By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Mar 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM likes to compile "best of" lists highlighting what it considers to be a few of life's little essentials. You know, things like scotch, men's spas, poolside bars and minor league stadiums. Which brings us to's latest "A-List" -- the almighty hamburger. And why do we care? Because it wisely included Glendale's Solly's Grill, 4628 N. Port Washington Rd.

Here's what author Jeff Ruby said about the Solly's experience:

"Everyone knows the four cornerstones of Wisconsin life are cheese, beer, Brett Favre and the butter burger. Solly's, just north of Milwaukee, has long been the master of that last one: the most well lubricated Midwestern invention since the Model T. What makes it so slippery? Could be the fresh sirloin patty, ground in-house. Or the deep-brown stewed onions. Or, I don't know, maybe it's the entire tablespoon of real Wisconsin butter slathered on the bun.

"If you're having trouble imagining just how much that is, let me break it down: If you don't eat this decadent creation fast (and you will eat it fast), the flimsy bottom bun turns into something resembling a wet towel. What you do with the remaining butter on the plate is your business, but you will need many, many napkins from the metal boxes on the yellow horseshoe counter.

"As one patron says, 'Solly's burgers taste almost homemade, like someone's mom made them in an electric skillet, just for you.' Yeah, if Mom was trying to kill you. Besides, as folks love to point out, Solly's is conveniently located next to the Heart Hospital of Milwaukee. These cheeseheads have a sick sense of humor."

Here is the list in its entirety (in alpha order):

  • Ann's Snack Bar, Atlanta
  • Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar, Houston
  • Dyer's Burgers, Memphis
  • The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
  • Kuma's Corner, Chicago
  • The Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers, Okla.
  • Shake Shack, New York
  • Solly's Grill, Glendale, Wis.
  • Tessaro's, Pittsburgh
  • Town Topic, Kansas City

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Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”