Hello Divettes, its Annod here. I have been wanting to check out Wahlburgers Deli in Greektown since it opened. Gini couldn’t come out with us so it was just me and Suse. We arrived around 11:45 am on a Sunday morning, and it was already full. We were greeted by a young lady at the door who took my name and phone number. They had us stand by the bar. They said the wait was 25 minutes. We waited about 10 minutes, and to our surprise, they were ready for us and we were led up some stairs. Wahlburgers started as a reality television series on cable that is a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurants owned by chef Paul Wahlburg and his brothers, Mark and Donnie, and lots of recipes from their mother, Alma. Wahlburgers is located directly across from the Greektown Casino, on Monroe St. It’s in a small space, has two levels, first level is bar seating and the counter. Second level is tables and chairs, booths, and additional counter seating.
We were lucky enough to sit at a booth, which gave us the opportunity to look at the complete restaurant. Erica was our waitress and she was prompt and friendly. We sat for a few seconds and she was there ready to get our drink order. We looked over the menu when we were waiting for a table since they had the menu on the wall. (I loved that). Food came out quickly, and turnover was brisk, so if you see a line to get a table, don’t panic…. it moves rapidly and is worth the wait.
Suse ordered The Melt, which was a 1/3 lb burger, served between thick-cut bread and grilled with “government” cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, HOMEMADE pickles & mustard sauce. ($9.50), plus we shared an order of Sweet Potato Tots ($3.00), I do not eat fried foods but you never would have thought they were fried (excellent choice). By the way, all the sides are $3.00 which includes: Thin Crispy Onion Rings, Tater Tots and Yukon Gold Fries.
I ordered the Moms Sloppy Joe, this was an open face sandwich on thick sliced griddled bread, smothered with their HOUSEMADE sloppy joe, just like Mom used to make, finished with crispy onions, Paul’s signature Wahl Sauce and HOUSEMADE cheese sauce ($8.50). Wow… was an amazing, yummy sandwich. The sauce wasn’t too strong or loose, the crispy onions were the first thing I attacked, so good and not greasy, my sloppy joe had so many layers, the grilled bread was such a good choice because it held up to the sloppy joe, not a bit soggy.
Suse and I were so much into our food that we didn’t speak for a few minutes besides mmmm and so good. Thank you to Todd who brought our food to us, best food in a long time. There was so much to eat that I had to take some home. (The to-go container they gave was a nice reusable bowl.) Drinks are all served in to-go cups, and many were taking them with them when they left.
Let me tell you, burgers are not the only thing on the menu. They have offerings like a Thanksgiving Day sandwich, which is a fresh ground seasoned turkey burger, stuffing, mayo, HOMEMADE orange-cranberry sauce, with roasted butternut squash ($8.95), how amazing-sounding is that. They have a Chicken Sandwich ($8.50), crispy Haddock Sandwich ($8.50), Portobello sandwich ($7.95), etc. They also have Fresh to Order Salads and for the “Smahlburgs” they have Grilled Cheese, the Smahlburger, Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, All beef Pearl Hot Dogs (prices range from $4.75 to $7.25)
I have to go on, they have Homemade Frappes, IBC Root Beer Float and the Classic Vernor’s Ginger Ale Float (all are $4.95). Still hungry? They have sweets like Grille Banana Fluffanutta and cupcakes. You need to go and experience this for yourself. Go to a Ball Game, go to the casino, anything you do in Downtown Detroit, a stop at Wahlburgers is a MUST. We will definitely be back.