We're on the hunt for the best burgers in the Milwaukee area and beyond. To complete our task, we're exploring diners and dive bars, as well as some of the city's more high end restaurants and sharing our observations with you. Here are the fruits of our labor.
Over the past three years, Lori Fredrich has eaten well over 100 burgers. She's also spied some seriously great burger deals along the way. In celebration of dining month -- and to reward you for your continued support on her burger-filled journey -- she's rounded up nine of the best deals encountered along the way.
Eats at O'Lydia's fall solidly in line with expected pub fare; it's heavy on the appetizers, sandwiches and housemade macaroni and cheese. Of course, there are also burgers - hefty half-pound pub burgers, which can be topped with any number of ingredients.
Easy Tyger has a relaxed casual vibe. And its menu showcases flavors of Southeast Asia through the medium of familiar and comforting dishes like the ever-so-slightly Asian-inspored house burger, which I tried on my latest visit.
We're in the throes of Summerfest. So, it only seemed right to take swift left on the Burger Trail to visit at least one of the vendors at the Big Gig. And it seemed right to focus on one who's been part of the Fest for more years than we can count.
Butter is the start of the show at Solly's, which is known for being one of (if not the) first to serve a Wisconsin butter burger. In fact, according to George Motz's documentary "Hamburger America," Solly's goes through 125 to 150 pounds of butter per week.
There's something special about seasonal fare. Asparagus tastes best when it's fresh and local. Citrus fruits shine brighter in the winter. And the first burger of the spring or summer at Nite Owl is rock-solid proof that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."