I was snowshoeing in northern Michigan last weekend. After finishing my first trail of the day, the Muncie Lakes Pathway south of Traverse City, I headed to Sue’s J & S Hamburg Restaurant on South Airport Road. It’s easy to miss, being stuffed into a strip mall across the street from a bigger mall. You can call it… mini-mall. (Bad “Austin Powers” reference.)
I had chosen J & S because I read on TripAdvisor that they had a good burger, and I’m game for good burgers. It’s been a burger month. I didn’t intend it that way, it just sort of happened. The cow population has come to fear me. Hey, it’s them or us.
If you are looking for a typical diner in Traverse City, then Sue’s J & S is the place for you. You will not get anything fancy, though the lake mural on the wall was a nice touch. And I had no idea, but J & S collects quite the cast of famous characters:
I ordered the 1/4 pound burger with olives. I could have gone for larger patty – I had, after all, been snowshoeing, burning up all those calories – but in the end, it was fine – the portion of fries was enough to satisfy me. The guy next to me had the all-you-can-eat fish fry, and that looked pretty tasty. If I go back, I’ll probably try that. But if I do eat at J & S, I’ll try the original location on Front Street, to check out that location. Variety is the spice of life.
Susanne left a comment, asking what the food tasted like. Since this seemed like a reasonable question, and I had completely glossed over that rather important aspect of my visit, here goes:
My first look at the burger was disappointment. Talk about a “Where’s the beef?” moment! But, I figured that I got the small size, so I should just suck it up. I had mentioned I had been on a burger kick in January, which was true. What is also true is that this was at the bottom of the rankings for all those dead cows I consumed. I feel bad for the bovine that ended up on my plate – it died for nothing. And the Aunt Millie’s hamburger buns I got from Meijer are better than the one I had at J & S.
OK, I feel better. Well, not really – I don’t enjoy being critical. But it’s honest, so I’ll live with it.