Telway Hamburger System | Sliders In Detroit | 24/7

Review by: Maggie Rosenberg & Trevor Hagstrom

The Telway Hamburger System looks like it probably looked back when it opened in 1944. Prices of sliders in Detroit have inched up a few cents each year. Telway still serves one of the least expensive meals in town. It competes with the White Castles that dot the city’s landscape. Cheap eats abound in Detroit. 

Telway is a minuscule lunch counter. It seats six (four comfortably). Most customers go to the window and order sacks of sliders and fish sandwiches to go. The hamburger system isn’t the marvel of efficiency that its name implies, but the food comes out quickly enough. Should you come to sit at the counter, you will be presented with a conundrum. To-go sliders cost less than those served in house. But coffee in a paper cup costs more than coffee in a mug. A slider + coffee combo balances out in the end either way.

Don’t get adventurous when you order. There are two things that nearly everyone gets: soft, grey cheeseburger sliders or a fried fish sandwich. Both are crave-able and satisfying in a low-expectation, fast-food sort of way, and they far exceed the expectations set by their prices. We like to get one of each: a poor man’s surf and turf.

We do not recommend the Telway’s Coney Island. Its chili tastes like something from a can and it contains beans, which is a very basic chili dog faux pas. If you don’t fancy lunch foods at the hour you visit, house-brewed hot coffee can be enjoyed with a tasty peanut donut. Telway’s coffee cups still confidently insist that you are drinking the “best coffee in the world.” Actually, it’s pretty good coffee considering the shifty-looking slider shack surroundings.

Prepare for a zany meal when you come for sliders in Detroit at Telway. Over the course of our tiny-sandwich lunch we conversed with some truly bizarre local characters. That includes the friendly folks behind the counter. Telway charms in the seedy sort of way that we cherish.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

What To Eat

Slider w/ Cheese

Fish Slider

Peanut Donut

Coney Island



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