New local eatery puts a healthier spin on traditional burgers and fries
BY ANNA LUKENS & CAMYLE CRYDERMAN
STAFF WRITER & MANAGING EDITOR
What sounds better than a good old-fashioned American hamburger accompanied by a cold glass of craft beer or lemonade? Nothing. Luckily, students of Schoolcraft don’t have to travel far to obtain these combinations. The place to go is Northville’s new restaurant, BurgerFi located within walking distance from Schoolcraft’s main campus.
BurgerFi is one of the many new restaurant and retail shops featured at the Northville Park Place on the corner of 7 Mile and Haggerty. Along with neighboring restaurants Tom + Chee, Rusty Bucket, Granite City and several others, BurgerFi takes pride in its all-natural and healthy menu.
“We are all natural and eco-friendly, we never use steroids or antibiotics in our Angus burgers and all of our BurgerFi sauce and french fries are made in house. The only freezer we have is for our custard, we don’t have frozen patties or fries, so we are very chef driven.” Said BurgerFi manager Wendy Petras.
Reigning as its most popular products are BurgerFi’s wide selection of gourmet burgers. Customers have the option of choosing a featured burger or creating their own by selecting from various toppings like Schoolcraft student Sammy Roth did.
“The best part about BurgerFi is their food, I had a cheeseburger with toppings that I got to choose on it and it was really good,” commented Roth.
Along with alcoholic beverages, BurgerFi also offers fresh squeezed lemonade and real cane sugar sodas to help wash down the meals. They offer more than just burgers in the food department too. Sometimes just a burger isn’t enough so they provide customers with many side options as well. Customers have the choice to add french fries, onions rings or a signature “Cry + Fry,” a duo of the two, to their meal. Guests can also add toppings, namely salt and vinegar, cajun, cheese and more.
The hamburger’s favorite grill mate is none other than the hot dog which BurgerFi sells in addition to its burgers. By subtracting hormones, antibiotics and fillers, these hot dogs are made from real meat rather than the typical “mystery meat.” Hot dogs can be ordered in copious different styles including New York, Texas and Chicago Style.
You don’t just have to be a meat lover to enjoy BurgerFi. Vegetarians can enjoy selection of menu items as well.. Although less diverse than the rest of the menu, veggie burgers are freshly cut and made to order every day to allow everyone to enjoy a meal. Unlike majority of chain restaurants, BurgerFi does not order their veggie patties from a distributor, they are hand crafted making them taste all the better.
BurgerFi milkshakes are part of this traditionally American feast as well. By eliminating excess air from the milk, they create custard to use in their signature shakes, floats and sundaes. The texture and richness of the shakes may be an acquired taste for some, but the natural ingredients make it a delicious drink.
Unfortunately, with great quality come higher prices. Their plain cheeseburgers start at $4.50 and each additional topping begins at $1.00 extra.
“Just come give us a try, the food is so fresh and so delicious. We have a lot to offer.” Petras stated.
BurgerFi may not be the best option for someone one on a budget, but for anyone with a few extra bucks in their wallet, looking for a good meal, BurgerFi will satisfy both taste buds and hunger.