Basement Burger Bar

Basement Burger Bar

I think there are some growing pains that need to be worked out at Basement Burger. We came in before a Red Wings game, there was a line out the door at Whalburgers so we figured we'd try Basement instead. First indication it was not going to be amazing was the fact that at 6:45pm on a game night we were the only people in the whole place. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that they don't have their Liquor license yet and people just love their booze. We opted to order off the build your own burger menu versus their regular menu. Our server was extremely nice and suggested the Kobe beef burger so we both had that. We piled on the toppings from there, some come free and some like bacon, fried egg, sautéed mushrooms etc are an extra fee. They have a variety of sauces to chose from all of which are made in house, I tried the Chipotle mayo and spicy ketchup. They also have several different bun styles to try from including brioche, pretzel and for me gluten free. Speaking of gluten free, while I appreciate them even having the option, I should have just gotten a burger with no bun. That gf bun was awful, it crumbled into a million pieces right after one bite, so I paid extra to not even eat it. Sadly, my burger really lacked flavor, I couldn't tell any difference with the Kobe beef and even with the two spicy sauces I picked it just felt a bit bland and dry. I am hoping that this is an issue they can work out since they are brand new. On a good note, the sweet potato files with the cinnamon dip they give you are out of this world! So some kinks definitely need to be work out if they want to survive the D.

Basement Burger Bar

I think there are some growing pains that need to be worked out at Basement Burger. We came in before a Red Wings game, there was a line out the door at Whalburgers so we figured we'd try Basement instead. First indication it was not going to be amazing was the fact that at 6:45pm on a game night we were the only people in the whole place. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that they don't have their Liquor license yet and people just love their booze. We opted to order off the build your own burger menu versus their regular menu. Our server was extremely nice and suggested the Kobe beef burger so we both had that. We piled on the toppings from there, some come free and some like bacon, fried egg, sautéed mushrooms etc are an extra fee. They have a variety of sauces to chose from all of which are made in house, I tried the Chipotle mayo and spicy ketchup. They also have several different bun styles to try from including brioche, pretzel and for me gluten free. Speaking of gluten free,  while I appreciate them even having the option, I should have just gotten a burger with no bun. That gf bun was awful, it crumbled into a million pieces right after one bite, so I paid extra to not even eat it. Sadly, my burger really lacked flavor, I couldn't tell any difference with the Kobe beef and even with the two spicy sauces I picked it just felt a bit bland and dry. I am hoping that this is an issue they can work out since they are brand new. On a good note, the sweet potato files with the cinnamon dip they give you are out of this world! So some kinks definitely need to be work out if they want to survive the D.
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Basement Burger Bar

No matter what kind of burger tickles your taste buds, it’s a challenge to walk more than 20 yards without bumping into a burger joint downtown, and the fierce competition will only get tougher with the impending opening of Shake Shack next week. Quite a few other national chains have set up shop recently, including Wahlburgers. But for a taste of something with local ownership, there’s the newest location of Farmington-based Basement Burger Bar, an eatery with a broad burger menu that settled in  — on the ground floor, not underground like its downtown Farmington-based original location — last month on the edge of Greektown.

Basement Burger Bar

All-American Burger Mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and extra American cheese. Cheeeez Burger Mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions with American, sharp cheddar, mozzarella and pepper Jack cheese. Mushroom Burger Pesto, spring mix, tomato, Swiss cheese with grilled portabella slices. South of the Border Salsa, guacamole, sour cream and nacho cheese. Hot Mama Spicy ketchup, lettuce, tomato, jalapeños and pepper Jack cheese. Bacon Cheese Burger Thousand island, lettuce, tomato, sharp cheddar, apple cider smoked bacon and crispy onion straws.

Club Burger Ranch, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese and apple cider smoked bacon. Tropical Burger Smoked BBQ ketchup, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese, apple cider smoked bacon and grilled pineapple. Avocado Burger Guacamole, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, apple cider smoked bacon and avocado. Italian Stallion Marinara sauce, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese and mozzarella cheese sticks. Blue Burger Red pepper mayo, spring mix, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, hickory smoked bacon and crispy onion straws. Cordon Blue Black forest ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
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We came here after not wanting to wait in line to eat at another new burger joint that had a line wrapped around it , we were pleasantly surprised on how good the food and service were. I had the Kobe beef burger and it was juicy, and delicious with all the condiments I ordered. The server we had was great and explained to us how things worked as far as building your own burger . When they get their liquor license it will be an even better burger joint.
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We came here after not wanting to wait in line to eat at another new burger joint that had a line wrapped around it , we were pleasantly surprised on how good the food and service were. I had the Kobe beef burger and it was juicy, and delicious with all the condiments I ordered.  The server we had was great and explained to us how things worked as far as building your own burger .  When they get their liquor license it will be an even better burger joint.
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The All American Burger made with Bison, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions, sharp cheddar, pickles, and fresh jalape–o is served on pretzel bun and side of sweet potato fries at the Basement Burger Bar on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Detroit. Customers have the option to build their own burger. (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press)
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Locally owned and operated by the Azar family, Basement Burger Bar® is dedicated to providing guests with delicious food and exceptional service at an affordable price. We keep our menu simple so you can create and innovate your ideas into your hand crafted palette pleaser. We focus on providing, consistent, superior quality food and service at all times. Vegetables and greens are all locally sourced from reputable farms to ensure they’re fresh and flavorful. Our food is made to order, the way you want it and the way you like it. Customer satisfaction is our top priority, and we want every meal to be memorable and enjoyable. With three Metro Detroit locations and growing, Basement Burger Bar® is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week – we look forward to your next visit!
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UPSTAIRS (Four Story Burger!): Fitting right in with the fact that it’s inside a movie theater, everything here is B-movie-adorable, from the logo and menu design featuring “Shocking Sandwiches!” and “Earth Shaking Sides!” to the plywood décor and tiny Four Story Burger! toothpick flags planted in each sandwich. “The concept came first. The name came second. The restaurant is on the fourth story. That really says it all. People are looking for a hamburger with four patties, but that’s not really what it’s all about. We’re on the fourth floor, and we are geographically challenged  — you have to get in an elevator and come upstairs. But the idea was sort of fun because it’s almost like a movie name in that you can imagine seeing a movie called ‘Four Story Burger.’ It’s an extension of Emagine, not separate,” explains chef Annabel Cohen.
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The new burger spot filled the shuttered Detroit Pub space at 1326 Brush St. The 4,700-square-foot eatery seats around 135 diners and serves 20 beers on tap. Burger lovers can expect laminated menus that allow patrons to customize their orders as well as a signature dishes. For those who can’t pick from the wide selection of toppings, the Junk Burger is loaded with seemingly everything and the kitchen sink — red pepper mayo, spicy ketchup, garlic mayo and smoked barbecue ketchup, lettuce, pickle, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, caramelized onions and onion straws, and nacho cheese sauce. Eater has reached out for more details on the official opening. Stay tuned.

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