“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” ~Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
I consider myself a burger enthusiast, so when I saw the Top 10 List of Michigan Burgers for 2013, I was a little skeptical that my favorite burger in the world wasn’t at the top of the list. So I had to find out for myself.
Laura’s Little Burger Joint is located in a small building on the side of M-51 in Decatur, Michigan. If you blink, you’re going to miss it. Be aware: if you’re using a GPS to find Laura’s, the GPS will locate the address a bit further west than the restaurant is actually located!
There are three picnic tables on the patio in front of the window where you can choose to “dine in.” If you visit in the fall, be sure to bring a sweater because it gets a little chilly eating outdoors.
The folks are friendly – both those operating the establishment and those partaking in the delicious food! A couple of gentlemen tried to convince my friend and me to try The Chapman burger as we walked up when it was clear from my picture-taking that it was our first time. They didn’t have to twist our arms very hard!
Of course, Laura’s features a variety of burgers for the satisfaction of all taste buds, but I had my eyes on the prize. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Chapman. For less than $10, it was a dream come true – two half-pound patties, piled with bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, grilled onions, covered with two bold slices of pepperjack cheese (plus fries!). The meat is juicy from start to finish, and all the flavors melt in your mouth.
It came out steaming hot, but if you let it cool off for two to five minutes before you dig in, it’s just the perfect temperature; it’s less likely to fall apart on you, and you never have to put it down. No matter how hard you try, however, you’re going to get messy. We found that it helps to turn the burger upside down if you start to get overwhelmed!
The “icing on the cake” is that each picnic table has a marker next to the condiments. Patrons are encouraged to leave (appropriate) messages all over the tables. It’s as much fun to see who else has sat in your seat eating a burger as it is to write your own message!
The moral of the story? I can’t yet say if The Chapman at Laura’s Little Burger Joint is the best burger in all of Michigan. I can say that it was delicious and well worth the trip! So what are you waiting for?! Go get one! They’re only open April through November!