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Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

304 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor, MI - (734) 663-4590
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/5/2014 4:47:00 AM
The Blimpy's new location is larger than the old one, but you still can expect to wait in line. The line gives you an opportunity to do your homework, which is to figure out exactly how you want your hamburger, plus – and this is crucial – how to order it. The first question you will be asked by a counter staff is if you want something fried. This refers to side-dish vegetables, including broccoli stalks, steak fries, and big, irregular onion rings in self-detaching crust. Next, tell the burger cook how many patties you want. At ten-to-a-pound, two is minimal. Next, name your roll: Kaiser, regular, or onion? Want cheese? Say cheddar, Swiss, provolone, American, bleu, or feta. Fifth question: Any extras on top? These include fried eggs, bacon, salami, grilled onions, banana peppers, and mushrooms. Finally, when everything else is settled, give the assembler a list of condiments you want applied, naming the wet ones first. By this time, you are at the cash register at the end of the line. The fried things have arrived in overflowing cardboard boats and your burger, precisely built to your specifications, is wrapped in wax paper and ready for you to tote to a table.

According to generally accepted rules of griddle frying, Blimpy hamburgers are cooked all wrong. Each glob of freshly-ground chuck, about the size of an ice cream scoop, is squished flat on the hot iron, slapped and flipped, sometimes hit so vigorously that it disintegrates like Iowa loosemeats (but is reintegrated with a deft spatula), finally leaned on hard before getting topped with cheese, et. al. and bunned. Call it burger abuse, but these hamburgers are fatty enough to take it and still come off the griddle oozing juice. No doubt, a single plain Blimpy on a bun would be boring. But no one gets a single, and the only reason to get one plain is if you’ve given up condiments for Lent. A triple, quad or quint, layered with cheese (on each of the patties), piled with onions, bacon, banana peppers or olives (green or black?), festooned with romaine leaves, tomato slices, mustard, mayo and pickles and sandwiched in a superb onion roll, is an enormous feast that transcends greasy-spoon ignominy. A Blimpy costs a bit more than a fast-food dollar meal; but getting it and eating it at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger is a hamburger epiphany.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Pepper Steak Bullet
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Quad Burger w/ Cheese
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A quint: five patties (about a half pound of beef).
"A quint: five patties (about a half pound of beef)."
Michael Stern





Addictive onion rings. They're a greasy-fingered mess, and an ideal companion to a multi-patty Blimpy.
"Addictive onion rings. They're a greasy-fingered mess, and an ideal companion to a multi-patty Blimpy."
Michael Stern


While these are good and are battered and fried right in front of you, I prefer the puffier, beer batter type of ring. Good is good though and these certainly are.
"While these are good and are battered and fried right in front of you, I prefer the puffier, beer batter type of ring. Good is good though and these certainly are."
Dave O'Ball


One of America's great burger griddles. As you go through the line, watching Blimpies made is hypnotic entertainment. Note how each patty starts nearly spherical, but winds up pancake-flat.
"One of America's great burger griddles. As you go through the line, watching Blimpies made is hypnotic entertainment. Note how each patty starts nearly spherical, but winds up pancake-flat."
Michael Stern


This is where the magic happens. Nothing like flat top burgers.
"This is where the magic happens. Nothing like flat top burgers."
Dave O'Ball


The Pepper Steak Bullet comes sandwiched in a superb onion roll. It is three patties topped with provolone, ranch dressing, scallions, bacon, roasted peppers, grilled onions and cracked pepper.
"The Pepper Steak Bullet comes sandwiched in a superb onion roll. It is three patties topped with provolone, ranch dressing, scallions, bacon, roasted peppers, grilled onions and cracked pepper."
Michael Stern


The onion rings are a greasy, tangled, delicious mess!
"The onion rings are a greasy, tangled, delicious mess!"
Cliff Strutz


A double with blue cheese and a slice of tomato
"A double with blue cheese and a slice of tomato"
Michael Stern


The quadruple burger, here with bacon and cheese, isn't as physically imposing as it sounds.  Still, one of these, along with a side of fries or rings, should satisfy most healthy appetites.
"The quadruple burger, here with bacon and cheese, isn't as physically imposing as it sounds. Still, one of these, along with a side of fries or rings, should satisfy most healthy appetites."
Cliff Strutz


This is not something I plan on eating often, but as a novelty item, the deep fried broccoli proved to be quite tasty.
"This is not something I plan on eating often, but as a novelty item, the deep fried broccoli proved to be quite tasty."
Cliff Strutz


Just about right, IMO: a Blimpy triple with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles.
"Just about right, IMO: a Blimpy triple with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles."
Michael Stern


A double with cheddar and onions, with hot fries.
"A double with cheddar and onions, with hot fries."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


This is a top two burger for me. I'm not sure it's my favorite but it's no less than second best. It's quite simple and that's just the way it oughta be. Absolutely fabulous. A quad seems to be just the right amount of meat. The onion bun is a nice option.
"This is a top two burger for me. I'm not sure it's my favorite but it's no less than second best. It's quite simple and that's just the way it oughta be. Absolutely fabulous. A quad seems to be just the right amount of meat. The onion bun is a nice option."
Dave O'Ball


Blimpy's menu, with so many possible combinations!
"Blimpy's menu, with so many possible combinations!"
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


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"The "Cheaper Than Food" certainly qualifies as an unusual motto, but just adds to Krazy Jim's quirkiness."
Cliff Strutz


In 1953 when the Blimpy opened, far fewer people ate out than do today. Feeding a family on fifteen-cent hamburgers indeed was cheaper than cooking whole meals at home. Hence the house motto.
"In 1953 when the Blimpy opened, far fewer people ate out than do today. Feeding a family on fifteen-cent hamburgers indeed was cheaper than cooking whole meals at home. Hence the house motto."
Michael Stern



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