616 E. Buffalo St.
New Buffalo Michigan 49117United States
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Redamak's burger backs up the claim that they have the hamburger that made New Buffalo, MI famous.
Redamak's is the kind of landmark burger joint that inspires a fan base. First, it's cool spot to hang out, with its wood-paneled walls and abundant tchotchkes (an antique phone booth and wooden Indians). But it's truly the burgers that bring you back. The beef burgers are cut, ground and pattied on site then pan fried in their juices, covered generously in cheese (Velveeta!) and delivered to your table wrapped in waxed paper. There's nothing organic, artisanal, heirloom or enriched about the Redamak's burger. It's just an honest 5-1/3-ounce Midwestern beef burger, but it's delicious and affordable at just $5. Some quirks to know about: They don't serve lettuce or tomato on their burgers. It's not even an option. "Everything" means ketchup, mustard, cross-cut dill pickles and a slice of raw onion. They don't take credit cards, but have an ATM machine in the lobby, and they also don't offer coffee. What Redamak's does offer is one heckuva burger in a great, friendly atmosphere near Lake Michigan's beaches. The place seats 200 with an additional 200 seats on the porch, but there's still a wait most summer days. Redamak's packs them in during the summer months and closes from Oct. 24 to the end of February, adding to the "get it while you can" appeal. The restaurant began as a tavern in 1946 and, though it has expanded twice, retains much of the same tradition and charm.