10 Places for a Burger & Beer

It's no secret that Wyandotte has a serious relationship with beer and burgers. Here's a look at some of our favorite joints to grab a pint and some grub.

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Photographed are Chef Joseph Morris and Chef David Wood of Wine Dotte Bistro - photo by Dan Cataldo | MediaGrump LLC


My Place Bar & Grill

Juicy, greasy and, oh, so perfect with a beer (or three), My Place tops this list for one word — Watkins. That's right. My Place serves up those darlin' little sliders many remember from Watkins, the sadly long-closed burger joint. Each comes with ketchup, mustard, grilled onions and pickles. If Watkins sliders aren't your thing, My Place also offers several types of just-as-juicy ½ pound burgers. Beer choices vary, but this ain't no fancy craft beer bar joint.

806 Biddle Ave. • 734-285-6615

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily


Joe's Hamburgers

If you thought Watkins were only served at My Place, you're wrong. Watkins burgers are, in fact, the backbone of Joe's Hamburgers. Owner Jeremy Sladovnik grew up just blocks away from the iconic restaurant and fondly remembered trips there with his grandfather. In honor of that memory, he opened Joe's Hamburgers, named after Grandpa Joe. Diners can grab a wide array of sliders including a vegetarian garden burger and a Nutella slider, featuring layered Nutella and a marshmallow whip on a slider. Joe's slider variety is a potent match to its beer menu, too. It features a great mix of Michigan craft with opportunities for rare tastings at specialty events.

3041 Biddle Ave.• 734-285-0420

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and closed on Sunday


The Oak Cafe

Don't let the word cafe fool you, unless you consider The Oak a serious beer cafe — because that's what it truly is. Feast your eyes on the wall of draft beer; there are 40 of them, and let's not even begin to talk about the bottle selection, which eclipses 200 selections. Once you find that perfect beer, pair it with either a ½ pound burger on a toasted bun or go spicy with the Cajun Bayou burger, which comes with Louisiana spices, pepper cheese and Louisiana mayonnaise.

1167 Oak St. • 734-283-8380

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily


 

The Rockery

Yet another beer lover's paradise, The Rockery also offers an array of juicy burgers like the Egg-static, a ½ pound burger with a fried egg, bacon and pepper jack cheese, as well as The Rockery Popper, which features a ½ pound burger with freshly-sliced jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese. If you're looking for a heart attack on a plate, go for broke with the Rock-it Burger, a ½ pound burger nestled between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Not for the faint of heart but totally worth it. As for beer, The Rockery features a fabulous small rotating tap selection, but you can pretty much count on Pabst Blue Ribbon being available.

1175 Eureka Rd. • 734-281-4629

Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 2 a.m. Sundays. The kitchen closes at 1 a.m.


Smokies Bar & Restaurant

Sure, everyone knows Smokies has great ribs, but this Wyandotte cornerstone bar and restaurant also has a pretty satisfying burger and gets some major bonus points for offering a bison burger. Smokies also features a robust full bar and a quiet, tucked away atmosphere. Cheers.

930 Biddle Ave. • 734-283-3228

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 4-10 p.m. Saturdays; and 3-8 p.m. Sundays.


Speedboat Bar & Grill

The Speedboat has been a Wyandotte staple for more than 30 years. With a boat crashing into its roof, this is one bar that's literally quite hard to miss. The Speedboat is home of the renowned Swine Burger, which is stuffed with cheese and peppers and topped with the bar's homemade chili, a pickle, relish and grilled onions. Be ready with extra napkins and be prepared for cheap beer prices.

749 Biddle Ave. • 734-282-5750

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon to 2 a.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays; and closed Sundays and Mondays.


R.P. McMurphy's

R.P.'s is yet another Wyandotte classic. With seven burgers to choose from, R.P.'s is sure to have "your" burger, but their best known is perhaps the Black Russian. It's a burger sandwiched between slices of grilled pumpernickel bread with Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Beer-wise, R.P.'s offers some craft beer in addition to the usual characters. R.P.'s gets top marks, however, for its incredible atmosphere. The decor is beautiful and historic.

2292 Biddle Ave. • 734-285-4885

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.


Whiskey's on the Water

Whiskey's on the Water is new in town but has surely won over many with its Still Fire burger, which is a ½ pound patty topped with pepper jack cheese, beer-battered jalapeño coins, crispy bacon and drizzled with barbecue sauce all on a brioche bun. Whiskey's features a healthy listing of craft beer draft choices, too, and the restaurant's ambiance next to Bishop Park and the Detroit River really can't be beat.

2903 Biddle Ave • 734-720-9738

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily


Windotte BistroWinedotte Bistro Burger

Yes, it’s a wine bar, but Wine Dotte Bistro doesn’t slouch on beer either with offerings like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. The restaurant’s WDB Burger comes stacked high with fresh toppings including a jalapeño, and a suggestive steak knife to cut the sandwich in two. Diners are certain to feel special here with a fine dining staff and a classy yet cozy atmosphere.

2910 Van Alstyne St. • 734-556-3195

Hours: 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays


Sports Brew Pub

Sports is not only the city's only brew pub, but it also has a gigantuan food menu, and its burger selection is no exception with 15 distinct choices, including a unique turkey burger, dubbed the Michigan Cherry Burger. It's a ½ pound turkey burger topped with Michigan dried cherries and bleu cheese. Sports offers a variety of distinct burgers but the most interesting might be the JW Burger, a ½ pound burger topped with a potato pierogi, sautéed onions, bacon, cheddar cheese and horsey sauce on the side.

166 Maple St. • 734-285-5060

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight ; Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 2 am. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; Closed Sundays.


Editor's Pick

Brooklyn's Bar

Absolutely one of my favorites. I like a classic burger topped with onion, ketchup and mustard. Occasionally, I’ll add in cheddar and bacon. Here you can find an amazing selection of gourmet burgers along with daily features not found on the menu. Ask about the The Zoo Burger. It is known to have a good reputation.

1254 Eureka Rd. • 734-282-8974

Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

New on the Scene - Alvi's BBQAlvi's Smoke House Burger

Yes this wonderful new addition to the restaurant line-up in Wyandotte does not dissapoint when it comes to ground beef. Here you'll find not only some of the best BBQ in the Detroit Metro area but also the Smoke House Burger which is a 1/2 lb burger with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar chees, onion twisters and BBQ sauce (Photographed). Take advantage of the outdoor seating while we still in season.

3233 Biddle Ave. • 734-283-1030

Hours: Tues - Thurs 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Closed on Mondays

 


Written by Erica McClain

Editor Dan Cataldo / MediaGrump LLC

 

 

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