Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger | Best of All Sliders | Ann Arbor, MI
Review by: Michael Stern
Do Your Homework
The Blimpy’s new location is larger than the original one, but you still can expect to wait in line. The line gives you an opportunity to do your homework: Figure out exactly how you want your hamburger. Plus – and this is crucial – how to order it. Do it right and you will enjoy what just might be the best of all sliders.
How To Order
The counter staff first will ask 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 reach the cash register at the end of the line. The fried things have arrived in overflowing cardboard boats. Your burger, precisely built to your specifications, shows up wrapped in wax paper, ready to be eaten.
Cooked All Wrong (Not)
According to generally accepted rules of griddle frying, Blimpy burger chefs cook hamburgers all wrong. They use their spatula to squish each glob of freshly-ground chuck flat on the hot iron. They flip it and sometimes hit it so vigorously that it disintegrates like Iowa loosemeats. But they reintegrate it with a deft spatula. Finally, they lean on it hard before adding cheese, et. al. and putting it in a bun. Call it burger abuse, but these hamburgers pack enough fat to take it and still come off the griddle oozing juice: the best of all sliders.
Nothing Succeeds Like Excess
No doubt, a single plain Blimpy on a bun would bore the heck out of any appetite. But no one gets a single. And only if you’ve given up condiments for Lent do you want one plain. A triple, quad or quint, layered with cheese (on each of the patties) can make this the best of all sliders. Pile it with onions, bacon, banana peppers or olives (green or black?), romaine leaves, tomato slices, mustard, mayo, and pickles and you have created a feast. Sandwich it in a superb onion roll and you might just fall in love with the Blimpy … as generations of Ann Arborites have done. A full-bore Blimpy can cost more than a fast-food burger. But getting it and eating it at Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger is a greasy-spoon epiphany.
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|