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We're often asked what the best burger is in the Detroit area. It's such a loaded question because it depends on your opinion of what a good burger is. Is it the lean-to-fat ratio of the proprietary blended meat? Is it the wild topping combinations? Is it found in a high-end suburban bistro, prepared by an award-winning chef, or can it just as easily be found at your local sports bar, to be enjoyed by auto plant workers?
Because of these impossible-to-answer questions, and because our esteemed colleague Michael Jackman already embarked on a monthslong pursuit for the perfect
That notion may seem blasphemous to some. The very idea of the burger is usually that of unabashed indulgence,
What you find is a place where sustainability is considered in every detail of the restaurant. The interior is spacious and bright, thanks to natural light that floods through huge windows. Ordering is cafeteria style. When you walk in, you're immediately instructed via lines painted on the floor where to stand, both to pick up a to-go order or dine in. Give the cheerful cashier your order, grab a number, and find a seat at one of the many long, communal benches that surround tables sourced by Reclaimed Detroit. We usually struggle with the idea of communal seating because the acoustics always seem to force diners to yell
To drink, choose from a beverage case of craft teas, juices, and pops (they've got Vernor's in glass bottles), a fountain drink, or grab a free cup for water. OK, so no Michigan-made beers or cocktails, but that would take away from the healthful nature of the place. Plus, Brome takes great care in delivering an appealing, refreshing presentation. For example, that complimentary filtered water is infused with real fruit like lemon, lime, orange, even pineapple. Our dining guests all agreed it's little touches like this that make the place special.
Now back to those burgers. You can really taste the difference in chef Zane
Other sandwich options come in the form of chicken, fried haddock, brisket sliders, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and a breakfast
Non-GMO house-cut fries from Kennebec potatoes had fun sprinklings of kosher salt and cracked pepper, and Cajun spice, or for a little extra, garlic and cilantro, or truffle and Parmesan. Fried in light sunflower oil, they didn't feel drenched in grease and came in generous servings.
A healthful menu wouldn't be healthy at all without a variety of fresh-made salads. Makky's five selections do not disappoint. They come in two sizes and can stand alone as meals. We tried the popular Farmers Market chopped salad. It came with
For dessert, get a shake. At about $5 apiece, they may have you thinking of John Travolta, when he looked incredulously at a '90s Uma Thurman who ordered one in a scene in Pulp Fiction, but, trust us, it's worth it. The hand-spun shakes are mixed with a house-made vanilla-bean custard and can have a number of candy or cookie bits added to them. And for an even daintier dessert, try the macarons at $1.50 each.