Monday, September 17, 2012

No Soup for You!

My trip to Michigan last month was mostly to see my dad race his boat, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick trip to Ann Arbor devoted almost solely to devouring a Blimpy Burger cheeseburger. My dad and I left without being scolded, which is a feat in itself, and we also had happy tummies to boot!

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor has some of the best burgers you will find in the state of Michigan. They are greasy in a good way, delicious, and the atmosphere cannot be duplicated. It's not unlikely to find a line at least 10 people deep any time you visit. Be warned that  ordering guidelines exist, and you will order appropriately or face the "attack chef" wrath. My first visit to Blimpy Burger had me in a nervous sweat, but I survived. I've survived plenty of times. The deliciously greasy food is worth the nerves. I promise.

{ prepare yourself... they don't have much patience for slow answers here }

{ those vegetables look very happy for being deep fried in oil }

Before dropping me off at the airport, my dad and I made our stop at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor. Even after plenty of visits, you're never fully prepared for the ordering process. It's a part of the fun though. I had mentally prepared myself and studied the menu for what felt like hours in line. I knew exactly what I wanted, but I still managed to falter when it came time for selecting my bun. My plan was to order the kaiser, but I heard the impatient tone in the chef's voice, when he asked if I wanted the regular bun, and I quickly replied "yes". Damn! I blew it, I thought to myself. The guy next in line, thankfully for me, took the attack chef's wrath. The chef grilled him (no pun intended) about whether or not he wanted his burger in a paper container, because the poor guy didn't have a tray or a quickdraw bun response. I probably pressed my luck by taking pictures in line, but I managed to escape unscathed. All I know is that my dad and I both made it through the line without any major mishaps. It did scare my britches off when the guy behind me got a healthy dose of the attack chef though. That was enough to scare me into being more prepared the next time I visit Blimpy Burger. There will be a next time. There always is. Maybe next time I'll even be brave enough to order a couple of items off the grill.

{ beware the attack chef }

My dad and I enjoyed our burgers and deep fried vegetables while sitting outside under a nice shade tree on the intersection of Division and Packard. We reminisced about my time as a student at the University of Michigan, and it was fun remembering the time we spent together as father and daughter in Ann Arbor. I'll never forget parents weekends, the football games we attended together, the meals we enjoyed, or the time I graduated with a college degree in hand. How time flies.

triple on a regular bun with mushrooms, american cheese, and all the condiments }

{ deep fried zucchini }

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Tips for ordering at Blimpy Burger:

- Be prepared. Read the signs, and no cell phones in line!
- Always take a tray, or you will get yelled at (it happened to me once)
- There's no table saving allowed. Wait in line for food, and then take a seat.
- Don't tell the wrong person the wrong thing.
For instance, don't tell the deep fryer the type of burger you want.
Don't tell the grill cook that you want fries!
Condiments come last.
- Cash only. Have your cash ready. No cards.
- Enjoy your food!

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If you're too scared to visit Blimpy Burger, you can get an amazing burger at Clyde's Drive-In located in St. Ignace, Michigan. It will only be a 4 hour drive from Ann Arbor. ;)


  1. So crazy! That kind of made me nervous just reading the guidelines! HAHA! I would be the one to get up there and stutter around and be clueless. But, boy, does that food look yummy!!!!

  2. Yum, the food looks incredible. Sounds like a pretty intense experience. Love that Seinfeld episode :) I'm from Michigan, but the UP. Ann Arbor is a pretty place!

  3. i was just watching diner,s drive-ins and dives last night and they were featuring blimpy burger. earlier this summer, when my husband and i visited my sister in ann arbor we made a drive-by of blimpy burger didn't get out and sample their burgers but drove by the place. kinda wished we had stopped now...

  4. Never been to Blimpy. We always grab a huge table for the entire family at Cottage Inn or Arbor Brewing....


    My dad's favorite reminiscent spot is Brown Bear.... so sometimes we end up there, too.

    Should head to Blimpy next time!

  5. oh my goodness, i would be so nervous! but the food looks like it's worth it. my stomach is rumbling at this late hour, looking at those photos!