Update -Restaurant Closed. Burger-Fi closed on April 7 with a note on their door. You can find details in this MLive article.
BurgerFi is a counter service burger restaurant on South University in Ann Arbor that opened in October 2013. We aren’t on South University very often and had missed the news of their opening. Last month we received a local coupon magazine in the mail that included coupons for BurgerFi. We decided to try it out on a Sunday night after my daughter’s softball practice.
BurgerFi offers burgers, hot dogs, sides, and shakes. There are a few options for your burger including a veggie patty and the toppings. For a hot dog, there are 3 types of dogs to choose from (including a chicken apple version) and toppings. We all opted for burgers that were good. They do offer a kids menu, although my daughter decided on an adult burger since she was hungry.
Since it was our first visit, we decided to share a Cry and Fry – Onion Rings and French Fries. They were quite good and was enough for our family of 3. You can also order just Onion Rings or just French Fries.
They also offers Custard made into shakes, sundaes, and concretes (blend of custard and toppings). We were having an early dinner, so I couldn’t talk anyone else into sharing a Shake or sundae. My husband and daughter both wanted to wait and eat dessert at home later that evening. Next time, I’ll definitely be giving dessert a try.
BurgerFi is located at 1235 S. University Avenue in Ann Arbor. Since it was a Sunday, we were able to park in a university lot directly behind the restaurant. On weekdays, parking is definitely at a premium in the area.
The dining area features numerous pictures of UM’s campus and sports teams. There seemed to be plenty of seating. It was not crowded during our meal, but I attribute that to the early dinner hour on a Sunday when the university is out of session. I am sure it is much more crowded when the students are in town and a bit later in the dinner hour.
Overall BurgerFi Review
We did enjoy dinner at BurgerFi. However, I didn’t find it much different than other counter serve burger places like Elevation Burger (3365 Washtenaw Ave and 529 E. Liberty), Five Guys (Arborland – 3601 Washtenaw Ave, 3155 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd), or Hunter House (609 E. William St).
Personally, I’d give an edge to Elevation Burger since they offer a chicken sandwich. They also have two convenient locations – Washtenaw Avenue near Arborland and E. Liberty near State St. BurgerFi does offer the hot dog option and might be a better choice if you have a child who likes hot dogs but not burgers. I would rank BurgerFi a bit ahead of Five Guys.
Additionally, I don’t find the South University location of BurgerFi as convenient to our usual routine as the other restaurants.
However, if we find ourselves in the South University area looking for a meal, we will definitely consider returning to BurgerFi.