Food & Drink

These burgers are out of this world!

Published On 03/15/2012 Published On 03/15/2012

Corktown: it’s where you used to get a bite before the Tigers game, and now it will surely be one of the stops Prince Fielder makes on his 37-burger pregame eating-crawl, thanks to Mercury Burger & Bar, a stripped-down-malt-shoppy joint opened by a retired Detroit cop and his partner, a young, daredevil detective named Axel Foley former Troy restauranteur. Decor: Local artist Jerome Ferretti's mural depicting Corktown’s past & present hangs near the bar, which’s covered in 1930s-'40s collector-item Mercury dimes (sooo much better than those worthless Venus nickels) and has the owners' friends’ names letter-pressed into the brushed zinc top. Meanwhile, the outdoor patio's filled in with reclaimed Detroit road bricks and boasts an unreal view of Michigan Central Station, which is just waiting for its bricks to be reclaimed any day now. Eats: Grab fresh-ground, hand-pressed burgs like the S.W. Detroit (topped w/ a chorizo slider, jalapenos & Muenster), or the patty/ pulled pork/ cheddar/ pickles/ slaw/ Slow's BBQ sauce Local -- a name they actually back up, as aside from the Creekstone Farms Kansas beef, everything down to the butter-fried buns is Michigan-made, including gravy & cheese-covered poutine and sweet potato fries w/ sea salt, also advice no one has ever given regarding the Angelina Jolie movie. Brew: In addition to the usual booze suspects, 16 taps swing mostly Michigan, including Saugatuck Brewing Co. ESB Amber, Short's Bellaire Brown, Dragonmead Final Absolution, and a Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse, which the Tigers won’t be this year, as it’s very difficult for Prince Fielder to sneak up on anyone.

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1. Mercury Burger Bar 2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

Mercury is a diner-style burger joint that serves a long list of creative, greasy burgers and milkshakes among other American cuisine staples like hot dogs, tater tots (poutine tots are by far the best), and the coveted Fried Bologna Sandwich. In our opinion cheese is king, so we favor the Juicy: a beef patty stuffed (and topped) with cheddar cheese with all the fixings. Swig some of Michigan’s finest craft brews at the wrap around bar that, along with the low ceilings and plethora of booths, reminds you of every iconic diner on TV. It’s notoriously hard to find a seat in this lively Corktown favorite, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly just in case you get seated on the spacious patio beer garden.