Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor, MI)
On our quick jaunt through southern Michigan en route to Warren Dunes State Park for nearly a week of camping, we swung through Ann Arbor to visit the Gerald Ford Presidential Library. We found ourselves hungry, so we checked out RoadFood.com to find a little spot to eat.
We came across Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger and it sounded good. Once we walked in and saw the autographed picture of Guy Fieri, we knew we were in the right place. If it’s good enough for Guy Fieri, it’s good enough for us!
Pepper Steak Bullet
We slid up to the counter and placed our order for a Pepper Steak Bullet featuring three burger patties topped with provolone, ranch dressing, scallions, bacon, roasted peppers, grilled onions and cracked pepper all inside an onion roll.
Being a “triple,” we were expecting a huge burger. What we didn’t know was that at Blimpy, there are 10 patties to a pound, so a triple is just a tad over a 1/4 lb burger. It was just as well since we weren’t all that hungry, but that’s a key piece of information to have should you arrive and be itching for a half-pound or more of beef. Granted, at the price ($3.40 for a triple), I’m not sure they could stay in business if a patty was normal sized.
Starting with their “we grind it fresh daily” beef, Blimpy grillmasters threw down 3 ice cream scoop-sized balls of beef which they flattened out and grilled to perfection, then topped with provolone and the rest of the fixins before sliding it all onto the onion roll and putting it in wax paper to keep the whole thing together.
The finished product was moist and juicy with more than sufficient toppings to just fill the onion roll without causing a catastrophic bun breakdown. There’s little worse than when a bun can’t hold up to the weight of what’s inside. All in all, Krazy Jim serves up quite a good burger, which is likely why the place seems to have a rather strong following.
Since we were already chowing down on a big burger, we decided to do the healthy thing and order the mixed vegetables, deep-fried of course. But mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and onions are healthy even when deep-fried, right? That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.
For $3.45, we got a regular order of the vegetables. A large must just barely fit inside the restaurant because a regular is a normal-sized boat stacked with about twice as many vegetables as the boat should be able to physically hold. The vegetables were perfectly fried with a crispy crust that wasn’t too thick and wasn’t too thin. Inside of that crispy crust were vegetables that were still moist and crisp without a hint of greasiness.
We were definitely satisfied with our choice and want to thank Blimpy Burger for putting a healthy option on the menu. Perhaps they could consider adding a deep-fried mixed green salad to give another healthy option.
Blimpy Burger is a small place with maybe a dozen tables and a counter where you place your order and pay. When we were there, we were the first ones in line, but from reviews we read on Road Food, there’s often a line that moves lightning fast.
There is no table service, so just slide up to the counter, order your sides first, then your burger and condiments, and keep moving along towards the register. In no time, you’ll be served up a juicy, steaming hot burger and whatever else you ordered.
The burger, the boat of delicious deep-fried vegetables, a water, and tip came to $14, not too shabby at all for what was supposed to be a small meal for two, but turned out to actually fill us up for quite awhile. We left full and happy.
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
I prefer when Mommy and Scott go into restaurants really hungry because they always order their own entrees instead of sharing one. When they each order one, Mommy never finishes hers and Scott usually doesn’t hog it all, leaving me plenty to nosh on when they come back to retrieve me.
Unfortunately, on this day, they decided to share a burger and fried goodness because they “weren’t that hungry.” With only a single burger between the two of them, I was relegated to a single bite of a single patty from their burger. Can you believe they’d forget about their lovingly cute pup in the truck and only order half the normal amount of food? If I were more paranoid, I’d think they were trying to put me on a diet.
Anyway, yeah, yeah, it was good. Great job, Jim! Now make a rule that everyone has to order their own burger to show you care about the dogs of the world.