Big Baby BurgerFollow us @thehungryblackman on Facebook or IG to add amazing Black owned eateries across the United States to your foodie-indulgence list! Or subscribe to our blog by placing your email below for up-to-date emails and newsletters.
Our team thoroughly enjoyed our Detroit Foodie Tour. In addition to discovering new spaces and fine dining, we were also able to indulge in Chef Max Hardy’s dive into delicious chicken sandwiches. Towards the end our trip, we were told of a relatively new burger spot opened by a group of chefs that quickly became my second favorite (behind Cutter’s.)
Food Exchange Restaurant is a small take-out spot located on the east side of town at 8451 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48213.Our first visit was super pleasant, thanks in part to the young girl/big ball of sunshine who politely guided us through the enormous menu, while offering suggestions. We settled on getting the top menu items with what we soon would come to know as a massively delicious mess.
The Big Baby is a behemoth of a burger that comes with 10ozs of ground chuck topped with corned beef, Swiss and American cheese w/ lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, mayo, ketchup and mustard served on an onion roll. This burger was good af.
For starters, a good burger is all about flavor and texture. From the crunchy sheaf of lettuce, the fresh soft, cold, and juicy tomato, seared surface of the meat, the outer rim of the bun (onion was an impeccable choice that maximized the burger’s evolving flavors) perfectly crisped just enough that it provided a welcomed firmness without being toasty.
The contents will have a novice bouncing between it being a sandwich and a burger with the slab of corn beef and the condiments creating sauce flowing from your hands compressing the bun for your first bite. The resulting flavor explosion will tickle your palate with sweet and savory notes that make for a gigantic mess. This rich sandwich is one of the best in the city made even more unbelievable by its $12.50 price tag. I enjoyed everything about this burger and would go back ten times over.
We also ordered the deconstructed version of this burger with the Big Baby Fries which is essentially everything inside of the bun chopped up and poured over home fires. This was a good idea, but the potatoes were a no go for me. If you get it, ask for the normal French fries instead of the home fries.
Food Exchange is more than worth a visit or two or ten just to get through the entire menu. I wanted to try other items, but I was full and running low on funds after eating all over Detroit. Learn more about this must-visit restaurant at www.foodexchangerestaurant.com or call them at (313) 579-5616.