My mini tour of the Detroit area offerings inspired by both a Serious Eats and Offbeat Eats articles led me to Greene's, Bates', Telway and finally here to the Hunter House. The HH was a perfect example of the classic white pill-box designed burger joint diners of yesteryears in and out. Next to Greene's it was my most favorite. The time I had arrived for an earlier dinner, the place was busy with families, young school kids and various blue-collar worker types on their off time.
After a quick visual survey of what most people where having, I went for a double cheeseburger and side of onion rings.
The double cheeseburger was the highest priced of the bunch (relatively speaking) at a whopping $3.05 but I have to say was also the best I've tried the trip -- the image of griddled onions above speaking for itself. The also maillard patties further infused with melty American cheese is really the key with these. Like the rest I've consumed, a couple pickle coins and a small squirt of mustard was all it took to elevate it to slider bargain-bliss status.
The onion rings ($3.25) were also terrific. Too bad a couple of the rings fell off as I was bringing my tray to seat (!) but for something pre-prepped for optimum fast food convenience was very fulfilling.
My meal at Hunter House really made my evening the final day at the city and it made me wanting to experience even more of the city's independent slider burger establishments which there are definitely no shortages of. The new Ann Arbor location of Hunter House should be operational as you read this. Looking forward in visiting them both in the hopefully not too far near future. :)
Hunter House Hamburgers, 35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009