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For Your Woodward Dining Pleasure: Classic Burgers & "Traditional Lunch"

Woodward Dream Cruise, Duggan's Irish Pub, Hunter House
Posted August 15 2012 08:52 AM by Scott Ross 
Filed under: Miscellaneous, SCOTT ROSS

"Traditional Lunch" from the Hunter House. It doesn't get any better!


You'd think that a celebration of all that's good about Detroit...this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise..would also be a celebration of the local cruisin' cuisine of way back when.

You're is, if you know where to find it. Come on in for more...

The only thing bad about this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise, along that legendary stretch of six-lane between the Detroit city line and Pontiac, is that the legendary drive-ins--plus other businesses whose neon signage spectacularly lit up Woodward at night--are long gone.

But, in three classic cases, their signature delicacies aren't. That's thanks to Duggan's Irish Pub (located on Woodward in Royal Oak, just north of 13 Mile...not far away from where Ma Mopar's big display will be!) Years ago, they tracked down the recipies & got the go-ahead to do them, much like repro parts makers got the go-ahead to reproduce parts & stuff.

That includes the "Big Chief Burger" from the legendary Totem Pole Drive-In, which used to be on Woodward at 10 Mile...and "Ted's 5x5 Burger" from Ted's Drive-In,which was at the north end of the crusin' strip at Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Township.

Those burgers are so big--especially the 5x5 Burger--that it may be best to unhinge your bottom jaw, in order to enjoy it properly!

Not hungry for a burger? Duggan's also has Fish & Chip's from another Woodward legend, Susie Q's.

See Duggan's complete menu, get directions & see tons of their photos at

Now a few words about the Hunter House in Birmingham, still serving up signature burgers the way they've done since 1952. Everything you read about the place--and its burgers--is true. 

"Traditional Lunch" from the Hunter House. It doesn't get any better!

Our family used to get take-out from there after church every Sunday, which we called "Traditional Lunch." The term stayed after we moved out of Michigan in 1969 (while applied to other fast-food places' stuff), but for me, the classic "Traditional Lunch" will always have Hunter House Cheeseburgers in it.

Home of the best burgers (in my view--Scott) since '52, the Hunter House in Birmingham, MI

The Hunter House is on what used to be called Hunter Boulevard in Birmingham, just east of its downtown, and just north of 15 Mile
(Maple Road). It's cash-only, the parking lot is small (as is the in-building dining space), and--outside of keeping the place spotless, the building hasn't changed much since the pick-up window was installed in 1965.

See their menu, get directions & much more, online at

Happy munching!

(Photos courtesy Hunter House)

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