Burgers. Hot dogs. Milk Shakes. French fries.
Sounds like your run-of-the-mill greasy spoon, doesn’t it?
While Mercury is indeed a hipster locale, it’s also appropriate for families, foodies, and anyone who enjoys classic American fare, along with tons of fantastic Michigan beer.
The recipe is simple: fresh, house-made ingredients, a cool interior, great service, and a full bar. It’s hard to go wrong with what Mercury has going on.
There are thirteen burgers to choose from, including “The Classic,” the “SW Detroit” (a nod to Mexicantown), the “Bacon Cheddar” and the “Shroom Burger.” Curiosity comes into play when you dig into the other, less-obvious selections.
“The Local” is topped with pulled pork, cheddar, slaw, pickles and barbeque sauce. The title makes perfect sense given Mercury Bar’s location across the street from arguably the most famous restaurant in Detroit.
The “Flint Burger” is a shout out to the Motor City’s northern cousin, Vehicle City, who perfected the olive burger via its esteemed chain of homegrown burger joints, Halo Burger.
The “Eastern Market,” “Portobello” and “Salmon” choices offer something for the more health-conscious connoisseurs to dig their teeth into.
Sandwiches, salads, and sides are also listed, with poutine available for one or to share. A Canadian dish, this salty snack consists of fries, brown gravy, and curd cheese. It may sound odd, but it’s making its presence known in Detroit as of late.
The “Shakes & Stuff” portion is where stuff gets good. Traditional choices are there, but local favorites like the “Faygo Orange Creamsicle” and “Boston Cooler” are the real darlings of the menu.
Mercury Burger Bar is located at 2163 Michigan Avenue in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. They can be reached at (313) 964-5000 or www.mercuryburgerbar.com.