If you are visiting the Midwest…
And you find yourself craving a good hamburger, head on over to one of these local burger joints. These hot spots have been around for nearly a century.
Kenosha, Wisconsin: The Spot Drive-In
On July 4, 1945, The Spot opened in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was not the best time to start a restaurant, with World War II in full swing and meat for the burgers in short supply. That did not stop the owners from pushing forward with their dream restaurant and 70 years later it is still a thriving local spot. Now being run by the son of the original owners, the restaurant adheres to the same ideology that it has from the beginning: give people good food with consistent quality and portions. They are doing something right as The Spot continues to be enjoyed by multiple generations of families.
Salina, Kansas: The Cozy Inn
In 1922, Bob Kinkel began frying onion covered, coin-sized burgers in a small restaurant in Salina, Kansas. He took the idea from White Castle, which had opened the year before, and sold the burgers for five cents. He kept his six-stool dinner open late night to feed locals who might be looking for a quick bite as they were coming home from late night jobs or dates. His low overhead kept him open during the Great Depression while other burger joints around him closed. Then, in the 1940s Smoky Hill Air Force Base opened nearby and the restaurant took off. Ownership and the menu have changed over the years as the area around it has grown. However, both the restaurant and burgers have maintained their reputation for being top picks in the Midwest. USA Today named it as the “Best Burger Joint in Kansas.”
Flint, Michigan: Halo Burger
For over 90 years the people of Flint, Michigan have enjoyed handmade burgers from Halo Burger. One of the oldest hamburger chains in the United States, the company originated out of a boxcar wagon on Harrison Street in the city’s downtown district. Over the years the business grew into multiple locations within the city, serving 100% fresh, never-frozen burgers. In their original location the world’s first “deluxe” burger was served and their most popular menu item, the Olive Burger, was developed. Still a thriving hot spot for locals, the company now has multiple locations and employs over 400 people in the area.
Take a chance and skip the chain restaurants, these local joints would not still be thriving if the burgers did not hit the spot.