20513 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Michigan 48236United States
This greasy bar burger has a cultish, if somewhat undeserved, reputation as Detroit's best.
People revere Little Tony's, an insanely popular bar on a busy street in Grosse Pointe, for its hamburgers. It's won many a best hamburger award. In reality, the hamburger is actually a mound of beef swimming in grease served on a paper plate. Allegedly, the burger is hand-formed and grilled to order, but it's hard to determine grilling when there is just so much, well, ooze. Little Tony's is a simple, wood-paneled spot with wooden tables, booths and a friendly feeling. A patio in front of the bar has cafe lights and a festive atmosphere in the summer. Other menu items at the bar appear to be fresher and healthier, like the tuna sandwich or chili, but they also don't get ordered as much as Little Tony's quarter-pound ground. Like many cult burgers, its simplicity (and its $4 to $6 price tag) seem to be an allure. Our cheeseburger, ordered with sauteed onions and served with pickle slices, arrived on a paper plate, oozing grease through the plate before we picked it up. It was nearly impossible to eat. Literally. It slithered and slid around. Nonetheless, these burgers are sold in droves, and the simple, homey bar is filled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday with locals who can't get enough of this burger.