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Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger - Cheaper than Food

Tammy Coxen | Dec 30, 200308:38 PM

You just gotta love a restaurant with a tag line like that.

Blimpy Burger is an Ann Arbor experience. They've been slinging burger and fries for 50 years. You've got your ordering protocol (posted on a sign labled "For Blimpy Virgins"), your never changing menu, and your surly cooks, who might just tell you to go to the end of the line if you take too long ordering.

Pick up your drink of choice from the cooler, then join the line at the counter. If you're a first timer, read the sign, lest a surly cook give you trouble for not following protocol. First, you come to the fryer. Place your order for whatever you want deep fried - french fries or an assortment or single variety of any of the following: mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, or onion rings. While that's frying up, you'll move down to the grill. Tell the grill cook how many patties you want (burgers start at double and go to quint), what kind of bun (kaiser, onion or pumpernickel) and any grilled toppings (fried egg, bacon, onions, mushrooms). But don't tell him what kind of cheese you want - he'll ask you that only when it's time. He'll grab the right number of little balls of fresh ground beef and throw them on the grill, flattening them with the back of the spatula. If it's busy (and it usually is), the grill will be full of burgers and toppings in various stages of completion, but don't worry - he'll know which are yours. When your burgers are close to ready, he'll ask you what kind of cheese you want. Your choices include cheddar, swiss, provolone, blue and feta. Next up, toppings for your bun, which has been happily warming to one side of the grill. Name your wet ones (mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish) first please, then your choice of a variety of cold toppings. A few cost extra, but most are free. Your burgers will be stacked together and slid onto the bun, and the whole thing wrapped up in paper. Pay your bill, and if you're lucky and it comes to the right amount, maybe you'll get a two dollar bill or fifty cent piece in your change.

Sit down at one of the handful of tables with swivel bar stools and foot rests. The lighting is dim, but the food will be hot enough to burn your tongue, so watch out, and let it cool for bit before biting into your greasy juicy burger. Then sit back and watch the line - you could place bets on how many patties that little old lady or 8 year old is going to order, or just marvel at the cooks as they flip and stack and top burgers. If the weather is nice you can head out to the handful of seats on the porch, but you won't get the free floor show with your lunch.

Blimpy Burger is located at 551 S. Division Street in Ann Arbor, and is open for lunch and dinner daily.

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