Solly’s Grille

Diner | Hamburgers | Soda Fountain
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Here is the great butter burger of Milwaukee, a city where burgers are a passion. It is a modest-sized patty of beef, cooked through, served on a bun quite literally bathed with butter. Not margarine, not flavored oil: pure, dairy-rich, delicious butter. You can get a Super burger (2 patties, and a good idea; to us, a single one is overwhelmed by its bun) or a Super Special, which adds lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise to the mix (also a good idea), as well as cheeseburgers and burgers topped with mushrooms, onions, and Monterrey Jack cheese. The biggest of all burgers is the Cheesehead, which is a half pound of sirloin with Swiss and American cheese, stewed onions, raw onion, and mushrooms. It is virtually impossible to eat with one’s hands, but it’s fun to try!

There are a few other kinds of sandwiches on Solly’s menu, none of which we’ve tried, also omelets and fish fries, excellent crinkle-cut French fries, and made-here pie. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend you reserve it for a milk shake, which is Dairy State-rich and made in flavors that include chocolate, hot fudge, strawberry, pineapple, vanilla, and the superb fresh banana malt. Another confectionery alternative is a black cow made with Sprecher’s root beer. And, this being a city where ice cream is even more beloved than butter burgers, there is a full array of sundaes, too.

Seating is at two horseshoe-shaped counters with stools. The staff of uniformed waitresses go about their business with well-seasoned hash-house aplomb.

What to Eat
Solly’s Grille, Butter burger
Butter burger
Must-Try
This butter burger was sliced in half before all the butter atop the burger had a chance to melt into the meat.
Solly’s Grille, cheesehead burger
cheesehead burger
Must-Try
The cheesehead is the ultimate Solly's burger: 2/3 of a pound of ground sirloin, grilled mushrooms, stewed onions and raw onions, Swiss & American cheese. Plus, of course, plenty of butter.
Solly’s Grille, fresh banana malt
fresh banana malt
Must-Try
There are three good glassfuls of fresh banana malt in the silver beaker
Solly’s Grille, Pie
Pie
Seeing a sign for homemade pie, I couldn't resist. The reward was an excellent slice of cinnamon caramel apple pie.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 4pm
Monday10am - 8pm
Tuesday6:30am - 8pm
Wednesday6:30am - 8pm
Thursday6:30am - 8pm
Friday6:30am - 8pm
Saturday6:30am - 8pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
10 stops | 145 MILES | 3 hr 32 min

A road trip along the the southwest shore of Lake Michigan offers a wild taste-buds adventure (assuming you can get out of Chicago with any appetite remaining ... but that's another story). This trip starts with a great corned beef sandwich at the edge of the Chicago Loop and ends with two corned beef sandwich…

7 stops | 52 MILES | 1 hr 30 min

Wisconsin is the Dairy State, which means a worthy Milwaukee eating plan must include creamy custard (at the vintage drive-in Leon's) and a butter burger lunch (at Solly's Grille). Soul food is great in the city: BBQ at Speed Queen and plate lunch at Mr. Perkins Family Restaurant. Milwaukee also happens to be a great…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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