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Sep 9, 2012 08:03 PM

Detroit Slider review revisited

Rainsux was talking Slider smack at Trizest last night and I found this old review. He wants to do a walking (probably driving will be required) review in 2012 terms. So, for reference a 2007 review again:

a few weeks ago, a local sports talk radio show, the sports inferno on 1270, had an on-air taste off to determine the best sliders in metro detroit. five guys graded on taste (up to 15 points), texture (up to 10 points), and presentation (up to 5 points). the results were as follows:

1) telway - madison heights (127 points)
2) hunter house - birmingham (118)
3) little brothers - (115)
4) green's - famington (110.5)
5) bray's - hazel park (110)
6) travis burger - roseville (109.5)
7) bates burger - livonia (108)
8) comet burger - royal oak (101.5)
9) white castle - all over (101)
10) mott's - downtown detroit (86.5)

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By xman887 on Jun 20, 2007 07:10 PM

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  1. I just finished a Great Lakes perch fry, and the memory of Rainsux's 'Detroit Slider Crawl Day' proposal is really unsettling me at the moment. :-(

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    1. re: VTB

      Sissy! ;)

      In point of fact, I've been to fewer than half of those listed above...but the fact that Hunter House came in second place causes me to view the list as highly suspect. There is no dimension, either this one or anyone in parallel to this one (with the possible exception of Bizarro World) wherein Hunter House would beat Green's in Farmington. Heresy, says I. HERESY.

      1. re: VTB

        Hard to have a perch crawl without a conductor and a driver - > But, with you as Captain -> that may follow Street Chicken from Oppsie ( Jeremy can drive he doesn't drink (much)). !

        1. An on-air taste-off may make for good radio, but I am curious well (or not) the various sliders
          survive the trip and the inevitable re-heat. I am astonished to see HH at #2 and Motz at #10 ... Weird.

          I will also include/suggest: Omega, Walt's and Super Chief.

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          1. re: rainsux

            So, Rain or Sux, When is the taste-off and do we invite the media?

          2. I have been negligent in my Chowhound duties
            to prepare a Slider Crawl. I apologize ... but I
            was vacationing somewhere warm. The good
            days were 84F, sunny, with strong trade winds.
            The truly bad days were 82F, sunny with light
            trade winds.

            I have returned. Let the record show that I was
            not a total slacker during this down period. I did
            research possible stops for a Slider Crawl.

            I have not yet confirmed that all these establishments
            do indeed have sliders on their menus.

            Walt's, 3425 Highland, Waterford, MI 48328
            Super Chief, 340 W Walton Blvd,Pontiac, MI 48340
            Omega, 332 S Telegraph Rd,Pontiac, MI 48341
            Motor City, 44911 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48341
            Deputy Dog, 139 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
            Bates, 33406 5 Mile Rd,Livonia, MI 48154
            Bates, 22291 Middlebelt, Farmington Hills, MI
            Greene's, 24155 Orchard Lake Rd,Farmington, MI 48336
            Motz, 7208 W Fort, Detroit, MI 48209
            Joe's, 125 Elm, Wyandotte, MI 48192
            Bray's, 25650 Ford, Westland, MI 48185
            Little Brothers, 201 W Fourth, Royal Oak, MI
            Sonny's, 20001 Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223
            Carter's, 22990 Outer Dr, Dearborn, MI 48124
            Hunter House, 35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
            Telway, 6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48310
            Comet, 207 S Main, Royal Oak, MI 48067
            Hamburger Hut, 27090 Grand River, Redford, MI 48240
            Seeburger's, 71 N Main, Mt Clemens, MI 48043
            Knapp's, 304 S Main St, Rochester, MI 48307
            Brayz, 22941 Dequindre, Hazel Park, MI, 48030
            Old Fashioned, 19533 Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48228
            Carter's, 2908 Fort, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
            Elmer's, 8515 W Chicago, Detroit, MI 48204
            Little Brothers, 1260 Joslyn, Pontiac, MI, 48340
            Burger Spot, 550 Forest Ave, Plymouth, MI, 48170
            Blimpy Burger, 551 S Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
            Vinnie's, 47417 Michigan Ave, Canton, MI 48188
            Travis, 23500 Greater Mack Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080
            Marcus, 6349 McNichols, Detroit, MI, 48212

            Did I miss anything? Hah! What did I miss?

            Clearly; we aren't gonna hit them all in one crawl. Or; two
            crawls. That's a LOT of grease to digest. I'm thinking of
            breaking this up into multiple Saturday's; ~4 stops/crawl.
            Agree? Disagree?

            I propose:

            Saturday; Nov 17th @ 11:30AM (far NW side)
            - Motor City (not the classic slider shack)
            - Omega Grub Station
            - Super Chief
            - Walt's
            - Little Brothers
            - Knapp's

            My vehicle has seating for 4-5 ... you are welcome to
            rendezvous at my home. Who is "in"terested?

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            1. re: rainsux

              Travis, in SCS is my all-time favorite greasy spoon. But I can't call their hamburgers, Sliders. More than two bites.

              And, just found a nice Slider plate at Martin's Famous Ham & Corned Beef Deli II on Gratiot in Eastpointe. I had 'em lose the condiments and pickle and only include the burned-to-a-crisp onions, and they were tasty. Cheese or bacon available at an extra charge.

              Good luck with the Crawl.

              1. re: RedTop

                Two bites? Wow...that's a tough standard! Even Greene's are 3-4 bites!

                1. re: boagman

                  Well, I might have overstated.

              2. re: rainsux

                Under the radar; a Michigan Public TV show just rated Joe's Hamburgers in Wyandotte as a contender. The chase may again be afoot.

                1. re: goatgolfer

                  I'm still up for a slider crawl if folks are interested. I'm going to Fort Lauderdale next week for my first weeklong vacation in 10 years, but after that? I should be pretty good to go.

                  1. re: boagman

                    i may be interested. i've only been to bates, hunter house, blimpy burger and comet.

              3. I'm still interested, but have been (mostly) working in
                DC since Nov 6th.