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Operating since 1999 in a cozy Cream City brick building in the Menomonee Valley, Sobelman's serves Black Angus burgers with three cheeses and more!

Milwaukee's best burger, 2009: Sobelman's

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

Bratwurst and other sausages might get more attention from tourists and media types (we can thank a certain stadium race for that), but Milwaukeeans are pretty passionate about burgers, too.

And, they're pretty passionate about Sobelman's.

The former Schlitz tavern, located at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave., in the Menomonee Valley, serves the best burger in town, according to OnMilwaukee.com readers. Sobelman's also took the title last year.

This year, Sobelman's newest venture -- the Tallgrass Grill on the East Side -- makes its chart debut at an impressive No. 5.

Operating since 1999 in a cozy Cream City brick building on low-key corner, Sobelman's serves Black Angus burgers on tasty buns with three cheeses, jalaenos and fried onions. The bar, which is meticulously clean (they even wipe down the salt shakers), also earns raves for its Bloody Marys.

It's the burgers, though, that created a frenzied following and prompted the owners, Dave and Melanie Sobelman, to park their Web site at milwaukeesbestburgers.com.

When the subject of Milwaukee's best burger comes up, a number of venues spring instantly to mind. The people who prefer Sobelman's, though, generally don't like to hear about other contestants. Even though it's tempting to keep the place a secret, they'll always gush at length about the great tasting burger on St. Paul.

OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Kopp's

Runners-up:

2. Kopp's
3. AJ Bombers
4. Elsa's on the Park
5. Sobelman's Tallgrass Grill
6. Solly's
7. Stack'd
8. Hooligan's
(tie) The Wicked Hop
10. Mazo's
11. Northpoint Snack Bar
12. Major Goolsby's
13. Club Charlie's
14. Potawatomi Bingo Casino's The Fire Pit
15. The Palms Bistro
16. The Knick
17. Kelly's Bleachers
18. Miller Time Pub


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eclarke | Nov. 8, 2010 at 3:04 p.m. (report)

Can't have a discussion about the best burger in Milwaukee without including Golden Gyros' burgers

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steffek | Oct. 11, 2009 at 1:39 p.m. (report)

Based on Davia has posted, I can see that Soblemans is in fact NOT the best burger in town.

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kater | Oct. 10, 2009 at 10:52 a.m. (report)

Congratulations to Sobelman's on receiving the grand recognition it deserves! The combination of fresh Angus patties and the Breadsmith buns (not to mention the amazing toppings) makes for the BEST darn burger in town. Trust me, I know a great burger when I eat one and Sobelman's is tops! Aside from the FANtastic burgers, did anyone bother to mention their amazing Bloody Mary's? Sobelman's ROCKS!

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davia | Oct. 10, 2009 at 10:11 a.m. (report)

Hey pooper, i am the 15 year old daughter of the owners of Sobelmans , that is how i know that the burgers are not frozen. As a matter of fact i am now at Sobelmans looking at a case of burgers and they nor are any frozen. They all come fresh from the meat packing place twice a week and go in the COOLER. The label says that they are Premium Angus Beef, U.S inspected and passed by the Department of Agriculture. Oh yeah, and again they are all fresh and none are frozen. My parents really don't need the likes of people like you spreading misinformation about the business theyt work so hard at. Now Pooper, if you are brave enough, don't take my word, go to Sobelmans yourself and see and after make sure you take your ##### out of your mouth.

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iMel | Oct. 9, 2009 at 9:06 p.m. (report)

As more people try Tallgrass they'll understand that it's the healthiest for you and best burger in town.

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