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Solly's Grille

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(23 Reviews)

4629 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 332-8808

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Today: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tomorrow: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
82
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Solly’s Grille is an 82 year old small cafe/diner. You sit on swivel stools with backs at two horseshoe counters. Our butter burgers were originated in 1936 by my stepfather Kenneth Salmon. We also serve our homemade pies, tuna salad, chicken salad, cold dinner salads and old fashioned chocolate banana malted milk shakes to die for. Our Farmstyle breakfasts are very popular made with lots of love and local Wisconsin butter and cheese. Pancakes, eggs and apple wood smoked bacon are early morning favorites. We have been seen on the FoodNetwork and Travel Network and we are recipients of many local and National awards. If you’re looking for an independent restaurant that still cooks with high quality sirloin, ice cream, Wisconsin butter and fresh cold locally purchased lettuce and tomatoes, you might want to stop in when you’re in our area. We hope to see you soon and enjoy your trip through beautiful Wisconsin.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (414) 332-8875

Fax Number: (414) 332-8875

Fax: (414) 332-5889

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$
Categories
American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Vegetarian Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Health Food Restaurants, Bars, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Vegetarian, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: No

Drive Through: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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Klee2

09/18/2010

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Overall
nastiest waitress EVER

Seating is awful, and ""Betty"" the old waitress is just as nasty as you could ever picture. The food wasn't bad -- but there is NO good reason to be treated so poorly. She acted the same to everyone in there...like she was put out that we bothered her.

jgens

07/28/2009

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Despite the surly service, worth the trip

My son and I road tripped from Chicago after seeing an article by Andrew Zimmern. We walked in and being new, was unsure of protocol. The woman at the cash register barked at us to seat ourselves as if we had just offended her by being new. Once seated, waiting for service was oddly long. It isn't a large place, so servers aren't waiting on dozens of patrons. Once the food came, we were floored by the blockbuster flavor. The butter soaks up into the bun and drips down your hands and arms. It isn't health food, nor is it intended to be. Take it for what it is and enjoy! Just don't ask them to act happy about it.

richardjk

04/16/2009

Overall
Anyone here

We wanted to go here for some time. Finally went and when we walked in we sat right where the waitress was. She took someone to the check out. Then she cleaned an area. Off to give someone their food. A party of about 5 walked in and I said to my wife, watch she will go to them first. All this time the cook saw us sitting there. Sure enough the waitress did go to them first and started to talk up a storm. My wife said let's go, I said one minute I will give her. Time gone by so far 8 minutes! We left and she was still talking up a storm. Never will we come back and if someone asks I'll say forget it go to Kopp's down the street.

nessOmatic

12/09/2008

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Best Burger in Town

I grew up going to Sally's, and I have to say.. anybody else claiming to have ""butterburgers"", ehhem culvers, does not understand the term. However, going to Sally's I would recommend ordering the burger ""easy on the butter."" You'll still get plenty, don't worry. I also highly recommend the pineapple shake. Honestly, I always order the same thing, so I can't enlighten you much more. But If you're looking for great burgers, shakes, and fries that don't resemble anything in a fast food chain then you'll love Sally's.

klemberg

11/30/2008

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Will not come back...

I expected the 'greatest' burger ever... not so, not so much flavor, just a pile of grease on a bun. Would definitely not waste the time or money to come back. I just wouldn't recommend it.
The malt wa ok... I have to say... Kopps is better.. or even Culver's! Sorry Sollys... People, don't believe the hype!

jastorak

05/25/2008

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Fantastic food

Okay, so the other two reviewers can have their opinions, however, they are wrong, wrong, wrong. In this day and age of speed and expections, how can a place like Solly's ever stand up against crappy fast food chains. (And the fries are better than McDonald's--as is every thing else they serve). Let's take the service, it is slow. They make everything the moment you order it (and not the pretend Culvers way does), so the food takes a bit longer to come. They have one cook and ususally one or two wait staff, so you are going to wait, be prepared. Is the food worth the wait, in a word, yes. The burgers are fantastic and if you haven't had a malt or shake, do so. The hidden gem in this establishment is not the often praised burgers (quoted in Hamburger America as having one of the best burgers in America), but it is the breakfast; pancakes to die for (Apple Pancakes are my fav, not on the menu but just ask for them) and potatoes roestti (swiss cheese & onions mixed) is not often found east of Green County. This is place to frequent, where if you actually talk to the wait staff, they are nice and have good stories.

Triviaking

04/11/2008

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Poor Service, Pretty Decent Food

After hearing the hype for years, I checked this place out recently. I sat at the counter during what I assumed was a normal weekday lunch time (there were several open stools). The wait staff proceed to totally ignore me for 10 full minutes. They even wiped down the counter in front of me without so much as a hello or any eye contact. The food IS good (better than average), but miniscule in size. McDonald's has better french fries. Would I ever go back? Sure. Would I go out of my way to go back? Never. Kind of a surely wait staff. If I want surely with GREAT food, I'll go to the Billy Goat Pub in Chicago.

gizzmo1

04/15/2007

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Overall
ok

Burgers were ok, not as good as Kopp's or many other places. After reading many of the other reviews I was disappointed. Prices were a bit high. Service was a bit slow.

ruah

07/26/2006

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Overall
Best Burgers, Best REAL Shakes and Malts; Best French Fries.

Solly's is the BEST place to get a REAL burger and fries. It still makes shakes and malts in the old fashioned way. You know the silver containers shaking on the green mixer. Butter burgers use lots of real butter. (I haven't been able to eat those, but my memory is good. - they will make it without - but it is a loss.). Wait staff is pleasant and willing to converse. Price got a bit high after the move to the new digs. Two cheeseburgers, Fries and a soda is close to $10. but then again where else can you get real beef, real malts, home baked buns, (try the ""pillows"" or hardrolls too) and waitresses who really seem to be glad your there. Most of the seating is at a W shaped counter with round stools. Lots of communication possible. Lunch time is very crowded and you might have to wait. Or take it to go.

pladukfoo

06/14/2005

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An institution since I was a kid

As with my childhood memories, Solly's is the best burger I have had in the country. The place still serves the same great burgers. Also it is a local restaurant not some chain found in other cities.

pmetzke

06/11/2004

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Our Favorite Place

My husband and I travel 20 miles one way each week for a Solly's butter burger. We wouldn't miss the great food and friendly service. It's fun to talk with other customers sitting at the counter, many of whom have been coming in since they were small children. If you don't want a lot of butter, just ask.

bandr

10/16/2003

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Mmm.....

Looking at the list of other top ten Burger joints, I'm appalled that Kopps can be considered for 3 positions. Besides that, Sollys far surpasses Kopps. Sollys takes pride in their burgers and this is proven by the fact that they have many ""regulars"" including me. To visit or live in Milwaukee without eating a Sollys burger is UnAmerican. This is gold ole home town cooking in a fun and pleasant atmosphere. Try it!

rmasonis1

10/15/2003

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Solly's

I've been going to this place for a while, a tad disapointed at you people who say cops has the best burger, tisk tisk go here and to freds lakeview in burlington then you will truely know what a burger tastes like. Also Herb Kohl goes here. The burger is always great, the service always great you cant miss out on this, if you live in milwaukee take the drive and have a solly's burger. And then when you want a better burger go to freds lakeview, the only thing is thou some of the workers there (teenagers) dont know how to cook corectly, suggest going at night or on a saturday evening.

rwals

09/09/2003

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Burger Lover

I haved lived in the Metro Milwaukee area most of my life. I had heard the bravado of so many Solly's fans, that we stopped on a recent Saturday for the first time. I was primed for a really special hamburger, and was really disappointed in the size of the burger for the price. It was tasty, but I ended up ordering a second one because they are way too small for a big burger price. The waitstaff was friendly, the restaurant was busy, but I'm in no hurry to return again.

rijowo

11/11/2002

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solly should be renamed sorry

If you want to eat a poker chip with butter on it, then this is the place to go. For the 1/8 lb burger they serve, it's well overpriced. Other foods are good but they should stop selling burgers.

ss1426

11/06/2002

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Overall
Not Bad

For an expensive burger, this place serves a pretty darn good sandwich!!

yorkiebunny

11/05/2002

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A-oozing we will go...

I had to ask what the white ""glump"" was oozing from between the bun and burger. Way too much butter!

dbouzek55

11/02/2002

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Best butter burgers in town

I stoped in at Solly's aweek ago for lunch i had the best butter burger i have ever had will go again soon

asdfsdfhfkl

10/28/2002

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omg

this is a grate place to eat and it is not to exspensive.

mbires

08/31/2002

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Overall
Just Average

Any burger fried fried to order is going to be decent, but these are by no means great burgers. The patties seem to be standard fast food/commercial patties and the accoutrements sparse. Sort of like an upscale White Castle. The fresh made banana shake was very good, though. Worth eating at if you're nearby, and the homey waitresses are good, but nothing special really.