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Mercury Burger & Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Mercury Burger & Bar

Residing in Corktown, Detroit, on Michigan Ave, Mercury Burger & Bar is one of those places that you must visit. A neighbor of Slow’s BBQ and Mudgie’s Deli, Mercury Burger & Bar is adding it’s own flare to burgers. They have amped up some favorites by putting their own spin on fresh ingredients. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, shakes, and hand cut fries. What goes best with a burger? Yep, you guessed it, beer! It is a bar after all, so Mercury offers a full bar including beer and liquor. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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My pick

Southwest Detroit: Burger topped with a chorizo slider, jalapeños, münster cheese, tortilla strips, avocado, and zanahorias (pickled spiced carrots). I also added green olives and Southwest ranch. Mercury does not skimp on the toppings, that’s for sure. I think they went a little crazy with the tortilla strips. I had to knock a handful off the burger just to taste the other toppings. I’d rather have more than not enough and they added a pleasant crunch with each bite. The Meunster cheese caught my eye and added a nice mellowness to the spicy, salty burger. The pickled spice carrots were subtle, but the vinegar was just enough to waken up my taste buds. The chorizo slider was smaller than I expected which was a good thing. It was juicy, spicy, and paired well with creamy avocado. 20150830_175634

Josh’s Pick.

Bacon Cheddar Burger: With a fried egg, crispy onion straws, and Dreamland BBQ sauce. Messy, but tasty! The yolk from the egg acted as a rich, silky sauce and went well with the tangy, sweet, BBQ sauce. The crispy onion straws were not your usual wimpy thin straws, these were thick onion rings! Deliciously fried goodness.

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Strawberry Milkshake: Sweet, creamy, with chunks of strawberry. Delicious, without that artificial strawberry taste.

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Service was good and the staff did a good job at recommending items off the menu. I really liked that the menu wasn’t too large. There’s nothing more difficult than being faced with a bunch of choices when you’re as indecisive as me. I’m expected to only pick one or two things? C’mon! Mercury Burger & Bar offers a handful of items and they really put all their energy into doing those items right. There are pieces of Detroit incorporated into the item names (Eastern Market & Flint) and Mercury serves tater tots and poutine! Next time, I am ordering the Faygo Orange Creamsicle Milkshake. If you haven’t been, you have to check em out.

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Bd's Mongolian Grill

Since working at the Dearborn Bd’s Mongolian Grill, when I’m craving stir fry I prefer the Royal Oak location. It seems to be better and I don’t feel obligated to talk to my old teammates (I take dinner very seriously and like to have a little privacy). Josh and I wanted to check out Slows BBQ (stay tuned) but there’s always a wait on a Friday night. So we opted for stir fry instead.

Josh’s creation: Marinated chicken, edamame, onions, red pepper, zucchini, pineapple, egg, and long noodles with a mix of Cayenne seasoning, seasoned salt, Mongolian Ginger and Teriyaki sauces.

Tip: Fill two sauce cups for an extra saucy bowl.

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My creation: Marinated chicken, red skin potato, zucchini, edamame, sausage, carrots, onions, mushrooms, pineapple, egg, a surprise piece of Crab and rotini noodles with a mix of Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic, Mongolian Ginger and Teriyaki sauces. Our creations are similar, but still unique to each of us (I like more veggies).  I was really excited to order lettuce wraps instead of the usual “rice and torts” with our meal. The sauce adds sweetness and the lettuce wraps add coolness and crunch to the spicy, hot stir fry.

Tip: Don’t be afraid of adding an egg. It’s delicious, goes with any combination, and a is good source of protein. Josh and I each add two.

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Bd’s Mongolian Grill has come a long way from it’s opening in 1994. The menu now consists of a laundry list of appetizers ranging from pot stickers to fried zucchini, fried rice bowls, signature drinks, beer and wine, and decadent desserts (Try the deep fried Oreo)! Each location also has slightly different items to choose from: The Okemos location had coconut and bow tie pasta once upon a time. The website is also very interactive and informational: you can create your own bowl prior to visiting the restaurant and view nutrition information. Join Club Mongo for great perks and free meals!

If you haven’t been here in a while (or never been here) check it out. It’s a fun experience (especially for the picky eater: cough, Josh, cough) and you get to eat whatever you want!

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