By ALYSSA DORCHAK, Staff Writer

Back in January, my foodie senses kicked in and I was ready to explore a new place, but I didn’t have to travel very far for this one. I was craving a juicy, flavor-packed burger, so I ventured to place in my own backyard — Brome Burgers & Shakes.

Brome Burgers & Shakes opened in downtown Dearborn last October. What makes this new, fresh-casual burger spot unique is that it serves 100 percent organic, grass-fed beef burgers that are ethically sourced and it has natural ingredients on its menu. This American restaurant takes burger classics and incorporates a fresh, innovative approach to each and every burger and dish.

The menu offers a wide variety of burgers, salads, sides, and other comfort dishes like the Original Hot Dog and the Three Cheese Mira Melt, which is their take on a classic grilled cheese. The sandwich is filled with melted and gooey cheddar, provolone, and parmesan cheese accompanied by Detroit’s McClure’s pickles.

Their salads include a traditional House Salad, but one of them stood out to me when I first looked over the menu, which was their Kale Crunch salad — a bed of kale served with shaved parmesan cheese, toasted breadcrumbs, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and dressed with a light lemon vinaigrette. Although I haven’t tried it, it’s definitely going to be something I get the next time I go.

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Dorchak/MJ
Photo courtesy of Alyssa Dorchak/MJ

Another must try item for my next visit will be one of their hand-spun shakes. Traditional flavors like Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Malted Chocolate, and Strawberry find themselves on the menu, but they also have indulgent flavors like Cornflake, Salted Caramel, and Reese’s.

So now for what you probably really want to hear about — the succulent, flavorful burgers. Of course there’s an Original burger with the typical fixings of romaine lettuce, tomato, McClure’s pickles and Brome Sauce. Then there’s the Brome Deluxe where bacon, white cheddar, and dijonnaise are added to the mix. Also, Brome serves up tasty vegan and vegetarian options.

Then we go to the more creative burgers like The Mex — corn salsa, cheddar-jack cheese sauce, pickled jalapeno, avocado, and chipotle mayo, and the One-Eyed Brome — fried egg, provolone, avocado, beef bacon, tomato, and mayo. The one that I tried, and highly recommend if you can handle heat and spice, is Dante’s Heaven. I tried the 100 percent organic burger patty and then it was topped with braised onion, cherry pepper relish, ghost pepper jack cheese, sweet habanero, and turkey bacon. For my side I ordered the Garlic and Cilantro Kennebec Fries, but there are other options like truffle and parmesan, Cajun spiced, tots, or sweet potato fries.

brome-2When my food was brought to me, I instantly smelled the garlic from the fries along with the sweet aroma from the cherry pepper relish that was on the burger. My favorite part of the burger was the turkey bacon. It was cut thick and the smokiness combined with sweet habanero and cherry pepper relish complemented each other very well. It definitely made for one of the best burgers I have ever had.   

Not only is the menu dedicated to fresh ingredients, but the look and atmosphere of Brome Burgers & Shakes embraces that as well. Inside the restaurant, high-top wooden bar tables sit below floating light fixtures while walls are filled with fields of green and fresh plants. The booths are lined with a soft green fabric accented with sleek black and silver free-standing chairs. Located at the front of the restaurant, there is a bar-like seating area that overlooks Michigan Avenue. Between the long table and the window, there are fresh plants and shrubs adding to that environmental atmosphere.

If burgers, fries, and shakes are on your mind, then make Brome Burgers & Shakes your destination for flavorful spins on American classics.

Brome Burgers & Shakes is located at 22062 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. They’re open every day from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.