Lane 17, Hillsdale
Hillsdale’s best burger is as humble as the restaurant it resides in. Located inside Hillsdale Lanes bowling alley, Lane 17 is a modest sports pub serving traditional bar food with American beers on tap. While the decor is simple — walls filled with beer signs and the occasional flat screen television — it is fitting for the outstanding “Classic Cheesburger” that highlights the menu.
“The Classic Cheesburger” at Lane 17 appeals to college students and locals alike with striking appearance, taste, and quality at an affordable price. Customers can enjoy the one-third of a pound, hand formed, all-beef burger patty, covered in your choice of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or swiss cheese, served on a kaiser roll with a side of chips for a mere $6. In an age of expensive artisan burgers, the “Classic Cheeseburger” stands out with exceptional taste and none of the pretentiousness.
Additional toppings and options for the burger are limited, which is completely acceptable. This simple burger doesn’t need all the fixings, so they don’t offer them. While the kaiser roll is a sufficient vessel for the well-done beef patty, the option of enjoying it on a pretzel bun for just 50 cents more should not be ignored. The burger has a fantastic taste, but the subtle salt flavors of the pretzel bun tipped it over the edge, making it the perfect sandwich of bar nostalgia. You can make it a deluxe with onions, lettuce, and tomato for just 40 cents more, or you can add another one-third pound beef patty for just $2 more.
Next time the burger craving hits you, stop by Lane 17 for the “Classic Cheeseburger” on a pretzel bun. And, if you’re not too full, ten frames of bowling.
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