A Quest for A Great Bar Burger in Michigan’s Upper Thumb
A couple of years ago our ThumbWind blog published a post that rattled the establishment in Caseville by stating that one of Michigan’s best burgers came from the Hitching Post in Elkton. At that time the locally famous burger chef, “Jewels” made a cheeseburger so tasty that local golfers defected from golfing at Century Oaks (which is close to Hitching Post) to Scenic Golf Club when she started cooking and tending bar at Scenic. Those were gentler and tender times. We miss Jewels and wish her well. We went on a quest of sorts to keep a lookout for Michigan’s Best Cheeseburger we could find in the Upper Thumb.
This morning, after hitting the Farmers Market in Port Austin and White Church Gallery in Grindstone City we stopped by Shelley’s Bar. What a cool stop. Okay… I admit that the outside needs a bit more curb appeal. But stepping into this roadside tavern you can tell that the locals love this place. They had just finished a breakfast run and were shifting to lunch when we came in.
Clean, comfortable and friendly, are the first thoughts that came to mind as we settled in. The pub has an open floor plan and is well lit without being overbearing. Our server came in within a minute and we ordered an ice-cold Molson drafts. “So cold your teeth ached.”, one of us noted. The highlights of the lunch were their wonderful “Turkey Reuben, while the sage diner among us ordered a cheeseburger medium with mustard and pickles.
Shelley’s is Cheery, Clean and Comfortable
As we were leaving, our cheeseburger connoisseur flagged down our server and asked to speak to the manager. Jackie came over and with a quizzed look ask if everything was OK. Our seasoned cheeseburger snob stated….”this is the best I’ve had all week, it’s excellent!” No small feat has this guy is known as a regular at the world-famous Councils in Bradenton, Florida. Jackie was gracious and explained that they get a special grind from McDonald Food and Family Center in Bad Axe and that they searched several times before they settled in with this well-known local grocer. She credited the team in the kitchen as where all the magic happens.
So we have a new Michigan Best Cheeseburger in Huron County tagged as coming from Shelley’s Bar in Grindstone City. Their ice-cold beer and fresh-cut fries round out a great experience. It’s also evident that Shelly’s supports local charities and sports teams around the Upper Thumb. ThumbWind will be back from time to time to ensure that they are the Best of the Upper Thumb.
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