Glendale >Food & Dining > Solly's Grille
4629 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5321243.100246 -87.917125
nastiest waitress EVER – Seating is awful, and "Betty" the old waitress is just as nasty as you could ever picture. The food wasn't bad -- but there is NO good reason to be treated so poorly. She acted the same to everyone in there...like she was put out that we bothered her.
Despite the surly service, worth the trip – My son and I road tripped from Chicago after seeing an article by Andrew Zimmern. We walked in and being new, was unsure of protocol. The woman at the cash register barked at us to seat ourselves as if we had just offended her by being new. Once seated, waiting for service was oddly long. It isn't a large place, so servers aren't waiting on dozens of patrons. Once the food came, we were floored by the blockbuster flavor. The butter soaks up into the bun and drips down your hands and arms. It isn't health food, nor is it intended to be. Take it for what it is and enjoy! Just don't ask them to act happy about it.
Best Burger in Town – I grew up going to Sally's, and I have to say.. anybody else claiming to have "butterburgers", ehhem culvers, does not understand the term. However, going to Sally's I would recommend ordering the burger "easy on the butter." You'll still get plenty, don't worry. I also highly recommend the pineapple shake. Honestly, I always order the same thing, so I can't enlighten you much more. But If you're looking for great burgers, shakes, and fries that don't resemble anything in a fast food chain then you'll love Sally's.
Will not come back... – I expected the 'greatest' burger ever... not so, not so much flavor, just a pile of grease on a bun. Would definitely not waste the time or money to come back. I just wouldn't recommend it.
The malt wa ok... I have to say... Kopps is better.. or even Culver's! Sorry Sollys... People, don't believe the hype!
Fantastic food – Okay, so the other two reviewers can have their opinions, however, they are wrong, wrong, wrong. In this day and age of speed and expections, how can a place like Solly's ever stand up against crappy fast food chains. (And the fries are better than McDonald's--as is every thing else they serve). Let's take the service, it is slow. They make everything the moment you order it (and not the pretend Culvers way does), so the food takes a bit longer to come. They have one cook and ususally one or two wait staff, so you are going to wait, be prepared. Is the food worth the wait, in a word, yes. The burgers are fantastic and if you haven't had a malt or shake, do so. The hidden gem in this establishment is not the often praised burgers (quoted in Hamburger America as having one of the best burgers in America), but it is the breakfast; pancakes to die for (Apple Pancakes are my fav, not on the menu but just ask for them) and potatoes roestti (swiss cheese & onions mixed) is not often found east of Green County. This is place to frequent, where if you actually talk to the wait staff, they are nice and have good stories.
Poor Service, Pretty Decent Food – After hearing the hype for years, I checked this place out recently. I sat at the counter during what I assumed was a normal weekday lunch time (there were several open stools). The wait staff proceed to totally ignore me for 10 full minutes. They even wiped down the counter in front of me without so much as a hello or any eye contact. The food IS good (better than average), but miniscule in size. McDonald's has better french fries. Would I ever go back? Sure. Would I go out of my way to go back? Never. Kind of a surely wait staff. If I want surely with GREAT food, I'll go to the Billy Goat Pub in Chicago.
Burgers were ok, not as good as Kopp's or many other places. After reading many of the other reviews I was disappointed. Prices were a bit high. Service was a bit slow.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Restaurant features tender steaks, crispy fish on Fridays and hamburgers at reasonable prices.
Best Burgers, Best REAL Shakes and Malts; Best French Fries. – Solly's is the BEST place to get a REAL burger and fries. It still makes shakes and malts in the old fashioned way. You know the silver containers shaking on the green mixer. Butter burgers use lots of real butter. (I haven't been able to eat those, but my memory is good. - they will make it without - but it is a loss.). Wait staff is pleasant and willing to converse. Price got a bit high after the move to the new digs. Two cheeseburgers, Fries and a soda is close to $10. but then again where else can you get real beef, real malts, home baked buns, (try the "pillows" or hardrolls too) and waitresses who really seem to be glad your there. Most of the seating is at a W shaped counter with round stools. Lots of communication possible. Lunch time is very crowded and you might have to wait. Or take it to go.
An institution since I was a kid – As with my childhood memories, Solly's is the best burger I have had in the country. The place still serves the same great burgers. Also it is a local restaurant not some chain found in other cities.
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