

            1. re: tokyo

              > where else but Detroit would you find a topic about fried bologna sandwiches?

              The Ohio thread/board. In the town of Waldo, there are two restaurant/bars that
              fight tooth & nail over who does the "better" fried bologna sandwich.

              1. re: rainsux

                I've only been to G & R Tavern, which gets all the "press". What is the other one?
                In Marietta's Harmar Village, the Harmar Tavern makes an excellent one, as well.
                Maybe I wasn't looking for it, but I honestly had not even heard of a fried bologna sandwich until I moved to Ohio from Michigan. But I like it, the frying does add to the bologna. Fried bologna is also good with eggs, like salami is.

              2. re: tokyo

                RE: where else but Detroit would you find a topic about fried bologna sandwiches?

                Heck, there's a thread for the best fried pork tenderloin sandwhich in Indianapolis. Maybe it's just the Great Lakes Region.

                1. re: jackrugby

                  Oh, there's more than one CH thread that deal with pork tenderloin sandwiches. Quite a few, in fact. :-)

                  Then there's this blog: http://breadedtenderloin.wordpress.com/

      2. the Root in White Lake (M59 west of Teggerdine) has Yale Fried Bologna sandwiches on their menu.
        It is sliced thick. I had it once, and well, it was fried bologna.

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        1. re: Markcron

          ... so I asked'm, "do you sell many?" The waitress answered, "Ocassionally."

        2. I go to the source...Yale Bologna Festival, held the last weekend in July. Thick slab, on an ordinary bun, add your own condiments and sauerkraut. Pretty much satisfies my bologna craving for the next year. If you go, the fries from the truck there are good too.

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          1. re: gooddog

            I'm hoping to find one served on rye. lol.

          2. Your mom was right about not frying a bologna sandwich to pack as a lunch. A fried bologna sandwich must be served PIPING HOT!

            I have not had one since I was a kid, and I just realized that I have not shared this Detroit delicacy with my own children yet. I need to make some this weekend!

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            1. re: momskitchen

              I am with Doug on this....Waldo is the home of Fried Bologna,

            2. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Great Lakes Cross has it on the menu, but I've never bothered to step foot in there to try it. Also, Roast appears to have one on their bar menu.

              http://www.roastdetroit.com/bar-menu/

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              1. re: GrueLurks

                I can see myself escorting DW into Roast for a memorable meal; knocking back a Martini, then ordering that sandwich. lol.

              2. Biercamp in Ann Arbor has a great one from time to time. Call ahead.

                1. Great suggestions. But still searching for more!

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                  1. re: RedTop

                    Mercury Bar on Michigan Avenue (across from Slo's Barbecue) in Detroit.

                  2. Root in White Lake, Green Dot Stables in Detroit, and sadly the uber cheesy toby keiths.

                    1. Roast's bar menu has the symon burger with fried bologna....

                      I also had one in royal oak many moons ago at a dive bar, I think it was the Inn Place

                      1. Freep says the Inn Place in RO also has them
                        http://detroit.metromix.com/bars-and-...

                        1. Looks like this new BBQ place in Southfield will have them too.

                          http://www.billysimsbbq.com/menus/

                          1. Had one at the Bomber in Ypsilanti last week...The Bologna was not thick cut :( ....it looked like it may of had a first name.

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                            1. re: JanPrimus

                              Biergarten in Dearborn, crazy 8 in mount clemens, bear den in midland, smokey's bbq in detroit...check out how thick it is! http://www.smokeysbarbequedetroit.com/

                              1. re: christyar

                                I forgot Beale Street smokehouse in fenton has grilled smoked bologna ( hear great things), larks family bbq in benton harbor has a bbq bologna sam, tavern on the square in lansing, art's bar in lansing.

                                1. re: christyar

                                  Thanks, christyar for keeping this thread alive.

                                  I do intend to try out all suggestions listed on it, this fall and winter!

                                  1. re: RedTop

                                    Fill us on on your outcomes! The place in BBQ place in Fenton and the BBQ place in Detroit (smokey's) are tops on my list! If you are ever in myrtle beach hamburger joe's has a tasty fried bologna.